Istanbul, Turkey – Indie developers Hayati Guvence & Enes Kilic today are pleased to announce hoodcast 1.1 for iOS, an update to their application featuring the latest technology in newscasting. The app allows users to become reporters and communicate the latest news in their location to other members. The social news network spreads important information quickly; someone’s cast created in one location will live on through other users. This system creates a safe and user-friendly way to manage news on local, national, and worldwide levels. At the same time, it provides a chance for all users to get involved and broadcast their own news out in the world.

Feature Highlights:
* Members post news, pictures, and location with a simple tap
* Slide touch to adjust for local, national, and worldwide news
* Easy scroll through existing casts
* Casts spread and live on through others
* Elegant and inviting layout
* Now add up to 5 photos to cast
* Edit profile or location with a tap
* Customized notification settings
* Automatic Facebook integration
* Now compatible with iOS 6 and iPhone 5

Users will find it easy to become reporters and share their local news with the compose button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Here they can tap to compose their newscast, adding a title if they wish and a description. They can then choose pictures from their library or take new photos that will be displayed on the news feed. In the latest version of hoodcast, up to five photos can be attributed to each new cast.

By tapping the location button, users can also specify their exact location to add to the newscasting experience. The app uses the device’s advanced location technology to pinpoint the caster’s location and add it to the post. When viewed on the home screen, each cast displays the location near the bottom of the post.

From the app’s home screen, users can view all the casts of their fellow reporters across the globe. The beautiful view shows large, clear moving pictures for each story. Over each colorful story, the title is written and the caster’s name and profile picture can be seen.

Users can customize their own newsfeed through a sliding bar at the bottom of the screen. They slide their finger to the left for more local news; all the way to the left will pinpoint news events exactly in the user’s location. All the way to the right will show users all events in the world, and in between they can view news that is countywide, statewide, nationwide, or global.

With one tap, members can view the page of a particularly interesting story. Here they can view an enlarged version of the picture along with a concise, effective description of the event, location, and the caster’s name and profile information. The app offers space for users to comment on events, allowing for intelligent, quick, and easy discourse on local as well as national news.

If users come across events that they have been to or are certain have occurred, they can tap the Witness button on the story’s page. This increases the caster’s credibility, and users can also view how many witnesses a story or caster has to easily determine the most reliable news sources. Users can also favorite news stories for easy access later. These favorited stories will appear on the user’s personal profile.

hoodcast lends large space to high-quality photos with concise descriptions, creating an appealing and engaging layout that makes users eager to search for news stories and publish their own. The social app lets users stay connected locally as well as on a national level, now with automatic Facebook sharing capabilities.

“By providing independent newscasting opportunities, hoodcast offers a chance to broadcast news without the administrative restrictions found in other sources,” said developer Hayati Guvence. “Everyone can stay connected with important news from home, even from the other side of the world!”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPad Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation) and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 10.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
hoodcast 1.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the News category.

hoodcast 1.1
Download from iTunes
Press Kit (zip)
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Based in Istanbul, Turkey, independent developers Hayati Guvence & Enes Kilic launched their newscasting portal, hoodcast, in 2012. Copyright (C) 2012 Hayati Guvence & Enes Kilic. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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