We are very excited to share that our first mobile application is now available for free to all smartphone and tablet users through both the iTunes store and the Google Play marketplace for Android phones. With this step, we are able to better serve the Ahwatukee Foothills community and provide faster communication and news sharing for our readers.
This application will allow people in Ahwatukee to stay up to date on what is going on in their neighborhood and track issues that are important to them. Our hope is that this will serve as a tool to increase community engagement and communication between residents and community groups or actors, which in turn will help Ahwatukee continue to be the best place to live with the best people around.
The digital sphere has become the reality that we live in, and everything moves at the speed of wireless connectivity. The availability of your community news at your fingertips, accessible at anytime and in any place helps you stay connected with the world around you.
When you first open the application, you will be taken to the home “Top News” feature that streams all the top stories live as they are happening. The refresh button in the top left corner will update the stream. Also available is a weather feature which gives you an Ahwatukee forecast for the current day as well as the next five days.
By selecting the “My News” feature of the application, you have the ability to filter the stories you see to get directly to the specific content you want. You can select “Community” to see nothing but stories about your neighbors or for coverage of community events and happenings. Or you could select “Sports” for the latest coverage of Desert Vista or Mountain Pointe athletics and local sports. Other options like “Money” and “Opinion” ensure that you can drill down to the exact content you want to see.
The application also has a “Reading List” feature that will allow you to save stories for reading later, even when your device has no service. Simply press and hold your finger on any article until you feel your phone vibrate, and the story will be saved.
Save a few stories when you are about to hop on an airplane for a business trip or when you know you will be somewhere without service. You also have the ability to use the search function to dig through all of our archived content to find more information relevant to any topic you wish.
We have even thought of a way for the application to help you out if your eyes are tired after a long day. You can change the text size in the “Settings” function and switch the application to night mode with a black background and white text if you find yourself in a dark environment.
So download the application for free and take it for a spin. We are excited to get feedback on how we can improve and better serve our community.
Our desire is to be the best resource for you to turn to for information about your community, and this step helps us by being able to put all the information you want in your hands at any time.
• Mike Miller is publisher of the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Contact him at (480) 898-7901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.