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Mike Connelly: New at The News: iPhone app, expanded obits

A tip for all you iPhone users: Download the new Buffalo News app.

In many ways, it looks just like the new website and mobile site that we introduced in October. But the new app gives you even more:

Photo galleries. We have a great photo staff and great freelancers who take pictures at community events. The new app makes it easy and fast to swipe from picture to picture, just like going through your own photos.

Saved stories. See something interesting just as you get to the front of the coffee line? Press the bookmark icon to save stories for later.

Offline reading. Headed someplace where you won’t have cellphone reception? The new app has downloaded stories so you can read offline.

Search. The new app’s improved search makes it easier to find what you want.

My take: If you like photos, that alone makes the new app worth using.

The new app has some limitations on iPads. And The News Android app is unchanged for now. Improved versions of both are in the works.

If you already had The News app, the new version should have installed automatically. If you are an Apple user and don’t have the app, give it a try.

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Also new at The News: an improved site for obituaries and death notices.

Obituaries are written by Buffalo News reporters; death notices are typically written by families and loved ones. In the newspaper, the two run next to each other, but until now online readers have had to go to separate places to read each.

We have combined them into a single, easily scanned online page. The newsroom-written obituaries are in a black box at the top of each day’s collection. Death notices are listed alphabetically below.

We are also writing more obituaries. Obits are among the most important stories we do at The News. They tell the story of our community through the lives of people who make Western New York a special place.

Visit the new page at BuffaloNews.com/deaths.

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