Breaking News adding ‘proximity alerts’ to apps

Breaking News, an app and website owned by NBC News, today launched a powerful new feature to its iOS app that pushes proximity-based news alerts when a big story breaks near a user’s physical location, according to a release issued by NBC.

Geotargeted to mobile devices, the alerts highlight major stories that are relevant to people nearby, including significant earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, public safety alerts, evacuations and more. Proximity alerts will also accompany users as they travel internationally. Breaking News says it is the first app to offer such a service.

“In a world where news alerts are out of control, our mission is to deliver the breaking stories that are uniquely important to you,” said Cory Bergman, general manager of Breaking News, in the statement.  “Few things are as important as learning about a big breaking story that just happened near your location. Proximity alerts are lightning fast, and the service sets Breaking News apart as the go-to app to discover breaking stories that matter to you, wherever you are.”

The app also includes the addition of a “Watchlist,” where users can easily track breaking news in their favorite interests in real time, as well as a new design, infinite scroll, simple navigation, faster search and an improved iPad view.

The Breaking News app update is available today on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and it will be available for Android devices soon.