About a year ago I reported on the Drudge Report’s troubles with its app, which garnered universally negative reviews from users. One of the main gripes was the incredibly small font size used to display the daily headlines, linking readers to stories from every corner of the web.
Today I checked in with the App Store to see if any changes had been made, and the developer notes that “general maintenance” was performed and a new version released on September 4th.
Unfortunately, the app still suffers from minuscule font sizing and will be useful only to the ocularly gifted.
The latest version continues to earn poor ratings from users in the iTunes store, who note the font
trouble but also cite a new problem: full page pop-up ads frequently accost readers, often redirecting them to buy games in the App Store. At the moment, the updated app averages a paltry one star rating from more than 100 reviews.
I downloaded the app (using an iPhone 5s) and can confirm these problems. It also seems to be a bit slow in loading and navigating, although without testing it on different networks, I can’t confirm with certainty that the issue is caused by the app and not by a slow wi-fi connection or some other local network issue.
It remains a mystery why a new media pioneer like Matt Drudge would be plagued by these types of ongoing technology problems.
For now, a better option for reading The Drudge Report, at least for iPhone users, is to visit http://www.idrudgereport.com using Safari, and bookmark the page.The fonts are still small but basically readable, and there are no pop-up ads.