In this Flex Templates release, we are making some improvements to our Amazon Alexa Flash Briefing, we have changed our weather blocks to show up to 10 days of forecasts, and we are now adding captions and headlines to inline assets such as video, PDFs and audio assets. In addition, several bugs have been fixed.

NEW FEATURES

  • Audio assets can now be displayed as part of an Alexa-formatted feed, using the streamUrl property. This will allow media organizations to use audio in their Alexa Flash Briefings. (FLEXBLOX-5469)
  • You can now change the "number of forecast days" in the "Weather: Forecast" block, and the "Weather: Index" block. Show between seven and ten days, as desired. (FLEXBLOX-8301)
  • When placed inline in an article asset, the video, audio and PDF assets will now show their captions and/or bylines, similar to image assets. (FLEXBLOX-8387)
  • In this template update, customers will see new blocks for Now: Video Feature and Now: Audio. These blocks will become active in the app at a later date. (FLEXBLOX-8566) (FLEXBLOX-8583) (FLEXBLOX-8584) (FLEXBLOX-8423)

IMPROVEMENTS

  • A vertical presentation collection, when dragged inline an article, did not previously display its main title, unlike collections in other modes. This has been fixed. (FLEXBLOX-8586)
  • We are adding the image count of images in the "Classifieds: Bulletins" block. This helps users know when there is additional content. (FLEXBLOX-6743)
  • When a user is changing their password in the User Dashboard, it will now ask to verify the original password. This will help reduce security issues. (FLEXBLOX-8376)

BUG FIXES

  • When using the "Card: Summary" block, with Content Discovery "load more" enabled, and share buttons visible, the asset title was not being properly sent to the data-track object. This has been fixed. (FLEXBLOX-6481)
  • When removing a saved asset from the User Dashboard "saved" area, it would sometimes not immediately reflect its deleted status right away. This has been fixed. (FLEXBLOX-8234)
  • When using the "Card: Feature" and the gradation overlay option, the gradation was sometimes going over the headline text. This has been fixed. (FLEXBLOX-8540)
  • The micro data description for schema.org itemprop properties is not currently defined, leading Google bots to scrape the page in order to determine the story summary, and it sometimes makes mistakes. With this ticket, we are now passing the item description as the story's summary, which will help to prevent Google from displaying the wrong content. (FLEXBLOX-8581)
  • We are fixing some edge cases where "product click" impressions were not being captured in the Google Analytics Enhanced Ecommerce reports for subscription. (FLEXBLOX-8582)
  • In some edge cases, the "video ended" event in Google Analytics would fire twice. This has been fixed. (FLEXBLOX-8593)
  • In some cases, the e-Edition search function in the hamburger menu just displayed a white window. This has been fixed. (FLEXBLOX-8601)
  • Our Subscription application has the ability to determine if a user is blocking ads, and if so ask the user to either sign up for a subscription, or whitelist the site. In some edge cases, ad blocking detection was not working properly, but it has now been fixed. (FLEXBLOX-8606)
  • We recently upgraded our datepicker JavaScript, and it caused some issues with dates in the advanced search area. This has been fixed. (FLEXBLOX-8657)