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TuneIn Radio adds police scanners, in-app donations

For real-time information as incidents are developing, nothing beats eavesdropping on the local police.


TuneIn Radio is adding a new form of real-time news. The latest update to the Internet radio application adds access to more than 3,000 police and fire scanners from around the country.

Version 2.2 of the TuneIn Radio app lets you listen in to local police dispatches practically anywhere in the country, including New York boroughs and California Highway Patrol.

By browsing through the channels available in the Scanner menu (found under the Talk > News menu), you can pick up on traffic information and other emergencies that could impact your commute. It's not the most obvious or pleasant way to stay updated on the latest news, but if you want real-time information as incidents are developing, the new feature is an easy way to eavesdrop on the local police.

The radio platform is also testing in-app donations on iOS and Android devices to public radio, starting with KQED in San Francisco. The donation integration is fairly basic, and doesn't use mobile payment options. Instead the Donate Now button takes you to KQED's online donation page optimized for mobile devices.