Articles about "iPad"


With new tablet Web app, New York Times may avoid Apple’s fees

Nieman Lab | The Next Web | News release
The New York Times launches a new “experimental” Web app today for its subscribers with iPads.

So if you’re a Times subscriber you can now access its content on your iPad through the main NYTimes for iPad app, The Collection fashion and style app, the Flipboard app, plain old nytimes.com in the Safari browser, the experimental Skimmer Web app and now the new tablet Web app at App.NYTimes.com.… Read more

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How news organizations are taking advantage of the latest iPad’s features

The newest iPad has ushered in a new high-resolution Retina Display that renders text that’s similar to the quality you see in print.

The core of most news apps is the printed word. The coarse typography of the iPad 1 and 2 and other tablets led to less than ideal news experiences because letters and words literally don’t stand out as much on low-resolution displays. But that’s changed with the latest iPad.

News outlets have been updating their apps to take advantage of the new iPad, which features a display with twice the pixel density, 264 PPI. Apple says that pixel density qualifies the 9.7-inch iPad as a Retina Display. (Individual pixels are not perceptible by the human eye).

Usability expert Jakob Nielsen said in a phone interview that the new iPad’s display will cause people to use the device more because it’s a more enjoyable user experience, particularly for reading text.… Read more

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High Country News raises bar for clever mobile promotions

YouTube | iTunes
High Country News is earning a reputation for nontraditional marketing of its new digital products.

Last December, the nonprofit news magazine about the American West sent an unusually honest press release about its new digital subscription plan and iPhone app. The news release quoted reader feedback that the new product “sucks,” and admission that the publication “turned to highly underpaid coders” to build the iPhone app. But hey, it’s a start.

Now HCN is out with its first iPad app, accompanied by this mockumentary about readers picketing the office with slogans like: “HCN is full of crap; we deserve an iPad app!”

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Few news orgs cross the ‘Continental Content Divide’ between social and immersive journalism

Edelman Digital
Steve Rubel outlines what he calls the “Continental Content Divide” that has emerged among media companies:

Some publishers see social networking as their primary path to growth. As a result, they are mixing journalism and web culture in clever ways that get their stories shared so they find you.

Others, meanwhile, believe the future is in immersive experiences that audiences seek out and, perhaps, even pay for.

Very few media brands are equally adroit. The reason, according to Darren Burden form Australia’s Fairfax Media, is that “news you read is different than news you say you read.”

The goal of the social strategy is to create news that finds you, while the immersive approach results in “news you find.” Another way of describing it: “spreadable media” vs.… Read more

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Denver Post’s new iPad app ‘advances how news apps should look’

Garcia Media | Digital First Media
Design expert Mario Garcia has high praise for the new iPad app launched by Digital First Media’s Denver Post. “It advances how news apps should look like, it does not pretend to look like a newspaper … Bravo. … a news app appearing today does not need to remind us of the iconic newspaper look,” Garcia writes.
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Huffington iPad mag stops charging, renewing concern about readers’ willingness to pay

Capital New York | GigaOM
The Huffington Post’s new weekly iPad magazine — originally priced at 99 cents / $1.99 a month / $19.99 a year — is dropping its price to zero after five issues, Joe Pompeo reports. AOL claims about 115,000 downloads of the app, Pompeo writes, but it wasn’t clear how many of those ever paid for an issue (the first month came free).

The moves comes shortly after The Daily, News Corp.’s iPad-only newsmagazine, laid off 50 staffers and scaled back content.

Mathew Ingram’s analysis is that single-source apps “don’t fit the way content works anymore”:

Whether media companies like it or not (and they mostly don’t), much of the news and other content we consume now comes via links shared through Twitter and Facebook and other networks, or through old-fashioned aggregators — such as Yahoo News or Google News — and newer ones like Flipboard and Zite and Prismatic that are tailored to mobile devices and a socially-driven news experience.

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New wave of tablet devices could accelerate news-reading trend

The class of semi-portable, two-hands-required, touch-screen devices we generically refer to as “tablets” really contains two distinct species.

There are the 10-inch screens, where the $499-and-up iPad dominates and has reigned all tablets as best-in-class.

And then there is the insurgent class of 7-inch screens led by the Amazon Kindle Fire. Are they as good as the iPad? No. But they’re more than half as good for less than half the price — and so they offer a compelling value to the budget-conscious consumer.

Google's Nexus 7 tablet goes on sale this month.

In the next month or two, expect to see a new wave of impressive innovation in this smaller class of tablets.

Amazon is expected to debut the Kindle Fire 2 by August.… Read more

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Four things for journalists to consider as full New York Times content comes to Flipboard

As of Thursday, New York Times subscribers can access the news organization’s content from within Flipboard, the aggregated magazine app for iPads and smartphones.

That’s news — even if you don’t subscribe to the Times. Here’s why.

This is what New York Times content will look like in Flipboard.

It is the first time Flipboard has fully subsumed the content of any publisher, and it is “the first time that The Times has offered paid subscribers full access to its content off a Times platform.”

But it won’t be the last. The Times says this is only the first step in a new strategy called “NYT Everywhere,” which will put Times content on many third-party platforms.

There are at least four things journalists and publishers should be considering as this transition occurs.… Read more

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LeVar Burton of ‘Reading Rainbow’ fame breaks print journalists’ hearts

The Atlantic

In an interview with Benjamin Jackson about the new “Reading Rainbow” iPad app (The Atlantic beat me to the obvious: “Take a look it’s on an iPad”) LeVar Burton says Twitter and Flipboard have pushed the newspaper aside in his daily routine:

LeVar, I’d like to know what media you consume when you wake up on a Sunday, where you consume it, and how? So, is it a physical newspaper or magazine, an iPad app, a website in a browser, an online video series, a podcast? Any or all of the above?

BURTON: Sunday morning is a traditional day for laying in bed, a little while — much longer than a normal day — and, you know my iPad charges on my nightstand, so it’s the first thing I reach for.

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The chart that shows why iPad apps are so appealing to news orgs

Reynolds Journalism Institute
Roger Fidler’s survey of mobile media device users finds that iPad owners are, by far, the most likely to use a mobile device for news consumption. They also spend more time with news on average than those who do not own iPads.

A few other findings:

  • iPad users said they spend 6.1 hours per week “keeping up with the news.”
  • Younger iPad users, ages 18-34, said they spend 7.3 hours per week “keeping up with the news.”
  • 84 percent of iPad users ages 18-34 said they use it for “keeping up with the news”

Related: Half of iPad owners still subscribe to print media (Poynter) | Study: Tablet users more likely to buy magazines, e-books than news, newspapers (Poynter) | New York Post drops iPad Web paywall (NY Convergence) || Earlier: ABC News iPad app changes by time of day (Poynter) | “Huffington” iPad magazine launches (Poynter).… Read more

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