Mobile apps

ComScore: Users spend 60 percent of their digital media time with mobile platforms

— ComScore data indicates users spend 60 percent of their digital media time with mobile platforms, up from 50 percent last year. And "time spent on mobile apps is higher than any other digital medium, coming in at 51 percent," CNET's Dara Kerr writes. — Version 2.0 of Jason Calacanis' Inside app is here, Capital New York's Johana Bhuiyan … Read More

How mobile devices are creating hyperlocal opportunities

EveryBlock’s recent resurrection raises hopes that digital media efforts can help stoke interest in hyperlocal news. Focusing tightly on Chicago neighborhoods, EveryBlock connects users to information about crime, civic developments and calendar events – down to the block level – and brings neighbors together to talk with each other virtually. By narrowing its audience, EveryBlock provides an example of  … Read More

Chicago startup Rivet News Radio echoes Zite and Pandora for audio news

Text-based journalism has Flipboard and Zite. Music has Pandora. Video has YouTube. Tapping into elements of all these services for a different form of media is Rivet News Radio, the first product from Chicago-based startup HearHere Radio LLC, which launched earlier this month. The Rivet app — iOS only for now — taps into two of the day's biggest buzzwords in echoing other new media successes: mobile-friendliness and customizability. It occupies an aural space somewhere between podcasts that you deliberately seek out and radio news that you listen to just because it's on and you're trapped in traffic during your commute. Read More

With 'newsletter for mobile,' Dalton Caldwell wants to make your native app obsolete

Dalton Caldwell is CEO of app.net, which introduces a new app today allowing publishers to send alerts, called "Broadcasts," to readers' mobile phones. “Imagine if you had to download a different email client for every email newsletter you subscribe to.” That's the analogy offered by Dalton Caldwell, CEO of app.net, for the state of push … Read More

Breaking News app's alerts can shout all day or stay out of your way

Behind the buzz-buzz of a smartphone alert could come anything: News of the death of Osama bin Laden, or a “we have to talk” text, or an email with that job offer, finally. Or it could be news of a Miley Cyrus twerk, or a “remember to buy milk” text, or an email with an offer to come to Best … Read More

Pitchfork joins digital weekly trend with iOS app

Pitchfork Viva la digital weekly! Pitchfork Media is the latest media organization to experiment with a reverse-publishing format that I've championed before. It's a trend that includes the Atlantic Weekly, Esquire Weekly and the Awl's Weekend Companion. Read More

New iPad Air comes closer to all-in-one reporting device for mobile journalists

Mobile journalists — those who report on the ground and file stories at Starbucks, for instance — should be tempted by the iPad Air. While it's unlikely to revolutionize on-the-go computing, it definitely brings us a step closer to having an all-in-one reporting device. If you're in the market for a new tablet or your news organization is moving in … Read More