Articles about "Mobile apps"


One-third of adults under 30 get news on social networks now

For American adults under 30, social media has far surpassed newspapers and has equaled TV as a primary source of daily news, according to a new study of news consumption trends by the Pew Research Center for the People & The Press.

The study found 33 percent of those young adults got news from social networks the day before, while 34 percent watched TV news and just 13 percent read print or digital newspaper content.

Overall, the study says, the major trends driving the growth and change of digital news are social media, as well as the rapid adoption of mobile Internet devices.

The top-level trends in social media news consumption:
  • 19 percent of all Americans got news from a social network like Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn yesterday (up from 9 percent in 2010).
  • Among people using social networks, 36 percent got news there yesterday (up from 19 percent in 2010).
Overall use of social media for news consumption is growing, and the rates are similar across three age groups from 18 to 39.

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!"


5 new apps track, fact-check political news as election season intensifies

CNN | ReadWriteWeb

Time to hit the app stores, politics junkies. As the party conventions and fall election season arrive, a bunch of new mobile applications are launching that help users get the latest news, engage in conversation, fact-check claims … Read more


5 lessons from developing Settle It!, PolitiFact’s new fact-checking mobile app

For the past few months I’ve been working with PolitiFact founder and editor Bill Adair on a new fact-checking mobile app that just came out today for iPhone and Android.

“Settle It! PolitiFact’s Argument Ender” was produced by … 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.

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News apps are starting to update content when users change location

Instapaper | | Apple
A trendy new feature is starting to spread in iPhone news apps: Automatic downloading of the latest content based on a user's location.'s Paperboy feature lets a user designate his home location, and updates the content automatically whenever he leaves home. pioneered the approach last month with a feature nicknamed "Paperboy," which lets a user set her home location so the app can download the latest stories whenever she heads out. Now Instapaper has incorporated a similar feature that lets readers set up to 10 locations (home, work, gym, etc.) that should trigger the app to download any newly saved articles.

Why is that useful? It ensures a user has the latest content on her device before she gets on a subway, airplane or other places with no connectivity. It also gets around Apple's once-a-day limit on how often apps can download new content "in the background" on a device. With this approach, background downloading can happen multiple times as a user travels.

Location-based downloading takes advantage of "geofencing" technology built into iOS since version 4.0. With a user's permission, an iPhone or iPad app can define a virtual fence around certain geographic regions (a central point plus a given radius). iOS automatically monitors the device's location, and whenever one of the boundaries is crossed, it triggers a desired action, such as downloading content or reminding a user to pick up his dry cleaning nearby.

Related: Developer documentation on using iOS geofencing (Apple) | How location-based social network Foursquare is about to reinvent itself (TechCrunch) || Earlier: iPhone 4 could accelerate "geofencing" (Poynter) | News orgs should build apps that solve problems, not just republish content (Poynter)

Only in ‘Amercia’: Romney app needs copy editing

Charles Apple | Washington Post
Perhaps some of the copy editors losing their newspaper jobs could find new employment with the presidential campaigns. The Romney campaign released a "With Mitt" iPhone app Tuesday that lets users "customize photos with a variety of Mitt-inspired artistic frames, add personalized messages, and then share with your friends." One of the 14 superimposed photo messages calls for "A Better Amercia."

Romney app misspelling
What the view from my balcony looks like in "A Better Amercia."
The Washington Post reports the Romney campaign has submitted a corrected app to Apple for approval. Apple says it usually completes its app review process within five business days, so we may see Amercia-stamped photos floating around for a few more days.

Earlier: Downward "sprial" for Denver Post copy editing? (Poynter)

Publishers can finally sell digital subscriptions on Android devices

Android Developers | Open Signal Maps
Publishers and other app developers can now sell subscriptions with recurring payments through their Android apps. For the past year Android developers could conduct one-time transactions, such as single-issue sales, through in-app purchases. But only now can Android users authorize automatic monthly or annual payments for a subscription.

Apple has offered in-app subscriptions on iOS devices since February 2011. Just like Apple, Google will process subscription payments and take a 30 percent cut.

The change could improve the profitability of developing for Android, which has more users than iOS but has generated less sales revenue. Google says 23 of the 24 top-grossing apps in its market already use in-app billing, and the revenue from in-app purchases exceeds revenue from paid app downloads. (more...)

‘I hated every moment of our experiment with apps,’ publisher says

Technology Review
Jason Pontin's latest column is perhaps the most simultaneously complete and concise summary of publishers' disappointment with mobile apps.

When Apple released the iPad in April 2010, the Technology Review publisher writes, "traditional publishers had been overtaken by a collective delusion. They believed that mobile computers with large, colorful screens, such as the iPad, iPhone, and similar devices using Google's Android software, would allow them to unwind their unhappy histories with the Internet."

But after setting foot in the new world of apps, Pontin writes, "like almost all publishers, I was badly disappointed. What went wrong? Everything." (Read on for his blow-by-blow account.) (more...)
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Read it Later founder: Paid apps ‘do not make sense for our business’

Read it Later -- an app that enables people to save content from their computer, smart phone or iPad, and makes it available for offline use -- is launching a new version this morning with a new business model and name.

Until today, there were two versions of the app -- a free version and a Pro version, which cost $2.99. Founder Nate Weiner said the app is the number one paid news app on Android and Amazon. From a business perspective, though, it didn't make sense to continue having a paid app.

“Just because the company was making money, doesn't mean that it was making it in a way that best fits our type of product,” Weiner said via email. “Quite simply: paid apps just do not make sense for our business. We're moving to a different model for revenue, something that has been in the works since last summer and making our official apps free is just the start of that transition.” (more...)