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KOS Media launched on Friday an iPad application that gives readers access to its 16 free dailies, the Press Gazette informed yesterday.

The company, which owns local titles like the Kent on Sunday and was acquired in June by regional publisher Archant, claimed that its app "is the first for a regional newspaper in Britain," Kent News reported.

"As soon as we knew the iPad was set for release, we began working on an app with our developers PageSuite," managing director Paul Stannard said.

The app is available for free at the iTunes store and it gives reader the latest news, videos, traffic and weather reports while allowing them to conduct classified ad searches for jobs, homes and cars.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-08-19 16:18

The same day that Apple started selling the iPad in Hong Kong, the South China Morning Post became the first English-language newspaper in Asia to launch its iPad application, News & Tech reported yesterday.

The news app, release on July 23 and developed in partnership with WoodWing, has been download by more than 3,000 readers and quickly became the second most popular app in Hong Kong's iTunes store, Editor & Publisher revealed.
Until this month, it will be offered at no cost allowing readers to access a smaller version of the daily from Monday through Saturday. According to the newspaper's website, after the trial period each issue will cost $0.99. However, for the time being, Sunday editions will not be available.

"Our goal is to become the unequivocal authoritative source for English-language information about Hong Kong and China, and the iPad edition allows us to do so for a global audience," SCMP Group Ltd. Executive Advisor Steven Tan said in a press release.

The South China Morning Post was founded in 1903 and currently has a daily circulation of 100,860 copies.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-08-05 23:03

"Tablets are a perfect platform for cheap, convenient and up-to-date News Corp content," Rupert Murdoch said at a media debate in Sydney Tuesday, Media Guardian reported.

"News Corp has "tens of thousands of readers" through apps for the Wall Street Journal, the Times and the Australian," Murdoch added. He then pointed out that Apple's iPad sales will exceed than predicted.

Murdoch said he think iPads will sell around 15 million this calendar year and more than 40 million by 2012. And is just one of many tablet or slate computers in the pipeline. News Corp fully intends to be across all those platforms too."

In addition, he claimed that subscriber levels for the new Times and Sunday Times online paywalls are strong and described the strategy as "the start of a new business model for the internet," but did not give any exact figures, Media Guardian reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-08-03 21:20

In its most successful product launch ever, Apple announced it has sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s in the first three days after putting it on the market in several countries, the Kansas City Star reported yesterday. In 2009, Apple sold 1 million units of its 3GS iPhone in the first three days.

However, even some people who pre-ordered the smartphone have had to wait, as Apple had to delay in-store sales to fulfill its preorders first. Seventy-seven percent of buyers queueing outside stores in the first few days were upgrading to the iPhone 4 from previous models, according research from U.S. analysis group Piper Jaffray and UK firm AQA. This means 23 percent of buyers are new to the iPhone, MediaGuardian noted.

"This is confirmation that Apple has another hit. Apple is competing with Google, which seems to have a new Android phone from another partner out every two weeks. Apple gets one chance a year to launch a new phone, and they hit it out of the park," Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, told USA Today.

New features on the iPhone 4 include video calling, 960-by-640 resolution, multiple apps usage, and HD video recording, according to Apple.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-06-29 23:03

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is planning to look into Apple Inc.'s tactics in the mobile advertising market, and decide whether the company's actions will result in less competition in the growing market, Bloomberg reported Friday.

This week, Apple banned mobile ad networks from collecting information, such as location, to give more highly targeted advertising, according to paidContent. Apple bought mobile advertising platform Quattro Wireless in January, after the company found itself increasingly competing with Google in the mobile market. Last November, Google announced it would buy AdMob, which competes with Quattro.

The regulatory body is concerned that the conditions "Apple was placing on software developers and advertisers for the company's iAd program," according to Bloomberg. The investigation is affecting Google as well, as they have caused the FTC last month to postpone a decision on whether to approve Google's buyout of AdMob for US$750 million.

"The terms hurt both large and small developers by severely limiting their choice of how best to make money. And because advertising funds a huge number of free and low cost apps, these terms are bad for consumers as well," AdMob CEO Omar Hamoui wrote in a blog post, according to paidContent.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-06-16 00:42

The New York Times yesterday sent a takedown request to Apple, asking the company to pull its best-selling iPad RSS application from the App Store, and Apple has done so, Wired reported today. Apple removed the app just hours after Steve Jobs praised it in his keynote speech at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco yesterday morning, according to All Things D.

The Pulse News Reader app, which costs US$3.99 and was downloaded about 35,000 times, downloads and displays the RSS feeds of various news sources and aggregates them in a user-friendly way, which works especially well on the iPad. Users can then click on the plain text, which opens the original article on its home site in a new window, framed within the app browser. It was even Apple's top paid app for awhile, Wired notes.

Pulse is "little more than a really well-designed RSS reader," All Things D's Kara Swisher wrote. Image: Alphonso Labs

So why did The Times want the app removed?

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-06-09 00:36

Speaking yesterday from The Wall Street Journal's annual 'D: All Things Digital' conference in California, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a number of significant statements about the role of journalism in a democracy, the paradigm shift presented by the iPad as well as predictions for the future of personal computing.

In an on-stage interview with Walt Mossberg, Jobs stated that "One of my beliefs, very strongly, is that any democracy depends on a free, healthy press. Some of these newspapers, the news-gathering and editorial organizations are really important, I don't want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers, myself. I think we need editorial more than ever right now.

For more on this story visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-06-04 18:35

The Financial Times has revealed details about its soon-to-launch iPad app with a video demo, which on approval from Apple will go live, MediaWeek.co.uk reported. The iPad app is currently in its beta phase.

Following its launch, access to content will remain open and free initially until 31 July, after which users will have to buy a subscription, just as with its Web site and iPhone application. However, installation of the app will continue to be free, being sponsored exclusively by luxury watch manufacturer Hublot, according to MediaWeek. No advertising will appear on the app, except that of its exclusive sponsor after its launch.

Registered users can read up to 10 articles for free each month, after which they can subscribe for a two-tier subscription offer that includes a premium package for £260 per year or a standard package for £171 per year.

The iPad app follows a cautious approach towards advertising by offering limited advertising opportunities for advertisers, MediaWeek noted. The newspaper commenced development of the iPad app prior to the launch of the device, with the help of a development team based at Colorado. The development team plans to make necessary changes in the future with video advertising offerings as a part of its agenda.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-05-12 22:56

A month after their release, iPads are flying off the shelves faster than iPhones did when they were first unveiled in 2007, Guardian.co.uk reported yesterday.

Since launching on April 3, Apple has sold more than one million iPads - more sales than expected by analysts. It reached the one million mark just 28 days after its launch. The iPhone, meanwhile took 74 days to sell one million units.

"One million iPads in 28 days--that's less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement yesterday, according to Information Week.

A majority of iPad buyers are people who were already fans of Apple products and early adopters, Daniel Ernst, an analyst for Hudson Square Research, told the Guardian. The iPad is a "game changer. This is a product that could really redefine how we consume a lot of content."

So far, iPad users have already downloaded more than 12 million applications on the gadget, according to The Australian.

The iPad 3G, which has cellular connectivity through AT&T in the U.S., as well as built-in wi-fi support, was in stores on Friday.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-05-04 23:14

Google Inc announced a 23 percent revenue increase in 1Q on a rebound in online advertising. However, its stock price fell 5 percent to US$565.50 on Thursday, after a 5 percent growth since Monday. It looks like there's still a long way for the company to go before it sees its stock prices return to pre-recession levels, The Associated Press reported in an article posted by the Washington Post.

"They've had a strong last few days ... and some investors expected Google to beat by a wider margin and price-per-click to come in a bit higher than 7 percent growth," Edward Jones analyst Andrew Miedler said.

Photo: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

"They just weren't good enough," said Capital Advisors Vice President Channing Smith, Reuters reported.

Google is trying to maintain its rapid pace of growth, but analysts points out some challenges including the growing regulatory and legal headaches around the world, and its withdrawal from China.

Facing the growing competition from Apple Inc. in the mobile advertising market and people's concerns on its relative lack of success outside search, Google has pledged to keep investing heavily.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-04-16 21:19

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