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Without waiting for the argument on whether or not the web is dead to be concluded, Nieman Journalism Lab has launched its Apple app. It works with the iPhone, the iPod touch, and though not at optimum performance, the iPad.

"Every day, there are 16 gazillion news articles about the future of journalism, 27.5 flabillion blog posts, and 294 quinzillion tweets," Joshua Benton wrote on niemanlab.org. "In response, we've built the Nieman Journalism Lab iPhone app," he continued. "You can use it as you like, of course, but the use case I'm imagining for it is when you're standing in line at the grocery store, sitting on a train, or otherwise in a situation where you could squeeze in two minutes to catch up on what's going on."

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-25 17:56

A report based on research carried out by Pew Internet shows a dramatic increase in the use of mobile phones to access the Internet, with a 13% growth since last year. "While overall mobile phone ownership has not grown over the last year, cell owners now take advantage of a much wider range of their phones' capabilities," the report states.

Even though adults between ages 18 and 29 are leading the trend, with 65% of them accessing the Internet from their mobiles, other age groups are catching up. In fact, more than half of mobile phone users go online daily using their phones, with 43% of users going online several times a day compared to 37% in 2009. Recent studies in the UK by comScore had similar findings, with more than a third of smartphone users regularly accessing the internet through their phones.

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

For more information like this, look for SFN's World Digital Media Trends 2010, due out later this month.

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-08-17 19:39

The New York Times plans to launch "Press Engine," a digital publishing platform that will aim to make it easier for publishers to create iPhone and iPad applications , MediaPost reported yesterday. The launch is planned for the fourth quarter of this year.

Through the service, clients will be able to leverage the newspaper's technology in building digital products designed to grow readership, create an expanded subscription model and provide new advertising opportunities to reach out to newspaper readers, according to a press release.

The Telegraph Media Group and A.H. Belo Corporation-owned Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal and The Press-Enterprise are the first publishers to license Press Engine. Several New York Times Company-owned newspapers, including the International Herald Tribune, The Gainesville Sun and The Lakeland Ledger, will also participate in the product launch.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-08-04 19:16

Two former Bing engineers and an ex-Google News staffer have launched Apollo News, an iPad application that gives users a personalised newspaper with content from around the web, ABC.es reported Friday.

The application uses an algorithm that, based on factors like time spent reading articles, favourite sources and content liked on Facebook and Twitter, filters blogs and news sites "to help users discover the best content for them," a TechCrunch report stated.

The selected articles are then organised into seven pre-selected categories: Top News, Business, Sports, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Funny and News Videos, the website Appadvice.com noted. It also allows users to rate the articles without leaving the application.

Created by Hawthorne Labs, Apollo News has been presented as the "Newspaper of the Future" that will "deliver the final blow to the newspaper industry."

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-07-19 23:47

RIA Novosti has recently released iPhone applications in English and French, reports the Novosti website. The new apps from the Russian news sources will allow for French and English readers to browse through Russian and international news, watch videos, view photos and infographics, and download and e-mail favourites.

Speaking about the new apps, deputy marketing director Sergei Lysakov of Novosti says, "RIA Novosti wants to be closer to its customers all over the world. First we released an iPhone app that allows users to access the agency's news in Russian. Now we're releasing versions in English and French while developing interfaces for new iPhone apps in two more languages. We are planning to expand our presence in the global media market in cooperation with the world's leading media brands."

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-07-12 17:50

The United Kingdom's third largest national daily has launched a free iPad application with multi-touch controls, TechDigest.tv reported today.

Free Daily Metro's iPad app also helps users plan events and entertainment for the week, while providing all the news from the newspaper in a digital format, according to KnowYourMobile.com. The app has been specifically designed to make the most of the tablet's extra screen space, helping to swap pages and browse sections with just a click, and with capabilities to jump from the front page to key stories.

Prior to the launch, Renault was in talks to be the first sponsor, with a five-figure sponsorship deal, NewMediaAge reported June 22.

While it may seem silly to download an iPad edition for a free newspaper, it does help Londoners realise wastage caused by printing free dailies, when digital copies could protect natural resources and keep public transport free from discarded print waste, wrote Gerald Lynch, of TechDigest.tv. It could also save on printing and distribution costs.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-07-06 23:25

The Garnett Dickinson group-owned weekly The Rotherham Advertiser announced its first iPhone app for its births, marriages and deaths section, MediaGuardian reported today.

"We are the first in the UK to launch an App for the BMD section, allowing us to extend our brand to a new non-traditional newspaper audience," Nicky Holt, commercial director of the weekly, told MediaGuardian. "We are a traditional weekly newspaper group, but that hasn't prevented us from identifying opportunities in new media and technology to capitalise on a key pillar of a traditional printed product."

The app, available on iTunes, facilitates readers' search for the latest news updates and announcements in the last two months, and allows users to share news via e-mail and through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, leave comments, upload photos and also archive favourites.

The weekly has a circulation of 30,000 copies.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-06-10 20:48

The creators of the Pulse iPad app have submitted a new version without The New York Times RSS feed as a default, All Things D's Kara Swisher reported yesterday.

This comes after The Times sent a takedown request to Apple on Tuesday, because the app is paid and therefore violates The Times' terms and conditions. The Pulse's creators are Stanford University Institute of Design students Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta.

Image: Alphonso Labs

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-06-09 22:49

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

The Times of London released its iPad edition last Friday, and within three days had sold 5,000 copies at a subscription price of £9.99 per month, paidContent reported today in a round-up of iPad app sales.

Customer reviews of the app on the iPad app store say the app is great, but each voiced disappointment that the Sunday Times was not included in the app.

Image: A screenshot of The Times on the iPad, via Apple's app store.
For paid news apps on the iPad, paidContent reported that:
- The Wall Street Journal app now has 10,000 subscribers paying US$17.29 per month (free to those with an online or print subscription)
- The Australian's app, which was unveiled last Friday has 4,500 downloads. It costs US4.99 each month.

The Guardian and the Financial Times apps are both free, and have had 90,000 downloads and 130,000 downloads, respectively.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-06-03 04:28

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