Newspapers and magazines have always been about content, but somewhere along the way it got lost in a sea of flashy graphics and one-your-face advertisements. But the new generations of tablet publications are working hard to strip away the clutter and open up a whole new world of reading on our iPhones and iPads, even if we have to use Newsstand to get to it.
If you're an avid reader of Vanity Fair who's constantly on the move, you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn that the popular publication has launched an iPhone version tailored specifically for you. The app is reported to contain the full content of the print magazine, all while categorizing articles according to how long it takes to read them.
Don't want to bother with creating your own Flipboard magazines, but would still like to be able to view the creations of others? No problem, the app has now spread its wings and flown to the web as well.
With only a month to go before WWDC 2013, it's still awfully quiet from Cupertino, which appears to be saving all of its ammunition for the big event. Meanwhile, developers are busy working on the next OS X Mountain Lion update and we'll have to be content with a tiny Thunderbolt firmware update to close out the week. Hoping for more? Keep reading to find out what else made news on Thursday...
While RSS lovers continue to mourn the loss of Google Reader, competing services are already moving on with new ideas to replace it -- such as Flipboard, whose latest update allows users to create custom magazines to share with others.
Since its introduction, there are many users who have never downloaded a Newsstand-enabled app to their iOS device. The icon just sits, taking up space on your home screen, without any way to turn it off, or remove the icon--until now. Thanks to a small Mac and Windows app called StifleStand, you can hide the Newsstand app in a folder without jailbreaking your device.
As anyone in the publishing business can tell you, it's expensive to print magazines -- particularly when so many of them wind up unsold in the first place. The publishers of Newsweek know this all to well as they transition to all-digital next year.
For those of us who read magazines more than any other print or digital publication, the idea behind Next Issue is marvelous. Much like a Netflix for such periodicals, the iPad app lets you plunk down a subscription fee each month in return for unlimited access to dozens of top magazines, with both current and back issues (only 2012 releases at present) available for all. It's a prospect that could have serious effects on both the buying and reading habits of magazine aficionados, with multiple plans offering various monthly, biweekly, and weekly publications, though the execution doesn't live up to the brilliant concept at present.
We all know that social media is a powerful force, but can it be used to launch a satellite into orbit? That's what MacTech magazine and Southern Stars are hoping as they seek donations to launch SkyCube into space next year.
The publishing business is an extremely fragile one, and nowhere is that more true than with companies who specialize in magazines. Now, giants like Time Inc. are finally starting to embrace Apple’s Newsstand as the path to a new digital future.