August in tech is like August in politics: Everyone's just sort of holding their breath. Apple fans are waiting for the news of the next iPhone event and then all the other companies follow and we're off to pre-gaming the holiday season, but for now, it's vacations, it's back to school, and it's how-tos for you.
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.