The augmented reality app to get children reading newspapers

For the digital native of a certain age, there are few sights more quaint than their father (or grandfather) disappearing behind a wall of newsprint. So how to break down that paper barrier?A new 'augmented reality' app from a Japanese newspaper has one solution.The app developed by Tokyo Shimbun … [Read more...]

500,000 in two weeks

The number of personalised Flipboard magazines that have been created since the newsreader app launched its self-publishing magazine feature, according to a Techcrunch report. It has been argued that this is not merely a feature, but could be the basis for a new business model - a pivot, if you will … [Read more...]

Review of Daily Mail Plus: raising the bar for news apps

The Daily Mail has finally joined the battle for pre-eminence on the iPad with the soft-launch of its first proper native newspaper app, the Daily Mail Plus. I have spent some time with it over the past few weeks, and can report that it has raised the bar significantly for newspaper apps. When I … [Read more...]

One second

How often the newsreader app Flipboard adds a new user, according to recent stats on its blog. No wonder that Flipboard has been cited as inspiration for Facebook's new Newsfeed. The future of the news, as they say, is social - as long as there's lots of content with it that you can monetise. … [Read more...]

Raju Narisetti of WSJ: how newspapers should tackle 2013

This Nieman interview with the Wall Street Journal's Raju Narisetti is an absolutely crucial read for anyone who works in newspapers who cares about the future of newspapers. The highlights, digested, start with paywalls (which he claims have been installed by 450 newspapers in the US and North … [Read more...]

AppMachine: the £350 off-the-shelf ‘build your own’ mobile app

"Build your own app, no programming knowledge necessary."Eight ordinary words, but what sweet poetry. Well, poetic at least to me as I reel like a drunk man through HTML, CSS, PHP and quell horreur, Ruby (on rails, with skates on, on steroids, whatever), dreaming sweet little dreams of coding my own … [Read more...]

Test dummy: here’s a browser version of my app

Here's an interesting way to show off a builds for an IOS app design without actually running it as an app. It's called Kickfolio, runs in HTML5, and seems to me to offer added convenience in testing. That is, testers can be reached more efficiently on a wider platform and encouraged to leave … [Read more...]

28 years

The time the news summary app Summly claims to have saved its readers in the first month of its existence. The app was downloaded 500,000 times in four weeks and is the No 1 app in News for Apple's App store in 28 countries, according to this post in PandoDaily. And it's a run by a … [Read more...]

The Summly summary: the 16-year-old who wants to stop us being ‘inundated with drivel’

...with a little help from Stephen Fry. The pitch is this: Summly is an app developed by 16-year-old Briton Nick D'Aloisio that writes news summaries using an algorithm, making bite sized pieces of news that are easy to consume on a mobile screen - and if you want to read a longer version … [Read more...]

FT’s one-man army to run mobile production

“We only have one journalist responsible for mobile and tablet production” The Financial Times's head of product for mobile and 'emerging platforms', Stephen Pinches, speaking to the WAN-IFRA Tablet and App Summit in Frankfurt last month, where he spoke on the importance for publishers of knowing … [Read more...]