updated 06:54 pm EDT, Tue August 19, 2014
Digital magazine newsstand adds batch downloading feature
Zinio, a digital magazine newsstand platform, has released an update for its iOS app. Users can read magazine issues as soon as they are available, and sync their library offline and across devices. Zinio v2.8 features batch downloading, meaning that multiple magazines can be queued to download. Magazine thumbnails now appear larger in one's Library, and featured articles from Explore can be shared more easily via Facebook, Twitter or by email.
Offline access has also been improved. Free to download, Zinio for iOS can be found through iTunes. Free content is available alongside paid issues and subscriptions.
Lensbaby LM-10 Sweet Spot lens for iOS now available
Lenbaby's LM-10 Sweet Spot lens for smartphones has now officially launched following its original Kickstarter introduction in April. The lens allows users to create a depth-of-field look when capturing images on their iPhone, ideal for a variety of subjects, such as food. The Sweet Spot attaches to the camera of the user's phone with an adhesive-backed, stainless-steel ring, and delivers a sharp focus surrounded by increasing blur. The lens is accompanied by a free app that allows for selecting the focus point and properly orient the image; additionally the app includes spot metering, exposure lock, focus lock, still/video modes and a variety of filters. The LM-10 Sweet Spot is available for $70.