Tag - Digital magazines
Future Publishing, a UK-owned company that offers a wide range of technology and sports-oriented titles, and was one of the first companies to get behind Apple's Newsstand in a big way, has announced strong earnings in its digital magazine sales. In just under a year, the company's 65 digital titles have generated over $8 million in sales, with over 12 million "container app" downloads and five million subscribers. Late last year, the company announced that digital sales had made up for declines in print sales for the first time.
Digital magazine circulation has reportedly doubled in the second half of 2011, reaching 3.29 million from 1.46 million in the same period in 2010, according to data collected by trade group Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC). Digital sales still represent a fraction of total publishing, however, taking one percent share in a market that is still dominated by print circulation.
One of the main sticking points in the fight between magazine publishers and Apple in getting magazines into the iTunes eco-system -- Apple's unwillingness to share subscriber data with publishers -- has turned out to largely be a non-issue, Hearst Magazine president David Carey admitted in an interview with Reuters. Describing the negotiations last spring as being filled with "so much drama," he now praises the iPad.
Zinio, a magazine service designed for iOS devices, has become one of the top three grossing iPad apps offered in the App Store. Since July's v2.0 update, which added support for in-app purchases, Zinio has ranked as the number one grossing News application in numerous countries including the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Russia. The application provides access to thousands of magazines from around the world, with support for purchasing both subscriptions and individual issues. All magazines can be viewed as full-color reproductions of the print versions, or as enhanced text pages with support for resizing the text.
Time Warner may be looking to deliver special digital tablet versions of its paper magazines as a perk to its current subscribers. The company's CEO, Jeff Bewkes, hinted that he wants to make the content available to current subscribers--in a model a bit similar to its "TV Everywhere" initiative, which offers its own television content (TNT, TBS, HBO, etc.) to current cable television subscribers on their tablets. However, unlike its video initiative--such as its HBO Go service-- the company may deliver its premium magazine via its native app. Currently, users can download the app its Time, Sports Illustrated and other apps for free, but they must pay for continuing access the magazine content.
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Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE
French show carries on with iPhones
Following a prolonged power loss in a French TV studio, the crew was able to use a combination of limited studio lighting and a number of iPhones to continue taping the Saturday episode of talk show On n'est pas couché ("We're Still Awake"), using the resulting footage in the first edited episode. The Plus-model iPhones used for the impromptu shoot completion were either iPhone 6 Plusses (which shoot in 1080p) or 6s Plus models (which can shoot in 4K). The decision to use the iPhones to complete the show was made after a power outage at France 2's studio stretched to more than three hours. http://bit.ly/299wqDt
Scrivener for iOS to arrive in late July
For some long-time Scrivener users, to quote Paul Simon, "these are the days of miracle and wonders." As it marks its 10th anniversary in business, developer Keith Blount has announced that the long-awaited iOS version of his creative-writing tool Scrivener is to be submitted to the App Store, following strong praise from beta-testers. The program, expected in late July, will sell for $20 and work with both the iPad and iPhone. When we interviewed Blount last January, he added that Scrivener 3 for Mac would follow along shorty afterwards. http://bit.ly/2901XLE
WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX