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Future plc App Sales Pass $8 Million

By Bill Mickey 09/27/2012


In its interim statement for its fiscal year ending September 30, Future plc is reporting continued growth in its app business. In the last year, since Apple launched Newsstand, the company has generated about $8 million in app sales, which is up from $5 million at its fiscal half-year.

In July 2011, the company announced it was moving to a "primarily digital business,"...more

IDG Launches TechHive, Redesigns PCWorld and Macworld Sites

By Michael Rondon 09/27/2012

PCWorld and Macworld, dueling brands of the same family, now have a new sibling: TechHive.

Parent group IDG Consumer & SMB announced the launch of the digital-only consumer technology site along with an HTML 5 redesign of the existing PC and Mac-centric sites earlier this week. was created in response to the growing reality that technology is broader than PC and Mac, says...more

Fortune Relaunches iPad App With Free, Paid Content Mix

By Michael Rondon 09/27/2012

In an effort to gain subscribers, Fortune has relaunched its iPad app with a mix of free and paid content. managing editor Megan Barnett says the previous version of the app-which offered single-copy or subscription options for the magazine but no free content or access to the website-was frequently downloaded, but left many users wanting. The immediate goal is to bring those people...more

Review: The Upgraded Men's Health iPhone App

By Steve Smith 08/30/2012


[Editor's Note: This review originally appears on Folio: partner site Minonline. And for more app reviews, visit Min's App Central.]

Rodale’s recast iPhone app edition makes no bones about its intent in squeezing a monthly magazine into a smartphone app. The app’s tagline is “Tons of Useful Stuff.” Understanding from page one that the charge for most magazines on a phone must be utility,...more

CNN-TIME’s Political Convention App Exceeded 10,000 Downloads on First Day of RNC

By Alexandra Skamangas 08/30/2012


Just a few days prior to the Republican National Convention, Time Warner Inc. launched the CNN-TIME Convention Floor Pass app for access to 24/7 breaking news, alerts, commentary and updates from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. The app features daily analysis and early access to CNN-TIME polls, photos and video from CNN and Time journalists at both political conventions.

According to...more Launches Social Television App

By Caysey Welton 08/30/2012


TV Guide Mobile has launched a new app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that connects users to multiple interactive features. The app is designed to assists users in finding, sharing and watching television programs on mobile devices. And offers social integration tools that encourages users to connect and engage in dialogues about their favorite shows. says that its online traffic...more

Flipboard Adds Curated Video Channels

By Bill Mickey 08/30/2012


Flipboard, the personalized magazine creation app, has released a collection of curated video sections called "TV." The sections are arranged under broad topics like Cooking and Science and aggregate content from YouTube channels.  

The move stretches a bit the platform's content format offerings, but when you're in the aggregation and curation game, why not video?

And with plenty of existing content coming from dedicated online...more

L2 Digital Study Highlights Forward-Thinking Replicas

By Bill Mickey 07/26/2012


This week, market research firm L2 released its second annual Digital IQ Index for the magazine market in which it measures digital strategy execution among 80 consumer magazine brands. The study ranks brands across five factors—website, digital marketing, social media, mobile platforms and, new this year, tablets. The study also broke out mini-case studies and several highlighted digital magazine features and tactics that helped...more

17 Million iPads Sold in Third Quarter

By Bill Mickey 07/26/2012


In its third-quarter financials released this week, Apple says it sold 17 million iPads. That's an 84 percent increase versus the same period last year. The company also sold 26 million iPhones, a 28 percent jump over last year's third quarter.

The company's revenue for the quarter, at $35 billion, was a few billion dollars lower than analyst estimates and down about...more

Bloomberg Launches App for RNC & DNC Convention Attendees

By TJ Raphael 07/26/2012


Bloomberg Government, a division of Bloomberg L.P. that provides a subscription-based, online tool that collects data and provides reporting from the company’s team of analysts worldwide, has produced an app in conjunction with Event Farm for attendees of the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

The free apps—my2012Tampa and my2012Charlotte—provide a variety of functions for both convention attendees and event planners....more

Google Play Adds Magazines, Shares Data

By Ioanna Opidee 06/28/2012

In a sign of the escalating turf war between it and Apple, Google made several key announcements this week at its I/O event—including the introduction of a new tablet, and the addition of magazines on Google Play.

While the Nexus 7 tablet, priced at $199, stands to be less competitive with the iPad than with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the attractiveness of magazines on Google Play may put pressure on Apple to...more

App Retention Increases, One-Time Usage Drops

By Ioanna Opidee 06/28/2012

As the app market evolves, a publisher’s success is measured less by the number of downloads and more by the engagement level and number of returning customers.

So says app analytics group Localytics, whose latest research finds that 31 percent of app customers used an app more than 10 times, up from 26 percent last year—an indication, claims the firm, of a maturing app market.

One-time app usage in the last year...more


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