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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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Worldwide Corporation Zinio, provider of digital publishing services, announced its content is among the top 10 downloads on Apple's iPad tablet, gipp.ru reported yesterday. The free Zinio Magazine Newsstand & Reader application offers international versions of 2400 magazine titles like Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Harper's Bazaar.

"New digital technologies and reading devices permits manufacturers to become more imaginative and to create new publishing possibilities, making magazines more dynamic," said Ruslan Hromin, vice-president of Zinio's Russian division.

The tablet provides the ability to use the multi-touch screen to obtain a single magazine or a subscription. Afterwards, the magazine is available on various platforms like the iPad, iPhone or personal computers.

The digital editions of the magazine are currently more or less identical to the print, according to gipp.ru. In the future, all digital titles backed by Zinio would be converted to a "special dynamic" variation for the iPad. So far, only a few titles have special iPad versions, including MacWorld, National Geographic and Spin.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-22 13:17

Microsoft's Kin smartphone, announced on Monday, will be available in the Russian market and will be launched through national network provider MTS, Lenta.ru reported today. The operator will only set prices after seeing sales data from Europe and the United States.

Sales of the device in the United States will start as of May (through network operator Verizon Wireless), while Russians will be able to purchase Kin by autumn 2010. Europeans will be able to get the smartphone through Vodafone, which currently has a partnership with MTS, according to RBC Daily.

There are two versions of Kin, One and Two. According to RBK Daily, the device is aimed towards social network users since it permits them to browse, download and share social network content. RBC Daily reported that the Russian edition of Kin will be integrated with social sites Facebook, V Kontakte (Russia's answer to Facebook) and Odnoklassniki.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-14 21:06

In Japan, mobile subscribers totalled 84 million in September 2004, with 50 million signed up for 2G data services, according to Impress R&D.

Twelve million used the voice-only plan and only about three million used a 3G or above service, SFN's World Digital Media Trends 2009 reported.

In March 2008, total mobile subscribers exceeded 96 million. People who signed up for a 2G data plan only accounted for a small amount, while voice-only users stayed flat.

Users signing up for 3G data non-flat rate services accounted for 25 million, while 3G data flat rate plans contributed 38 million and 3.5G data users made up 25 million. This made 3G or above users more than 70 percent of total mobile subscribers, according to the report, World Digital Media Trends 2009, released by SFN and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-04-14 20:43

Amid far higher demand for its newest concoction iPad, Apple has announced it is delaying the device's delivery worldwide, PC World reported today. Heightened demand is thought to continue to be larger than the corporation's supply "over the next several weeks," Information Week wrote.

Due to a "surprisingly strong" demand from the United States, Apple is shifting the international launch to the end of May, Information Week said. It will be regulating international pricing and registering global pre-orders on May 10.

"The sales figures show there is an appetite for a touchscreen device, but the longer they leave it the more chance other manufacturers have of getting in on the game," said Stuart Miles, who operates tech site Pocket-lint, In The News reported.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-14 20:42

German tech corporation Neofonie GmbH announced the launch of an iPad "rival," The Associated Press reported yesterday. The WePad might be better, the corporation claims, because of its larger screen as well as USB ports to connect exterior devices.

Neofonie mentioned that the machine might interest publishers because it would permit them to sell content without forcing a customer relationship (like Apple's iTunes or Amazon's Kindle do) so as to preserve the "simple content supplier" status, the AP wrote.

The WePad is extensible as well as open, since its Linux alternative is compatible with Flash and Java while its "meta-store" allows access to Android Marketplace and other application stores, paidContent reported today. Gadgetvenue.com disclosed that the device will operate on Google's Android operating system.

Neofonie will include its digital newspaper WeMagazine and a magazine platform. German magazine publisher Gruner & Jahr hopes to feature its titles on the WePad and conversations are underway between Neofonie and prominent German publishing group Axel Springer, paidContent added.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-13 18:15

U.S.-based smartphone manufacturer Palm announced that it is putting itself up for sale and will be searching for potential bidders as early as this week, according to three individuals familiar with the story, reported Bloomberg today. Possible buyers include Taiwan's mobile corporation HTC and China's computer firm Lenovo Group, according to The New York Times.

"The challenge for Palm is finding a buyer prepared to pay a premium for an immature platform when many potential suitors have already invested heavily in Android," said CCS Insight Analyst Geoff Blaber.

Palm is collaborating with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Qatalyst Partners to find a buyer, Reuters reported today. The phone-maker offers users its WebOS software amid a market featuring Apple Inc and Google Inc technology.

"Palm still has quite a good brand in the U.S. market, and some strong technology, so you can do something with it," said Technology Analyst Frank He, working for Hong Kong's BOC International Holdings Ltd. "The shares have gone down a lot and the company may become attractive to anyone looking for a turnaround play."

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-04-12 13:44

The Associated Press announced Friday it will launch a new unit to identify and develop new products for mobile devices and other multimedia platforms, Editor & Publisher reported.

The unit, called AP Gateway, will focus on softwares and products that will "enable newspapers as well as the news cooperative to display content on such devices as Apple Computer Inc.'s iPad," said Tom Curley, AP's president and CEO, at the annual meeting of the Colorado Press Association.

"AP Gateway will serve as the launching pad for new products and services from AP and other interested news publishers," Curley added. "It will allow the news industry to deliver the news directly to the consumer in a variety of exciting new ways," News and Tech reported.

The news organization also said it will begin charging iPad users for downloading AP content to their devices, but hasn't decided yet if it would charge for the software.

According to Jane Seagrave, AP chief revenue officer, "Consumers were more willing to pay for content on tablet devices than on the web," The Financial Times reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-02-27 00:12

UK-based Newspaper Publishers Association (NPA) expressed its concern over the BBC's upcoming mobile ventures, reported The Independent on Friday. According to the Press Gazette, the BBC will be launching an iPhone application in April and applications for BBC Sport and its iPlayer afterwards.

"At a time when the BBC is facing unprecedented levels of criticism over its expansion, and when the wider industry is investing in new models, it is extremely disappointing that the corporation plans to launch services that would throw into serious doubt the commercial sector's ability to make a return on its investment, and therefore its ability to support quality journalism," said NPA Chief David Newell.

The mobile venture might prevent commercial news providers from setting up an economic model in the materialising industry, mentioned the NPA. Since the market for iPhone apps is "unique" and "narrow", the BBC has a higher chance at distorting it.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-02-22 18:41

Facebook will launch Zero, its text-only version that may be offered by mobile phone carriers for free, according to TechCrunch. The low-bandwidth service that doesn't offer access to photos will be launched "in the coming weeks", Hexus today reported.

"We are discussing it... as an option to make Facebook on the mobile web available to everyone, anywhere and allow operators to encourage more mobile Internet usage," said a Facebook spokesperson, according to BBC News.

The social network announced at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that more than 100 million users access its services from their mobile phones, according to Hexus.

Data from the GSM Association, which specialises in GSM mobile technology, revealed that UK users who use their mobile phone to access the Web spend almost half of their time on Facebook.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-02-17 21:10

InformationWeek divulged Thursday that Amazon may have acquired Touchco, a touchscreen technology manufacturer. According to a New York Times (NYT) article from Wednesday "a person briefed on the deal" revealed that Amazon would be combining the manufacturer's technology and staff members into its California-based hardware division Lab126.

The acquisition was reportedly a step to boost Kindle's touch screen mechanism in light of the launch of Apple's new device iPad, said the Wall Street Journal. The iPad is thought to be better than Kindle because it has a more colourful screen and is easier to navigate.

Touchco uses "interpolating force-sensitive resistance" technology that is placed into display screens, pointed out NYT. The technology could be entirely transparent and could cost as little as US$10 per square foot. Capacitive touchscreens used in the iPad and iPhone are relatively more pricey and cannot detect a limitless amount of simultaneous touch points.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-02-04 16:31

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