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The Wall Street Journal Creates Universal iPhone and iPad App

The Wall Street Journal is taking the next step in the digital world. The daily business publication has launched a new universal app for both the iPhone and iPad, now available for downloading on the iTunes store.

It’s a watershed moment for WSJ mobile readers. Until now, the Journal offered two separate apps, one for each device.

The universal app features several enhancements, including more frequent updates and the same content offering across iPad and iPhone; faster download speed for daily editions; and an enriched user experience.

“The development of this app – and in general, increasing the efficiency and consistency across our products to enhance user experience – is a crucial step in the direction for new products in our pipeline,” Alisa Bowen, head of product at Dow Jones, says.

The Journal’s first universal app was launched last year with the WSJ Live app for video, which is also available on iOS platforms.

Huffington, The iPad Magazine from HuffPo, Goes Free

Huffington — the iPad magazine from The Huffington Post — launched only a little over a month ago, and things have already begun to change. According to Capital New York, Huffington is switching to a free app starting today.

Huffington used to be priced at 99 cents per issue, $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year. This is a pretty sudden turn of events for a magazine that Arianna Huffington once described as “stories… in a beautiful setting like jewels.”

But everyone likes free jewels, right?

The Daily Drops a Third of Its Staff [Update]

The bad news for The Daily continues. According to All Things D, the digital newspaper is cutting 50 of its 170 employees, nearly a third of its staff. Apparently the hardest hit will be the the editorial and sports pages, which will still carry on after the lay offs, but with minimal content.

The cutbacks come on the heels of News Corp. announcing that it was putting The Daily on probation, so this probably isn’t a good sign for its future.

As for Jesse Angelo‘s comments that anyone saying The Daily is doomed is a “hater?” Well, we can only imagine what he’s going to say now.

UPDATE:
Check after the jump for a release about the cuts from The Daily.

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Lucky and Architectural Digest Launch iPad Editions

Lucky and Architectural Digest have finally come to the iPad. As of now, the only Condé titles not on the iPad are Details, W and Teen VogueWWD reports that the move to the iPad is especially important for Lucky, as ad pages are down 20 percent through September.

One of Lucky’s biggest lures on the iPad is giving users the ability to click on any single product and be directed to the designer’s site so they can purchase it. Brandon Holley, editor-in-chief of Lucky, told WWD that the app is, “The most shoppable digital edition of any magazine.” She’s surely not being biased.

Both Lucky and AD’s iPad apps are free for print subscribers. Single issues, monthly and yearly app subscriptions are also available.

Sports Illustrated Launches Olympic iPad App

Sports Illustrated has launched “Sports Illustrated: Live from London,” a free iPad app. The app will be updated constantly throughout the games with videos, stories and of course, fantastic pictures from the SI team.

Additionally, Live from London will pull tweets from SI’s editors and a section that allows users to keep track of all the many, many gold medals the U.S. will win.

The “Olympic preview” edition of the app is available now.

The Daily’s Jesse Angelo Has No Time for Haters

Jesse Angelo, The Daily’s editor-in-chief, has heard all the chatter about his publication being put on probation for losing too much money. In a memo to staffers, Angelo says that everything is fine and anyone saying otherwise should be ignored:

Since before we launched, our dear friends at competing media outlets have done their best to wish us ill and gleefully ‘report’ on what they think is going on here. The truth is we have over 100,000 paying subs who are renewing their subscriptions at a 98% rate and fantastic advertisers who love our brand and keep coming back for more because they get results. Pay attention to them, not the haters.

Hopefully Angelo likes this “report” better than our previous “report,” but even if he doesn’t, we’re happy to see that he uses such hip words as “haters.” Even if it’s not 1998 anymore.

The Daily is on Probation for Losing So Much Money

The Daily is in trouble. The New York Times reports that News Corp. is currently trying to figure out just what to do with the digital newspaper because it is losing way too much money. Sources also told the Times that other smaller ventures like The Daily are being watched/about to be given the old heave-ho.

It was only in January of last year that The Daily’s publisher, Greg Clayman, was telling everyone who would listen just how great the publication was doing. Things do change quickly, don’t they?

The Daily, introduced in early 2011, is estimated to lose about $30 million a year. That will probably make the decision a little easier.

Next Issue Launches on iPad

Next Issue Media, a digital venture from big publishing houses, is now available on the iPad. The app lets users subscribe to up to 39 magazines for a flat, monthly fee. The subscription fee breakdown, via paidContent:

  • Unlimited Basic: $9.99 per month, gives readers access to all monthly and biweekly magazines
  • Unlimited Premium: $14.99 per month, adds weekly titles, such as Sports Illustrated and The New Yorker
  • Single magazine subscriptions ranging from $1.99 to $5.99 per month
  • Single issues ranging from $2.49 to $5.99

As time goes by, Next Issue will add more titles, but for now, whether people subscribe to this service is questionable. If someone reads a lot of magazines — and they’re included in the 39  — and they don’t mind not getting the print versions, sure, this will be a good deal. Otherwise, not so much.

The full list of magazines available and a review of the Android version of the Next Issue app is after the jump.

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Time Inc. Magazines Now Available via Apple’s Newsstand

Time Inc. has finally brought all 20 of its consumer magazines to Apple’s Newsstand. Monthly and yearly subscriptions are now available for the iPad version of Time’s brands, including the popular Sports Illustrated, People, Time, Real Simple and Essence. Those who are subscribing to print versions can access the iPad versions for free.

Apple’s Newsstand service is a welcome addition to the Time Inc. magazines, if only for how convenient it is for readers. Laura Lang, CEO of Time Inc., was obviously pleased to announce the digital upgrade.

“It’s an important step toward fulfilling our goal of being everywhere consumers want us to be,” said Lang. “People love reading our digital magazines already on iPad and we are confident we can deliver an even greater consumer experience on Newsstand with digital subscriptions.”

Wired Publishing its First Issue for Free on iPad

Wired began all the way back in January of 1993. For fans of the magazine, tomorrow is a chance to go back in time. According to WWD, Wired will publish its premiere issue for free on the iPad as part of a 20th anniversary celebration.

The articles have been revamped for the tablet and it also comes packed with a 12,000 word story on the team who started it all.

“The only thing more exciting than looking back at that issue and seeing how relevant it is today is being able to share it with the Wired community,” Howard Mittman, Wired’s Publisher, told WWD.

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