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The Atlantic Wire Launches Web App

The Atlantic Wire has a new look. On the iPad, at least. The site has launched a new HTML5 web app — touch.theatlanticwire.com — that is specifically designed for the Apple tablet.

The Atlantic Wire decided to venture into iPad web apps because its audience increasingly comes via iPads and other tablets. According to internal stats, from 2011 to 2012, the number of readers visiting The Atlantic Wire via a tablet increased by 210 percent.

“As we see increased tablet adoption rates among our readers, we are actively experimenting with technologies that help us create great experiences in a media landscape with more and more choice,” said Kimberly Lau, vice president and general manager for Atlantic Digital, in a statement. “We believe the future of digital publishing will require a multiple-platform, multiple-product strategy where users can access Atlantic content whenever and however they want it.”

If you’re an iPad user, give the new app a try. When the New York Times launched their HTML5 based web app for the iPad, we loved it. It provides a slicker experience than the typical app.

The New York Times’ New iPad Website Could Mean End of Apple App

The New York Times has launched an HTML 5 web app (app.nytimes.com) for the iPad. The app is available to subscribers and organizes content in four ways: Times Wire, a live feed of the latest news and media; All Sections, which is pretty self-explanatory; Trending, a collection of the hottest Times articles on Twitter; and Today’s Paper, an assortment of the day’s offerings, just like they appear in print.

By providing a way to get the Times on the iPad other than the Times’ app, it’s worth wondering if this is step one in the paper’s plan to abandon its iOS app completely. The Times has to pay Apple a whopping 30 percent of its app earnings for using Apple’s subscription service, so directing readers to a web app would cut that cost out.

Denise Warren, senior vice president and chief advertising officer for The New York Times Media Group, said in a statement that “We are working constantly to develop new products that distribute our content in innovative ways, and this web-based app is just one example of that.”

We’ll see if it’s also an example of the Times dodging Apple’s fees.

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?

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.”

CNNMoney Launches iPad App

CNNMoney has launched an iPad app. The app features a simple layout and allows users to sort what news appeals to them the most. Those who use CNNMoney’s website to monitor stocks can access their information as well.

The app also carries content from CNNMoney’s site, so if you’re an avid reader, you won’t miss anything by using the app instead. Additionally, the app comes equipped with push notifications, though if you’re not particularly skilled at working the market, you might want to turn those off.

CNNMoney’s app is free and available in iTunes now.

Magazines Look Terrible on The New iPad

Over the past several days, complaints about how bad magazines look on the iPad have been rolling in. The reason, according to Mashable, is that the older magazine apps simply weren’t built to handle the new iPad’s high resolution “retina display,” so everything looks blurry.

Publishers are now racing to update the apps so that they’re compatible with the technology, but there are drawbacks: the new apps will be significantly larger files, which means longer download times and less memory available for other things.

For new iPad owners who want to read magazines, it’s going to be a hard knock life.

[Image via Mashable]

Newsweek’s New iPad App is Worth a Look

The worst thing a magazine can do when designing an iPad app is to forget that people are using an iPad to read it. It sounds crazy, but it happens. A magazine is great, but when we’re using an iPad, we want to swipe, scroll, tap and gently caress (okay, maybe that’s just us). Newsweek’s new iPad app, which just went live, makes sure that happens.

Dirk Barnett, Newsweek’s Creative Director, told us back in November that he wanted to make sure the iPad expanded on the strong design elements in the magazine, and he definitely succeeded. Barnett, along with the bow tie appreciating Mueller Twins, have created something special. The images are bold and the overall look is uncluttered, yet extremely engaging.

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Wall Street Journal Readers Are Apple Fanatics

If you read the Wall Street Journal online, there’s a very good chance that you’re looking at this via an iPad, Mac or something that Apple makes. We’re taking that leap of faith because according to the Journal, eight out of ten of its most-viewed corporate stories this year were related to Apple in some way.

The number one most-viewed story on the Journal’s site this year was its Steve Jobs obituary. Other Apple-centric pieces included Sprint and Verizon finally getting the iPhone, news about the iPad, the underwhelming debut of the iPhone 4S and Jobs quitting as CEO.

The only non-Apple stories were about Borders closing all of its stores and Paul Allen attacking Bill Gates. Do better next year Apple fans. Jobs wouldn’t be happy with anything less than complete domination.

The New York Times Launches Election iPhone App

The New York Times has launched a new app gathering political news from the paper and other sources around the web. The free app, “Election 2012,” aggregates news, opinion, polls and — eventually — election night results, all in one clean interface.

The articles are picked by the Times’ editors, so you’re guaranteed to find quality links, and when a new story is loaded, there’s a red dot next to it so you don’t miss anything.

The app sounds great, however, there is a catch: Full access to the Times’ links are only available to digital and/or print subscribers. But if you’re a subscriber and own an iPhone, we think it’s worth checking out.

Yoko Ono to Introduce MTV’s Steve Jobs Tribute

MTV has tapped artist Yoko Ono to introduce their music tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at the second annual O Music Awards Monday night.

Ono will speak about her late husband, John Lennon, and Jobs, before the Flaming Lips take the stage to perform “Revolution.”

“Like John Lennon, the man I love deeply, Steve Jobs was a dreamer who changed the world,” Ono is expected to say during the award show at an undisclosed Los Angeles location, according to Billboard. “But of course when we lose a genius of that caliber, they are never really gone. They live on all around us, through our memories, their words, and their work. Their spirit grows in us forever to the end of the days.”

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