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David Ho on The Daily and Creating WSJ‘s iPad App

“Technology is easy. Journalism is hard,” says the Wall Street Journal‘s mobile and tablets editor David Ho. The Journal was one of the first major newspapers to develop an iPad app, the process of which was the toughest professional challenge Ho has undertaken. “It was more than a news-journalism-tech challenge. It felt like some crazy endurance race,” he said.

And, having gone through that process of creating a news app from scratch, Ho said he empathizes with the pressure his peers at News Corp.’s The Daily likely face.

“I think everyone involved in tablet and mobile news watches The Daily. It’s this bold experiment: a brand new news organization created from scratch. How often do you see that these days? The Daily pioneered a lot of ways to deliver news on tablets,” Ho said in Mediabistro’s latest So What Do You Do? interview.

“It does look like The Daily is trying to make their production process easier,” he continued. “They dropped their landscape view not long ago. That I get. Supporting two tablet rotations all the time is a lot of work. It’s tough to put out a tablet issue every day.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, David Ho, Mobile and Tablets Editor at The Wall Street Journal?

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NYT Releases BlackBerry App

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Sometimes it seems like media companies are so focused on launching mobile applications in the popular iPhone format that they forget that other types of smartphones exist. It may be surprising that The New York Times has never had an application for BlackBerry smartphones before today, but for BlackBerry users like us, it has been a long time coming.

While it hasn’t been impossible to read the Times via its mobile site on a BlackBerry, the new free application promises to automatically update with breaking news and allow users to read news offline, too. The app features a bar along the bottom with shortcuts to your four favorite sections, and when reading articles its easy to email them or save for later.

As faithful BlackBerry users, we’re excited to take the app for a test run. Will you be checking it out?

Full release after the jump

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