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New York Times App Now Offers Cheaper Newspaper Subscription for Mobile

nyt nowNYT Now, from the New York Times, now offers a discounted subscription option for mobile readers at $8 every four weeks. for heavy newsmonger, the Times will offer a Times Premier to content like Times Insider which will have behind-the-scenes content.

The Times Premier subscription will cost $45 for four weeks, or an extra $10 for the same period for home delivery subscribers. The subscription, which also includes special content like access to compilations of articles from the Times’ archive and additional crossword puzzles, is shareable with two family members, and includes three 12-week all-digital-access gift subscriptions each year. Read more

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Ex-WaPo Team Relaunches Trove News App

trove appTrove, the social news reader first created by WaPo Labs, has a brand-new look for the new year.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos bought the newspaper, but the decades-long Washington Post reigning family, the Grahams, kept other assets of the business, including Trove. Now Graham Holdings is giving Trove a new shot at success.

The iOS and web app filters news “from thousands of sources,” while users select which “Troves,” or subjects, to follow for news. You can choose from standard fare, such as politics and tech, special celebrity-curated topics, or create your own curated Trove. Users can pick posts to recommend for others, add a comment, or share directly to their Facebook or Twitter stream. The refreshed app launches with a dozen featured curators. Read more

‘News Tribune’ Launches ‘Wall-to-Wall’ State Political Coverage App

Capital UpdateThe Tacoma, Wash.-based News Tribune newspaper has launched a mobile app to cover the state political scene. Its “sole purpose is to provide wall-to-wall, up-to-the minute coverage of state government, particularly the Legislature,” Karen Peterson, executive editor, wrote in a column.

The new app, Capital Update, was a year in the making, according to Peterson.

Peterson described the lengthy creative and technical process that brought the app to fruition:

We’re practiced at covering the Legislature; state government coverage has long been one of our top priorities. However, none of us knew how complicated the process would be to build an app.

First, we settled on the content we wanted to include: stories, editorials, short biographies of legislators, committee assignments and state salary databases. We decided to add content from other trusted news organizations around the state, making ours a one-stop shop for this kind of news. We built a Twitter stream of influential people interested in the Legislature. And we learned to send breaking news updates for the most important happenings each day.

Spreed, a digital vendor we work with for our general news apps, provided a framework for Capital Update, so it will look and feel familiar to TNT app readers. We spent much of the 2013 legislative session perfecting the content and learning to operate the app. Last year we beta-tested iPhone and iPad versions. Read more

WSJ‘s David Ho: ‘My number one rule for mobile and tablets is do not annoy’

The Wall Street Journal was one of the first major newspapers to develop an iPad app, and for David Ho, the paper’s editor of mobile, tablets and emerging technology, it was the most intense professional challenge that he’s ever took on. But he emerged from the process with new insight on app development, which he shares with Mediabistro in the latest installment of So What Do You Do?

“The best technology is invisible. It doesn’t call attention to itself. It doesn’t get in the way of the experience. It just works…  Not everyone agrees with this, but I also think people should have options. One of the reasons people like our app is that there are many ways to navigate and explore the news. There are distinct styles for reading news and a good app allows for that. But my number one rule for mobile and tablets is do not annoy.”

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