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Long way from hot metal: the changing face of newspapers
Production journalism then was a cumbersome, time-consuming process that depended less on subeditorial speed and efficiency than it did on the whim of a host of workers who thronged the composing room, busy as the occupants of an ant farm: linotype operators to set the stories; pieceworkers to cast the headings; gravure workers to process and mount the photographs and artwork; compositors to make up the pages and proof them. All in a space of steel, metal, lead and wet paper that looked like a cross between a hospital kitchen and an armaments factory, and smelt like a cross between a foundry and a weather shelter for saturated dogs. (The wet paper, by the way, was for page proofs — the dampness improved the absorbency as a giant roller rumbled over the page forme.)
journalism  media  newspapers  ipad  apple  nostalgia 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Content-focused iPad apps value form over function, study finds
Ultimately, the authors concluded that not every company needs to have an iPad app, and that far too many companies are putting out suboptimal versions of their content, seemingly just to get in on the platform. They stressed that iPad apps should not make users do more work than the actual websites, and are best received when geared toward the actions of repeat users who are already familiar with the brand. If a company can't create an app with added value, the authors said, they're better off just making their website more finger-friendly.
ipad  apple  business  technology  mobile  online  publishing  media  app 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
MLB.com CEO Bob Bowman says iOS users are more likely to purchase content than Android owners | Edible Apple
“The Android user typically is less likely to buy,” said Bowman, “and therefore the ROI on developing for Android is different than it is for Apple… The iPhone and iPad user is interested in buying content–that’s one of the reasons they bought the device. The Android buyer is different.”
android  apple  google  ios  iphone  ipad  media  sports  baseball  app  software  mobile  business 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Decline, plateau, decline: New data on The Daily suggests a social media decline and a tough road ahead » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
Its activity on Twitter seems to match my own perceptions of how they’re doing — an early rush of excitement; a decline as people lost interest and the app struggled with technical problems; a plateau once the tech got sorted out; and then another decline once the app started charging users.

In the nearly two months we’re looking at, only 6,026 tweets were generated within The Daily app. But much more discouraging is the trend.
ipad  twitter  social  technology  tablet  mobile  attention  app  software 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Magazine Icon Roger Black: The iPad is Not a Magic Pony | Betabeat — News, gossip and intel from Silicon Alley 2.0.
“We can’t produce with the money available the kind of hand-crafted stuff I used to do,” he noted patiently. “As the world gets more complicated, as the business models morph, we have to come up with ways to leverage our resources, so we don’t spend all our time doing stuff that doesn’t matter that much.”

“What matters is the words and the pictures,” he continued. “It’s crazy for a designer to end up saying this, but Ithink if nothing else, RSS feeds on the Web taught us that people just want us to give them the content and get out of the way.”
design  creativity  publishing  ipad  apple  rss  web  technology  mobile  media  journalism 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Reflections of a Newsosaur: Prime time for iPad may be prime time
While these findings suggest interesting ways to release, package and market content for the iPad, it also must be noted that the research is limited to a sample of people who are sufficiently motivated to time-shift content to use this particular app.

Until someone researches consumption patterns across the entire universe of iPad owners, we won’t know whether this group of users is typical or exceptional.

If a broader study finds that prime time indeed is the prime time for iPad use, newspaper publishers may want to consider producing products that come out early in the evening, instead of in the morning or after their print products are put to bed at midnight.

Fresh news timed to arrive at dinnertime would be an interesting blast from the past for those of us who once worked on afternoon newspapers.
mobile  ipad  news  journalism  media  tablet  apple  technology  attention 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
NSFW: On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re A Journalist
No-one – absolutely no-one – knew they were looking for Seymour Hersh’s expose of Abu Ghraib, but by God did they pay attention when it appeared in the pages of the New Yorker.

(In the unlikely event that a writer at AOL or Yahoo had stumbled across the Abu Ghraib story, the throw-up-the-facts-and-iterate-later culture of web editorial would have slain it in the womb. Also: who buys banner ads against prisoner abuse photos? Maybe if it were a slideshow…)

Moreover, as the scramble for advertiser dollars continues to take its toll online, there exists a real opportunity for old-fashioned editorial curation to thrive on other platforms, both old and new. The joy I felt today flicking through the New Yorker – stumbling across Tad Friend’s wonderful piece about Lenny Bruce tribute actor, Steve Cuiffo and a short story by Woody Allen (Woody Allen!) before reaching the Armstrong profile – was easily the highlight of my day.
journalism  ipad  newyorker  media  technology  aol  yahoo  cable  television  curation  magazines 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
New Yorker web editor: The site is “guided by what’s on paper” » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
The most telling change, though, is as much about philosophy as it is about design. On the re-launched site, “we put less of the magazine online than we used to,” Eskin says. It’s a choice that will likely become more common as The New Yorker’s fellow outlets make key decisions about paid content. “Especially now that ‘Information wants to be free’ is no longer an article of faith — we wanted to tell our paying subscribers that they can access everything,” he says. “And to tell our non-paying visitors that there’s a lot that they’re missing.”
newyorker  design  online  business  ipad  mobile  media  magazines 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why the Kindle Is Losing Me, by Sarah Lacy - Techcrunch
Technology is about adding features and functionality to a thing that was limited before– not taking them away. The only way the Kindle survives in an iPad world is by appealing to hardcore readers and students. Amazon needs to fix this now.
education  kindle  books  ipad  reading  attention  behavior 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
I, Reader by Alexander Chee - The Morning News
The world remains beautiful and terrible at the same time, and either way, I know it doesn’t care what I think or feel about it. There are things to do to help others, and there are things that may never change. But if I learned anything from all of this, it’s my first, oldest lesson as a reader: There is always going to be a book that saves you. There is also a new lesson: You do not know how it will get to you.
writing  attention  books  culture  behavior  fiction  ipad  kindle  reading  nonfiction  relationships 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
GigaOm: Keeping the Powder Dry: What Will Apple Buy?: Apple «
We’ll see buys that provide RFID expertise, ways around the battery crunch that’s fast becoming the major barrier in mobile tech, and speedy and dependable methods of streaming content to and from smartphones and tablets. This is where the fight on the horizon is in the mobile sector, and this is where Apple’s many guns will be pointed when the battle comes.
mobile  business  apple  facebook  sony  games  tablet  rfid  ipad  iphone 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Subtraction.com: My iPad Magazine Stand
[...] Social media, if it’s not already obvious to everyone, is going to continue to change everything — including publishing. And it’s a no-brainer to me that content consumption is going to be intimately if not inextricably linked with your social graph. Combine Flipboard or whatever comes along and improves upon it with the real innovation in recommendation technology that we’ll almost undoubtedly see in the next few years, and I can’t see how the 20th Century concept of a magazine can survive, even if it does look great on a tablet.
magazines  media  journalism  writing  ipad  apple  mobile  technology  design 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - The Biz Blog - USA Today's "Radical Restructuring" Means End of Newsroom Integration, Universal Desk
Part of the lengthy internal research that led to the changes, Hunke said, was a conclusion that USA Today and other newspapers may have gotten off track trying to woo young audiences or women with a something-for-everyone approach. He has concluded that the print edition should now mainly target an older, general news audience, who favor a traditional presentation.

By contrast, Hunke said, early data on digital tablet buyers indicate that they skew 10 to 15 years younger than the typical print reader. That suggests both a different style of presentation and a different content mix.
journalism  editing  business  media  news  tablet  ipad  newspapers  gannett  marketing 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why Apple's new Mac App store gives me the willies | ZDNet
Now, we all know there are a lot of apps, so why complain, right? The reason is freedom. As long as Apple restricts what apps can be run, the device isn’t free. It’s not a computer, it’s an appliance.

Some of you might argue that the iPad isn’t meant to be a computer and it is, in fact, an appliance, and you’re good with that. I’m not thrilled with that view, but I can accept it.
apple  opensource  technology  ipad  iphone  software 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Steve Jobs's Android Obsession Analyzed | Fast Company
No sense ignoring the elephant in the cloud: "Android" clearly made more appearances than any other word, by far. One might be tempted to read fear or obsession into the repetition of his rival's name -- self-possessed politicians usually settle for "my opponent," after all -- until we scrutinize some of the other words that made prominent appearances.
android  apple  ipad  google 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jobs speaks! The complete transcript | Phones | iOS Central | Macworld
Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest. As you know, Nokia’s the biggest. And we admire them for being able to ship the number of handsets that they do. But we don’t aspire to be like them. They’re good at being like them. We want to be like us. And we want to make the best ones.
android  apple  google  interview  ipad  iphone  jobs  mobile  strategy  nokia  technology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
ongoing by Tim Bray · Ten Theses on Tablets
As of now, I’ve been carrying the Samsung Galaxy Tab for a month, using it every day; this has included two major road trips. I suppose there are a few other humans who’ve had this much hands-on with a 7" form-factor tablet, but I don’t know of any others with a blog and a free hand to write what they think.
media  mobile  technology  android  ipad  apple 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why Media Companies Shouldn't Accept Apple's Subscription Plans (by @baekdal) #publishing
You are no longer selling newspapers; you are selling news. Content that cannot be limited to specific devices.

The job for media companies is to make highly valuable news articles, and monetized that in a way that doesn't limit, but enables.

For subscriptions that means; one subscription = use everywhere.

Not Apple's, "subscribe to an iPad only version, and give us 30%, loose direct contact with your audience."

My suggestion to the companies currently in talks with Apple is simple. If you cannot convince Apple to allow you to use your own subscription models, in your own apps, forget about the App store.

Create an amazing rich-media HTML5 web app instead, and use offline storage to allow people to read it on the go.
newspapers  media  magazines  ipad  apple  journalism  business  technology  marketing  attention  publishing 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Maximus Clarke talks with William Gibson about his “speculative novels of last Wednesday” : Maud Newton
The surprising thing about it — I almost said the insidious thing, but I’m trying to be anthropological — the surprising thing, to me, is that once we have our gramophone, or iPad, or locomotive, we become that which has the gramophone, the iPad, or the locomotive, and thereby, are instantly incapable of recognizing what just happened to us, as I believe we’re incapable of understanding what broadcast television, or the radio, or telephony did to us.
I strongly suspect that prior to those things we were something else. In that regard, our predecessors are in a sense unknowable. Imagine a world without recorded music: I always come to the conclusion that it’s impossible for me to imagine that, because I have become that which lives with recorded music.
music  writing  technology  futurism  aesthetics  attention  identity  television  ipad  transportation  sciencefiction  novels  fiction 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Going Without a Laptop | Andrew Hyde
I get a lot of repeat questions on my travels, and I’ve decided to blog about them when I get a bit sick of answering them (although I really do like all of them).

Todays question: Screw the travel, how are you doing sans laptop?

Answer: very well with the ipad. Thanks to a few key things.
minimalism  apple  iphone  ipad  mobile  travel  macbook  technology 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Great App Bubble | Fast Company
Until the bubble bursts, apps are the only mobile game in town. And without a doubt the future of digital is the ubiquitous, pocket-sized screen. What's needed are apps tied to real business models that have real ROI. And,companies should build apps with their eyes open about what they should realistically expect to accomplish with what they develop. Having an app for an app's sake is not enough.
mobile  apple  android  technology  symbian  nokia  iphone  ipod  ipad 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tyler Brûlé, Media Maverick - BusinessWeek
"People are intrigued by how we manage to charge 50 percent more for subscriptions," he says. "Partly, the subscription gives people access to some Monocle extras, the website archive, and so on. But it is really based on the idea that people want to belong to something that says something about them. ... People will choose what denim they want to wear, and they will choose what newspaper they want to buy, and they want other people to be aware of that, too. Until an iPad is backlit, no one will have any idea that you read Der Spiegel or the Guardian or whatever."

To back this belief, Brûlé is planning a one-off newspaper in the summer full of essays and reportage, all printed on luxurious paper. "[...] Would you take an iPad to the beach? To the pool? No. It's too precious. You can leave your newspaper on your towel and no one will nick it. And the thing about good newsprint is that it actually gets more tactile with a bit of sun and moisture."
magazines  publishing  identity  ipad  newspapers  europe  media  marketing 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why I Returned My iPad - Peter Bregman - Harvard Business Review
Being bored is a precious thing, a state of mind we should pursue. Once boredom sets in, our minds begin to wander, looking for something exciting, something interesting to land on. And that's where creativity arises.

My best ideas come to me when I am unproductive. When I am running but not listening to my iPod. When I am sitting, doing nothing, waiting for someone. When I am lying in bed as my mind wanders before falling to sleep. These "wasted" moments, moments not filled with anything in particular, are vital.

They are the moments in which we, often unconsciously, organize our minds, make sense of our lives, and connect the dots. They're the moments in which we talk to ourselves. And listen.

To lose those moments, to replace them with tasks and efficiency, is a mistake. What's worse is that we don't just lose them. We actively throw them away.
addiction  attention  creativity  family  parenting  brain  ipad  work  socialmedia  time  technology  psychology  gtd  apple  innovation 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Apple iPad User Analysis | Y! Mobile Blog
As expected within the classic early-adopter profile, we identified a male skew in the 35-44 age group among these early users. In fact, among all users, men outnumber women 2:1. Given the economy, people with higher earning power were probably the first to buy the iPad. The first Yahoo! iPad users were 94% more likely to be affluent consumers with solid wealth and strong incomes than typical U.S. Yahoo! users.
mobile  data  ipad  apple  parenting  technology  computing 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Marketing: This Dad Is Glad He Bought an IPad - Advertising Age - Digital: Columns
The big "a-ha" here is in how this new piece of technology has shifted my daily playbook of interaction with my children. Not in heavy or overbearing "punt to technology" doses, but via meaningful and highly participatory steps. In a weird way, I'm as pumped about the exploratory as the kids, and that can only lead to more exciting destinations. A bigger and more vibrant screen, combined with portability that trumps the bulky laptop, and we have a device that's vastly easier for groups –- especially families –- to gather around and consume content.

So there you have it. Dad is glad –- not mad or sad –- he bought an iPad.
ipad  apple  media  online  mobile  parenting  children  computers  technology 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The real reason why Steve Jobs hates Flash - Charlie's Diary
If you're using an iPad in 2015, my bet is that you won't bother to have home broadband; you'll just have data on demand wherever you are. You won't bother yourself about backups, because your data is stored in Apple's cloud. You won't need to bother about software updates because all that stuff will simply happen automatically in the background, without any fuss: nor will worms or viruses or malware be allowed. You will, of course, pay a lot more for the experience than your netbook-toting hardcore microsofties — but you won't have to worry about your antivirus software breaking your computer, either. Because you won't have a "computer" in the current sense of the word. You'll just be surrounded by a swarm of devices that give you access to your data whenever and however you need it.
apple  future  technology  ipad  flash  google  iphone  internet 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Apple’s iPad, General Motors, and the shrinking middle of the consumer market : The New Yorker
This doesn’t mean that companies are going to abandon the idea of being all things to all people. If you’re already in the middle of the market, it’s hard to shift focus—as G.M. has discovered. And the allure of a big market share is often hard to resist, even if it doesn’t translate into profits. According to one estimate, Nokia has nearly twenty times Apple’s market share, but the iPhone alone makes almost as much money as all Nokia’s phones combined. But making money by selling moderately good products that are moderately expensive isn’t going to get any easier, which suggests a slight rewrite of the old Highland ballad. You take the high road, and I’ll take the low road, and we’ll both be in Scotland afore the guy in the middle.
apple  business  marketing  economics  newyorker  design  globalization  ikea  ipad  nokia  mobile 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge

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