Paidcontent reports that some magazine publishers are seeing substainally higher sales with Apple’s new newsstand service that puts magazines and newspapers in one place, instead of as disparate apps:
“Sales across the board have shot up, more than doubled the normal daily sales rate,” according to Adam Hodgkin, co-founder of Exact Editions, which digitises print titles including The Spectator and Press Gazette for purchase over the web and as iOS apps. “Some magazines have experienced a 150 percent increase in sales. This appears to be continuing beyond the launch weekend.
“Exact Editions noticed exceptionally high levels of activity over the weekend. Freemium sample apps were downloaded much more over the weekend than normal. Sales through iTunes are rapidly getting stronger and stronger.”
I’m not surprised. Newsstand is a much more elegant way to consume news content on the iPad. By putting magazines in one place, it’s much easier to consume magazine content on the iPad. In addition, newsstand downloads magazines and newspapers in the background. After a new issue is released it automatically downloads to your iPad.
Most news apps still have a long way to go, but newsstand should help make the experience better for users. A better user experience should mean more sales.
This week we talk about password security and how having one password for everything — no matter how secure you think it is — is a very bad idea.
If one website where you have an account is comprised, hackers could have access to your username, email and password. They will then try those same combinations on countless websites, particularly financial websites.
So, yes, your email password matters. That password you have on that random forum matters. They all matter.
That leads us to discuss 1Password, which allows you to remember one password on your computer that can unlock unique passwords on every website you join. Password managers are your best way to stay safe on the Internet.
Then we discuss the rumored Kindle tablet, which we’re all pretty sure is going to happen this fall. But we think it may be going more after the Nook Color than the iPad.
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We celebrate the career and genius of Steve Jobs this week.
This podcast would not have happened without Steve Jobs and Apple. No other tech company celebrates the humanities and liberal arts like Apple does.
We also discuss life at Apple beyond Steve Jobs. Is Tim Cook up to it? What will Steve’s role be at Apple moving forward?
What will Steve be most proud of about his time at Apple?
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- How Jobs changed the creative publishing industries — Remember, it’s not the consumers job to know what they want.
- Some discussions about Tim Cook and the future of Apple — Does he have the creative chops to lead?
We discuss how we use our iPads for work and how tablets can make us more productive.
Safari on the iPad would almost be worth the price of admission alone. It’s a really great app. So are Mail and iCal. We don’t discuss this built in apps, however, and instead focus on some of the really strong third-party apps that help us be more productive.
Here are some of the applications we talk about:
- Omnioutliner — A great outlining program, especially helpful in meetings.
- Omnifocus — A GTD, task management program. Built for David Allen’s system. Very handy for staying on top of multiple projects at once.
- Reeder — The best RSS program around, complete with great social media and Instapaper integration.
- Instapaper — If you love to read and reading is an important part of your job, you need Instapaper ASAP.
- Twitterific — Our favorite Twitter app.
- Kindle/iBooks — Great for reading books, papers and reports.
- TripIt — Your travel companion.
- Pages — Word processing on the go. Not bad for taking notes in meetings either.
- Numbers — Spreadsheets on the go, also helpful for being able to view spreadsheets in meetings.
- Keynote — Presentations on the go.
- WordPress — Post to WordPress blogs, such as this site. Works better than logging in through the Web.
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We’re doing our next show on how we use our iPads for work, which apps we have and how our iPads are set up.
We’d love to hear from you too. What are your top five most used apps? How does or doesn’t the iPad enhance your productivity? What kinds of apps and features would you like to see?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below or send me a message on twitter @pwthornton.
This week we focus on usability, usability, usability. And babies. And walking.
What good is technology if it doesn’t make our lives easier? What good is technology if it’s not easy to use? What good is technology if it doesn’t help us do things we couldn’t do otherwise and help us do other things even better?
We start the show by focusing on iPhone and iPad applications that help with pregnancy, birth and after the baby is born. Jeremy discusses which apps helped him and his wife out with their new baby.
The conversation then turns to walking, but don’t run away. I review the Fitbit, which is the geekest pedometer you’ll ever find. It’s not the cheapest, and some do more things, but it is the most usable and it really gives you great data.
Things are a little slow around the Interchange Project with Jeremy’s new baby and I have a few things that I need to wrap up this week. But next week and the rest of the year, we should be back with more great stuff.
Thanks for your support.
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