Category Archives: News

NewsRack vs Pulse News Reader: 2 RSS apps for iPad

You won’t believe me, but I swear that I bought Pulse, an app that displays RSS feeds in a horizontal/vertical graphic navigation, completely by accident.

No, it’s never happened before. I was innocently browsing around the iPad RSS reader apps in the store when, before I knew it, my finger had already clicked and clicked and I saw the familiar “purchasing…” message in iTunes. Hmm. Now that I had it, I might as well check it out. I then proceeded to purchase NewsRack, because of good reviews I’d read about it. Now was my chance to see how which app would feed my feed addiction (get it?) in a better way. The result is quite surprising. Continue reading

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Review: USA Today for iPad

USA Today for iPad

USA Today for iPad was one of the very first major newspaper apps to come out for the iPad, hitting the App Store in time for the the April 3rd release date.  It took me a while to get around to checking USA Today for iPad out, as it has never been a favorite of mine among print titles.

I’ve been running the app for several weeks now though, and I’ve been happily surprised to see it become one of my favorite everyday news sources thanks to this stellar iPad version.

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Review: The Times of London for iPad

The Times of London iPad app

The Times of London for iPad is the latest app for a big-name newspaper to hit the iPad App Store.  It’s also another high-profile title that has chosen to go with a very hefty price for its iPad edition – &16.99 for each 28 days worth of issues, with the Sunday Times not included.

Is it worth over $200 a year for its iPad edition?  Pumped full of custom-designed, take maximum advantage of this powerful new medium goodness?  No, not even close …

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Newsweek for iPad – How NOT To Do a Digital Magazine

Newsweek for iPad

Newsweek is one of the latest well-know, mainstream magazines to hit the iPad, with its Newsweek for iPad app.  If you’d like the very short version of this review, it would be something along the lines of …

It’s crap – don’t waste your time.

If you’d like a little detail on why I say that, by all means read on …

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Review: Wired Magazine for iPad

Wired Magazine for iPad

Wired Magazine for iPad has been one of the most eagerly-awaited apps for the iPad, and it hit the App Store last week.  I’ve been looking forward to Wired’s digital edition ever since we first started seeing sneak peeks of it, and I grabbed a copy of it as soon as I saw it hit the App Store.

So … after all the anticipation, I’ve spent nearly a week now browsing and reading this first iPad edition of Wired, and of course I’ve got some thoughts on it to share …

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Review: NetNewsWire for iPad

NetNewsWire icon

NetNewsWire for iPad is an RSS reader app for the iPad that provides sync with Google Reader and with a full-featured desktop app on Mac and Windows.  On a Mac it syncs with NetNewsWire for Mac.  On Windows the sync partner is FeedDemon.  Both desktop apps are free / ad-supported.

NetNewsWire (NNW) is among the best-known apps in the RSS reader category.  I’ve used it before on the Mac and the iPhone, and found it capable though at times frustrating.  It was one of the very first major RSS apps to bring out a full iPad version (at or near launch day) – and I was very keen to give it a try. I’ve been using it for two weeks now, and have some thoughts on the app in general and how it lives up to its premium reputation and price.

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Review: Time Magazine on the iPad

Time Magzine for iPad

There’s been a lot of talk of the iPad being a sort of ‘savior’ device for newspapers and magazines.  Time is a leading magazine title – here in the US and even worldwide I believe. What better way to discover the new Time Magazine for iPad than to purchase the April 12 issue of it, with its cover leading on Steve Jobs and the iPad.

I hadn’t even realized Time were already producing individual issues just for the iPad, until this morning – and as soon as I did I grabbed up this issue (which was sold out in all the newsagents near me).  I’ve spent a good amount of time with Time this morning – and have some thoughts and lots of screencaps to share below …

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