The Fog Horn is the first new iPad magazine I’ve subscribed to in a long time. I saw it mentioned by David Sparks at MacSparky, it sounded promising, and this morning I gave it a look. And I’m very glad I did.
In fact, I’ve been hooked since the About page, which promises everything I should’ve been looking for all along in an iPad magazine. I’m always telling friends that I’m a bit ashamed that I never find time for any real reading that’s not work related – that basically all I’ve read for years now is books about technology.
So The Fog Horn’s About page is a sight for my sore eyes, right from its opening lines …
Welcome to The Fog Horn. We’re a fiction magazine, publishing four original short stories every month, twelve months a year.
And parts of it are just spot on for me and my reading habits:
It’s just impossible to squeeze in a novel these days. We’re always on the move: wake up late, race around for twelve hours, and then hit the pillow with five minutes of quality reading time left before everything fades to black.
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Today Jim Dalrymple has released The Loop Magazine for iPad and iPhone in the App Store. This magazine app is a new extension of the popular The Loop website, and will cover similar ground.
Dalrymople is known for his straight shooting approach on all things Apple, music, Heineken, and other topics. He’s not a man to use 30 words when just one will do – and he’s famous for giving his confirmation of a hot Apple rumor with just a simple ‘Yep’. Oh, and the fact that he’s nearly always right when it comes to his verdicts on these rumors doesn’t hurt either.
Here’s a little slice of Dalrymple’s Welcome post in Issue 1 of The Loop Magazine:
This magazine will serve as an extension of my interests on The Loop Web site, with articles written by some of the great authors I’ve come to know over my nearly 20 years writing about Apple. All of the articles have been written exclusively for the magazine.
Topics covered by the magazine will include music, design, technology, games, and Apple – as well as others. Issue 1 kicks off with a great piece titled ‘Enduring Design’ by Matt Gemmell. The design of the magazine is very clean and simple, much like Marco Arment’s The Magazine – which Dalrymple mentions in his Welcome post.
The Loop Magazine is a Newsstand title, that will be published twice per month. It offers a 7 day free trial and then a subscription plan at $1.99 per month.
Here’s an App Store link for The Loop Magazine. If you’re a fan of Jim Dalrymple and The Loop, or just of good writing presented in a clean and elegant magazine interface, you’re going to want to give this one a look.
Issue 3 of Swipe Magazine for iPad is out today. If you’re a big fan of iPad apps and games this magazine is aimed squarely at you. Here’s a slice of its App Store description:
This is the only dedicated magazine that focuses on the best App Store content, and which has been built from the ground up as a true interactive digital experience for iPad. (An iPhone version is coming soon.)
Every issue is packed with only the very best games, apps, and accessories as rated by the leading independent review sites of the iPhone Alliance – a genuine ‘who’s who’ of the iOS media so you know they are opinions you can trust.
A bit of disclosure early on here: I’m a regular contributor to Swipe Magazine and this site is a member of the Smartphone Alliance.
Features in Issue 3 include an iPhone 5 case roundup, TouchGen’s preview of the Modern Combat 4 game for iOS, an iPad mini review roundup featuring my review along with those from TouchMyApps and 148Apps, and reviews of lots of hot new titles like FIFA 13,Need for Speed Most Wanted, and Angry Birds Star Wars.
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The New York Times is now offering ‘the full paper’ in the Flipboard app, to its subscribers. Previously only a portion of NYT articles were shown in Flipboard and to read the full article readers needed to tap to go out to The New York Times site – now NYT subscribers will see complete articles within the app.
Flipboard was updated today, to Version 1.9.4, with the NYT content news as the only change list item:
★ Enjoy world-renowned journalism from The New York Times. Paid subscribers can now access the full paper on Flipboard.
★ The New York Times’ Top News section is free to all readers.
This should be great news for NYT subscribers who own iPads. Flipboard is a flagship iPad app, easily the best news magazine style app that lets you create your own magazine with all your favorite sources and sections.
It’s also just an interesting move in general – as print publishers continue to tweak their approach to how their content is published on the iPad and this change may lead to fewer visits to The New York Times’ own web site from iPad users. I’ve seen recent reports on some other big-name publishers who are not so keen on this approach. It will be fascinating to see how this plays out for The New York Times.
Here’s an App Store link for Flipboard; it’s a free app and a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.
Time Inc. has finally begun offering subscriptions on their stable of iPad magazines this week. They had previously been holding out and objecting to Apple’s policies, apparently in particular to the level of subscriber info shared with them by default.
Three of the big Time Inc iPad titles that are showed off in the Featured area of the iPad App Store this week are TIME, People, and Sports Illustrated.
Sports Illustrated was one of my favorite magazines for years when I was growing up. I had a subscription and always looked forward to grabbing it out of my mailbox on my way home from school on Thursday afternoons. I still enjoy Sports Illustrated’s sports coverage and their excellent writers – so I thought this week was a great time to take another look at the Sports Illustrated iPad edition.
And boy is that a big disappointment.
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