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New App: The Economist for iOS

The EconomistEnjoy reading the latest from The Economist over a latte and a biscotti? Well, there’s an app for that.

On Friday, The Economist launched iPhone and iPad apps. Built by TigerSpike, which also built The Times’ Eureka iPad app, the apps contains all the content from the print magazine, in a UI that’s customized for iPhone and iPad.

Full access to The Economist on iPhone and iPad will be free for current print or online subscribers. If you are not a subscriber you can purchase a digital subscription ($110 a year) from within the app or subscribe online. New editions will be available to the digital apps by 4pm (U.S. East Coast) every Thursday. If you like to try things like this on before you buy, an “Editor’s highlights” selection of content is available for each issue.

The apps are fairly reserved, which is appropriate for The Economist.  There is one feature that sparkles a bit in the apps – audio is provided for all the articles. A button at the top of the interface provides you with easy access to audio versions (read by professionals) of all the articles. So… instead of putting yourself to sleep reading The Economist, you can let the sweet lullabies of  The Economist lull you into a slumber. Kidding.

The interface is clean, and easy to use – you won’t find yourself getting lost in these apps. Pages are flipped through (as opposed to scrolled through) and it’s easy enough to flip your way through a whole issue. Ads are included, but they don’t get in the way of the experience too much. All the illustrations from the print edition are included – unfortunately, you can’t do anything interesting with them – i.e., you can’t zoom in on a photograph.

The Economist is a great publication – one of the few news publications that can boast a growing subscription base – and they’ve produced equally great apps for the iPad and iPhone.

The Economist App Store Link


iPhone 2.0 update = FRUSTRATION

iPhone Battery

Friday, July 11th, I loved Apple and hated Apple. I hated Apple because the iPhone 2.0 update bricked my iPhone for a good part of the morning. Restarting iTunes over and over again, hoping for a connection to the Apple update server, isn’t my idea of a good time. I loved Apple for the App Store and adding Microsoft Exchange support to the iPhone.

By the end of the day, I was impressed, and felt good about the update. I was still an Apple fan.

After having spent the weekend with the update I’m frustrated. Battery life is a problem for me now and it wasn’t before and for some reason the phone likes to shut down completely when I leave it alone for too long. Most likely, some of these problems can be attributed to one, or more,  of the 3rd party applications I downloaded from the App Store. But shouldn’t Apple do a better job of protecting the core of the phone from poorly written App Store applications? After all, they do a pretty job of protecting the core of the U.I. from poorly written applications.

iPhone 2.0 might have more bling but iPhone 1.0 was a better phone. iPhone 2.0 will get better with time but I won’t be too surprised if some people want their iPhone 1.0 back. Did Apple add too much bling to iPhone 2.0? Apple, remember this, in the end – it’s a phone. Still an Apple fan.


1st Apple AppStore Purchase

FuelGaugeI just purchased my 1st iPhone app through the Apple App Store. What did I buy? Joe Kueser‘s Fuel Gauge (iTunes link) for .99 cents. Fuel Gauge is currently #9 on the App Store Top 25 list. I’m going to use it to see just how much gas my 84 Toyota Land Cruiser is sucking down.

The purchase process was amazingly easy. I think the App Store and more importantly the iPhone apps are going to fuel some major growth in Apple’s share of this market. Contrasting this experience with my experience installing apps on Microsoft-based SmartPhones – no comparisson.

IMO, developers are going to flock to this platform because it does so much to provide the commerce infrastructure and it doesn’t take a whole lot (because Apple provides so much in terms of U.I. guidance and coding tools) to write something that’s pretty handy for the iPhone.

WOW – I’m really impressed with the 2.0 upgrade so far. I’m also really like the addition of Microsoft Exchange Support – it’s interfacing with our Zimbra server perfectly.


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