Scoop.it sure hopes so. The company today released the first iPad app version of its social curation platform with an eye toward turning content consumers into content creators.
“It’s a publishing by curation platform. You can enrich content with your own insight,” Scoop.it co-founder and CEO, Guillaume Decugis, said in a demo interview with TabTimes.
Scoop.it for iPad lets you find articles, videos, visuals and other content on niche or so-called “long tail” topics in two ways; either the established community of “passionate curators” or the system’s “dynamic topic suggestion engine”.
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The San Francisco-based firm closed a $16 million series C round of funding on Wednesday and revealed that Pearson and Elsevier are now on-board in a move which will see both migrate to Inkling’s cloud-based publishing platform, Habitat, for producing digital copies of their books.
The two companies have invested in Inkling before, which now has around 600 books available for the iPhone, iPad and the web.
Formed just four years ago, Inkling specializes in providing mainly digital versions of college textbooks and other educational titles.
The move, reported by AllThingsD, comes while Time says it's encouraged by the progress it's already made in expanding its digital publishing efforts, including new technologies that will help it to better control what content it makes available for free.
Time partnered with Adobe to develop a new back-end system that lets the publisher change its free offerings at will. All of Time's 21 publications are eligible for subscriptions.
Following on from a non-jury trial that ended on June 20, U.S District Judge Denise Cote said that Apple violated antitrust law by colluding with publishers to raise e-book prices to as high at $14.99.
The five publishers charged in the case – Hachette, HarperCollins, Holtzbrinck, Simon & Schuster and the Penguin Group – have since reached settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice, but Apple will now be forced to wait until a new hearing determines what damages it must pay.
Cote labelled Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, as the “chief ringleader of the conspiracy”, which resolved around Apple’s pricing [...]
Onswipe’s report said that of the users it tracks, 59.8% prefer landscape mode and 41.2% choose portrait. The data comes from 127 million users served over the last two years by its media publishing platform.
Another notable result from the report is that tablet and iPhone users are most likely to be on their device at 10 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Traffic from mobile devices gradually grows throughout the day before peaking at 10.
Also, while social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are popular, Onswipe’s data shows that iPad users still prefer e-mail as the top method of sharing. E-mail’s 54.8% of sharing topped [...]
This report comes from consulting firm Analysys Mason which recently dived into app spending habits by conducting a survey of 2,000 consumers across the U.S. and Europe.
Publishing his findings on a company blog post, analyst Ronan de Renesse concluded that smartphone owners who also had a tablet would spent $6.50 a month on apps –- nearly three times as much as those without tablets. This spending increased even higher when respondents had an iPad or iPhone.
Furthermore, approximately 60% of tablet owners who had installed apps on their smartphone had paid for an app, compared to 40% of non-tablet owners.
The market researcher put these results down to [...]
The apps show up in keyword searches (in Japanese) for adult videos and pornography
“Typically, the apps only require the user to accept the ‘Network communication’ permission, although some variants do not require the user to accept any permissions,” Symantec said in a blog post. “This is because the app is simply used as a vehicle to lure users to the scam by opening fraudulent porn sites. The app itself has no other functionality. This may fool users into feeling safe about the app and catch them off guard when launching the app.”
Update: Symantec alerted Google to its findings before posting to its blog and has just informed [...]
The report by Wikia, the entertainment and gaming network of websites, surveyed over 1,200 users aged 13-18, sometimes referred to in marketing circles as Generation Z.
Tablets were cited as a key factor in Gen Z’s growing connectedness to the Web and online services.
Almost half (47%) said they are more actively connected now than they were just three months ago. And among those who say their tablet is the most useful device they own, 63% say they are more actively connected now than three months ago.
Only 12% said they are less actively connected and about two-in-five (41%) say their connectivity is about the same.
These teens also claim to [...]
The Pressly platform lets customers curate their own content from around the Web, including social and RSS feeds, into a branded HTML5 Web app that readers can access from a tablet or smartphone browser instead of having to download an app.
"Our product gives businesses a fast and easy way to take their huge investments in content to mobile users everywhere, in a beautiful, highly engaging way," said Jeff Brenner, CEO of Pressly, in a statement.
To date, the cloud-hosted service has been operating largely in “stealth mode” since 2011, but is now out of beta and available as a free 30-day trial. To continue beyond the trial, the monthly fee ranges [...]
The new buyout sees the journal switch hands from Incisive Media to new digital media company Apptitude Media, although the deal does see Incisive Media take a small share in the start-up.
In an encouraging sign for the future of tablet publishing, the new owners said that The British Journal of Photography's iPad app (which was developed by Mag+) had “transformed” the fortunes of the monthly publication.
“We are at the very beginning of a publishing revolution. Magazines have been around for nearly 300 years, and they will be around for the next three centuries in one way or another, but what form they will take is being shaped right [...]