Posts tagged ‘news’

The Guardian is available on Magzter’s

The Guardian is now available on Magzter, the World’s largest digital reading destination. Published since 1821, The Guardian, which is often referred to as the World’s leading liberal voice, has stood the test of time for almost 200 years. By partnering with Magzter, the voice of The Guardian is all set to further echo across the globe.

 

The Guardian focuses on the top stories from the UK, international news and also covers a wide range of topics; from sport to the environment, politics, football, culture, business and much more. The Guardian produces quality journalism, with a focus on holding the powerful to account, giving voice to the voiceless and covering stories that help build a fairer society.

 

“The Guardian is a name synonymous with unflinching independent journalism. I’m delighted that our customers and readers can now enjoy it on Magzter. We’ve been adding several prominent news brands from the UK and the arrival of The Guardian has further strengthened our catalogue. The Guardian, which has been one of the most trusted sources of information for almost two centuries now, is sure to be loved by our readers across the globe. Welcome aboard, The Guardian!”- Andrew Wiltshire, Director, Sales & Business Development – UK & Europe, Magzter Inc.

 

Magzter – Digital Magazine Newsstand 8.18.1 is free (with in-app purchases) and available worldwide through the App Store in the News category. The Magzter app is also available on the web, Google Play and is expanding to more platforms soon. Magzter’s easy purchase and renewal systems ensure subscriptions are paid on time, eliminating the need for paper checks and postal mail issues. Users can buy their magazines on any of the above devices/platforms and seamlessly port their purchases to any other devices, a feature unique to Magzter.

Bangkok Post is now available on Magzter

Bangkok Post has partnered with Magzter, the World’s largest digital reading destination, to expand its digital reader base across the globe. The Bangkok Post has been bringing the latest news, analysis and commentary about Thailand, Asia and the World for more than 70 years.

 

 

Magzter has been rapidly expanding its newspaper catalog recently. With 500+ newspapers currently available in its catalogue, Bangkok Post is the first leading newspaper from Thailand to join Magzter.

 

“The Bangkok Post is Thailand’s oldest newspaper, having been founded in 1946 as the “Newspaper You Can Trust”. The newspaper prides itself for its accurate, neutral and balanced reporting of trends and events affecting Thailand and the region. The Bangkok Post is proud to have joined hands with Magzter in providing readers around the world access to news and information about Thailand and the region through its innovative electronic platform.” – Kritsanee Techavisitpong, Marketing Specialist, Bangkok Post Plc.

 

“Magzter has always been at the forefront of adding magazines and newspapers from every part of the World so that our users can enjoy reading them all on our platform, and the addition of Bangkok Post newspaper from Thailand stands testimony to this fact. We’re quite confident that the newspaper will tap into unexplored territories via Magzter and the existing readers will love reading it on our superlative platform.” – Girish Ramdas, CEO, Magzter Inc.

 

“We’re extremely pleased to add Bangkok Post, one of the most dependable sources of information from Thailand, to our catalog. Our readership for newspapers is growing exponentially during these unprecedented times and Bangkok Post, being the best-selling newspaper in Thailand for more than 70 years, now can surely benefit from our large global reader base.” – Vijay Radhakrishnan, President, Magzter Inc.

 

Magzter offers the world’s largest subscription service called Magzter GOLD, which gives digital readers unlimited access to thousands of magazines and newspapers for a monthly subscription price. The Bangkok Post comes as a treat to Magzter GOLD users, who can enjoy reading it along with 5,000 other newspapers and magazines.

PressPad Launches Upgrade to News Apps Platform

Digital publishing technology company PressPad Sp. z o.o. tis launching an upgrade to their news apps platform. The update, brings support for innovative business models in the news publishing industry with a better paywall implementation to their iOS News apps platform called PressPad News.

 

PressPad News features:
PressPad News is the news distribution apps platform. The branded news apps take content from the WordPress based website or via the RSS feed. Upon new content arrival, the notification is pushed to the mobile device to let the user know about it happens. The content appears in the app in a legible, mobile-first way.

Features of the platform are as follows:

* A flexible paywall
* Mobile Ads support
* Custom content analytics
* Google Analytics integration
* Auto-notifications
* Graphical push notifications

Features for readers include:

* Offline reading
* Keeping up with the latest articles and news
* Saving the most interesting content for the further reading
* Adjusting fonts and contrast
* Text-to-Speech ready
* A flexible approach to paywalls in the news app

 

A paywall available in the iPhone and iPad apps from PressPad covers the four use cases:

1. Hard paywall – 100% of the content is locked behind the wall in the app.

2. Freemium model paywall – A defined number of articles are available to read for free per month, week or day. After subscribing the full content is available with ads being still visible.

3. Ad-free Freemium model paywall – A defined number of articles are available to read for free per month. Full, ad-free content is available after subscribing.

4. Ad-free model paywall – All the content is available for free but readers see ads – full, ad-free content is available after subscribing.

 

PressPad connects all these into the one, comprehensive tool for the news publisher – a news distribution channel in the form of a branded iOS mobile app. This mobile technology supports mobile ads, a donation-based model and the freemium model. PressPad apps are available on Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore for Kindle Fire.

 

PressPad News
Cord Cutters News (Example App)
Screenshot (Example of the app ratings and reviews)
Screenshot (iPad App – Locked)
Screenshot (iPad App – Unlocked)
YouTube Video (Explainer)

MacScripter. The Popular Mac Scripting Web Community, Changes Hands

Long time Mac evangelist Ray Barber today is pleased to announce that MacScripter, the popular AppleScripting community for scripting enthusiasts, has been acquired by Late Night Software. The website will continue to serve as a community for Mac users to discuss all topics related to macOS automation.

MacScripter was founded in 1999 and is a well-respected resource for Mac users of all experience levels. The site has long served as a popular way for Mac users who use AppleScript and other scripting languages to share their knowledge.

“I’m proud that MacScripter has long served as a familiar place for Mac users to find information concerning macOS automation, including AppleScript, Automator, and JavaScript for Automation,” says MacScripter founder Ray Barber. “The community is populated by a friendly group of scripters who are always willing to share their knowledge with others.”

The MacScripter forum has steadily grown over the years, and today boasts nearly 30,000 members and a post archive tallying 175,000 posts and growing. Links to MacScripter can be found in almost any article that discusses macOS automation.

“Users will be in great hands. Mark plans to keep MacScripter more or less as it is,” continues Ray. “The site will continue to be a place to discuss topics related to macOS automation in a technology and product agnostic environment. Thanks to everyone and happy scripting!”

MacScripter Highlights Include:
* Register and post questions absolutely free
* Easily find and sort posts to commonly asked questions
* Direct support for the Applescript Protocol Link
* An excellent community of top-notch scripters; ready to help
* unScripted: An excellent library of tutorials about scripting
* AppleScript Sourcebook: A historical perspective on AppleScripting, and frequently asked questions

Late Night Software owner Mark Alldritt assures MacScripter the resource will remain an independent resource for the Mac scripting community. In addition to continuing Ray Barber’s original vision of providing resources to Mac users, Alldritt plans on offering support for iOS 12 now that Apple’s venerable mobile operating system offers automation via the new Shortcuts app.

The automation of Apple products is currently seeing a resurgence. Alldritt believes the release of Shortcuts in iOS 12 suggests that Apple has become serious about automation on its mobile devices. He feels the change will spur users to look for ways to automate their Macs as well, representing a great opportunity for MacScripter to grow and become relevant to a new audience.

MacScripter has long been known for its treasure chest full of resources, including Code Exchange, unScripted, the AppleScript Sourcebook, and much more. Going forward, key long-time contributors – chief among them Shane Stanley and Nigel Garvey – will remain with the site, continuing to help it serve the Mac scripting community.

“This is all a testament to Ray’s vision in creating MacScripter.net, and to his support of the site over the years,” says Mark. “MacScripter will remain more or less as it is. It will continue to be a place to discuss topics related to macOS automation in a technology and product agnostic environment. MacScripter is a key piece of the macOS automation landscape and it needs to be preserved. I would suggest MacScripter is second only to Apple’s own AppleScript-Users mailing list.”

MacScripter is completely free and open to all.

Google says PaigeeWorld Contains Adult Images and Removes App from Google Play

PaigeeWorld is a Social Network for young Artists with over 1 million subscribed artists and has been ranked as a top 1000 website in the USA. PaigeeWorld is one of the few art sites that is rated for all ages. The site says adult content has never been allowed on PaigeeWorld and never will be allowed.

PaigeeWorld has over 100 volunteer Moderator, Feature Team and Welcome Team members from around the world that moderate content 24/7 keeping the PaigeeWorld community safe for all ages. Most of our volunteers are community members between 16 and 21 years old that have been long term members of PaigeeWorld.

Today, PaigeeWorld was removed from Google Play, as Google flagged 2 of the screenshots representing PaigeeWorld on Google Play as being “adult oriented.” Google feels that the images have violated the following policy:

Real-life, simulated, or fantasy subjects portrayed with:
* Clothing that provides excessively tight, or minimal coverage of breasts, buttocks, or genitalia
* Sexually suggestive poses
* Disproportionately large breasts, buttocks, or genitals
* Breasts, buttocks, or genitals that extend past the border of the icon

PaigeeWorld has asked their community and their Social Media followers if they agree with Google. The site says that far not one person responding has felt that these images are “Adult”. Here are some of the comments:

* @toocamely, Again, they have boobs. Is that so wrong. Everything is well covered. If they want that down. They should just delete all their female pictures because that’s unfair.
* @daughter0fzeus, No this is perfectly age appropriate THIS MAKES ME SO MAD! … smh
* @ambu101, I feel as though PaigeeWorld has very good rules and guidelines I feel google is being very protective and should back off a little bit that is just me
* @savonah1, Nope. It isn’t adult. It’s part of the natural female body -w-
* @xxniamhcxx, This image is NOT adult, cleavage is natural for a woman, and also many other apps contain this kind of stuff so theyre being petty.
* @churroferret, That’s not adult, that’s a very detailed and nice image. Has Google even SEEN anime girls?
* @animeloverblue, Is just a anime girl Google probably haven’t watched anime
* @Rawane Hassoun, That’s absolutely dumb for one it’s art and it’s not revealing even!! Ridiculous of Google for removing your app for this silly and unreasonable thing.
* @Jourdan Christina Wicks, Cleavage is nothing, a nipslip would be much more severe. Crazy how many other mobile apps have nearly naked women in them but yours somehow got cut down for it after being on there for FOREVER.

While PaigeeWorld is a very popular social network, they say they have very little revenue. The site says 100% of all of their revenue since they launched goes to development and operations of the community.

The screenshots in question are linked below for your viewing.

PaigeeWorld 4.0.2
Download from iTunes
Screenshot 1 (Is this Adult?)
Screenshot 2 (Is this Adult?)

Speak News – RSS News Reader, Siri Activated, Text-to-Speech for iOS

Berkeley, California – Imaja is proud to announce the release of Speak News 1.0, a new RSS news reader with text-to-speech, supporting Siri activation, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Speak News delivers streamlined RSS news feeds, with flexible Settings for text-to-speech, earphone remote control support, and more.

 

Main Features:
Use Siri to open Speak News and listen to news stories hands-free using the earphones remote control. Just say “Hey Siri, Open Speak News” and the app will start reading your current news stories.

 

Use the remote control on earphones to speak and pause stories, move to next or previous stories, or select a new RSS feed from your bookmarks.

 

All stories are saved on your device for later offline reading and listening. Efficient text-only story display makes loading and reading faster, and saves money on your cell phone plan by downloading minimal data.

 

Toolbar functions in the feed view include Play/Pause, Stop, Previous, Next, Update, View Mode, Share, Settings. Current story info and Play/Pause, Previous, Next functions are also available in the media player controls in the device’s lock screen and Control Center.

 

Share news headlines and links, or entire news feeds through the standard iOS Share social media activities view, including Message, Mail, Notes, Reminders, Twitter, Google+, OneNote, Wunderlist, Flipboard, Facebook, Pinterest, Evernote, etc.

 

Speak News automatically rotates through available voices for the current language for each story. This gives more variety and distinction in the sequence of spoken news stories. For instance, in English, this gives U.S., U.K. Ireland, New Zealand, and Australian voices.

 

Toolbar functions in the Bookmarks view include New Bookmark, Go To Section, Find, Update, Settings, App Info, Feed and Edit.

 

Speak News provides a Today widget to display a convenient scrolling list of stories from the current news feed. Configure the Today widget in Speak News > Settings. Tap a story to open the story in Speak News.

 

Create your own bookmarks and bookmark sections. Import bookmarks from the Speak News RSS Feeds Library featuring a broad selection of essential and informative news feeds.

 

Several touch gesture shortcuts support feed view navigation, speech control, changing display styles or story length, and updating all feeds.

 

Settings includes many controls for news story display, auto-reload, speech and auto-scrolling behavior, and user-interface sounds.

 

Keyboard shortcuts are supported for Speak News navigation and speech functions when using an external Bluetooth keyboard.

 

Display Styles include White, Light Gray, Sepia, Dark Gray, Dark Red, and Black. The “dark mode” Black and Dark Red styles are ideal for reading in dark environments. All text is responsive to the user’s preferred text size as set in Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size, and Settings > General > Accessibility > Larger Text.

 

RSS feed details are viewable in the Edit Bookmark view. Word Usage action displays statistics on word frequencies in a story or a complete feed.

 

Imaja’s Greg Jalbert points out the innovative new features, “Imaja created Speak News to expedite news research and sharing, and leverages Siri activiation, flexible text-to-speech controls, and earphone remote control. Speak News helps users keep up with news hands-free with speech, and also provides tight readable views with auto-scrolling and a great set of touch gesture shortcuts and keyboard shortcuts. A full range of Settings lets users determine the desired behavior of Speak News text-to-speech, audio mixing, feed updating, display styles, and more.”

 

Device Requirements
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 8.0 or later
* 19.4 MB

 

Pricing and Availability:
Speak News 1.0 is available for the introductory price of $4.99 (USD), available worldwide exclusively from Apple’s iOS App Store in the Business and Productivity categories. Visit Imaja online for complete details.

 

Imaja
Speak News 1.0
Purchase and Download
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App Icon

 

Located in Berkeley, California, USA, Imaja was founded in 1985 by Greg Jalbert. The company develops and publishes a variety of productivity, business, graphic design, animation, music and educational software for Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch.. All Material and Software (C) 1985-2016 Imaja / All Rights Reserved. Apple, Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, iPod and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Speak News – RSS News Reader, Siri Activated, Text-to-Speech for iOS

Imaja is proud to announce the release of Speak News 1.0, a new RSS news reader with text-to-speech, supporting Siri activation, available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Speak News delivers streamlined RSS news feeds, with flexible Settings for text-to-speech, earphone remote control support, and more.

Speak News - RSS News Reader, Siri Activated, Text-to-Speech for iOS

Main Features:
Use Siri to open Speak News and listen to news stories hands-free using the earphones remote control. Just say “Hey Siri, Open Speak News” and the app will start reading your current news stories.

 

Use the remote control on earphones to speak and pause stories, move to next or previous stories, or select a new RSS feed from your bookmarks.

 

All stories are saved on your device for later offline reading and listening. Efficient text-only story display makes loading and reading faster, and saves money on your cell phone plan by downloading minimal data.

 

Toolbar functions in the feed view include Play/Pause, Stop, Previous, Next, Update, View Mode, Share, Settings. Current story info and Play/Pause, Previous, Next functions are also available in the media player controls in the device’s lock screen and Control Center.

 

Share news headlines and links, or entire news feeds through the standard iOS Share social media activities view, including Message, Mail, Notes, Reminders, Twitter, Google+, OneNote, Wunderlist, Flipboard, Facebook, Pinterest, Evernote, etc.

 

Speak News automatically rotates through available voices for the current language for each story. This gives more variety and distinction in the sequence of spoken news stories. For instance, in English, this gives U.S., U.K. Ireland, New Zealand, and Australian voices.

 

Toolbar functions in the Bookmarks view include New Bookmark, Go To Section, Find, Update, Settings, App Info, Feed and Edit.

 

Speak News provides a Today widget to display a convenient scrolling list of stories from the current news feed. Configure the Today widget in Speak News > Settings. Tap a story to open the story in Speak News.

 

Create your own bookmarks and bookmark sections. Import bookmarks from the Speak News RSS Feeds Library featuring a broad selection of essential and informative news feeds.

 

Several touch gesture shortcuts support feed view navigation, speech control, changing display styles or story length, and updating all feeds.

 

Settings includes many controls for news story display, auto-reload, speech and auto-scrolling behavior, and user-interface sounds.

 

Keyboard shortcuts are supported for Speak News navigation and speech functions when using an external Bluetooth keyboard.

 

Display Styles include White, Light Gray, Sepia, Dark Gray, Dark Red, and Black. The “dark mode” Black and Dark Red styles are ideal for reading in dark environments. All text is responsive to the user’s preferred text size as set in Settings > Display & Brightness > Text Size, and Settings > General > Accessibility > Larger Text.

 

RSS feed details are viewable in the Edit Bookmark view. Word Usage action displays statistics on word frequencies in a story or a complete feed.

 

Imaja’s Greg Jalbert points out the innovative new features, “Imaja created Speak News to expedite news research and sharing, and leverages Siri activiation, flexible text-to-speech controls, and earphone remote control. Speak News helps users keep up with news hands-free with speech, and also provides tight readable views with auto-scrolling and a great set of touch gesture shortcuts and keyboard shortcuts. A full range of Settings lets users determine the desired behavior of Speak News text-to-speech, audio mixing, feed updating, display styles, and more.”

 

Device Requirements
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 8.0 or later
* 19.4 MB

 

Pricing and Availability:
Speak News 1.0 is available for the introductory price of $4.99 (USD), available worldwide exclusively from Apple’s iOS App Store in the Business and Productivity categories. Visit Imaja online for complete details.

 

Imaja
Speak News 1.0
Purchase and Download

iSummary for iOS – Extract Summaries of News and More

Intelligent Apps, LLC has launched their new productivity app, iSummary. The new app is for obtaining quickly extracted summaries of news and other documents on iPhone, iPad or iPod. The app is designed improve users’ mobile news reading experience.

 

Many news apps leave users dissatisfied as it is difficult and time consuming to browse multiple stories, and many news articles are filled with filler content, making it necessary to read the full article to understand the concept. iSummary is developed to change this, making it possible for users to easily create condensed summaries from their favorite news outlets and scanned documents. “Information overload is our reality,” said Sam Aljamal, Intelligent Apps CEO. “With so much information bombarding our minds on a daily basis, it can cause us to delay making decisions, or even make the wrong decisions”. “iSummary can save us time and effort and allows us to understand the main concept of the article in a few sentences”.

iSummary enables users to:
* Save news articles from almost any app on their mobile devices including: web browsers, Facebook, Twitter, Medium, etc.
* Read summaries through the app both on and offline
* Read full text in a clean format. The app removes all clutter and saves the content of web pages into iOS-optimized formatting
* Convert scanned images into text and summarize
* Share summaries with friends through social websites, SMS, and email
* Easily navigate through innovative design and gestures
* Read articles confidentially. Text summarization is in-app with no third party interference

 

iSummary 1.0 is $2.99 , and is available through the App Store in the Productivity category.