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Last week, The Washington Post launched a new nightly video news show called The Fold, created primarily for Google TV and Android tablet devices but also available online.

“We’re not a newspaper, we’re not the evening news, we’d better not be a web video but we’re some combination of all those things that hopefully is informative and fun to watch,” says presenter Brook Silva-Braga in an introductory video.

It is a half hour show, shot from a studio within The Post’s newsroom, accompanied by footage from out in the streets and around the world. The first episode featured an interview with Henry Kissinger; subsequent guests include Economist Mark Zandi and former congressman Patrick Kennedy.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-10-10 17:24

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Online newspapers tired of catering to Apple’s in-app purchasing restrictions are starting to bypass the tech giant completely by creating web-based apps using HTML5 technology, Journalism.co.uk reports. The latest title to jump on the trend? Washington’s local paper The Chronicle, which offers the HTML5 app as part of a subscription bundle that includes complete online and print access, the article said.

The Chronicle’s web app is similar to a “native” iPad app in terms of user experience; rather than downloading the app from Apple’s Newsstand, though, one can access the web app through the iPad’s Internet browser and save it as an icon on the homescreen, the article said. App users can share articles through Facebook and Twitter, as well as download stories to read them offline later, the article said.

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Gianna Walton

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2012-04-19 11:04

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Apple's new Siri voice technology might have an impact on news consumption, Patrick Thornton wrote recently on Poynter.

Siri is type of voice technology featured in the iPhone 4S and its peculiarity is that, unlike older systems, it uses natural language processing. That means - the article explains - that instead of having to ask a precise question, users can formulate their queries in different ways and Siri is able to get the answer anyway.

"Rather than remembering strict commands, the language recognition allows us to speak the way we think without hesitation or frequent errors", explains Marco Arment, creator of iOS app Instapaper and former lead developer of Tumblr, quoted in the article.

So far Apple doesn't allow third-party apps to use the technology which is available only for built-in apps on the iPhone 4S but as the article says, this could change soon.

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Federica Cherubini

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2012-02-15 18:37

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USA Today is the latest paper to launch an app specifically for the Kindle Fire, Amazon's Android-powered tablet device that was launched at the end of September. The paper already has a general Android application for tablets, but seems to have deemed the device important enough to target directly.

The app features "a custom look and design specifically for the tablet" and provides "a convenient interactive package designed to take advantage of Kindle Fire's seven inch color touch screen," according to a press release from USA Today. The Fire runs on an older version of the Android OS than many new devices and has a very different user interface.

The app is available in Amazon's app store, which also boasts a Wall Street Journal Fire-specific app, as well as some Condé Nast titles. The Kindle Fire is already the second most popular tablet after the iPad and was projected to see a 13.8% market share in the last quarter of 2011, reported paidContent in December.

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Emma Goodman

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2012-01-05 11:52

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2011 was a big year for news in more ways than one. Reporters were amply tested in their coverage of big breaking news stories such as the death of Osama Bin Laden or Muammar Gaddafi, major disasters such as the Fukushima earthquake, and complex political unrest much of the Arab World.

Meanwhile, newspapers continue to seek an effective digital business model, to tackle the challenges posed by social media and community involvement, to create innovative tablet applications and respond to ethical dilemmas. Looking forward to 2012, what can we expect?

Social media - will Facebook remain the undisputed leader?

Social media sprang to the forefront of the global stage in early 2011, with many directly attributing the extent of the uprisings in the Arab World to the power of Facebook and Twitter. Citizen reporting and commentary on events using social media has also flourished in the Arab World, and Anglophones have followed Twitter coverage via NPR's Andy Carvin. Will this use of social networks to provoke and cover dramatic uprisings continue?

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Emma Goodman

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2012-01-02 16:29

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This is a big week for Flipboard. After launching in China on Monday, today the social news reader app has finally released a version for the iPhone.

The new iPhone app does just what Flipboard on the iPad did; collect stories from social media accounts as well as other sources and present them to readers in a visually pleasing format.

But there are significant differences. For one thing, the iPhone app works by swiping up and down, rather than the old format of turning pages from right to left. More importantly, the phone app introduces "cover stories". This new section learns from your interaction with content so that it can deliver stories that are most interesting and relevant to you.

The differences are part of a drive to distinguish between the lean-back platform of the iPad, which most people use before bed, and the lean-forward platform of the iPhone, which users are more likely to access on the go or standing in queues.

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Hannah Vinter

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2011-12-07 16:25

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The Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta has created an iPad app, Touch Russia, for its English-language Russia Beyond the Headlines (RBTH) initiative, as The Editors Weblog recently reported.

Olga Ivanova, Mobile Projects Director for RBTH took the time to talk to us about the changing Russian media landscape, the challenges of making an app for the international market and the global reaction to the Touch Russia app.

Russian media is not the most responsive of sectors in the industry; the "Russian media are generally a year, sometimes two years behind world media trends, especially when it comes to digital," Ivanova told WAN-IFRA.

Across the globe, the problem of developing a successful payment model in the digital age has lead firms to hesitate before plunging into the digital market - Russia is no exception to this trend: "Most brands are afraid to invest in mobile and develop expensive sophisticated apps because it is not clear how to monetize those products, especially in Russian economy. But I feel that everyone understands the importance of being on mobile platforms and expanding digital presence, " Ivanova explained.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-12-06 17:34

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News today is all about being first; 'real time' is king; users want the latest information in the quickest possible time delivered straight to their mobile device so they are constantly kept abreast of unfolding world events. Right?

Well, yes... and no.

It seems that Facebook is producing something of a Lazarus effect for old news content. Stories that were written more than a decade ago are increasingly becoming viral phenomena thanks to the new 'frictionless sharing' system introduced by the social network in September.

Frictionless sharing means that articles read by Facebook users are automatically shared with friends. This means that if you happen to glance at a story with a sensationalist headline that was published by a site that uses a Facebook app to integrate their content into the network via "open graph", then that sensational headline will appear on all your friends' newsfeeds - many of whom are just as likely to be lured to click on said headline as you were. This process is repeated several times over; and then again; and again. Thus, the article goes viral.

The Guardian and The Independent have both integrated their content into Facebook and this has lead to wide and rapid distribution of their content via the social network.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-28 16:45

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As part of its English-language Russia Beyond the Headlines (RBTH) initiative, Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta has created an iPad app called TOUCH RUSSIA to help bring news from across Russia to the rest of the world. Rossiyskaya Gazeta is the "Russian government's paper of record and provides the official publication of all laws, decrees and official statements of state bodies", according to the RBTH website.

Russia Beyond the Headlines already has partnerships with various publications in several countries, including, Italy, India, France, Germany, Belgium, Serbia, Bulgaria and the US. The goal of the publication is to disseminate a more accurate portrayal of diversity and developments in Russian culture and the political and economic state of the nation.

According to Rossiyskaya Gazeta: "We believe that Russia is a diverse and complex country in a state of major transformation, still coming to terms with its long - sometimes painful, sometimes curious - history, that cannot be understood in the context of stereotypes. We would like to present significant facts and ideas that fall under the 'radar screen' of major international news outlets."

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Katherine Travers

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2011-11-25 14:27

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