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Heute goes Android

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

heute_appFree Austrian Heute has introduced an Android app after the paper already launched an app for the iPhone more than a year ago.

The app is based on html5 and contains all regional editions. The archive goes back seven days.

A build-in Q-code scanner can be used for the codes that are in the paper as well.

The free app also offers a live news-update.

Metro Poland en Microsoft launch website

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Agora and Microsoft launched, replacing both the former and websites. The new online edition of the free daily Metro (Agora) will offer news, lifestyle and entertainment, and consumer and shopping services.

Agora and Microsoft will develop the webiste during coming months and launch a mobile version as well. A major national advertising campaign is expected for October.


The editorial content of the portal will be created by a new multimedia editorial office responsible for both and the Metro daily. Anna Gasiorowska, deputy editor-in-chief of Metro, will be editor-in-chief of

“The editorial team of the portal will focus on news, lifestyle and human stories, entertainment and pop culture. They will also be very active in the consumer sector: providing latest advice and services as well as tests of new products and will take action on behalf of our online audience the way they currently do on behalf of “Metro” readers.”

The portal’s content will also be enriched by’s services including and global resources provided by Microsoft. Its users will have access to popular Microsoft programs and tools such as Internet Explorer, e-mail and Skype, alongside unique online content produced by MSN’s sites around the World including the Olympics and Oscars.

Reader columns for Metro Holland

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Picture 38The Dutch edition of Metro has introduced a new online forum for readers’s columns: Metrocolumn.

Columnists must first register, and can upload their columns and share tehm though social media.

Readers can also vote for their favorite columns and comment on the content.

Every week one column is selected by the editors to appear in the newspaper on Monday. The selected columnist gets €100.

New website for DirectMatin

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

DirectMatin, French free daily by the Bolloré Group, launched its first ‘real’ website last week. Previously the paper only had a site were pdf’s could be downloaded.

All sections (people, elections, politics, media, opinion) of the site start with large photo’s – today two of the five main pictures contained president Sarkozy, a close friend of owner Bolloré. (click for enlargement)


When you first access the site, DirectMartin asks you permission to store your location, probably because it want to target advertising.

The paper can also be read as an epaper (Le Journal) while it can besaved to Google Docs or downloaded as well.

amNewYork iPad version

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Last week, New York free daily amNewYork launched its iPad version. With this version, there must be at least 20 free dailies with a iPad app. All can be downloaded – for free – from the App Store.

Like most of the free newspaper iPad apps, the amNewYork app is pretty basic; leafing through pages, zooming in/out and searching for words are options. Issues can be downloaded for offline use.

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There are apps in Italian (City, Leggo), German (Österreich, Heute, 20 Minuten), Chinese (AM730, Metro), English (Metro UK, Evening Standard, amNewYork, Colorado Daily, Vail Daily, Politico), Spanish (Clarin – Argentina), French (20 Minutes – Swiss; Metro – Canada), Slovenian (z24), Hebrew (Israel Hayom) and Czech (iMetro).

Metro Holland has an iPhone app that can be used on the iPad. Dutch newspaper De Pers has a HTML5 web-app.

Heute starts discount site

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

After Metro, also Austrian free daily Heute is trying to copy Groupon by launching a similar discount service: dealheute.

Readers with coupons can get up to 50% discounts on products. Today’s deal is the famous Wiener Schnitzel (€5.80 instead of €11.60).

Dealheute also has its own Facebook page and can be followed on Twitter.

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20 Minutes TV

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

French free daily 20 Minutes recently introduced their own 20 Minutes TV website with short movie clips.

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Metro Holland starts SaveMyDay

Monday, June 6th, 2011

The Netherlands edition of free daily Metro launched a special discount website savemyday. Readers who register at the website get special deals with discounts up to 50% according to Metro.

Their are national deals and local deals from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

Metro also introduced savemyday in Chile and Denmark.


Android app Metro Canada

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

metro_androidAfter launching apps for Blackberry, iPhone and iPad, Metro Canada also introduced a free app for the Android platform.

The Metro Android App detects in which of Metro’s nine Canadian cities the users is located and gives the version with local content. City preferences can be manually switched.

The app also detects if the user is a French or English speaking user and delivers the app in the right language.

The app can be downloaded from the Android Market.

iPad app for Colorado Daily

Monday, March 14th, 2011

colodaro_dailyThe oldest surviving American free daily, The Colorado Daily celebrated the birth of the iPad2 by launching an app for the new device.

The app shows all pages a ‘flip-through’ mode or by viewing all pages at the same time.

Articles can be read in three different ways; by zooming in, separately in a split-screen option, or as text only. There is no search option and no sharing option. But its free of course.

The Colorado Daily started in 1970 as a free daily. The paper was founded as student paper “Silver & Gold” in 1892, adapted the new name Colorado Daily in 1953. The paper moved off campus in 1970 because of the editorial line on Vietnam. In 2008 or 2009 the paper went from broadsheet to tabloid. After many ownership changes the paper now is part of the Prairie Mountain Publishing group (Media News Group).

(The oldest surviving free daily in the world is the Australian Manly Daily, founded in 1906; The Colorado Daily is de second oldest.)