Archive for the ‘Online’ Category

Metro Sweden kills blog

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

The blogs on – will be terminated on April 25. Bloggers can update until that day but after that the blogs cannot be accessed. (Even now, the site seems unavailable.)

In 2007 Metro started the website and even offered successful bloggers a share of the advertising income. That plan was soon aborted.

The blog-site started with 2000 blogs while there are now 10,000 blogs registered, although not all blogs are active. (MediaCulpa)

iPad app for Israel Today

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

israetodayipadIsrael free daily Israel Today launched an iPad app last week.

The (free) app is somewhat slow to load but offers the full paper plus all previous ones. All editions can be viewed in a carrousel-like manner (right), while a copy can beviewed by lining up all pages and swiping through them, search, or going to a specific section.

No multi-media features that I could detect with mu minimal knowledge of Hebrew. The number of adds in today’s copy, however, are impressive.

Foursquare teams up with Examiner

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Foursquare, the social media application that lets you check in at various location and gives you mobile content in return, will from now on also contain information from, the web version of free daily The Examiner.

There are online versions of the Examiner in more than 200 markets in the US, this content (reviews, news, tips) will appear on phones of Foursquare users when in check in at locations with available Examiner content. (Mashable)

20minutos bans anonymous comments

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Picture 2Spanish website – operated by free daily 20 Minutos – will only allow registered users to post comments from December 31 on.

Reason is to get rid of abusive comments from anonymous users. There are now already 150,000 registered users for the website. (AEPG)

New iPhone app for Metro France

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

iPhoneMetroFranceIn 2009 Metro France introduced their first mobile application for the iPhone.

The new iPhone app let users chose from different categories: France, World, Sport, Tech, People, Weird (Insolite) and Culture.

It also allows users to add local information from different editions (Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris and Toulouse). (iGeneration)

iPers web & tablet app

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Dutch free newspaper De Pers relaunched their web-app. The version now also works on computers as well on most tablets. The app is build in html5, meaning you’ll need to be online to view it. Click on the picture to get bigger version.


Augmented amNewYork

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

AugNYWednesday November 24,  Thanksgiving Day, free New York newspaper amNewYork introduced an augmented reality option for users of smart phones (iPhones and Android).

With the junaio browser (free download on iTunes store and Android Market) users can make the pictures on the front page of amNewYork come alive.

According to the paper, “balloons will float from the pages of the paper”.

Metro UK goes app

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Free daily Metro UK has launched an iPhone/iPad app site of its own with more than a dozen paid and free apps.

Showpiece is the free Metro news app with a excellent look and feel, containing also a nice picture section. Not an upgraded iPhone app, but a real iPad version.

There are two paid (£0.59) games: Super Yum Yum and Bamboozle!; five lifestyle apps (property finder, jobs, motor, people), one of them paid; six paid travel apps (phrase books) and an upcoming Cab Finder app.


20 Minuten in music

Friday, November 5th, 2010

20 Minuten OnlineAfter going into the mobile phone business (see previous post), Swiss free daily 20 Minuten will also invite readers to listen to online music.

Through online-Music portal “millions” of songs can be streamed to the user. Downloads are not yet possible. Costs are Chf 14.90 (€11) for one month, or Chf 79 (€58) for half a year. (Persoenlich) exploding website

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

metro_ca_minesThe website is turned into an exploding website until November 4th. The Metro press release:

Visitors of are immediately redirected to a website that looks and feels exactly like the Metro home page. The content on the page is comprised of articles and advertising about family, children and safety. A few moments later, a “landmine” imbedded in the site explodes and a cloud of smoke coats the webpage. This explosion is enhanced with sound so users feel the full impact of the landmine. When the dust clears, the entire home page has been destroyed. Pictures of people and playgrounds appear ruined. The articles themselves have shifted and broken apart, and a call to action for donations appears in the crater.

The purpose of the media execution is to drive donations to the Walk Without Fear Foundation (created by Mines Action Canada) by generating awareness about the impact and effects that landmines continue to have around the world – Every hour someone falls victim to a landmine.

There’s only limited danger outside of Canada probably – as I did not see it happening. [correction - it did happen, I was not patient enough.]