Archive for the ‘Online’ Category

De Pers launches web-app

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Is it an app? Is in a pdf? Is it a website?

No, it’s a web-app.

The picture below shows my iPad, on on the iPad the digital version of Dutch free daily De Pers, not the website, and not the pdf you can download from the website.

De Pers developed an online HTML5 version that works like an app on all platforms (iPad, Android, Windows7).

Next month the web app should be fully operation, but today’s (well yesterday’s) paper, worked fine on the iPad. Arrows left and right take you to other pages (which can also be reached by the ‘pages’ option’), clicking on an article displays only that article and can be made bigger by the famous iPad index-thumb movement, one click takes you to the front page and another to the ‘real’ web version of the paper. There is also an archive of the paper.


The web-app can only be seen on tablets – going to will take you there (more info on De Nieuwe Reporter).

Politico starts paid online servive

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Politic, the Washington-based website / free daily, will start a paid online service Politico Pro next year. The news service will focus on health care, energy and technology.

According to the New York Times, the service will cost subscribers $1,495 to $2,500 a year for the first topic and $1,000 for each subsequent topic.

The new online service will be targeted mostly at lobbyists and government officials. Politico will employ 50 people for the operation, 40 of them journalists.

Swiss 20 Minuten starts mobile service

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

img343584Swiss free newspaper 20 Minuten will offer cheap mobile services to readers from next week on.

Together with mobile operator Sunrise 20 Minuten offers the ‘low’ tarif of 20 rappen (15 eurocent) for phone conversations.

Posters like the one left (click to enlarge) have been posted in major Swiss cities during the last weeks.

The news and entertainment offers from 20 Minuten, however, can be accessed for free. (Persoenlich)

amNewYork with Mircrosoft Tag

Monday, October 11th, 2010

microsoft-tag-792594New York free daily amNewYork is printing Microsoft Tags alongside articles and ads to give readers the opportunity to get extra information online.

Readers who want to use the feature have to download the ‘Tag reader’ software to their smart phone. (SmartWorks)

amNewYork is not the first paper to use these options. Metro Canada (see previous) and Herald Metro (Ireland) use QR codes (see previous).

Swiss (see previous) and Dutch free dailies use the paperboy software to give readers extra information (see previous).

The first free paper to use a feature like this as probably Dutch evening paper that printed traditional bar codes with articles, readers needed a special pen and software on their computer to access information.

Webshop for Metro Holland

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

metrowebshopVisitors of the website of Metro Holland now can order games and household appliances online in their new Webshop.

So far there is a limited offer of games (24 titles for different platforms) and some household appliances (kitchen knives, coffee machine, waste basket – could come in handy for free newspapers!).

Metro is planning to expand the offer in the next weeks.

Spits paperboy app

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

spitspaperboySince October 1, the ‘Paperboy’ option of Dutch free newspaper Spits is officially available.

After installing the Paperboy app (by Kooaba) on your iPhone or Android smart phone, you can take pictures of any page of the paper. The paperboy app recognizes thepapges can offers the user the opportunity to go to Spits’ website, save the page or send it to friends or a social network.

Some pages offer extra opportunities: watching the ‘floating frog‘ of Nobel prize winner prof. Geim, going to the website of a ‘mental coach’ or playing a game on your smart phone.

Tour operator Transavia will use the option in the next weeks to offer special deals for newspaper readers who take pictures of Transavia ads.

As every page is coded in the Paperboy database, special codes are not needed, but to point readers to the options, some articles do have codes like the one on the left.

Especially for advertisers, the feature offers many opportunities (watch the Publicitas movie).

Metro Holland iPhone app

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

metro_iphoneappMetro Holland introduced a news app for the iPhone this week. Users can chose from 15 categories of news (domestic, international, film, sports, economy, books, games, music etc.)

News items can be shared on Twitter and Facebook and can be mailed to friends as well.

The app can be downloaded for free from Apple’s app store (within iTunes); search for “Metro nieuws”. The app also works on the iPad.

Metro panel contract for Vision Critical

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Picture 4Research and technology firm Vision Critical got the new contract for operating Metro International’s Metro Life Panel.

The panel has more than 30,000 members across ten countries – Canada, France, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, and the United States – and operates in nine different languages.

Metro Life Panel is used for online community panel research on “Metropolitans”: the young, active and affluent people living in one of the hundred major cities across the world in which Metro has a steady presence.

Mobile interactivity at Spits

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Paperboy-PhotoDutch free daily Spits (Telegraaf media Group) will introduce mobile service Paperboy on October 1 for smart phones whereby readers can take a picture of a page an get extra information of offers online.

The service, developed by Swiss entrepreneur kooaba, consists of software installed on a smartphone. The uses can just scan any page – not special codes – to get the extra online offers.

The extra’s can be editorial (photo’s, information) or commercial (special offers, websites). The Paperboy software will work on iPhones and Android smart phones.

Swiss free daily 20 Minuten earlier introduced the kooaba interactive feature (see previous post) while also Swiss free daily Blick am Abend is ready for Paperboy. In Switzerland, also many paid newspapers and magazines offer the service.

Metro Belgium pinball anniversary

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Picture 7Belgium free daily Metro has launched an online pinball game to celebrate its tenth anniversary on October 3 2010.

The game (in Dutch and French) is pretty adictive (I confess).

Prizes are a Suzuki motorcycle, a holiday to the Dominican Republic and a Swiss watch.

The game is open from September 1 until September 30. The first week 90,000 people participated in the game. The highest score is 99,920 so far.