Toshiba Excite 7.7 and 13 join Excite 10 in lineup
Toshiba grew its Excite tablet line in both directions on Tuesday with three new models to cover every possible category. The Excite 7.7 (which we've tried), Excite 10, and Excite 13 (AT770) all carry a quad-core Tegra 3 chip along with a completely stock version of Android 4.0 bundled with apps like Netflix and Zinio's reader. They keep the slimmer builds of past Excite models but with a more rounded, polished design.
App said to be set for mid-March release
Zinio has reportedly confirmed that it is set to bring its magazine reader app to RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook platform within the next few weeks. In a Twitter post, the company noted that the PlayBook app is set for a mid-March release.
iPad draws even with Nook in publisher interest
A new McPheters & Company study has shown that publishers are just as likely to publish tablet magazines through the Nook store and Zinio reader app as they do through the iPad. Apple's tablet was almost exactly as likely to have a magazine publisher support it as its two rivals, with 46 percent signing on and just a one point difference with Barnes & Noble and Zinio. The iPhone was also equal, showing that the smaller screen wasn't necessarily a deterrent.
Hearst gets 300,000 paid iPad, tablet mags a month
Hearst on Tuesday said it had passed getting 300,000 paid mobile magazine downloads per month. The growth is a rapid acceleration from past months and comes purely from those buying through an iPad, Nook Color, or the Zinio Reader app on multiple platforms. It didn't say how many of these were subscriptions versus single-issue sales.
Could run into conflict with iOS 5's Newsstand
Magazine service Zinio says it is preparing an updated iPad app, marking a transition to v2.0. Significantly the upgrade will support in-app purchases, including not just single or back issues, but also products in magazines, and most importantly subscriptions. Most magazines with in-app subscription options are offered as separate downloads on the App Store; Zinio hosts over 4,500 publications, such as Harpers and The Economist.
Zinio Android app reaches Android 2.2 and 2.3
Zinio reached out to Android in earnest on Friday by expanding its magazine aggegator app (free, Android Market) to phones. Anyone with an Android 2.2 or 2.3 device, including pseudo-tablets like the original Galaxy Tab, can browse the full collection of publishers and read magazines in a format optimized for the smaller screen. The design still brings audio and video and can show more of the native format when tilted into landscape mode.
Rolling Stone, Road & Track,
Digital publisher Zinio has announced that it has brought 24 popular magazines to the Android Market. The digital releases span a wide range of genres and subjects, with titles such as Rolling Stone, Road & Track, ESPN The Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Men's Fitness, and Robb Report, Popular Mechanics, Outside, Motor Trend, and Home Theater, among others.
Rolling Stone head Wenner cautious on iPad
Rolling Stone co-creator Jann Wenner in a discussion late Monday dismissed the idea of tablet magazines in the near term. The Wenner Media founder didn't rule out a digital transition but called the influx of tablet magazines, mostly on the iPad, "sheer insanity" driven by a reflexive action. Companies had to be ready to switch over, but they were confusing a short-term drop with a need to act immediately, he told AdAge.
New ViewSonic tablet spotted at Zinio CES booth
ViewSonic may not have been showing off all of its tablets at its booth at CES, as CarryPad reported spotting a new one at the Zinio booth. The tablet was being used to show off Zinio's new text reflowing feature that makes it easier to use. The seven-inch, Android-powered tablet had very few details and only a few photos.
Acer Alive store and clear.fi sharing debut
Acer's live event today brought with it plans to emulate Apple's app and media stores but also introduce a new media sharing feature for PCs. The store, nicknamed Alive, will give computers and mobile devices a "real-time" reaction. As users buy or download titles of any kind, the store will use a Genius-like recommendation system to suggest content and refine results.
Seven magazines already optimized for iPad use
Zinio has launched its self-named iPad app, providing a multimedia magazine interface for the iPad. The iPad app (free, App Store) use multi-touch to more easily navigate publications, enlarging photos, launching web pages from links and e-mailing articles to others. The Zinio app allows for iPad users to pay once for a subscription and then share the publication on iPhones, Macs and other platforms.
Zinio adds 20 titles
Digital publisher Zinio today announced it has updated its iPhone magazine distribution service with 20 new titles to choose from. Users can now opt to read Readers Digest, Elle, Esquire UK, Macworld Spain, Macworld UK, Outside, PC Magazine, Popular Photography, and US News & World report, among others. Zinio offers hundreds of different subscriptions, which start at $10 for a yearly subscription to a magazine, while others range as high as $100.