Khan Academy releases an Android application

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

We first mentioned Khan Academy in 2011. An innovative education program, it started when Salman Khan, a triple-MIT graduate with a Harvard MBA, started creating educational YouTube videos while tutoring his cousins, and found they were so popular that he began making more and more of them, on many [...]

The Atavist ditches its e-reading app in favor of the web

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Remember The Atavist? Let me refresh your memory. In January 2011, they started seeking a paying audience for long-form journalism, via Kindle Singles and, soon, their own e-reader apps with in-app purchases. (At the time, I was dubious anyone would care to pay $3 for a single article.) We reposted [...]

App Review: Google Play Books for Android

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 10 Comments

I hadn’t paid much attention to Google Play Books before. I’d installed and even paid for readers like Aldiko and Moon+ (TeleRead review), and snagged a couple freeish ones like UB Reader, but Play Books just sat in my app drawer, unused, like most of the pack-in Google apps. But when I came [...]

Faber iPad app brings Scots via Irish with Seamus Heaney Henryson versions

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of the most interesting posthumous Seamus Heaney publications to appear since the great Irish poet’s death has just debuted in the shape of Seamus Heaney: Five Fables, an iPad app “based on Seamus Heaney’s translations of Scottish poet Robert Henryson’s fables, recently adapted [...]

Android versus Apple apps: The time factor

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The vexed question of Android versus Apple apps has surfaced again, but this time it’s not money: it’s time. And those nice people at Crispy Codes have shared an infographic that helps make sense of this issue and map out project timelines. According to Crispy Codes, “Android [...]

Double App Review: MegaReader and QuickReader for iOS

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 30, 2013 // 4 Comments

I’m reviewing both of these apps together because they’re so similar; there’s just one feature difference between them. The developer was celebrating five million downloads and in honor of the occasion was offering free versions of the apps to bloggers. Lucky me! Anyway, at their [...]

App Review: Duolingo for iOS

By Joanna Cabot
July 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

Duolingo is a learning app that promised to ‘gamify’ language learning. As a language teacher, I was ready to roll! I downloaded the app, picked my desired language, and … and I lasted about an hour before I was bored and annoyed. Sorry! The App Setup The app is set up with a [...]

Does Apple’s rejection of political games constitute a monopoly?

By Chris Meadows
June 24, 2013 // 1 Comment

E-books are one form of new media commonly associated with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, but another—arguably, one more unique to them—is video games. But politically topical games have always been a hot button issue with Apple’s iOS app store, which is prone to reject them on [...]

Feedly wants Google Reader’s throne; can it be RSS king?

By Matthew Marchesano
June 9, 2013 // 1 Comment

It’s unfortunate news, but it’s inevitable—and worthless to sulk about any longer. Let’s face it: Google Reader will be no more in less than a month from now—on July 1, to be exact. Will this effect you too? I’ve used and continue to regularly use Reader for years, so for me this is the [...]

Flipboard 2.0 Comes to Android with Curated Magazines

By Jeremy Hill
May 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Flipboard for Android finally received an update to version 2.0. The biggest new feature of this update is the ability to create and share personalized magazines. This feature was first introduced for iOS a couple months ago. Flipboard 2.0 also utilizes Android’s native sharing functionality. [...]

Productivity App Astrid Acquired By Yahoo!

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 4, 2013 // 6 Comments

Remember my review of the task management app known as Astrid last week? Well, my timing may have been lousy. Astrid announced on their blog today that they’ve been acquired by Yahoo!, and it’s an ominous announcement. Here are the two ominous parts: Over the next 90 days, Astrid will [...]

ComiXology’s Marvel #1 Promotion Works Like a Charm

By Jeremy Hill
April 13, 2013 // 1 Comment

As promised, ComiXology began sending out emails with personalized links to individuals who asked to be notified about the continuation of the Marvel #1 promotion. The email contains a link that can only be accessed from the email address it was sent to. The recipient has 48 hours to claim their [...]

Why publishers are ditching their iOS apps for the web

By Paul Biba
July 9, 2012 // 1 Comment

That’s the title of an article in the Cult of Mac: … Since then, however, a handful of publications have decided to abandon their presence on iOS devices. Some are planning to build a web app as their only iOS or mobile presence. Others are looking to create deals with various news [...]

E-magazine service Zinio reportedly seeks buyer

By Chris Meadows
June 25, 2012 // 4 Comments

And speaking of e-magazines, CNN’s Fortune Magazine has broken the story that Zinio, the original e-newsstand app, is now seeking a buyer, to the tune of $50 to $100 million. CNN calls Zinio a competitor to Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s Newsstand apps, but Zinio has been around since long [...]

iOS Instapaper app available free for visiting a Starbucks

By Chris Meadows
June 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

Interested in the read-it-later iOS app Instapaper but don’t feel like shelling out $5 for it? Our sister blog Gadgetell reports that Starbucks is offering Instapaper as its “Free App of the Week”. To get it, you have to go to a Starbucks location and pick up a card with a code to redeem for [...]

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