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The Talks by David Hicks

There’s much to be said for simplicity. The Talks has a clear proposition, is executed brilliantly and eschews unnecessary bells and whistles. David Hicks wonders why larger publishers haven’t taken the hint.

Posted on: 03 February 2017

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An App I Like: Magic Tate Ball by Dan Linstead

The ability to continually surprise and delight is a wonderful quality to find in an app. Magic Tate Ball is, says Dan Linstead, a beautifully conceived and brilliantly executed app.

Posted on: 27 November 2016

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An App I Like – Shazam by Robyn Bechelet

Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo, Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo; now what is the name of that tune? Damn it. It’s on the tip of my tongue. Doo-dloo-doo. Aaaaaaagh! Relax. Shazam can help. The brilliant simplicity of Robyn Bechelet’s fave app can teach publishers a thing or ten.

Posted on: 03 October 2016

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An App I Like - Pocket by Phil Hilton

How often do you come across something interesting to read, make a mental note to come back to it later, but never do? No doubt, very. There’s now help at hand – Pocket, an app which Phil Hilton promises, will teach you, charm you and stretch you.

Posted on: 27 July 2016

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An App I Like: Quartz by Paul Hood

Quartz describes its app as “news in a whole new way”. A big claim, but accurate. It takes some getting used to, says Paul Hood, but he, for one, is a fan!

Posted on: 03 June 2016

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An App I Like: IBM Watson Trend by Luke Bilton

Never buy a bad present again with IBM Watson Trend, the pocket-sized personal shopper which can predict the future! Luke Bilton is impressed with the data-driven trend analysis app.

Posted on: 01 April 2016

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An App I Like – Time Out by Dominic Mills

Of all the titles out there, writes Dominic Mills, Time Out is perhaps especially suited to mobile. If Dominic doesn’t manage to collect a print copy on the Tuesday, he’s very happy to settle for the apps, both of them!

Posted on: 03 February 2016

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An App I Like: BuzzFeed by Tim Danton

Love it or loathe it, one can’t ignore the BuzzFeed phenomenon. Tim Danton is particularly impressed with its app; the simplicity of use, ease of interaction and the sheer chutzpah of its commercial model.

Posted on: 26 November 2015

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An App I Like: NME Daily by Mike Goldsmith

It’s all go at the NME - a new free distribution model for the magazine and a root and branch makeover of its app. Mike Goldsmith has checked out the app and is impressed with the pure-play vibe of the new NME Daily.

Posted on: 24 September 2015

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An App I Like – Top Gear by Dickon Ross

Top Gear, much in the news recently, has got its app just right, according to Dickon Ross (writing before Chris Evans’ recent appointment to the Top Gear hot seat). Fun, well presented, brilliantly written and, unlike many others, with just the right amount of interactivity.

Posted on: 15 July 2015

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An App I Like - Fast Company by Duncan Tickell

Duncan Tickell has rediscovered the reading habit through apps. His current favourite is Fast Company, an app focusing on innovation in technology. Clean simple design, fascinating content and … free! Duncan’s not sure how they are making money, but hopes they’re managing somehow…

Posted on: 28 May 2015

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An App I Like - The Guardian by Rob Aherne

The Guardian’s iPhone app has taken Rob Aherne’s relationship with the paper, which began in his student days, to a much more immersive level. His only complaint … it’s too cheap!

Posted on: 25 March 2015

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An App I Like - Wunderlist by Andy Cowles

To be successful, apps should be quick to download, easy to use and offer better functionality than the browser. One that ticks all these boxes, says Andy Cowles, is Wunderlist.

Posted on: 27 January 2015

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An App I Like - The Times & The Sunday Times by Jamie Jouning

The Times app has allowed lapsed print subscriber Jamie Jouning to rediscover the joys of his favourite newspaper and he doesn’t mind paying for the privilege.

Posted on: 25 November 2014

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An App I Like – Mr Porter by Matt Kelly

When it comes to embracing mobile, retailers have been much quicker off the mark than publishers. Matt Kelly applauds the “bold minimalism” of the Mr Porter app.

Posted on: 23 September 2014

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An App I Like – Yahoo News Digest by Peter Houston

For Peter Houston, who is not a big fan of news feeds, Yahoo’s News Digest is like a breath of fresh air: it’s concise, colourful and kind of fun!

Posted on: 14 July 2014

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An App I Like - Flipboard by Martin Belam

Finishability and serendipity are two of the qualities Martin Belam most likes about Flipboard.

Posted on: 19 May 2014

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An App I Like: The Loop by Adam Tinworth

The Loop breaks the digital magazine mould, writes digital publishing consultant, Adam Tinworth.

Posted on: 19 March 2014

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An App I Like - Radio Times DiscoverTV by Paul Cooper

Paul Cooper, head of app development at Imagine Publishing, plans his telly viewing with the excellent new Radio Times app.

Posted on: 25 January 2014

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An App I Like - Played in Britain by Susi O'Neill

Susi O’Neill, Head of Digital and Content at The River Group, indulges her passion for theatre with the V&A’s Played in Britain app.

Posted on: 30 November 2013

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An App I Like – Lakeland by Rebekah Billingsley

In the second of our new series by leading figures in the world of digital publishing, Rebekah Billingsley tells us why she particularly likes Lakeland Magazine.

Posted on: 17 September 2013

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An App I Like: TRVL by Alex Watson

In the first of a new series by leading figures in the world of digital publishing, Dennis Publishing’s Alex Watson tells us why he particularly likes TRVL.

Posted on: 23 July 2013

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