Apple’s iBeacon used to push content to iOS Newsstand publications

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 4, 2013

As Apple continues work on implementing the iOS 7 iBeacon technology inside its own retail outlets, third-parties are taking notice.

Case in point: the shopping app Shopkick, which has recently teamed up with Macy’s to deliver the first major retail system based on Apple’s new iBeacon trigger technology.

If you’re not familiar with it, iBeacon is an indoor positioning system based on Low Energy Bluetooth (BLE), also known as Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart. It taps tiny, pervasive transmitters which can send push notifications to iOS or Android devices within close proximity.

These notifications can deliver marketing messages like discounts and some have speculated that iBeacon could even power a new kind of point of sale wireless payment solutions that won’t require NFC.

And now, one company has taken iBeacon presence notification one step further by imaginatively using Apple’s technology to give bar patrons free access to Newsstand magazines and help sell subscriptions… Read More


Google launches Newsstand for Android, iOS app coming in 2014

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2013

The Internet giant Google today moved closer to consolidating its digital magazine offerings by merging magazines and newspapers along with the Currents app into a new software, known as Google Play Newsstand (seriously?). Google Currents functionality has now been folded into Newsstand, now available for download on Android devices via the Play store.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed that an iOS version is coming in 2014. In addition to subscriptions to digital magazines like Hearst, Conde Nast and Time Warner’s Time Inc. sold through Google Play Magazine, the company has now started selling newspaper subscriptions, with The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times and Los Angeles Times acting as premium launch partners, among other publications.

Apple of course has its own digital store for magazines and newspapers in the stock Newsstand app on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices so it’ll be interesting seeing how Google’s latest endeavor plays out in the greater scheme of things… Read More


iPhotographer Magazine launches on Apple’s Newsstand, free issue available

By Cody Lee on Aug 17, 2013

We love iPhone photography, sometimes referred to as iPhoneography, here at iDB. We love learning new methods to take better photos with our iPhones, and of course, sharing those methods with our awesome readers.

With that in mind, we wanted to tell you about a new digital magazine devoted to the subject. It’s called iPhotographer, and it just launched on Apple’s Newsstand this week with—wouldn’t you know it—a free preview issue… Read More


‘NewsTask’ prevents the Newsstand folder from appearing in the App Switcher

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 4, 2013

Newsstand is basically just a glorified folder, no? So why does the Newsstand folder show up in the app switcher, when regular folders don’t? That’s the question asked by the developer of NewsTask, a new jailbreak tweak that prevents the Newsstand folder from appearing in the app switcher. Read More


Popular Apple blog ‘The Loop’ launches bi-monthly iOS magazine on Newsstand

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2013

I’m a big fan of veteran Apple blogger Jim Dalrymple and his insightful, unapologetic writing over at The Loop, where he’s Editor-In-Chief. You could say Jim is something of a personal hero to me, at least when it comes to blogging about Apple.

While people who follow @jdalrymple on Twitter know him as ‘The Beard’, Jim’s an Apple journalist’s favorite go-to source whenever a major rumor needs confirming.

With his deep connections at Apple, he occasionally lends his aura of credibility to unconfirmed stories with a single ‘yep.’ And his proverbial ‘nope’ is well-regarded for shooting wacko reports by major outlets.

And now, putting all that expertise, experience and passion to work, Jim has launched a digital magazine for the iPhone, iPod and iPad devices on Apple’s Newsstand… Read More


How to hide any app without jailbreaking

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 22, 2013

The Newsstand glitch that we told you about a few days ago has opened up a whole can of worms for various other glitches. We posted earlier about the ability to create a respring shortcut by means of the glitch, and now we’ll show you how to hide any app on your Home screen using the same technique.

The nice thing about this trick is that it doesn’t require any outside apps, websites, or anything else to work. In other words, it’s completely self contained on the iPhone. Take a look at our brief video walkthrough inside to see how it works. Read More


How to use Newsstand as an app folder without jailbreaking

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 20, 2013

A new non-jailbreak tweak was recently revealed to us via email, and it involves the ability to place and launch an unlimited amount of apps from the Newsstand folder on iOS 6. Yes, it works perfectly fine with the iPhone 5.

First sent to us by reader, Pim Oomen, the trick involves a little bit of timing and practice. The end result is an infinite scrollable folder that may contain as many apps as you can throw into it.

The nice thing about this trick is that it doesn’t rely on any external websites or apps in order to make it work. Take a look at our step-by-step video walkthrough inside to see how easy it is. Read More


Apple rolls out new ‘Read Them Here First’ section in Newsstand

By Cody Lee on Jan 17, 2013

Today has actually been a pretty big day for Newsstand. Earlier we learned that long-time holdout Rolling Stone Magazine finally landed on the iPad. And this afternoon, Apple rolled out a new section to the store.

It’s called ‘Read Them Here First,’ and it’s essentially a list of magazines that are now available to subscribers days before they come to print, or other digital platforms. And the first featured publisher is Hearst… Read More


Rolling Stone finally lands on the iPad

By Cody Lee on Jan 17, 2013

After a long two-year holdout, the popular magazine Rolling Stone has finally decided to embrace Apple’s tablet. The publication’s first iPad edition hit the Newsstand app last night in subscription flavors of $1.99 per month and $19.99 per year. It’s optimized for the slate, and interactive, with iTunes links embedded in all media-related articles… Read More


WSJ joins Apple’s Newsstand

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 21, 2012

News Corp.-owned Dow Jones’ The Wall Street Journal newspaper has finally signed up for Apple’s Newsstand, a service that brings subscription-based digital newspapers and magazines to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. This means you can now subscribe to WSJ in-app, via iTunes billing, and get daily issues delivered straight to your iOS devices each morning.

You will also get alerts for breaking news and avoid sharing detailed information about yourself with the publisher. The move wasn’t entirely unexpected knowing that rival Time Inc., which had been the most prominent holdout, also signed on earlier this yearRead More


‘Download To Newsstand’ makes it easier to identify pending downloads

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 21, 2012

It’s always great to open up the App Store and find a dozen new app updates waiting for download, but downloading so many items at once presents a small issue. If you’re like me and you have a ton of apps scattered around four or five pages in multiple folders, then it can be tedious to locate each app to check its download progress.

Download To Newsstand is a recently released jailbreak tweak that attempts to address this. It moves all pending downloads into the Newsstand folder for an easy to see centralized location for all pending downloads. Read More


New Apple magazine ads spotlight iPad mini and Newsstand

By Cody Lee on Nov 28, 2012

It seems like Apple’s been on a bit of a marketing blitz over the past few months. We’ve seen new iPhone and iPad mini commercials, a new Best Buy spot, and even animated online ads. And now they’ve moved on to print.

Some new Apple ads have been discovered running in popular magazines like Time and The New Yorker that feature the iPad mini, illustrating it as a substitute for traditional magazines thanks to its size and Newsstand… Read More


Blockbuster Video launches iPad magazine

By Cody Lee on Nov 20, 2012

You really have to feel for Blockbuster. After filing for bankruptcy in 2010, the one-time video rental giant has struggled to make any sort of comeback in a market now dominated by digital services like Netflix and iTunes. And apparently, it’s running out of ideas, because it just released an iPad magazine… Read More


How to hide multiple app icons, no jailbreak required

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 20, 2012

A while ago we told you about StifleStand — an app for Windows or Mac that allows you to hide Newsstand without the need for a jailbreak.

Now there’s another option for hiding Newsstand, along with a host of other default iOS apps. Again, like StifleStand, no jailbreak is needed for this method either.

In the following video walkthrough, we’ll provide you with a demonstration of Rag3Hack, a new website dedicated to hiding stock iOS apps on any device, regardless of whether or not the device is jailbroken.

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Hide the Newsstand app using StifleStand for Windows

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 9, 2012

Yesterday we showed you how to hide the maligned Newsstand app using StifleStanda new Mac app from developer, Filippo Bigarella.

What makes StifleStand special is that it doesn’t require a jailbreak in order to use it, which means that it even works with the new iPhone 5. No doubt, hundreds of users who despise Newsstand flocked to the app, but Windows users were sadly left in the cold…that is, until now.

As promised by Bigarella, and as noted by iOS blog ModMyi, a Windows version of StifleStand has been created, and it is now available for download. Check inside for a brief video demonstration of StifleStand for Windows, along with the download link. Read More


How to hide Newsstand on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, no jailbreak required

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 8, 2012

Although I occasionally use Newsstand, I can plainly see why many deem it to be worthless. Almost all of my friends have Newsstand apps that look just like the screenshot above — empty. With that in mind, wouldn’t it be great if Apple didn’t force the app upon you?

I mean, it’s not even really an app after all, it’s a folder, yet Apple forces you to keep it on your Home screen with no way to hide it. Most people who really hate the app, and don’t have the luxury of a jailbreak, relegate Newsstand to the last page of their Home screen, but this latest Mac app one-ups that solution.

Like previous tricks that allowed you to place Newsstand in a folder, Filippo Bigarella’s StifleStand does something similar. StifleStand, though, is much more easy to execute, because it doesn’t require any special timing on your part.

The best thing about StifleStand is that it doesn’t require a jailbreak, which makes it entirely possible to hide the Newsstand app on the iPhone 5, or any other iOS device for that matter. Take a look inside as I show off the easy to follow process on video… Read More


Delusional Hearst CEO claims dull print replicas beat interactive e-magazines

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2012

Duncan Edwards, the CEO of Hearst Magazines International, was speaking at The World e-Reading Congress in London today. Offering his take on a number of subjects concerning digital magazines and newspapers, Edwards shared candid words for the iPad and Apple’s contributions to mainstreaming e-publications on smartphones and tablets.

Surprisingly, Edwards doesn’t think interactive content is the way to go. Instead, consumers are better served with boring digital replicas of static print content, he said.

I’m not sure I agree. Being a print die-hard, Edwards was probably trying to make the case for a single common denominator concerning digital publishing. After all, creating interactive content tailored for the iPad requires focus on excellence and admittedly costs more compared to simply converting print files using Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite, which also received an update at today’s event… Read More


‘Bookstand’ Goes Live on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 5, 2012

We previewed Bookstand — a new tweak that allows you to access iBooks content right from iOS 5’s Newsstand — a couple of days ago.

Now the tweak is available on Cydia for all to enjoy. Be sure to check out our full preview of Bookstand. It can be found on the BigBoss repo for $0.99, and of course it will require iOS 5. Have you tried it yet?


‘Bookstand’ Combines Newsstand and iBooks Content

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 3, 2012

To some, having periodicals in one place and books in another place can seem redundant. If you’re in this camp, then Bookstand may be something that makes sense.

Bookstand is a jailbreak tweak that places iBooks content into Newsstand, letting you access all of your reading content in one convenient place. Read More


Popular Science Sees Readership Boost Thanks to Apple’s Newsstand

By Oliver Haslam on Dec 24, 2011

Apple’s Newsstand is proving to be a big hit, both with those who own iPads and iPhones and with those behind the magazines and newspapers themselves.

New figures released by the people behind Popular Science show just how big a difference to subscriber numbers Newsstand has made. In the wake of iOS 5 and Newsstand’s release, Popular Science has seen its subscribers jump by around 4,000, and its customer base continues to grow… Read More

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