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...
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.
Yesterday we showed you how to hide the maligned Newsstand app using StifleStand — a 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.
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...
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...
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?
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.
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...
Apple has already revolutionised the way the music industry works with iTunes, and arguably changed the way mobile phone companies work forever. They set about doing the same thing with publishing when the original iPad was released in early 2010, but things haven't really taken off. One of Apple's latest additions in iOS 5 may have just changed all that, according to reports.
While magazine and newspaper publishers have put out their own apps in a bid to claw new life out of their ageing model, the take-up amongst customers has been hit and miss (with more misses than hits).
Apple's latest addition to its content arsenal is Newsstand, a "custom news stand for all your subscriptions" which, the company hopes, will provide increased exposure for magazine and newspaper subscriptions. If Condé Nast's recent figures are believed, Apple might just have cracked it...
If one of the first thoughts to your mind when Newsstand was revealed at WWDC was: "I'm never going to use that", then this tweak is for you.
NoNewsIsGoodNews is a jailbreak tweak from Ryan Petrich that completely removes the Newsstand folder from iOS 5 installations.
Inside, I go hands on with NoNewsIsGoodNews, and I also showcase the much talked about Newsstand folder glitch...
Newsstand is a pre-made folder that provides iOS 5 users with an easy way to access digital subscriptions. But it's a bit annoying for the folks who don't use it, as its icon can't be placed in other folders. Luckily, there's a workaround.
There's a nice little tidbit floating around the web from The Coding Massacre regarding Newsstand. As it turns out, there's a small glitch in iOS that allows you to place the icon in a folder without the need to jailbreak...
Poor old Rupert Murdoch really isn't having the best of times is he? First there was the whole phone hacking debacle that is still rumbling along in the UK, then the same accusations found their way across the pond to the United States, and now it appears his pet project is a dysmal failure.
That pet project is, of course, The Daily — an iPad-only publication aimed at bringing news into the 21st century. The problem is, nobody is reading it...