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people keep talking about ipads (and other e-readers) as the salvation for print – in particular, for newspapers and magazines. (books, on the other hand, aren’t really in need of salvation, so for the book industry the e-readers are more of a threat, it seems.) the idea, it seems, is basically this: people don’t want to pay for access to news on a website. but apparently, they do want to pay for apps on iphones and ipads. so let’s sell news as apps!

and the prime example, above them all, is wired magazine, whose first ipad app sold 110,000 copies at $3.99. of course that first app was news itself, so the numbers have gone down since – but according to wired editor-in-chief chris anderson, in an interview with jon lund, they still sell “in the multiple tens of thousands” per month.

that’s a little more modest, of course, when compared to a monthly circulation in print of 750,000 (at $4.99). but hey, if it doesn’t cost them much, it still turns a profit right? well, it turns out that it does cost them a lot.

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i have just figured out how to make locative media applications that work across different mobile platforms. that is, one application that works both on the iphone, android, maemo and probably soon any other mobile platform. how? through the browser-based w3c geolocation api. i briefly mentioned this in yesterday’s post, but was suffering under the misunderstanding that this was somehow still a vision for the future. it is not! the geolocation api is currently supported by the iphone os (3.0), android (2.* – gears geolocation works in 1.6), and anywhere you can use firefox (on mobile, that is currently only nokia’s maemo and the upcoming MeeGo, but the android version is on its way).

here’s a good overview, which introduces a third option (geo.js) which claims to support several other platforms such as blackberry, nokia n97, windows mobile, palm pre and more.

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