Britain’s best-selling quality newspaper is now powered by Pugpig and available on iOS and Android. The app features all of the award-winning content from the daily newspaper, including weekend supplements, along with additional interactive puzzles offered exclusively for digital users.
On Wednesday 21st October we’ll be heading to Quantcast’s Supernova event along with media experts, publishers and cultural figures from around the world. Attracting a wide range of attendees from a host of different industries, the event aims to explore how advertising is driving the development of big data and technology.
One of the event’s big speakers is rugby legend Clive Woodward who led England to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Accompanied by talks from Ashwin Sridhar at The Economist, Ed Cole from Lloyd’s Banking Group and Buzzfeed’s Digby Lewis, it’s sure to be a fascinating and informative day. We can’t wait!
With the imminent release of iOS9, publishers who rely on mobile web for their content (and advertising), should prepare themselves for ad blocking apps that may well start to change things significantly. Watch this space for more info as the apps launch and we discover how much use they really get in consumer’s hands, and in the meantime have a look at this…
We’re pretty excited about the upcoming launch of Apple’s iOS 9 which is likely to be released in the coming weeks (rumoured date is 16th September).
Since June we have been regularly testing our Pugpig app products on the available iOS betas (currently beta 6 and we don’t expect anymore). We’ve spent time collating all the important information you need to know when it comes to supporting your apps on this new version.
At present no existing Pugpig applications (SDK or otherwise) should require app updates – our Pugpig product code will continue working when iOS 9 drops just like it currently does and has done on iOS 7 and 8. We still advise you test your individual apps on an iOS 9 beta if you can or as soon as the version is officially released. If you have support budget with Kaldor we can arrange to do this specific app testing for you if we haven’t already.
Once iOS 9 is released there will also be a new version of Xcode (Xcode 7). We recommend all developers get this version installed on their machines so they can use it to compile future Pugpig app updates. We’ll release an update to our Pugpig Xcode installers at a similar time later this month that will be better configured to be compiled with Xcode 7.
Some key points to note:
As you may have heard with iOS 9 Apple Newsstand is changing. What this means is:
- On devices with iOS 9 the Newsstand app will no longer be available. Instead, all existing Newsstand apps will be in a newly created folder, Newsstand, which will appear on the Home screen.
- Apps in the Newsstand category will automatically move to a new category called Magazines & Newspapers. Your primary category won’t change. If you prefer a different category for your app, you’ll be able to change categories when you submit a new app version after iOS 9 becomes available.
- Magazine and newspaper apps will no longer display custom Newsstand cover art or per-issue art. Instead, they’ll just display their standard app icon.
You’ll still be able to offer In-App Purchase subscriptions for your magazine and newspaper apps on the App Store.
- Background downloads will also continue to work and existing subscriptions won’t be affected.
- After the iOS 9 release, you’ll no longer have access to the Newsstand Atom feeds to update your metadata cover art. We recommend that you add generic cover art to your Atom feed and update your app’s description regularly. You’ll still be able to update your app screenshots and metadata without submitting a new app version
Apple News is planned to launch with iOS 9. Early involvement with Apple News is easy (RSS feed) and Pugpig fully supports this. Information on this new Apple feature is thin on the ground but Pugpig will be keeping alert. We have also added Apple Indexing to our roadmap and will progress with this feature in Q4. Get in touch if you want to know more.
Data via HTTPS
Apple will start to force app data through HTTPS. If you host your servers and content your business will need to plan a move to HTTPS. Initially you can choose to opt out for HTTPS when you submit your next iOS apps or updates so you will have plenty of time to factor this change in but at some point we expect Apple to remove the opt out option so planning ahead for this is advisable. If you already use Pugpig’s Distribution Service then HTTPS data is already well catered for and supported. If not, and you are interested in migrating, please get in touch > firstname.lastname@example.org
There aren’t any major UI design changes with this OS however there is a new UI Split View feature available on iPad Air Generation 2 devices with iOS 9 installed. We have tested our Pugpig products with this and some views don’t scale beautifully so this is something we will improve in a future release.
If you have any issues or questions please email email@example.com
We’ve decided it’s time for Pugpig to hit the road and go exploring, so we’re attending four events in four different countries over the next six weeks. Here’s where we’re going to be and when – make sure you come and find us if you’re going to be there!
On Friday 18 September Sean and Grant are going to be up in Edinburgh for Magfest, the International Magazine Festival and Conference, held annually by the PPA. Find out more here
World Publishing Expo, Hamburg
From Monday 5 – Wednesday 7 October, we’ll be on stand 1.255 at the Wan-Ifra World Publishing Expo in Hamburg. James, Sean and Grant will be at the three day event showcasing some of our favourite Pugpig-powered apps, and demonstrating just how easy it is to get an app up and running with Pugpig. Register for the event here
Digiday Publishing Summit, Barcelona
Jonny is going to be in Barcelona from Monday 5 – Wednesday 7 October at the Digiday Publishing Summit. The Summit will explore the ways publishers are navigating all things digital and has presentations from the likes of News UK and De Agostini Publishing. You can find out more about the Digiday Summit here
FIPP World Congress, Toronto
Jonny will also be joining over 800 people from the world of B2B and B2C media at the FIPP World Congress in Toronto from Tuesday 13 – Thursday 15 October. Make sure you say hi to him (or let him buy you a drink or two) if you are there, and find out more about the event here
Kaldor is pleased to announce the launch of Intelligent Life using Pugpig for Magazines. The award winning bi-monthly magazine published by the Economist Group covers everything from life and culture, to style and places. Established in 2004 as an annual magazine, the magazine is now published six times a year.
Available for free on iOS and Android, the app showcases the best content from the magazine whilst allowing users to save pages to a personal scrapbook and share content on social media.
Kaldor is pleased to announce the launch of the latest Pugpig-powered app, supporting a publication with more than a century of history, Investors Chronicle. Now available on iOS and Android, Investors Chronicle is the authoritative source of fund and share tips and comprehensive companies coverage for the private investor. The new app features all the content from the weekly magazine as well as additional content including podcasts, which are offered exclusively to digital users.
Established in 1860, Investors Chronicle has been helping investors make their money work harder for over 150 years, and is renowned for its market-beating share tips as well as in-depth analysis and independent coverage of the UK stock market.
Prior to the new Pugpig-powered app, Investors Chronicle was available for digital users only in PDF format. The new app provides a content-rich experience that incorporates search functionality, social media sharing, text resizing and scrapbooking to favourites. This new digital format also pulls in the latest share price information of companies referenced in articles, to provide live updates and additional context for online users. The app is available on both phone and tablet, offering an exceptional user experience across all devices.
Jonny Kaldor, CEO and co-founder of Kaldor, the creators of Pugpig says “We’re delighted to be working with the Investors Chronicle team to ensure they deliver high quality content to their readers wherever they may be.”
Maxim Lamond, Product Manager of the Investors Chronicle says “The new app offers the full weekly magazine, supplemented with relevant digital content and markets data. It is also the first time our readers will be able to get the magazine on a mobile and tablet device of their choice. This is something we are very excited about.”