iPhone app business models improving

Recently, I’ve been noticing new iPhone apps coming to market that are adopting interesting business models. Generally, they can be categorized as using the “freemium” (or semi-freemium) model; i.e., they give away some valuable content and entice you to upgrade for more and better features. 1. This American Life iPhone app. … This app costs…

Guardian phone app: It’ll cost you

The Guardian has introduced a new iPhone app, and its model is one I’ve endorsed in the past: iPhone app provides a much better experience than the mobile website Mobile version of Guardian website remains free iPhone app costs to download ($3.99 US, £2.39 UK) iPhone app content is free (beyond buying the app), but…

Newspapers’ digital content is worth zero: Discuss

My latest Editor & Publisher column was posted today. I think you’ll find it provocative. Your News Content Is Worth Zero to Digital Consumers Admittedly, the headline overstates things a bit (hey, just trying to get you to pay attention!), but my main point is that whether online or on mobile devices, news publishers need…

Phone app lets news readers be extraordinarily helpful

On the latest Journalism Now Podcast (where I’m one of the regulars), we interviewed Jacob Colker, founder of a very cool “micro-volunteering” service using the iPhone (and the web). The Extraordinaries is a brilliant concept in empowering the crowd to do good things. Foremost, the idea is to allow people to use the little bits…

Jimmy the Bartender has an iPhone app; where’s Dear Abby’s?

A while back I noted that a new iPhone app from Men’s Health magazine broke some new ground by selling add-on content within the app itself, beyond the initial price ($1.99). Now the magazine is trying again, this time by taking one of its regular features, the “Jimmy the Bartender” advice column, and turning it…

Big Kindle, little phone: Which will it be?

So on Wednesday, Amazon will be introducing a larger Kindle e-reading device. I’ll be away from the Internet on my mountain bike in southwestern Colorado so will probably miss the announcement. But I can’t help but ponder the significance of the advancement of the portable e-reader. While I do believe that Kindles (medium and large)…

From paid to free: iPhone app trend? Neccessity?

As a cyclist and runner — and iPhone 3G owner — I’ve been eagerly trying out several new fitness trackers that utilize the iPhone’s built-in GPS to track the trails and routes I ride and run. Like a “real” GPS unit, they record speed, pace, distance, elevation gain and loss, and at the end of…

iPhone is not yet a good GPS, but it’s a start

I’ve been playing around with exercise/trail tracking applications for the iPhone recently. All of them are weak, though I think it’s the phone’s GPS and not the software that’s mainly to blame. I hope that some day a smart phone will replace the need to carry a stand-alone GPS unit, but we’re not there yet….

The phone as GPS (and lots more)

I finally succumbed to iPhone fever and got an iPhone 3G the other day. While I’ve been thinking about the expanded mobile footprint in our lives for a while, having this thing in my hands really brings the future into focus. One big thing that the iPhone represents is the lessening of gadgets that we…

My blog for the iPhone age

Thanks to a cool plug-in for WordPress called WPtouch from BraveNewCode.com, this blog now has an iPhone version. That is, if you view steveouting.com on an iPhone, it will automatically pick up the mobile version. If you’re curious what it looks like and don’t have an iPhone or iTouch, there are some iPhone emulators out…

Are you ready for iPhone as No. 1 device?

I think the iPhone 3G is gonna be big. … D’uh! That’s a pretty safe statement. After today’s announcement, and after drooling over its new features on the Apple website, I tried to check my AT&T account to see when my 2-year contract is up, so I can upgrade to the new iPhone without paying…