Seriously, there is some rather great news for all iPad owners, be it owners of the old or the newer version, because Richard Branson's new iPad publication, "The Project" will now no longer cost you a single solitary dime, at least for the fourth issue anyway, says the fine folks over at Gizmodo.
Yuppers, as long as advertisers continue to pick up the tab, it's hoped that we may never have to pay another itsy-bitsy penny for this great new read, and in this economy, well, let's face it, that's a good thing, a very good thing indeed!
The decision to offer The Project subscription-free while both the New York Times and Rupert Murdoch's The Daily, at the same time, are planning on erecting subscription pay walls is very interesting indeed. Of course, both these and other publications have a right to earn a profit for their hard work. After all, reporters, writers, photographers, etc., etc., as well as all all of the other associated costs don't come cheap, but, hopefully, if Richard Branson can make a go of it, then others, hopefully, in the future, as well, will follow his brave move in making their online publications totally subscription-free as well. Let's hope so anyway.
When it comes to online advertising, honestly, I personally don't mind them one little bit, providing that they are tasteful, well done, and that they address both the needs and wants of the readers. Actually, if they meet both my needs and wants then I actually prefer them! After all, if the major TV networks, which are all totally supported by advertising, can be profitable, then why can't the online publications such as The Project, The Daily, New York Times, or whom ever, also be directly supported by their advertisers, and make a profit at the same time? After all, unlike traditional publications, online versions don't have the extra cost for paper, delivery, etc.
In other iPad news the popular photo sharing site Flickr has also just come out with a new iPad slide show feature for iPad owners, and their announcement stated:
"We’re happy to announce some big improvements to the photo light box for iPad users! The light box is a handy, full browser photo viewer available from any photo page. From a photo page on Flickr, simply tap on a photo to view it larger (if available) and on a clean, dark background. Now you’ll be able to quickly swipe between photos, add to your favorites, and share with friends and family gathered around you. So grab your iPad and try looking at your favorite photos, your photostream, or the latest updates from your contacts in the new light box. Enjoy!"
In other iPad related news, well some are reporting that Apple may be facing some seirous component supply issues as a direct result of the recent and tragic events now unfolding in Japan. These reports have hit, naturally, of course, the price of Apple's stock, but what I find rather funny is why these reports would particularly impact Apple so hard, and yet barely seem to touch other OEMS stock even though they too are also in the same component supply boat as Apple?
For my 1,000th. post I will say, in conclusion, that it's really great to see Richard Branson's "The Project" being offered subscription-free, and to see Flickr's new slide show feature for the iPad, and I sincerely hope that they both succeed. Also, it's my hope that any component shortages due to the recent and tragic events in Japan will be short lived ones, and even more importantly, that the people of the great nation of Japan will also recover from this tragedy as quickly and as painlessly as possible.
And that's my 2 cents on my 1000th. post, 4 this dark and gloomy day, Friday 19, 2011