Monday, December 5, 2011

Late afternoon news briefs: Clashes in Russia over elections; Kastoff releases batch of replica editions;

Riot police entered the streets of Moscow today as crowds opposed to Vladimir Putin's planned return to the presidency. According to The Guardian report, police arrested hundreds of demonstrators including opposition leaders Alexey Navalny and Ilya Yashin.

Journalists were detained, as well.

Sparking the violence were reports of fraudulent voting, including videos uploaded to YouTube (see below) and entries on Facebook and Twitter.
"Groups of society have emerged that have a lively and serious interest in the vote results," the political analyst Gleb Pavlovsky told The Guardian. "They consider the results their own and that's why they are fighting for it."

Kastoff Enterprises, a Quebec, Canada software company, has released a series of new universal apps for its publishing partners today.

Apps for Chickasaw Times, Rodeo News, Frisco STYLE Magazine, Iowa Lawyer and My Business Magazine are all replica editions in their rawest form. Each app is free to download and access the content. All the apps, most importantly, can be found under the Kastoff Enterprises name rather than the publisher's.

These apps join the almost two dozen other universal apps released by Kastoff including the replica app for Qualified Remodeler which is a trade magazine published by Cygnus Business Media, a company that has been experimenting with their own tablet editions.
Left: The Chickasaw Times app; Middle: Each app opens to a page where readers can download the latest issue free of charge, this one is from Iowa Lawyer; Right: Qualified Remodeler's replica edition.

At the opposite end of the tablet edition spectrum would be this app from the Berlin daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

The free app has gotten an update that brings the app into Apple's Newsstand, fixes some bugs and allows to Facebook posting right from the app.

The app has gotten good reviews both inside the German App Store, as well as from expats in the U.S. App Store.

The app requires a subscription or a single edition purchase, though there is a 30-day free trial so this would be worth downloading if you are a newspaper publisher looking for an alternative to a fuzzy PDF approach.