The making of the just-launched News360 Android tablet app

May 24, 2011
Tech

RK: 1. Apple dominance – Don’t get me wrong – we love Apple with all of our hearts, but the fact that they have so much control over our destiny is a little disconcerting. They are able to tell us how we can or cannot make money, what kind of content is or is not acceptable, and there is no ground for us to argue – anything goes wrong and we are gone from the App Store. We have not had any problems so far, thankfully, but the danger is always there.

2. User growth – we watch the number of our active users like hawks, 24/7, to make sure we are growing a loyal and dedicated userbase

3. Content distribution models – the online and mobile news markets have been trying to figure out how a news organization adapt to new use cases and make money, and so far, all attempts have been unsuccessful. We think we can be instrumental in solving this, but the scale of the problem is gargantuan.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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