No shame in saying it -- we're huge, huge fans of Boston's 'Big Picture' blog. Regardless of the subject matter, the photographs gathered there never fail to speak to something a little deeper within our souls, and now viewing them just because a wee bit easier. The portal has today launched a new version of their 'Big Picture' app that's fully compatible with the iPad, enabling Apple tablet owners to see new photographic essays on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. Unfortunately, the app costs $2.99 (where it's free to surf on over to the website), and the current crop of reviews are less than glowing. Might we suggest waiting a tick to see if those early issues are ironed out in a subsequent release?
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Boston.com Launches iPad App for Popular Blog, "The Big Picture"

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Boston.com's immensely popular and award-winning blog, "The Big Picture," is now available as an iPad and iPhone app. "The Big Picture" is a photo blog that presents news stories solely through large-format, high-quality photographs gathered from news services around the world.

"Far and away, 'The Big Picture' is our most popular blog, with a worldwide following. It's able to tell a story that is moving and meaningful, through a medium that needs no translation."

"The Big Picture" covers a wide range of current news topics such as the Icelandic volcano eruption, the war in Afghanistan, and the World Cup. It also presents compelling photography of more timeless subjects such as astronomy and the planet Earth. In 2009 it won two Webby Awards for Best Use of Photography, both juried and people's voice. It has also been nominated for the South by Southwest (SXSW) Web Awards and Editor & Publisher's Eppy Awards.

Robert Kempf, vice president of digital for Boston.com said, "Far and away, 'The Big Picture' is our most popular blog, with a worldwide following. It's able to tell a story that is moving and meaningful, through a medium that needs no translation."

"The Big Picture from Boston.com" app is $2.99 and includes optimized versions for both the iPad and iPhone. Created and produced by Boston.com developer Alan Taylor, new photographic essays will be posted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. The app can be downloaded by visiting the Apple App Store (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-big-picture-from-boston/id370709214?mt=8).

To learn more about this app and all of Boston.com mobile products, visit Boston.com/mobile.

About Boston.com:

Boston.com is one of the most visited regional portals in the U.S and is wholly owned by The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2009 revenues of $2.4 billion, which includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers and more than 50 Web sites, including NYTimes.com, Boston.com and About.com. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.

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