The New York Times isn't beyond a little "experimentation" -- not when it comes to iPad apps, at least. The old gray lady today is showing off its "experimental" iPad web app, an HTML5-powered reading experience available to digital subscribers with its Web + Tablet and All Digital Access packages. The app's got four ways to consume all the news that's fit to digitize, including the Trending format, which offers up the past hour's top 25 trending stories on Twitter and the more traditional Today's Paper, which recalls those days when people used to get their news from dead trees. More info can be found in the press release after the break, and if you're on an iPad, you can access the site via the source link below.
The NYTimes Web App can be installed via Safari on iPad by visiting App.NYTimes.com. To access the app, a digital subscription with Tablet access is required. Details and pricing for these plans are available at www.NYTimes.com/Access.
"Lincoln's sponsorship of our new Web App demonstrates a deepening of our relationship with them, which blossomed last year with their sponsorship of our digital subscription model launch," said Ms. Warren.
Lincoln is the official launch sponsor of The NYTimes Web App.
The app also features new swipe-friendly navigation for an easy reading experience, as well as optimized designs for both portrait and landscape modes.
4. All Sections: The full breadth of Times coverage, from breaking news, to video and photography.
3. Today's Paper: In this reading format, users can browse the app like they would the newspaper, with sections organized under print topic headings.
2. Times Wire: A continuous, reverse chronological feed of the latest articles, videos and slide shows published on NYTimes.com.
1. Trending: The Trending section lists the top 25 trending Times articles on Twitter from the past hour. This section functions in conjunction with Cascade, a proprietary data visualization tool developed by The Times Company's Research & Development group, which monitors the sharing of content on Twitter.
The Web App boasts several unique features, including four ways to read and discover The Times:
"Our subscribers have told us they are interested in trying new ways of reading The Times across a variety of platforms," said Denise Warren, senior vice president and chief advertising officer, The New York Times Media Group, and general manager, NYTimes.com. "We are working constantly to develop new products that distribute our content in innovative ways, and this Web-based app is just one example of that."
The app is available exclusively to digital subscribers to NYTimes.com with tablet access, which includes the Web + Tablet and All Digital Access packages. It is also available to home delivery subscribers who link their account for digital access. Subscribers are encouraged to send feedback about their experience with the app.
"Our subscribers have told us they are interested in trying new ways of reading The Times across a variety of platforms"
he New York Times today launched a new experimental Web App for iPad (App.NYTimes.com) built in HTML5 and formatted for optimal reading on the iPad.
The New York Times Launches HTML5 Web App for iPad