iOS 8 Features, Updated News Apps, News Corp. vs. Google, The Huffington Post, 3 Great New Books for a Type-Lover’s Library, TFP’s Infographic Pick of the Week, DPS Tip: How to Preview on a Device

Welcome to TFP’s roundup of news and tips for media industry pros! This week, we’re sharing stories about new functionality in iOS 8, how news outlets are using the new operating system to enhance their apps, News Corp.’s letter to the EU on the Google antitrust settlement, a Q&A with Arianna Huffington, and more.

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  • With the arrival of iOS 8, a Gigaom report highlighted some of the cool features Apple is bringing to the table not only for iPhone 6, but older models as well, noting that the new functionality wipes out the lead Android has enjoyed in some areas. The list includes interactive notifications, more sharing options, and a new native keyboard.
  • Major news organizations were all over iOS 8 too. Nieman Lab looked at how five publishers used advances in the operating system to enhance their offerings, from incorporating widget capabilities to alert readers to breaking news to using a new Handoff feature that lets stories move from device to device.
  • With 115 million unique views in August, the Huffington Post remains the largest publisher on Facebook for the fourth month in a row, announced Arianna Huffington herself, who talked about what it takes to be successful online in a Q&A on Digiday’s site. She touched on a range of topics, including content mix, traffic as a metric, Facebook’s algorithms, and what’s ahead (as you’d expect, more video and mobile). 
  • In Google antitrust news, Wall Street Journal and Times of London publisher News Corp. chimed in on the proposed settlement between European authorities and the search giant, stating in a letter against the agreement that the company selectively alters search engine results to its benefit and allows copyright abuse. But not everyone sees it that way, according to a New York Times report on an exchange of words between the two companies. It noted that some industry observers, like journalism professor Jeff Jarvis, believe that news organizations want to see Google reined in because they can’t compete on their own.
  • On TFP’s blog, Mary Lester invites you to meet some new fonts and fall in love again with some familiar favorites. Don’t miss her review of three great new books for a type-lover’s library.
  • Marketing at the speed of light means understanding global audiences and how to navigate the changing landscape. TFP’s Infographic Pick of the Week from Marketo Blog gives you a snapshot of what’s happening around the world, from digital ad spend and where that money is being spent to the biggest opportunities out there.
  • When building interactive overlays or making any layout changes, it’s a good idea to periodically preview your work on a device. Find out how in this week’s DPS Tip.

Image: Apple

This Week in Publishing appears every Friday on the TFP blog. Every week we compile interesting and noteworthy stories from the publishing world and put together a wrap-up to help our readers stay up-to-date. Think we missed something great? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Posted by: Monica Sambataro

Monica Sambataro is a contributing editor and copyeditor for Technology for Publishing. Her publishing background includes work for leading technology- and business-related magazines and websites.