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How To: Push Mag+ MIB files via Automator

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At work at Apptitude Media, we make interactive digital magazines, brochures and the like using the Magplus system – both for ourselves, and for clients. One of the final stages of any project is to send the finished MIB content file to a device for testing – it’s an action we perform several times each day. And there are a few ways to do it, the most convenient of which is the Simple MIB Pusher. […]

How To: Write a RTing Twitter bot in PHP

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File this one under “stuff I’ve been meaning to look up for ages”: yesterday I finally sat down and wrote a Twitter-bot. You know the kind – a dedicated account that looks for updates containing a certain word or phrase, then retweets them – I often end up being tweeted by @redscarebot, for example. Anyhow, here’s how to write your own, in just a few lines of PHP. You’ll need: 1) A server running PHP […]

The Robot Reporter

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Hello. If you’re visiting this post, you’ve probably spotted @theroboreporter on Twitter. Or maybe it retweeted you, and you’ve asked why, or asked it to delete a tweet. In any case, here’s what you need to know: @theroboreporter isn’t a person, it’s software. Here’s what it does: 1) Journalists all around the world scour Twitter for images they want to republish. 2) When they find one, they tweet to┬áthe person who posted it, asking for […]

App Preview Videos for Newsstand

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If you’re promoting an interactive magazine – and if you’re putting a magazine on a tablet, it really should be interactive – nothing really shows it off like a video, so we’ve been producing preview videos of our apps, like the one above, for some time. But with iOS8 comes the new option to embed a video right into your store listing, and a few people have asked how to do that – so here’s […]