Gadgets: Next Issue app bundles popular magazines

By Phil the Gadget Guy
From the July 19, 2012 edition

Five leading publishers — Meredith, Time, Conde Nast, Hearst and News Corp. — teamed up last week on an app and service, available to iPad and Android tablet users, called Next Issue. Through the app, readers can access a variety of these publishers’ most popular magazine titles for the all-inclusive monthly subscription price of $9.99 or $14.99.

The Unlimited Basic Plan offers more than 30 titles, including Better Homes and Gardens, Conde Nast Traveler, Cooking Light, Elle, Esquire, Fortune, Golf, GQ, Health, Money, Popular Mechanics, Southern Living, Vanity Fair, Vogue and Wired. For $5 more, the Unlimited Premium Plan adds the highly popular Entertainment Weekly, People, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and Time.

Issues dating back to the start of 2012 will be available for all of the participating magazines. And some of the Next Issue editions include bonus content not included in the print issues. Next Issue says it’ll add more magazines over time — and there will probably be more publishers included later.

Next Issue is offering 30-day free trials of both services. Customers must register at nextissue.com and provide a credit card number that will be charged as soon as the free trial is completed.

Wireless and Bluetooth keyboards are nothing new, but Logitech has created a keyboard that can work with any of three different iOS devices at the touch of a single button — and it’s solar powered.

The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 ($80, amazon.com) connects via Bluetooth to a Mac, iPad or iPhone and can communicate with any device in that trio with a press of a button. This keyboard is powered by sunlight or lamplight. The manufacturer says it’ll work for at least three months on a full charge. The keyboard weighs only 13.1 ounces.

Logitech also makes a Speaker Stand For iPad ($80, amazon.com). Weighing in at just half an ounce, it can move from the living room to the kitchen to the bedroom, providing stereo sound for your iPad movies and music wherever you want to enjoy them. The stand holds the iPad in either a landscape or portrait position, and at almost any viewing angle. The speaker also has a 3.5mm auxiliary input that accommodates other MP3 players and other audio sources.