iOS users with jailbroken devices can now make the Google Search app a backup to Siri thanks to a new jailbreak tweak called NowNow. Of course Google Search can’t launch apps, or access your contacts like Siri can, but it’s a great tool for looking up information or getting directions.
With its introduction yesterday, over 24,000 people downloaded Wired's iPad magazine [App Store, $4.99]. This put almost $84,000 towards its publisher's bottom line in a single day. Numbers like this will likely encourage other magazines and publishers to follow suit. Overall, a success for Wired translates to good news for publishers, developers, and iPad users.
Electronic magazines from publisher Condé Nast on the iPad is looking more like a certainty. Word has it that they are planning to announce today in an internal memo. Some of the magazines with planns to get an iPad-makeover include GQ in April, followed by Wired and Vanity Fair in June, and The New Yorker and Glamour some time during the summer. They also plan to explore different ways to digitize and monetize the magazines.
“We need to know a little bit more about what kind of a product we can make, how consumers will respond to it, what the distribution system will be,” said Thomas J. Wallace, editorial director of Condé Nast.
The LA Times says they have heard that employees with the New York Times have been traveling to Apple's headquarters to work directly with Apple to develop a large-screen application for the upcoming Apple tablet. Meanwhile, Condé Nast, publishers of has flat-out admitted doing the same. To be fair, they didn't say for sure that it would be an iPhone application. They just said it was content of some sort for the tablet device, which means it needs to fit the device's larger screen.