A trade journal of a still-emerging field, written by Adam Tinworth.

HSBC – my bank – has sorted out its problems and got Apple Pay up and working this morning. Over a morning coffee, I added my debit card to the Apple Watch app on my phone (an iPhone 5S, which isn’t capable of supporting Apple Pay itself), and set off to buy two pints of milk and a bottle of brandy with it.

Yes, there was a good reason for the brandy. No, it’s not the obvious one. No, I haven’t sunk to morning drinking since my second child was born, thank you very much.

My best bet was the local Co-op which is one of the chains supporting Apple Pay. I double-clicked the button on my watch, and held it up to the contactless terminal. A second later “transaction approved” popped up on screen. Job done.

That was easy. Compellingly easy, in fact. No getting a wallet or phone out of my pocket. Just two clicks and pay. Nice and simple.

“Did you… did you just pay with your watch?” asked the cashier.


“Uh… so, can you do that with any ordinary watch?”

“Uh, no. It’s an Apple Watch,” I replied.

“Oh,” she replied, promptly losing interest.

Well, I enjoyed it.

From Jason Snall’s transcript of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s remarks in the earnings call last night:

We’ve already signed 25 leading publishers representing more than 75 of the world’s most influential news, sports, business, and magazine titles, including CNN, the New York Times, the Financial Times, ESPN, Bloomberg Business, Conde Nast, Hearst, Reuters, Time Inc., and the Daily Telegraph.

It’ll be interesting to learn what “signed” means in this context, as anyone with a site and an RSS feed can apply for membership. I’m “in” Apple News, for example.

  • Have they got early access to Apple News Format?
  • Have they got revenue deals?
  • Have they got promotional deals?

Bears watching…

The rise, commercialisation, fall and rebirth of fashion blogging:

“Because there was a period of time where fashion bloggers became quite monotonous…now we’re seeing individuals come through, but on social media as opposed to a web-based platform,” observes Lau. “It’s almost like the big fashion bloggers have become ‘establishment’ and people on Instagram or Vine stars are doing their own thing.”

A fascinating picture of an industry in a process of continuos re-invention.


I’ve just finished* running a workshop on analytics for journalists at news:rewired this afternoon.

Here’s a selection of links I promised the attendees to allow them to explore some of the issues contained in the presentation in more detail:

And let this fine five minute rant from The Guardian‘s Chris Moran be a lesson to you all:

The Presentation

*Actually, a lie – I wrote this at midnight the night before, and scheduled the post…

Lovely quote here from Wolfgang Blau, The Guardian‘s director of digital strategy:

5. Why (the hell) do so many young journalists still want to write
the title story of a print (!) magazine?

Why (the hell) would you even care? Let them. If they have contempt for digital journalism, view it as your competitive advantage and enjoy it while it lasts. And print is a beautiful, delightful medium. It won’t go away. May it always exist, just not stand in the way of progress.

I couldn’t agree more.

His two recent posts – The ever same questions some European media journalists just can’t stop asking and Good questions trigger conversations – are both worth reading in their entirety.

Berkeley Breathed on the reaction to his return to Bloom County:

“There is no media that will allow a Charlie Brown or a Snoopy to become a universal and shared joy each morning at the same moment across the country,” Breathed continues. “Maybe the rather marked response to my character’s return is a reflection of that loss. A last gasp of a passing era.”

It’s an interesting observation – merely weeks after Apple has tried to resurrect that shared media moment with the arrival of Beats 1.

[hat-tip Matt]

I’m astonished by how many people are sharing this report as good news:

At an aggregated level, combining revenues from the newspaper, book, and magazine industries across more than 50 markets worldwide, we forecast that just 24% of revenue will come from digital in 2020, up from 14% in 2015.

This is being spun as the “resilience of print“. Look much more like the complete failure of the industry to build sustainable digital business models to me…

It’s also a slightly odd argument to be making, given that so many of the new competitors for this market are online-only, with no print component. To what degree are they included in this – if at all?

(And whenever I read about these sorts of predictions, I remember Dominic Jacquesson’s prediction for Briefing Media that Windows Phone would be the number two player in the mobile market behind Android and ahead of iOS by 2013. That turned out well…)