Web

Online paywalls are becoming more popular with newspapers

New York Times Paywall

According to a post on Media Life Magazine, three hundred newspapers around the United States has placed a paywall on the online version of the publication. With a bit under 1,400 daily newspapers left in the United Stated according to a Pew study, that means approximately one fifth have adopted a paywall to prevent free access to articles published online. While large organizations like The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times led the charge with the transition to the paywall structure, the majority of the newspapers adopting the revenue building format have been much smaller. Gannett Company, the parent company for eighty newspapers, announced plans to roll out a paywall on all properties accept for USA Today. Lee Enterprises and McClatchy, two other major parent companies for newspapers, have also announced plans to launch metered paywalls in various markets.

L.A. TimesAccording to Mashable, The New York Times had about half a million digital subscribers around July 2012 and have seen moderate growth in the subscriber base over the past fifteen months. With digital subscriptions priced between $15 to $35 each month, that means the Times is bringing in approximately $7.5 million to $17.5 million dollars each month off digital subscriptions. Over an entire year, the figure would be somewhere in between $90 million to $210 million. In addition, limiting online access is partly responsible for the eight percent increase in circulation revenue of the print version over the last quarter.

The structured paywall plans that The New York Times offers are focused on different types of mobile access. While the full $35 monthly fee provides access to the Times on all mobile devices, readers can also choose between a smartphone plan or a tablet plan. For instance, if a reader only wanted to read The New York Times on their iPad, they would have to pay for the $20 version of the paywall. Alternatively, smartphone users get a cheaper rate at $15 likely due to the smaller screen size.

Chicago TribuneThe Chicago Tribune has plans to roll out a new version of the site this year and will require users to register in order to “access premium features such as columnists, reviews, in-depth and investigative reporting and new content from outside news sources.” Anyone that hasn’t registered for the site will still be able to access breaking news and other basic content, but will be closed off from other portions of the site. 

One major major newspaper that’s continuing to resist a transition to the online paywall system is the Washington Post. According to GigaOm, the Post is extremely different from other newspapers. Rather than being able to encourage an increase in circulation revenue of the print version by limiting access to the site, the majority of the Posts’s online visitors are outside the Washington D.C. area.

Since the Post only circulates in print around Washington D.C., there’s no upside to limiting access to the site. Rather than invest in a technology that limits readership, management at the Post have been developing ways to increase Web readership through social channels. The Washington Post‘s Facebook social-reader app, for instance, is designed to bring more traffic from Facebook to the site.

Cars

Here’s how Uber plans to improve its service for riders in wheelchairs

Uber is working to improve its service for disabled riders. Its latest initiative sees it teaming up with a specialist transportation firm to provide more wheelchair-accessible vehicles with wait times of less than 15 minutes.
Movies & TV

Star Wars series 'The Mandalorian' adds 'Deadpool' actress Gina Carano

The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series planned for Disney's streaming video service, will be one of the most expensive television shows ever made. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Music

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.
Movies & TV

One popular character won't be returning for 'John Wick 3: Parabellum'

The third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, John Wick 3: Parabellum, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.
Computing

Want to save a webpage as a PDF? Just follow these steps

Need to quickly save and share a webpage? The best way is to learn how to save a webpage as a PDF file, as they're fully featured and can handle images and text with ease. Here's how.
Social Media

‘Superwoman’ YouTuber Lilly Singh taking a break for her mental health

Claiming to be "mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted," popular YouTuber Lilly Singh has told her millions of fans she's taking a break from making videos in order to recuperate.
Smart Home

Amazon has a huge team dedicated to enhancing Alexa and Echo

An Amazon executive on Tuesday, November 13 revealed the huge size of the team that's tasked with developing the Echo, the company's smart speaker, and Alexa, the digital assistant that powers it.
Social Media

Going incognito: Here's how to appear offline on Facebook

How do you make sure your friends and family can't see if you're on Facebook, even if you are? Here, we'll show you how to turn off your active status on three different platforms, so you can browse Facebook without anyone knowing.
Computing

Our 10 favorite Chrome themes add some much-needed pizzazz to your boring browser

Sometimes you just want Chrome to show a little personality and ditch the grayscale for something a little more lively. Lucky for you, we've sorted through the Chrome Web Store to find best Chrome themes available.
Outdoors

Aussies hope free Wi-Fi on their beaches will lead to fewer drownings

Lifeguards in Australia have hit on an idea to use Wi-Fi to make the nation's beaches safer. It's a simple but clever idea that plays on our need to stay connected around the clock.
Computing

How to easily record your laptop screen with apps you already have

Learning how to record your computer screen shouldn't be a challenge. Lucky for you, our comprehensive guide lays out how to do so using a host of methods, including both free and premium utilities, in both MacOS and Windows 10.
Gaming

These are the coolest games you can play on your Google Chrome browser right now

Not only is Google Chrome a fantastic web browser, it's also a versatile gaming platform that you can access from just about anywhere. Here are a few of our favorite titles for the platform.
Smart Home

Amazon will bring a 7-foot-tall Christmas tree to your doorstep starting today

If you have fond memories of going out with your family and searching for the perfect Christmas tree, well, Amazon wants to create its own holiday tradition. Starting today, you can order a real, 7-foot tree from Amazon.
Computing

Reluctant to give your email address away? Here's how to make a disposable one

Want to sign up for a service without the risk of flooding your inbox with copious amounts of spam and unwanted email? You might want to consider using disposable email addresses via one of these handy services.