20 Free Newsstand Magazines You Can Download From The App Store

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20 Free Newsstand Magazines You Can Download From The App Store

20 Free Newsstand Magazines You Can Download From The App Store

Posted: 28 Apr 2014 08:01 AM PDT

Apple’s Newsstand offers many magazines of varying topics. From technology, design, sports and news, there is enough content there to fill every niche. While many of them are paid content, you might be surprised to know that there are free magazines avalable – they are just a little difficult to find.

Apple Newsstand

Well, we’ve crawled through the App store and the Web at large to find some of the top-quality newsstand contents you can download for your leisurely reading. Here are some of the contents various publications put up for free. After checking them out, if you crave for more full-featured content, do consider subscribing to these top-notch digital magazines.

The New York Times

The Gray Lady herself was one of the first to take advantage of Apple’s Newsstand system. The publisher offers 10 article views a month on all of its online services. Full access requires a subscription. It may not seem like a lot but should be enough to skim through the latest breaking news the New York Times is known for.

New York Times iPad

The Economist & Intelligent Life

One of the biggest and most influential magazines in the world, The Economist offers their own Economist magazine, containing the editor’s choice of articles (written and spoken) for free, and Intelligent Life, a culture magazine. For the former, you will need to pay a fee for the full magazine, but Intelligent Lif is entirely free to download and enjoy.

The Economist iPad

Bloomberg Businessweek+

Bloomberg is one of the most respected names in business reporting and with their iPad app, you can get a selection of their articles for free. And if you are already subscribed to the print edition, you can validate this through the app and get the digital edition free of charge.

Al Jazeera English iPad

Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald is the oldest published newspaper in Australia and through the years has gained a reputation for its high journalistic standards. The paper covers both Australian and world affairs, and the app offers their front page articles as well as their editor’s choice for free. Also included are articles from their lifestyle sections.

Sydney Morning Herald iPad


Vice, known for its gonzo journalism with their reporters covering some of the most dangerous stories on earth, offers up their magazine and its archive for free. The magazine covers news, current events and culture, as well as a few topics that defy classification.

Vice iPad


The free UK tabloid offers its digital version for free as well. The paper contains a mix of topics, from news, sports, lifestyle among others and is mostly filled with short articles that are perfect for a quick read during commute.

Metro UK iPad


Paragraph is a free magazine that aims to find the best stories that are published on the internet and present them in a beautiful layout. It does more than just stories, with various related multimedia links to enhance the reading experience.

Paragraph iPad

Adobe Inspire

Adobe issues a free monthly magazine that focuses on creative topics. It features tips and tricks on using Adobe software as well as design in general. They also include some highlighted works of artists and photographers. A must-have if you are a creative junkie or a heavy user of Adobe products.

Adobe Inspire iPad


A magazine that covers music, Aux is made specifically for the digital format and sought to differentiate themselves by adding in features that aren’t possible on the dead tree format: picture showcases, links to music and videos and the ability to share. Music fans should take a look into it.

Aux iPad


Describing itself as "the premiere creative lifestyle magazine for Apple enthusiasts", MacDirectory is an Apple magazine that covers all things Apple. With plenty of reviews, news and interviews, Apple fans should download this one to their iPads immediately.

MacDirectory iPad


Brought to you by the same people behind the Hipstamatic app, Snap is a magazine that "showcases the driving forces behind global creative culture". In essence, it’s a photography magazine that showcases the works of photographers and the stories behind them.

Snap iPad


A travel magazine that showcases cities and countries, giving the reader a preview of them and what to expect. It’s not a tour guide, more of a quick glimpse into the area, showing you prime spots with beautiful, hi-res photos. If you ever consider traveling around, download one of their magazines for a small showing of what the place has to offer.


Square Mile

A UK lifestyle and business magazine primarily aimed at those working in the London’s financial industry, the magazine focuses on topics that will interest those interested in the finer things in life, as well as interesting goings-on in the city of London.

Square Mile iPad

Cineworld Magazine

Cineworld is a UK cinema chain and they offer a monthly magazine that covers the latest movies to hit the big screen. This magazine is packed with everything a movie fan needs including movie showcases, trailers, interviews and for those living in the UK, booking tickets within the magazine. Any movie-buffs out there should grab a copy.

Cineworld Magazine iPad

Al Jazeera English Magazine

Al Jazeera English offers a monthly magazine that covers the hottest and most pressing topics that is on the news. The magazine features in-depth articles and analysis from the reporters of Al Jazeera, with each issue dedicating itself to one main topic. Past issues include coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death and the constitutional transitions of Turkey.

Al Jazeera English iPad


Gamereactor is a European gaming magazine, featuring the typical things you would expect in one, reviews, previews, features and the like. What’s special about this magazine is that it’s available in multiple languages such as Spanish, German and Russian. So if you’re looking for something other than English, this magazine has got you covered.

Gamereactor iPad

Walmart Gamecenter

Walmart’s monthly gaming magazine that promises to offer "news, previews, interviews and other exclusive stories about gaming culture and the most important game releases." The magazine is published with collaboration with EGM Media, which also publishes one of the longest running gaming magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, so you know the content’s good.

Walmart Gamecenter iPad

WebMD Magazine

Released once every two months, WebMD Magazine is published by WebMD, one of the biggest providers of medical information on the Web. It contains general health tips, so it’s something to look at for those watching their health.

WebMD Magazine iPad

Sporting News

An American sports magazine that recently went digital only, it has a long history, since being founded in 1886. The magazine covers the American sporting leagues so if you’re a fan of any of them, give this one a try. It is especially know for its baseball coverage, having been called "The Bible Of Baseball".

Sporting News Magazine iPad


A weekly free sports magazine based in London, Sport covers a wide variety, catering to a British audience. If you are a fan of football, cricket or rugby, you definitely should check this one out.

Sport Magazine iPad

15 Helpful Web Design Lessons You Can Learn from YouTube

Posted: 28 Apr 2014 06:01 AM PDT

Whether you're a professional or a newbie designer, continuously learning and perfecting your skills will help you become an even better one. Being a designer is more than just about designing business cards and website templates, because you need to stay up-to-date with the rapidly growing market and work on mastering your technique.

Perfection is not a destination; it is a continuous journey.” – Brian Tracy

Video is one of the greatest ways to learn something, as it's a great visual method to see the accomplished results right away. A well-done video tutorial can give you some new ideas on how to do something you don't know or learn great first-hand tips from professionals, most of the time for free!

Today I'd like to bring to your attention to 15 really helpful web design lessons you can find on YouTube, created by other design enthusiasts.

How to Create a Website in Flat Design Style by DesignModo

In this DesignModo tutorial, you’ll get to learn how to create a website in Photoshop using flat UI elements. The video is highly detailed, so even newbies can easily create a website with this guide.

Create Flat UI Design Style Website Now With This Step By Step Tutorial! by 1stwebdesigner

Create a cool flat portfolio website design with this video manual. It shows the viewer how to create a site according to the sections, such as header, services and footer, among others. Also, you'll be able to create a grid-shaped portfolio block with horizontal scrolling.

Shazam Website Re-Design · Flat UI Design by Aaron Linley

This video tutorial is a sped-up version of a Shazam website redesign that incorporates flat UI design. Great for those who would like to see the process in action.

Photoshop Tutorials for Beginners – Step By Step Create Flat Login Form by Dropcolors Studio

If you do choose to go the flat design route, you’ll need to streamline your whole website to complement each other. This step-by-step YouTube guide gives you the foundation needed for creating a simple flat login form.

CSS3 Full Screen Background Image – Dreamweaver CS6 Tutorial by tutvid

This video is a tutorial on how to create a fullscreen background image for your website using CSS and CSS3. A handy guide that gives you the option of two techniques.

HTML5 Basics – HTML/CSS Part 1 of 2 by Ralph Phillips

This is the first part of two videos about the basics of HTML. It acts as a great starting point as it leads you through the essentials of the HTML5 language and the programs you should use.

Responsive Web Design Tutorial and Explanation by LearnWebCode

Not quite sure about responsive web design but itching to learn more? This is one of the best explanations on the topic and is also a quick tutorial on creating your own responsive website.

Converting a PSD to HTML & CSS – Part 1/3 by JE Tuts

If you want to learn how to convert a Photoshop file into a HTML and CSS format then this is the video for you! The first in a series of three videos, this provides details on image compression types.

Graphic Design Tutorial: Web design, creative side by Shawn Barry

The web is filled with all sorts of different tutorials on how to create a webpage layout. This is a great guide for anyone as it contains handy tips and tricks framed into a helpful and informative video.

How to Build a HTML5 Single Page Application by Infragistics

This is a perfect video showing the ins and outs of Single Page Applications. It covers Web app, Model-View-Controller, MVVM and Knockout.js.

How To Make a WordPress Website- AMAZING! by Tyler Moore

This is an entertaining and useful guide on how to create a simple blog style WordPress site that’s also “super mobile friendly”. The main principles and tricks of WordPress are highlighted here.

Create a Responsive Website Using HTML5 and CSS3 by 1stwebdesigner

With this guide, you can create a responsive website from scratch using HTML5/CSS3. It’s a bit long as it lasts for more than an hour but it is extremely comprehensive.

Web Design (#Photoshop CS5) by CreativeStation

This expedited video lesson lasts for just 3 minutes. It is great for those who want a quick tutorial on how to create an awesome modern website design with flat style and an image slider in the header.

Parallax Scrolling in an Easy Way by Kenneth von Rauch

Whatever your feelings about it, parallax scrolling is a unique tool to have when browsing through a website. Watch this video tutorial to understand how you can enable this on your own website with ease.

HTML Website Design Tutorials For Beginners by EdzJohnson

Even though these videos were made back in 2009, they’re still useful for learning the basics of HTML and designing your very first website. The set contains 6 video lessons about colors, fonts, backgrounds, images and layouts, links and menu bars, and also how to get your website up and running online.

5 Tips To Help You Let Go Of Project Perfectionism

Posted: 28 Apr 2014 03:01 AM PDT

Editor’s note: This is a contributed post by Sara Duane-Gladden, Editor for Smartpress.com, an online printing service based in Minnesota, and a contributor to the Smarptress.com blog. She also works as a freelance copywriter and photographer in her spare time.

You’ve been working on the same project for what feels like too long. You keep scanning your work, just looking for that error that you know is there, you just haven’t spotted it yet. But the fact is it couldn’t be there.

You’ve spent so much time on it that you’re looking for problems where they probably don’t exist. It’s not even that you want to work on the project anymore, it’s that you’re not ready to let go.

Striving for perfection can be good because it means you value quality, but the fear of failing to produce anything less than perfect can be paralyzing. You end up spending way too long on something and time spent lingering on a project is time not spent on the next one.

Learning to let go of your projects can not only help you get over the need for perfection but also accept feedback and criticism more readily, and opens up time for taking on new work. Here are five tips to help you learn to just move on to the next project in your life.

1. Acknowledge The Problem

Hindsight is 20/20 of course, so you probably know if you’re susceptible to this perfectionism overkill. It’s trying to recognize it in the moment that is an issue.

If you try to be self-aware, you can usually tell when you’ve spent too long on something. You say things to yourself like “I should have gone home/to bed an hour/two hours ago,” “I haven’t eaten all day!” or “Just 5 more minutes and I’ll call it a night.” Then you look at the clock, it’s an hour later and you don’t really have much work to show for it.

2. Save And Step Away Immediately

Save a version of your work, then drop the mouse, close the laptop, set aside the tablet, whatever. Just pull yourself away from your work for a while; you’re too close to it. Unless you’re on a really tight deadline, I’d recommend that you step away for several hours. If not take the age-old advice of sleeping on it.

If you are on a tight deadline, do something else entirely for a period of time: Take a 20 minute walk, get a snack or a beverage, visit a co-worker, check your snail mailbox, go to the store. Get your mind into a mode other than “work, work, work”.

3. Reset Your Frame Of Mind

Come back to the project with as fresh of an attitude as you can muster and the idea that you’re not going to invest too much more time in this. It might help to remind yourself of other projects you haven’t been able to work on because you’ve been so tied up with this one.

You may find after you’ve returned that you’re feeling less critical of the results you have and only need a few minor adjustments. You may also discover that you’re mentally finished with the project and ready to send it off without another thought.

4. Don’t Get Sucked Back In

Whatever you do, don’t let it tempt you again. If you’ve already recognized that you’ve spent too much time on something, you need to cut yourself off.

Besides, you don’t know yet that your client or boss won’t love it. If you send it off, you can find out, then get feedback to either fix it or mark it a win, but you’ll never know if you just keep toiling over it hour after hour.

5. Adjust Your Behavior

If the pursuit of perfection has become a problem for you and you’ve recognized it, try to see it in yourself in the future and adjust your behavior (very important for step one!). Simply acknowledging such problems even exist in the first place can go a long way towards helping you solve them.


The compulsion to keep working on a project until it’s perfect can strike anyone, on any task, even the most experienced and confident of creative professionals. Considering the tips above can help you work through it and reduces the chances of it happening again in the future.

As you begin to complete projects more efficiently, instead of being obsessed with perfection, you’ll start seeking out the satisfaction of marking off another task in your list and enjoying the feeling of a job well done.

Setup a Custom Domain for Github Pages

Posted: 28 Apr 2014 01:00 AM PDT

Beside giving Github Pages for free, Github also allows us to use our own domain name for the Page we created. So instead of using the following name format: {username}.github.io/{project-name}, you can call the blog something like www.myawesomeblog.com instead.

This is a great opportunity for free open source project with the lack of financial support to host their website or blog. There is no need to worry on exceeding bandwidth limits or burning your fingers when the project suddenly becomes immensely popular. There are a number of projects that use this feature including Bootstrap, Jekyll, Yeoman, and Foundation – and a lot more.

In the previous article about Jekyll, we have shown you how to deploy our Jekyll-powered blog to Github Pages using the Github name format. In this article, we will use a custom domain for that blog.

Note: At this point, we assume that you have followed our previous tutorial, in which you already have Github app installed, and have created a Github Pages for your blog.

Creating a CNAME File

Let’s open Github app (for Mac, for Windows). From the Branches pane, switch the working branch to gh-pages.

Create a new file named CNAME in the root folder of our local git repository. Write your domain name for the website/blog in it, for instance, blog.domain.com – note that we can only add one domain in the CNAME file.

Then, commit and push the file to Github.

Pointing DNS

Next, we need to point our DNS for that domain within the CNAME file to Github Pages. I will be using cPanel in this example. Let’s Login to cPanel, and navigate to Advanced DNS Zone Editor.

Add a new CNAME record pointing to our Github Page, like so.

Now, we only need to wait for the DNS to propagate; it may take 24 hours or only few minutes. When it does, you should be able to access your website and blog through your own domain name.


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