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Slate Magazine - Politics, Culture, Technology, Business, News, and Commentary

By The Slate Group, LLC

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Enjoy Slate, the award-winning daily online magazine, on the iPhone. Slate’s wry, insightful reporting and commentary on politics, news, and culture is now available in an application designed to optimize iPhone reading, listening, and viewing. The app offers a clean, easy-to-use interface and includes Slate articles, blogs, podcasts, and videos.

Features include:

- Access to the latest Slate articles and blogs, including Slate’s popular political and legal commentary, movie and television reviews, and daily news Explainer column.
- Slate’s popular daily podcasts, including the Political Gabfest, the Culture Gabfest, and The Gist. The app allows users to play podcasts in the background while browsing other content.
- A home screen designed to showcase Slate’s top stories while allowing readers to browse the most recent and most popular stories.
- Tools that let users share Slate stories and features via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and SMS.
- Our membership product, Slate Plus is now available via in app purchase.

The app is free to download, however we do display advertisements within the app. Additionally we offer the ability to log in to your existing Slate Plus account or purchase a new Slate Plus account through the in app purchases. Your Slate Plus account can be used on your iOS devices as well as our website. To use your Slate Plus subscription on other devices you must create an account after completing your purchase. You can always create an account at a later time if you choose not to do so initially after your purchase.

With your Slate Plus subscription, you'll receive:
- Access to all Slate Plus content
- An ad-free experience

By creating an optional account you’ll also receive:
- Single-page articles
- In-page commenting
- Bonus podcast segments
- Early release, member-only and ad-free podcasts
- Access to Slatesters
- Access to premium seating at our live events
- Early access to and 30% off tickets to our live events

Slate Plus Subscription details:
There are two subscription option available for purchase: $4.99 per month and $49.99 per year (Save 17% with the annual) plan. New content is continuously being published by our writers. Your account will automatically renew at the end of each month or year depending on your subscription. Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You can manage your subscription and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to user account settings after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period.

For additional information regarding Slate Plus please see our FAQ:

Slate Privacy Policy and Terms of Use:

For additional information regarding auto renewal settings please refer to this link:

We are always looking to improve our applications. Please send your thoughts and suggestions to

What's New in Version 4.0.3

This release fixes the crashing issue reported by some users. It was caused by the work we did to put the Slate News Quiz alert in place. Sorry about that and thank you for your prompt and polite emails about the issue.

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Customer Reviews

Terrific site. Half baked app.

I love Slate, and this app is better than the old one (which was barely functional for much of its life), but it is really a work in progress. The mobile website works much better.

When it is working, it is ok. The layout reflects that of the site (I miss the old format, but that ship has sailed) with big, beautiful pictures and Slate's trademark titles. There is a lot of wasted space. Only two or three titles fit on the screen at a time of an iP6. The parallax shifting has been significantly improved.

Better than the regular site, only Slate content is linked to the main feed. It is only at the bottom of articles that there are cross-links to other "related content," much of which is advertising, advertorials, or pure garbage (8 tips for... and sites like allwomenstalk) at the bottom of most articles.

Worse are the bugs. The navigation tools just don't work, ads get stuck in weird places, and it crashes frequently. It's moot since the navigation feature does not work, but many blogs/departments are missing from the list that is there.

The app has no offline or pre-fetching mojo, so a lot of time reading is waiting for the loads. Forget reading this on the subway.

Overall it is an admirable effort, but the app is nowhere near the level of excellence of the content. I want to love it, but without more work it's not my favorite way to read Slate on my phone.

I hate this app more every day

And I'm pretty sure it wasn't free. It crashes, it leads away to non-Slate sites -- many of them poorly written blogs -- with never-ending ads covering the content (some with no option to X them away), there are ads on the site itself despite being a paid app, its frame covers content from a related site (hint: if a Slate post sends you to a Comedy Central video, just give up and find it yourself on Safari). And if you are a Slate + member, don't expect any extras. Sign-in apparently is a well-guarded secret. This app badly needs a total revamp. I'm so sick of it all, I'm going back to clicking on links from my daily Slate emails and using a browser. Or waiting until I'm using my laptop. This aggravation is not worth it. I am naiively hopeful with each update. They never fail to disappoint.

Latest update

I updated the app this morning, and upon opening it and trying to read an article, it crashed immediately. It did this three more times consecutively. A late April Fool's joke, maybe?

Update: It still crashes. Every single time. Any article. Feel pretty comfortable calling this the worst app update I've ever seen, for any app.

Update 2: Much better. Thank you. Would like to see a commenting feature included in the future, but this update is working a lot better.

Slate Magazine - Politics, Culture, Technology, Business, News, and Commentary
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  • Category: News
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  • Version: 4.0.3
  • Size: 11.5 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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