Thursday, May 10, 2012

Introducing the new Gambit mobile site

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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Today we're officially launching Gambit Mobile, a new and better way to get Gambit listings and news on your smartphone.

Rather than attempting to replicate the experience of reading a newspaper, but doing it on a tiny screen, we've completely rethought what our readers want out of mobile technology. If you like using Yelp! or IMDB on your phone, or if you're out in New Orleans and suddenly need a movie listing, a bar recommendation, the phone number for a restaurant, or just something to do right that minute, we think you'll like Gambit Mobile.

Here are some of the highlights:

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LISTINGS. At the top we have four buttons that link to our most popular listings: dining and drinks, music, events and movies. Each listing should have a link to a Google map and a one-press phone number for the venue so you can get directions or make a call right from the site.

MOVIES. You can sort any way you please — alphabetical, release date, genre, MPAA rating, by theater, or by time. In addition, each movie has a review or synopsis, and each movie theater page links directly to a Google map and phone number. (This may be the coolest feature.)

THIS WEEK. The week's entire print issue, in one place, with a link to previous issues.

FOOD NEWS. The latest restaurant news and gossip from Gambit food writer Ian McNulty.

BAR GUIDE. Get your drink on. Sort by nearby bars (on GPS-enabled devices), top bars or get an A-Z list. You can narrow the list by neighborhood or feature.

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BLOG OF NEW ORLEANS. Our breaking news and entertainment page is now formatted for easy reading on your phone or mobile device — and you can post comments from your phone.

BEST OF NEW ORLEANS. Our annual Best Of issue, formatted for mobile.

SEARCH. Search is easy and fast. Hit the magnifying glass and find what you're looking for immediately.

Gambit Mobile isn't an app that you need to download from your app store — just go to m.bestofneworleans.com in your phone's web browser and it should load automatically, whether you're on iPhone, Android or BlackBerry.

Give it a try, and let us know what you think. We'd love your feedback.

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