Popular Photography was very late to establish a true Internet presence. I sent my resume to them back around 2003, and I don't recall their response, but it was clear that they had no idea of what the Internet could be for their publication.
The magazine wandered a lot. I think the content was still good.
As far as digital, it's like a big unstoppable freight train.
The smartphone IS the camera of choice today for many people. I also was surprised by how many people are using their iPads for taking photos.
By the way, I was out shooting with a Kodak Retina IIC (Big C) this morning.