podcasts

NASA’s new podcast series details space agency’s ‘invisible’ tech

NASA’s new podcast series details space agency’s ‘invisible’ tech

Podcasts are popular again and it seems a new one appears every week covering a particular topic or hobby. NASA counts itself among them, revealing the launch of a new podcast called The Invisible Network. The space agency describes this as a limited edition podcast, one that already features six episodes available to download through popular platforms.

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Google Podcasts adds Cast support, but many key features still missing

Google Podcasts adds Cast support, but many key features still missing

Earlier this year, Google introduced Google Podcasts, a new app designed to compete with the vast number of existing podcast apps. The app is free but was heavily criticized for its lackluster features...it fell far below the standards offered by popular alternatives Stitcher and Pocket Casts, for example. Now the company is doing something about it.

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Google Shortwave podcast discovery app revealed by trademark doc

Google Shortwave podcast discovery app revealed by trademark doc

Google's experimental products workshop Area 120 may be working on a new project called Shortwave that helps users discover new podcasts. The app made an appearance in a recent trademark filing, and though it didn't have many details, a Google spokesperson revealed a bit more about the project, pointing toward spoken content as the focus.

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Pandora is creating a personalized discovery platform for podcasts

Pandora is creating a personalized discovery platform for podcasts

As first revealed earlier this year, music streaming service Pandora is tackling podcast recommendations using the same tech behind its music platform. In an interview this week, Pandora CEO Roger Lynch discussed the plan, detailing a project that may revolutionize the way people find new podcasts to enjoy. The personalized experience will work by offering users the content relevant to their tastes.

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Plex Podcasts exits beta with new offline mode and OPML importing

Plex Podcasts exits beta with new offline mode and OPML importing

In late May, Plex launched its own podcasting platform for iOS, Android, and Roku devices, but only as a beta. Those who were willing to test it could use the feature to access their favorite podcasts, aggregating that content with their existing movie and music libraries for a less fragmented experience. Unfortunately, the beta lacked some important features for many users, driving them to existing alternatives, but Plex is back with a couple big changes.

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Google Podcasts hands-on: new Google minimalism at work

Google Podcasts hands-on: new Google minimalism at work

Google has never been one to be big on podcasts, almost as if it were rebelling against Apple’s pioneering lead in that market. Its lone official podcast feature on Google Play Music felt like a half-hearted afterthought. So when news hit that Google was making a standalone podcast app, it was pretty much a surprise. Even more surprising, the Google Podcasts that just launched, though raw, already has the hallmarks of a great podcast app: it lets you get to your content without getting in the way.

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Google Podcasts app download on Google Play

Google Podcasts app download on Google Play

Google released their Google Podcasts experience in app form this morning to the surprise of Podcast lovers everywhere. Before now, Google had a podcast-collecting experience available in their Search app, but it wasn't particularly comprehensive. Now there's an app for that, and it's free, and we're expecting apps like Pocket Casts and Sticher to be ... disappointed, to say the least.

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Apple Watch Podcasts app added in watchOS 5

Apple Watch Podcasts app added in watchOS 5

The Apple Watch is getting even more standalone functionality, with Apple adding Podcasts to the smartwatch. It's one of the most frequently requested features, and will be one of the headline additions of watchOS 5 when that arrives on the wrist later in 2018.

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Plex Podcasts arrive in beta on iOS, Android, and Roku

Plex Podcasts arrive in beta on iOS, Android, and Roku

Plex has been updated with support for podcasts, the company has announced. The software, which enables anyone to create their own home media server, now allows users to access podcasts on both their television and mobile devices without a subscription or separate app. The new feature is currently in beta but available to anyone with the Plex App.

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Pocket Casts just got bought by these public radio all-stars

Pocket Casts just got bought by these public radio all-stars

There are a lot of podcast apps vying for your download out there, and for years, Pocket Casts has been considered by many to be one of the best. There's some big news for Pocket Casts users today, as the app has been jointly acquired by some big names in public radio. NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago, and This American Life have all partnered to purchase the app for an undisclosed amount.

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Google Podcast app: Where to get it, how to use it

Google Podcast app: Where to get it, how to use it

This week Google's Podcast app was revealed in detail, from audio search to indexing. As it turns out, Google already released their Podcast App in the form of an update to their already-in-play Google Search app. Getting to this Podcast interface is not entirely intuitive - but for a good reason. Google doesn't just want to run over your face with their Podcasting abilities, not when you might want to be searching for other Podcasting apps. That's not what Google is all about.

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Siri daily news podcast feature rolling out to US, UK, Australia

Siri daily news podcast feature rolling out to US, UK, Australia

When you as Siri very early in the morning about the news, perhaps the last thing your still sleepy head wants to hear is an impersonal voice rattling off headlines. Perhaps you’d like to start your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee and the voices of your favorite news reporters. If you’re that kind of person and you live in the US, the UK, or Australia, then you might be in luck. Tell Siri to “give me the news” and she’ll get out of the way and start playing a podcast instead.

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