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There’s a new podcast directory in town and this one has a twist: it integrates with your cloud storage accounts so you can upload and stream audio or video shows on any device with a browser. Called Podcast Gallery, the online directory uses responsive design, making it usable on smartphones, tablets and traditional computers.
I hit up the Podcast Gallery website earlier today and took it for a spin. In short: I’ll be using this for both my audio and video podcast needs going forward on all of my devices. It doesn’t hurt that I have a fair amount of storage available to me in both Dropbox and Google Drive of course. Here’s Podcast Gallery’s creator, Amit Agarwal, explaining how Podcast Gallery works:
About the only feature I see missing — and I’ve already pitched it to Agarwal — is the ability to subscribe to a show and have it automatically upload new episodes to my cloud storage.
Yes, podcast subscription is a primary feature in any podcatcher, but I still see value in Podcast Gallery. The ability to watch or hear a podcast through a browser on nearly any device is a big plus. I’ve already streamed several audio and video episodes on an iPhone 5. And the Google Drive integration is perfect for Chromebook users; you can even set the media files to be available offline so they sync to your Chrome OS device.
One potential holdup for some: to save favorite podcasts to your collection requires you to sign in via Facebook or Twitter. Some folks won’t use a service that is connected to a social network. Surprisingly, you can’t sign in with a Google account, which would actually make sense, given the Google Drive integration. Regardless, Podcast Gallery is a handy and refreshing take on podcatchers that smartly bridges mobile, desktop and the cloud.
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Just because you have a Raspberry Pi, and the know-how to change the world, doesn’t mean you want to do everything the hard way. For those who haven’t already applied the 12.1 update to XBMC running on their Raspberry Pi, the Raspbmc team is now eager to handle the dirty work for you. Wondering how easy it is to upgrade? Just reboot your Pi and wait about 15 minutes. Seriously, that’s all the elbow grease required to receive a litany of fixes and enhancements in the latest version of XBMC as well as a number of specific patches for Raspbmc. Specifically, there is a newer version of HDMI-CEC, improved support for internet streams and third-party modules, and finally, a few security fixes.
SideCar is a service that arranges a carpool between two people in an easy-to-use app. The service has been available in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Austin, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, and Brooklyn, but has now just launched in Washington D.C. The app simultaneously gets more cars off of the road while also offering passengers easy, and cheap, access to transportation.
Drivers can make quick cash by offering other users a ride, and users can avoid the high-fees of a cab with this app. Drivers can set a “suggested donation” for the ride, however passengers can choose to make a higher or lower donation depending on their generosity. The fee is pretty set in stone, so even if there is high-traffic, or a delay, you won’t have to worry about a “meter” charging you by the minute.
As for the safety concerns revolving the app, SideCar states that all drivers undergo a full background check. Drivers also have to verify that their driver’s license, insurance, and registration are current. All of the rides are tracked as well through the GPS system in the app. Many users have stated that they love the service, and that they meet interesting and nice people everyday through it.
At first, SideCar will only be available in Washington D.C. on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00PM to 3:00AM, however as soon as it becomes more popular, it will be available everyday at any hour (depending on the number of drivers available). The app is available for both Android and iOS devices. The service has received generally favorable responses, and has already facilitated over 100,000 rides.
SideCar brings carpooling services to Washington D.C. is written by Brian Sin & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Last September, CNET’s Matt Elliott told you about SnipSnap, a rather ingenious iOS app that turns printed coupons into mobile ones.
It’s been a long wait, but SnipSnap has finally made its way to Android. And if you shop for anything, anywhere, ever, that should come as very good news.
SnipSnap is like a digital coupon wallet: instead of schlepping a pile of paper coupons to the store with you (or, if you’re like me, forgetting to), you simply take snapshots of the ones you want, then present the app at checkout. When possible, SnipSnap cleverly converts a photographed coupon to a mobile-optimized one, which should make for an easier time with scanners, cashiers, etc.
But there’s more to it than that. SnipSnap is also social, meaning you can access snipped coupons that others have shared — friends and strangers alike. You can find and follow friends from your phone book or Facebook or Twitter accounts, but you can also tap Discover and then the Featured button to see great deals others have snipped and shared. (Call it … [Read more]
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Plex just last month gave its Android app a big overhaul that turned it into a full-fledged media hub; it’s now the iOS app’s turn. A Plex for iOS 3.1 update adds the same Mobile Media Server that we saw earlier, letting an iDevice dish out both its photo albums and synced content to any other Plex client, whether it’s a PC or a Roku box. It also introduces the extra-refined library filtering you see above, push notifications for social interactions and the rough version of a unified transcoder that can handle more recent codecs. There are many, many other tweaks and fixes under the hood — suffice it to say that you’ll want to swing by the App Store for an upgrade if Plex is a cornerstone of your home theater.
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Stop watching zombies on your TV and start fighting them in your neighborhood. The team behind the essential survival tool Map of the Dead have created Map of the Dead: Zombie Apocalypse Survival, a location-based app that has you battling …
For an unsentimental Silicon Valley giant, Google does have a soft spot for Bletchley Park, the wartime home of Alan Turing and his codebreakers. Having previously donated $ 850,000 to help restore the site, which now houses the National Museum of Computing, Mountain View has now welcomed pictures and testimony from those who were there to its own online museum, the Google Cultural Institute. There’s video after the break, and you can head down to the source links to find out more about the vital work that took place.
AUSTIN, Texas–From the band Love and Rockets lifting its name from the famous cult favorite Hernandez brothers’ comic, to a suspiciously-coincidental Jack Kirby and Frank Zappa meeting, comic books and music have a long history of influencing each other.
The fusion of music and comics as directed by the comics’ creators has been limited to a list of recommended tunes in the letters pages of the book — until now. Today, Marvel Comics raised the curtain on a plan to turn that history on its ear with a digital comics-and-music fusion code-named Project Gamma.
Project Gamma is, in the words of Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, an “adaptive, non-repetitive score” that changes as a person swipes from panel to panel through a digital comic. Marvel is working with the production companies Momentum Worldwide and CORD, whose composers and producers have worked on “Harry Potter,” “Drive,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Looper.”