Apple has long played a major role in the distribution of podcasts, but has been getting a lot more competition in this space as of late. Spotify has stepped up its own podcast ambitions with the acquisition of Gimlet Media, hoping to lure users away from Apple podcasts with the help of exclusive content.Pandora has been building out a recommendation engine it calls the Podcast Genome Project. Finally, Apple has also gotten competition from the likes of Google and Amazon, which are making podcasts available through their smart speakers and other assistant-powered devices. In that context, it only makes sense for Apple to lower any barriers of entry, and also stream podcasts directly from the web. Apple has been testing a new web interface for its podcast directory, according to a report by 9to5Mac. The new interface not only lists individual episodes of a show, but actually lets users listen to shows right within the browser as well.Previously, Apple had been listing podcasts and episodes on its website, but still required users to open iTunes to listen. The new interface is apparently being tested right now, with some users reporting that they are still being redirected to Apple’s previous implementation. There is no word when the new version will be available to everyone.News of the web refresh for Apple’s podcast directory comes as the company is apparently looking to launch a dedicated podcast app for its Mac computers, alongside of standalone apps for music, TV shows and movies as well as a revamped books app. These standalone apps could ultimately replace the aging iTunes app, according to 9to5Mac. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever Stay on target At this year’s Toy Fair in New York, Lego was once again proudly displaying a whole array of hardware. As always, they had plenty of sets from their Star Wars line-up to show off. We took plenty of pictures to share with you… and put together a list of some of their best sets you can buy right now to build out (or kick off!) your Lego Star Wars collection.75168 Yoda’s Starfighter -$19.99If you’re looking for a nice, inexpensive set to get your collection started, this could be the one. It features Yoda and R2 and lots of nice articulation. Printed bricks would be a nice improvement over the stickers, but at this price that’s not to be expected.75317 Carbon Freezing Chamber – $23.85It’s one of the smaller sets on store shelves right now, but it comes with Han, Boba Fett, and Ugnaught minifigs. That’s cool enough, but Lego built a pretty fun little action feature into this one. There’s a mechanism that lets you pop Han in his Carbonite cocoon up from the depths.75112 General Grievous Buildable Figure – $34.47Not every Star Wars character translates well into Lego’s Hero Factory/Bionicle-style buildable figures. General Grievous is one that does… and it’s good form to give a nod to the prequels in your collection, even if you’re not a huge fan. This badass Grievous is an easy addition to justify.75154 TIE Striker – $52.46You can’t like the rebel troop’s odds of survival in this set — he’s outnumbered three to one — but what’s not to like about the Striker itself? It’s got good size and playability, some very nice printed details, and a reasonable price tag to boot.75153 AT-ST Walker – $31.00All good Lego Star Wars collections need an Imperial walker, and this is a solid option. Like the TIE Striker, this is a nice mid-sized set with a moderate price tag. It’s nicely articulated and has moving legs and turrets as well as Lego’s fun spring-loaded shooters. One nice bonus about this set: if you look around right now, you might be able to find a deal on it.75093 Death Star Final Duel – $104.49Why not make one of the most memorable scenes from the franchise the center piece of your collection? For about a hundred bucks, you get Luke, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and a pair of Royal Guards and a slick little playset that recreates that touching father-son breakthrough when Vader chucks Palpatine over the railing.75105 Millennium Falcon – $119.00If you’re a Star Wars fan and you’re building your Lego collection, how can you not want to add the Millennium Falcon to it? Lego has offered a few versions of the iconic ship over the years, and the current one is very cool. It measures 18 inches from front to back, and the interior is nicely detailed (and easily accessible). Minifigs include a gray-haired Han, Chewie, Rey, Finn, BB-8, criminal scum Tasu Leech, and one of his gang members.75060 UCS Slave I – $272.87This set is two thousand pieces of pure awesome befitting one of the baddest bounty hunters in the brick-built galaxy. It’s nearly the same size as the Falcon, and, like other UCS sets, Slave I is stunningly detailed. It features a cargo hold (with room for carbonite-encased smugglers), wings and blasters that rotate, and four nicely-printed minifigs.All photos by our videographer Jonno Hill.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Nintendo boss, Iwata, has interviewed his colleagues that made the gamepad possible, to give a better understanding of how it works and answer that all important question — what’s the range of the Wii U’s gamepad?The Wii U gamepad acts as a wireless receiver for images sent from the Wii U itself and therefore needs to receive the images in real time, without any latency issues. In fact, to get round these issues the people at Nintendo had to get outside help in order to achieve something no one else has before.There is no clear answer on the range of the Wii U’s gamepad, it entirely depends on how your house is built. In certain games, you can continue playing your game without the TV so if someone wants to watch something on TV, you can keep playing on your gamepad. However it is recommended that you continue playing in the same room with no other objects in your way to avoid the signal being interrupted.Iwata said it is possible to continue playing a game while having a wall in between the gamepad and the Wii U but it depends what that wall is made of. As the signals being sent from the Wii U to the gamepad are radio waves, these waves can be affected when they have to go through something such as water or steel but a single wall should be ok.Bill Trinen from Nintendo America recently suggested using the gamepad 24 feet away (8 meters) for the best performance but it is recommended you simply test how far you can take your gamepad, when you get a Wii U, without losing the signal.via Iwata Asks
Sony’s presentation at GDC next month may include a bold new accessory that will open the door to a whole new world of console gaming. The Oculus Rift competitor from Sony is almost here, with a host of games right behind it.Few things in the gaming world have caused as many waves as the Oculus Rift. Despite still not existing as a publicly available product, the developer kit for Oculus Rift has inspired a whole new class of game modifications. Support for every kind of game, from FPS titles to a Euro Truck Simulator, have made their way to the fledgling hardware.Given the company’s experience developing HD video headgear, it only makes sense that Sony would compete directly with Oculus by producing their own virtual reality headset for the PS4. That way they can give developers a toolkit to create something unique specifically for the machine.Sony’s VR Headset is expected to be announced at GDC 2014 and followed up with a batch of VR specific games at E3. Given Sony’s recent dedication to indie gamers and making sure fans have a say in the future of the PS4, it’s not hard to see what will happen with this headset. Giving developers of every skill and company size access to millions of players will be a great way to make sure hardware like Oculus Rift is going to have to work double time to keep up.Details such as pricing and actual availability are missing right not, but the promise of a new gaming paradigm on the PS4 is more than a little exciting.
Today, CDKeys.com is selling a 12 month membership to Xbox Live Gold at a 23% discount. Enjoy online multiplayer, group chat, free games, and substantial discounts on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 for only $45.99. • Xbox Live 12 month Gold membership for $45.99 (List price: $59.99 — Bonus 5% off when you like CDKeys.com’s Facebook page)First and foremost, Xbox Live Gold is focused on online gaming. If you want to team up with your friends in Destiny, perform multiplayer heists in GTA Online, or go head-to-head with the best Killer Instinct players, you’ll need Xbox Live Gold. And thanks to the “Home Gold” feature, you’ll only need to purchase a single Xbox Live Gold membership for your Xbox One, and then everyone in your home can enjoy the benefits. Of course, there’s much more to the service than online multiplayer. Each month you’re subscribed, you’ll get access to two Xbox One games and two Xbox 360 games at no additional charge. And the best part? The Xbox One’s backwards compatibility feature allows you to play the Xbox 360 games on the new console as well. Next month, Gold members get Layers of Fear (Xbox One), Evolve: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One), Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360), and Heavy Weapon (Xbox 360).When you’re a Gold member, you’ll also get access to weekly deals up to 75% off. Right now, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Forza Motorsport 6, and Don’t Starve: Giant Edition are all getting hefty discounts. And if none of those strike your fancy, a whole new set of deals will hit the service soon. Take advantage of these discounts, and the Xbox Live Gold membership will effectively pay for itself. Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at email@example.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.
Airport X-ray machines won’t wipe the memory on a phone or laptop. Macs can get viruses. And, for the love of Steve Jobs, do not try charging your cell phone in the microwave.HighSpeedInternet.com (HSI) has debunked some of the most popular tech myths, including the belief that charging a smartphone overnight can ruin the battery.(This, according to HSI’s John Dilley, is more expired than untrue: “Years ago, overcharging cell phone batteries could cause them to overheat or wear down their life cycle,” he explained, adding that “smartphones and batteries have advanced significantly since then.”)AdChoices广告A survey of people across the US highlights just how easily we can be duped when it comes to our precious devices.Popular tech myths Americans still believe in 2019 (via HighSpeedInternet.com)“Keeping up with all the ins and outs of technology in this rapidly changing world can be difficult,” Dilley wrote in a blog post. “It’s completely understandable (and unavoidable) for a bit of false information to slip into the conversation here and there.“But when misinformation becomes myth,” he continued, “it can persist in the culture for years—long after it’s been debunked.”Fifty-two percent of participants, for instance, are convinced that smartphone manufacturers deliberately slow down existing handsets when a new model is released.Admittedly, Dilley “can’t say for sure” that this doesn’t happen. “But it’s hard to prove that it’s done deliberately,” he said.Not to burst your bubble, but there is no need to shut down a computer every night to ensure it runs more efficiently. And yes, deleted files can be recovered, even after you empty the recycling bin.Most Googled tech questions from coast to coast (via HighSpeedInternet.com)Perhaps more worrying, though, than the 86 percent of people who believe smartphone cameras with more megapixels capture better pictures, are the folks in California thinking about charging their phones in the microwave.(A) It won’t work, and B) it may cause the device to explode. Which is basically the opposite of what you want.)Georgians, meanwhile, are Googling hacked baby monitors—a completely bona fide concern, especially for those using smart monitors that connect to the Web.“Things change so quickly that knowing what’s true in the tech world requires more vigilance and attention than most people have time for,” Dilley said, advising the tech-anxiety-riddled to “keep checking back” for the latest in “mythtakes.”More on Geek.com:NASA’s Robert Frost Busts Space Gravity MythAmazon’s IMDb Launches Free Movie and TV Streaming ServiceThis Smart Mirror Gives You More Time to Admire Yourself