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Google Listen 1.1 for Android syncs podcast subscriptions with Google Reader

Google has released an updated version of podcast manager Google Listen for Android. Like the previous version, Google Listen 1.1 lets you find and subscribe to podcasts from your handset. But the new version also lets you save your subscription data to the cloud using Google Reader, which makes it easy to synchronize your podcast subscriptions across devices and make sure nothing happens to yo...

NPR News app for Android now supports live radio streams

When Google sent me a Nexus One phone to review, one of the first applications I installed was the NPR News application. I like to listen to NPR programs while I'm walking around the city, cooking dinner, or working out. And the application was pretty cool, allowing me to find all sorts of NPR podcasts organized by top stories, topics, programs, and stations. But there's one thing the NPR News An...

Google Listen: Podcast manager, search engine for Android

Google Listen is a podcast application for Google Android. In a nutshell, it allows you to find, download, and listen to podcasts from your Android-powered smartphone. Want to listen to episodes of This American Life on the go? Just search the directory for the show, hit the subscribe button, and Google Listen will download the latest episode for you to listen to. But Google Listen has another...

PodShifter speeds up spoken-word podcasts

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and my queue of things to listen seems to be growing constantly; I can never catch up. What's frustrating about this is that most people talk too slowly on podcasts. To be fair, they are speaking at a reasonable conversational pace, but when you are simply listening to a conversation rather than taking part in it, you can take it all in at a much faster pace. While ...

The dangers of taking credit for open-source software

Open-source software is everywhere, and developers use it to speed up their development on a regular basis. This is as it should be, for the most part, assuming the developers follow the licensing for whatever open-source software (OSS) they use. Along with licensing, the open-source community is, probably rightly so, very focused on attributing credit correctly. Considering that most OSS develope...

NPR launches Mix Your Own Podcast tool

NPR has rolled out a new feature that lets you build your own podcast by entering a list of topics you're interested in. Once you've finished building your list, you can subscribe to your custom podcast by hitting the iTunes or Zune buttons. Or you can copy the URL for the RSS feed into your podcast aggregator of choice. Up until now you could subscribe to podcasts from NPR.org by selecting a rad...

iPhone 2.2 firmware is out, with Street View and podcasts

iPhone and iPod Touch users can upgrade their software to version 2.2 today. The update, which weighs in at around 250 megs, adds some highly-anticipated features. The two biggest for me are Street View in the Maps app and the ability to download podcasts from the iTunes Store. There are some smaller tweaks that you might appreciate, as well: that bug that sometimes kept messages from downloading ...

Syncopation synchronizes iTunes between Macs

It seems like the days of the family computer have come and gone already, and more and more people have their own individual computer to use. In my house, everyone over the age of 3 has one (plus a couple of extras), and keeping data synchronized amongst them all is a bit of a nightmare. Our main two machines are the Macs that my wife and I use. In our family, I'm the techie one, so over the year...

Keep up with election coverage via podcast - Download Pod

If you're as busy as rest of us, you may not have time to catch all the latest presidential election details on the evening news. Fortunately, you can still keep up by listening to a few really excellent podcasts while you're commuting or working out. [Note: All links open in iTunes.] Listen to selected speeches from the Democratic National Convention in a podcast series put together by the DNC. ...

Podcasting site Odeo relaunches, now with more video

After spending a few months in private beta, Odeo has launched a new version of its podcast aggregation service. OK, actually it looks like the new version of the site launched a few weeks ago, but we just noticed it, thanks to a short writeup over at TechCrunch. The updated site features a sleek new design and video. Lots and lots of video. Odeo now has videos from about half a million differen...

Escape Pod - Download Pod

Last time we told you about a science podcast that was all about getting to the truth, now let's look at a podcast that covers the other side of science. Escape Pod is a weekly short story podcast hosted by Stephen Eley released every Thursday. The three-year-old podcast will stretch your mind with all types of sci-fi including space, time, technology, hard science, and even weird psychological sc...

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe - Download Pod

We'd never, ever turn down a good ghost story. Aliens, even the abducting kind (especially the abducting kind!) are incredibly cool. Still, we are pretty sure that T. Rex existed and didn't use those huge incisors for gnashing hellaciously into cantaloupes and mangoes. And we have enough acquaintances who act a little too similarly to lower primates to believe Darwin was too terribly far off. We r...

Reinventing Science in the Radiolab - Download Pod

The nearly unpronounceable but endlessly creative Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich turn their microscope towards the podcast with this excellent series from New York's WYNC. Tackling issues as diverse as Laughter, Sleep, Time and 'Who Am I?' these uber-geeks play on the fringes of radio documentary, journalism and sound art. Abumrad comes to the series with a pedigree that includes composing music ...

You Look Nice Today - Download Pod

With Twitter being all the rage these days, it was only a matter of time before a podcast would grow out of new Twitter friendships. And the time has apparently come, since You Look Nice Today is a podcast created by three friends that decided they enjoyed each other's senses of humor so much in their tweets that they ought to start recording their interactions for everyone else to hear. You Look...

Download Squad Week in Review

Been so busy trying to buy Pope bobble-head dolls on eBay that you've fallen behind on the week's software news? We've got your back. Here are some of our favorite stories from the past week. Comcast shuts down Dave Winer Ever wonder if those unlimited bandwidth internet service plans are really unlimited? Tech analyst Dave Winer found out the hard way that there's unlimited, and then there's Com...