Mobile App of the Week:
- Apple’s new Podcasts app separates podcasts from the Music app and video podcasts from the Video app. There is a great article describing the features. Some highlights include:
- subscribe to podcasts within the app.
- automatic downloading of new episodes (can be controlled per podcast)
- skip ahead and skip back features
- change the speed of playback (neat reel-to-reel animation when playing an episode)
- Announcements from Google IO
- Nexus 7 tablet that takes aim at the Kindle Fire. Available for pre-order at $199, they have bundled some free media to watch on it.
- Nexus Q media player takes aim at AppleTV, Roku. At $299 can it compete? Not sure which one is right for you? Here’s a good article that compares the Nexus Q, Roku and AppleTV.
- These devices all want you to live in the Google ecosystem, buying their music, movies and TV shows, watching YouTube and accessing Google Docs and apps. But they also want to be on iOS and the Google Chrome browser for iPhone and iPad was a huge smash in it’s first week in the App Store.
- Cisco angers customers with an automatic firmware update to its Linksys EA3500 and EA4500 WiFi routers that pushed people to a Cisco Cloud Connect management interface.
This Week in Nerd History:
- July 4, 1802 – At West Point, New York the United States Military Academy opens.
- July 4, 1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people.
- Check out this series from the History Channel called How the States Got Their Shapes.