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Anchor’s new app offers everything you need to podcast

Anchor’s new app offers everything you need to podcast

Broadcasting app Anchor, which helps anyone record and share audio, is relaunching its app today with a new focus on serving the larger podcaster community. While in the past, Anchor was carving out a niche for itself in the short-form, social audio space, the new version – Anchor 3.0 – aims to be everything you need to record, edit, host, publish, and distribute a podcast of any length, as well as track how well the podcast is performing.
You can buy a $20 leather coaster for your HomePod

You can buy a $20 leather coaster for your HomePod

Sure, yesterday’s big wood staining HomePod news was a bit of a black eye for Apple’s smart speaker, but it’s going to be a boon for one very specific, extremely narrow product category. I’m sure I’m going to get 50 similar pitches the minute this story publishes, but Pad & Quill owner Brian Holmes beat everyone to the punch by alerting us to a $20 leather coaster that’s currently up for pre-order.
SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 launch includes stage one of its satellite internet plan

SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 launch includes stage one of its satellite internet plan

SpaceX is launching a Falcon 9 on February 17 (should the current target date stick) and the rocket is carrying a primary payload of a Spanish satellite for client Paz. The secondary cargo on the launch is more interesting, however, since it’s two of SpaceX’s own satellites – demonstration satellites the company is putting into orbit to test its plan to offer satellite-based broadband internet communications services.
Google wants to use AMP to make email more interactive

Google wants to use AMP to make email more interactive

Google’s AMP format has always been about making mobile pages render faster. But Google is now taking it beyond posts, recipes and how-to articles. First, the company launched the new AMP story format earlier today and now it’s also announcing a preview of AMP for Email.
Amazon launches a Polly WordPress plugin that turns blog posts into audio, including podcasts

Amazon launches a Polly WordPress plugin that turns blog posts into audio, including podcasts

Amazon today is launching a new Amazon Polly WordPress plugin that gives your blog a voice by creating audio versions of your posts. The resulting audio can be played from within the blog post itself, or accessed in podcast form using a feature called Amazon Pollycast, the company says.
Facebook confirms test of a downvote button for flagging comments

Facebook confirms test of a downvote button for flagging comments

How can Facebook promote meaningful interaction between users? By letting them downvote inappropriate comments to hide them. Facebook is now testing a downvote button on a limited set of public Page post comment reels, the company confirms to TechCrunch.
NYPD begins deploying iPhone 7 & 7 Plus to officers as it officially moves on from Windows Phone

NYPD begins deploying iPhone 7 & 7 Plus to officers as it officially moves on from Windows Phone

As initially reported last year, The New York Police Department is moving away from Windows Phones after two years with the platform. Replacing some 36,000 Windows phones are iPhones, which are now being rolled out to police officers…
Apple continues to dominate the tablet market as sales decline once again

Apple continues to dominate the tablet market as sales decline once again

Bitcoin and crypto aren’t the only things on the decline, sales of tablet devices once again dropped in 2017, according to new data. Figures from analyst firm IDC show that overall tablet shipments fell by 6.5 percent to 163.5 million units last year. That’s down from 174.9 million in 2016, when the annual decrease was in double digits.
How will Sonos compete against Apple’s HomePod?

How will Sonos compete against Apple’s HomePod?

Over the past 16 years, the wireless speaker company Sonos has had to contend with a parade of naysayers who thought competitors would knock it out. “There were a lot of people, back when we started, saying, ‘There’s no way you could ever compete with Bose and Sony,’ the heavyweights of audio at the time,” Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said on the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask.
YouTube’s live TV service is now available for Apple TV devices

YouTube’s live TV service is now available for Apple TV devices

YouTube’s streaming live TV service is now available on Apple TV devices, the Google-owned video site revealed in a surprise announcement this afternoon. In a tweet telling Apple TV owners to check the App Store, the official YouTube TV account disclosed that its app is now available on tvOS devices. This follows news earlier today that YouTube TV has made its way to compatible Roku devices as well.


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