Apple Releases Universal iOS Podcasts App

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Apple Releases Universal iOS Podcasts App

Apple Releases Universal iOS Podcasts App

As expected, Apple was ramping up a dedicated universal app for all podcasts. touted “the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.” Head over to App Store and download for free here.

Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature.

App features:

– Enjoy all of your audio and video podcasts in a single app

– Explore hundreds of thousands of podcasts including shows in over 40 languages

– Try the innovative new Top Stations feature to find new podcast series in a variety of topics, including arts, business, comedy, music, news, sports, and more.

– Browse by Audio or Video podcasts, or see what’s most popular in Top Charts

– Tap subscribe for your favorites and automatically receive new episodes for free as they become available

– Stream episodes or download to listen while offline

– Skip forward and back using simple playback controls

– Turn on Sleep Timer to automatically stop playing a podcast while listening in bed

– Share your favorite episodes with friends using Twitter, Messages and Mail

– Optionally sync your favorite episodes from iTunes on your Mac or PC

– Sync your episode playback for seamless transition between devices

Surface vs. iPad: Microsoft’s Attempt to Copy Apple Again

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Surface vs. iPad: Microsoft's Attempt to Copy Apple Again

Surface vs. iPad: Microsoft’s Attempt to Copy Apple Again

So Microsoft announced one of its significant hardware products, Microsoft Surface tablet running on Windows 8 or Windows RT. Although Microsoft’s hints many times that “a tablet is a PC”, the surface has a kick-stand attached directly to the device and a cover with full touch keyboard that can be attached to the device using magnets (a la iPad’s smart cover).

The tablet is Microsoft’s answer to iPad and the like, watch this cool comparison video between the announcement of both tablets by the two rival companies:

Not to mention that no pricing or availability information provided. if you are excited about the new gadget and you missed the event, you can catch up and check out the full video below:

Microsoft Launches its Own Tablet: The Surface

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Microsoft Launches its Own Tablet: The Surface

Microsoft Launches its Own Tablet: The Surface

We knew already that Microsoft mysterious event today would have something to do with a tablet, we were right as Microsoft has unveiled its Surface Tablet called the Microsoft Surface.

Described as a “tablet that’s a great PC, and a PC that’s a great tablet,” the Surface has a 10.6-inch display, 9.3mm thickness, magnesium casing, a kickstand and a multitouch keyboard with a built-in trackpad and weighs in at just 1.5 pounds.

The Surface will be available in two varieties: one, built on ARM architecture, running Windows RT, available in 32GB and 64GB and a Pro version, which uses Intel CPUs, and runs a full version of Windows 8 with higher capacities

Microsoft to Launch its Own iPad-killer Tablet

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Microsoft to Launch its Own iPad-killer Tablet

Microsoft to Launch its Own iPad-killer Tablet

Microsoft sent out invitations for a major announcement in Los Angeles next Monday, rumors about just what the company will be announcing are starting to fly, beginning with TheWrap reporting that the company would be announcing a Microsoft-manufactured tablet, AllThingsD followed claiming that Microsoft wanted to take on the iPad directly.

Sources say that Microsoft concluded that it needs its own tablet, with the company designing both the hardware and software in an effort to better compete against Apple’s strengths. Microsoft’s tablets may include machines running ARM-based processors as well as models running on traditional PC processors, sources said.

Following the success of own device Xbox, Microsoft could be actually working on manufactured by Microsoft itself, running on Windows RT (a version of Windows 8) tablet intended to rival Apple’s iPad.

Other sources claim that Microsoft is actually aiming at Amazon not Apple, by bringing a 7-inch tablet and not to mention that Microsoft had signed a deal with Barnes & Noble to invest in nook business. A Nokia-made, Microsoft-branded 7-inch tablet is also a possibility

The timing is interesting, as it comes just before Google I/O, where Google is expected to announce a new 7-inch tablet running Android.

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