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Apple's Podcasts app is aimed toward encouraging iOS users to explore podcasts

Apple has released its all-new standalone Podcasts app for iOS, perhaps indicating an increased desire on behalf of the Cupertino-based company to take full advantage of the vast repository of several hundred thousand free podcasts which it currently hosts on iTunes.  Read More

The WIFI200 portable Internet radio

Billed as “the first truly portable internet radio on the market,” View Quest’s WIFI200 lets you listen to over 12,000 radio stations and 7,000 podcasts, wherever you can get WiFi. Pretty cool. The wallet-sized gizmo even won an International Forum Design Award, so it must be doing something right. The bottom line is, you need never listen to Top 40 again... unless you really want to.  Read More

Free trade or fair trade?

"Free trade is God's diplomacy," wrote tariff reformer Richard Cobden in 1857. One supporter was so taken with economic theory that he founded a magazine and the prospectus for The Economist read: "We seriously believe that free trade will do more than any other visible agent to extend civilization and morality throughout the world." Quite appropriately, the Economist is currently having one of its enlightening online debates on just this subject – if equitable behavior and the future of trade are of interest to you, may we suggest you drop in to see some of the world's best minds debate whether making trade fairer is more important than making it freer. Voting is running 55-45 in favor of the motion with two days to run.  Read More

Grace Digital Solo Wi-Fi Internet radio

If you like to find out what else is on radio, the Grace Digital Solo Wi-Fi Internet radio tuner could be one to add to your collection of music devices. Solo connects to practically any home stereo system or powered speaker set via its stereo RCA jacks and promises easy set up with its built-in Wi-Fi 802.11g card that connects directly to any 802.11b/g/n wireless router. There’s also an free iPhone app that turns your phone into a remote that allows you search, skip, and power the Solo anywhere within range.  Read More

Gizmag Podcast 12: a freewheeling discussion on 3D food printing and the scary/wonderful J...

We've gone to a new format for our first podcast of 2010 - Loz Blain and Mike Hanlon sit down for a broad and fun discussion on a few recent stories that we see as real potential life-changers. Starting with the Digital Gastronomy project and moving on to cover some of the fun, fascinating and scary things Mike saw at last December's robotics trade show in Tokyo, it's your chance to sit in on the kind of discussions that happen every time the Gizmag team gets together.  Read More

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In this week's Gizcast, Geoffrey Baird speaks with audiologist Anthea Arkcoll about a new type of hearing aid that bypasses the ear altogether and uses bone conduction technology to send a direct signal to the auditory nerve. Then Loz Blain wraps up with some of the most interesting electric and green car concepts the Giz team are drooling over in Frankfurt, and a quick look at a medical device that could give doctors a new way to fight stubborn cancer tumours.  Read More

Gizcast #9: can Vertical Farming solve the impending global food crisis?

In this week's Gizcast, we're privileged to be joined by Dr. Dickson Despommier of New York City, who is perhaps the world's leading expert on Vertical Farming, a topic we've covered several times in the past few years. Dr. Despommier speaks with Loz Blain about the social, economic and environmental issues we'll have to face as the Earth's population jumps to 9 billion in the next 40-50 years. If we keep farming the way we are now, we're simply going to run out of land to feed ourselves - so the solution seems clear: we need to start bringing food production and agriculture into the high-rise age. The farms of the future, it seems, will be skyscrapers. Geoffrey Baird also joins us for a weekly roundup of top stories.  Read More

Gizcast 8: The Cranklock

There's some controversy in the original Cranklock article comments over whether Chris Toal's latest invention will actually work - in this week's podcast we hear a little from the man himself about the device he believes could revolutionize the cycling world. We'll also hear from Geoffrey Baird in the booth about what he's been enjoying at gizmag.com this week.  Read More

Gizcast 7: Great inventions - the AK-47

This week, we take a look at the fascinating story of how Mikhail Kalashnikov's AK-47 assault rifle came to be the world's most popular firearm, with as many as 75 million units currently in service around the globe. Throw an AK-47 into a combat zone, and David suddenly starts beating Goliath - it's become a powerful political symbol of strength in the face of invasion or repression. It's the most successful killing machine in history, which is a horrifying achievement and obviously not something to be applauded, but with reference to its impact on humanity it is, sadly, among the greatest inventions of the 20th century. Also, Geoffrey Baird has been surfing away in his sound booth this week, and he's dug up 5 oddball gadgets for our weekly roundup.  Read More

Gizmag Podcast #5: Fine wine, robotics and three electric vehicles you can buy in 2010

We're on the bottle this week with a fine wine storage and dispensing solution, Noel rings in from his sick bed with some updates on the world of robotics, and we take a look at a car, a motorcycle and an aeroplane that will be electric or hybrid options for you in 2010 - and lots more. Features Loz Blain and Noel McKeegan. Click through to listen or download.  Read More

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