Downcast Manages Podcasts Perfectly on iOS

Downcast for iPhone & iPad makes consuming podcasts easy and manageable. Search, subscribe, and let Downcast automatically download new episodes, download selectively, or stream them. It keeps track of where you left of on an episode regardless of whether it’s downloaded or streamed.

Apple is partially responsible for making podcasting a success by including them in the iTunes store and building podcast syncing into iTunes. The features in iTunes for iOS for podcasting are currently stripped down. In iOS 5 audio and video podcasts are split between two apps. These apps only hold your podcasts and don’t tell you if there are new episodes. Then you have to switch between apps twice to download and play a new episode.

Apple is likely prioritizing development on iTunes for paying content, as they should, and I’m grateful for their support of podcasting. Downcast solves these issues with a highly customizable podcast app.

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Wunderlist & CalendarBar are two great applications to stay organized. CalendarBar is a Mac OS X menubar app ($1.99) that gives you a quick look at one or more Google Calendars. Since we all use Google Calendar in the office I’m able to take a quick look at my own schedule and also stay aware of what’s going on with my team members.
Wunderlist is a great to do list app with reminders, sharing, is free, and syncs across Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Wunderlist & CalendarBar are two great applications to stay organized. CalendarBar is a Mac OS X menubar app ($1.99) that gives you a quick look at one or more Google Calendars. Since we all use Google Calendar in the office I’m able to take a quick look at my own schedule and also stay aware of what’s going on with my team members.

Wunderlist is a great to do list app with reminders, sharing, is free, and syncs across Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Lexus Interactive iPad Ad
The second page of the May 2011 iPad issue of Wired Magazine stands out as you attempt to turn the page. It looks like a standard ad you might see in the print edition, but as you attempt to swipe to turn the page this magnifying glass pops up and grabs your attention.
The ad challenges you to find all the Lexus Hybrids in the landscape. I have no interest in a Lexus Hybrid, but of course I went ahead and found them all as if I’d win the game. At the bottom of the ad it shows you how many you’ve found - enticing you to find them all. This ad is a great example of the convergence of print and interactive. I’m looking forward to some fun mini-games in iPad advertising.

Lexus Interactive iPad Ad

The second page of the May 2011 iPad issue of Wired Magazine stands out as you attempt to turn the page. It looks like a standard ad you might see in the print edition, but as you attempt to swipe to turn the page this magnifying glass pops up and grabs your attention.

The ad challenges you to find all the Lexus Hybrids in the landscape. I have no interest in a Lexus Hybrid, but of course I went ahead and found them all as if I’d win the game. At the bottom of the ad it shows you how many you’ve found - enticing you to find them all. This ad is a great example of the convergence of print and interactive. I’m looking forward to some fun mini-games in iPad advertising.

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