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Google has launched a new version of its Podcasts app. And, for the first time ever, Google Podcasts is now available on iOS as well as Android. What’s more, across both mobile platforms, Google has redesigned the Podcasts app to make it easier to use.
Google Wants You to Listen to Podcasts
Podcasts have been around for longer than you might think. However, they have massively grown in popularity in recent years to become a medium in their own right. The two issues are choosing the best app to listen to them on, and finding new podcasts to listen to.
Google thinks it has solved both of these issues with the new version of Google Podcasts. Now available on both Android and iOS, according to The Keyword, Podcasts has been redesigned to make it easier than ever to listen to, organize, and discover podcasts.
How to Use the New Google Podcasts
The new Google Podcasts boasts three main tabs: Home, Explore, and Activity.
Home provides you with a feed of new episodes and quick access to the shows you subscribe to. Selecting an episode will reveal the topics discussed in that episode. You can then learn more about those topics by jumping over to Google Search.
Explore is where you’ll find new podcasts to listen to. The “For You” tab will feature new shows and episodes of shows Google thinks you’ll enjoy. To the right of that are other tabs recommending popular podcasts across a range of different categories.
Activity is where you’ll find everything you have been doing on Google Podcasts. This includes episodes you have already listened to, episodes you have queued up to listen to, which episodes you have downloaded, and which podcasts you’re subscribed to.
Other Podcasts Apps on Android and iOS
Google faces a tough time persuading iPhone users to switch from Apple Podcasts to Google Podcasts. And there are plenty of alternatives on both operating systems. So, here are the best podcast apps for Android and the best podcast apps for iOS.
While Google Podcasts is all about helping you listen to podcasts, perhaps you would prefer to record your own podcast instead. Now is as good a time as any, and all you need is an original idea in your head and the right equipment to start podcasting.
Read the full article: The New Google Podcasts Is Available on iOS and Android
Google has launched a website dedicated to COVID-19. It contains a wealth of information and resources all about the illness, giving everyone a one-stop shop to visit when they want to learn more about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
With COVID-19 spreading around the world, controlling the flow of information about the illness is a challenge. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, which is why Twitter is combatting coronavirus lies. And now Google is playing its part too.
Google Launches a COVID-19 Microsite
In a post on The Keyword, Google launched its website packed full of information and resources about COVID-19. It has launched the site based on the incredible spike in interest, with more people searching for “Coronavirus” than for “News” and “Weather”.
While it’s good that people are seeing to educate and inform themselves about COVID-19, there’s a danger that they’ll be exposed to misinformation, lies, and rumors instead. Hence the need for a central depository full of facts and further reading.
Do these five simple things to help stop coronavirus (COVID-19).
DO THE FIVE
1?? HANDS: Wash them often
2?? ELBOW: Cough into it
3?? FACE: Don’t touch it
4?? FEET: Stay more than 3ft (1m) apart
5?? FEEL: Sick? Stay home
*General public health information* pic.twitter.com/7SNGV1ROxZ
— Google (@Google) March 14, 2020
The site, located at google.com/covid19/, gives an overview of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, along with symptoms, prevention, and treatments. There are also links to other resources, data to help track the spread, and resources to help us all stay healthy.
Beyond the site, Google has also improved the way it’s presenting results when you search for “Coronavirus”. This will make it easier to find and view “authoritative information from health authorities alongside new data and visualizations.”
Tech Companies Are Stepping Up to Help
Given that the COVID-19 pandemic is going to affect each and every one of us in some way, tech companies have a responsibility to do what they can to help. Even if that just means getting the right information out there to the general public.
As important as it is to educate yourself about COVID-19, reading about it 24/7 isn’t good for your mental health. So be sure to take some time out while locked down. If that means watching Netflix, our guide to using Netflix has everything you need.
Read the full article: Google Launches a Site for COVID-19 Information and Resources
Millions of people use the Kodi media player for their daily entertainment needs.
While the open-source software is content-neutral, some third-party addons have given the tool a bad reputation by using it to offer pirated content.
This isn’t anything the Kodi development team has control over. Luckily, most copyright holders realize this, but every now and then one appears having apparently missed the boat. And for Kodi, that can result in real damage.
For example, this week we noticed that the official Kodi download page is no longer listed in Google’s search results. Looking more closely, we spotted that it was removed by Google following a DMCA takedown request.
The takedown notice was sent a few weeks ago on behalf of the Turkish pay-TV service Digiturk, which is owned by the beIN Media Group. BeIN is known for its strong stance against piracy but in this case, it was too aggressive.
“The infringed content is sports content (illegal video stream) branded and watermarked with the trademark/logo BEIN SPORTS HD,” Digiturk writes.
The request identifies a series of URLs, many of which are associated with seemingly unauthorized IPTV services. However, it also lists kodi.tv/download, Kodi’s official download page.
Generally speaking, Google is pretty good at spotting such errors but in this case the URL was removed, as mentioned at the bottom of related search results.
Interestingly, Kodi was not the only legal open-source project that was targeted. The same notice also lists two Videolan.org URLs, which is the home of the popular media player VLC. Again, the download pages of the software were listed.
Luckily for VLC, Google flagged these requests as incorrect, meaning that the pages remain available in Google’s search results.
Kodi’s Keith Herrington is disappointed that their software is once again hit by the piracy stigma.
“It’s unfortunate content companies continue to lump us and VLC together with services who are clearly in violation of copyright law by not only providing streams to their content but using their logo, etc and that Google doesn’t even bother to check or validate, they just remove.
“It feels like a very ‘guilty until proven innocent’ model which I do not agree with,” Herrington adds.
The Kodi Foundation has submitted a DMCA counter-notice to Google and hopes that their download page will reappear in search results in due course.
TorrentFreak reached out to Digiturk for a comment on its unusual requests. While they could be intentional, it’s also possible that the company simply targeted these open source projects by mistake.