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How do you listen to audio podcasts? Are you taking advantage of the features of the enhanced podcast format? In other words, accessing the chapters, embedded images and links? The reason I am asking is because all signs point to the fact that Apple is phasing this format out. Their latest Podcast app doesn't seem to support it. Oh, it will play fine, and it will still sound better than the plain mp3 version, but the aforementioned features are absent. Also their latest version of GarageBand has removed the tools to create those features for enhanced podcasts.
Now in the iOS App Store is the Doctor Who: Sonic Screwdriver (Official) (for iOS 5 or later). Is if it wasn’t already overused on the television series, now it’s available on our iPhone. It includes four 3D models of sonic screwdrivers and thankfully not just limited the last seven years. It gives you a choice of two kinds of backgrounds for your sonic screwdriver. One is “transparent” (thanks to the rear camera) which emulates holding the actual sonic screwdriver as it will pick up whatever background you are pointing your iOS device towards (pretty nifty, huh?). Of course it has various sonic screwdriver sounds (it wouldn’t be “sonic” otherwise). You can even shake the 11th Doctor’s model to extend it. Plus it’s a flashlight app as well (for those with a camera flash and who haven’t updated to iOS 7 which now has it built-in the OS, may find this feature handy).
What a week it has been. Unless perhaps you have been off-world or visiting another time era all this past week, you know we lost Apple co-founder and former CEO, and great tech innovator and visionary, Steve Jobs.
It is a good chance that there wouldn't be a Doctor Who: Podshock show if it were not for Apple under the leadership of Steve Jobs making the iPod so ubiquitous across the world. It certainly wouldn't had been called "Podshock" at least ("iPod" begat "podcast" begat "Podshock"). Now in our seventh year, it has been produced from the beginning using Apple products as it is today.
BBC Worldwide LTD has released a new iOS app, Torchwood: Web of Lies (App Store link) to coincide with the new Torchwood series,Torchwood: Miracle Day. It is a series of adventures presented in episodes within the app. The first free download gives you episode 1 of Torchwood: Web of Lies. Each week after coinciding with the new series there will be another new episode released (presumably sold as an in-app purchase). Each episode tells the story through animated graphics and gameplay. There will be 10 episodes in total, again mirroring the current series, Miracle Day.
It is a universal app so it will run natively on both the iPhone (and iPod touch) and iPad.
The following is their description for the app:
As previously reported, the Doctor Who iOS game, Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time debuted in the Apple App Store last December. There are two versions, one is for the iPhone and iPod touch, and an HD version for the iPad. Unfortunately, it is not a universal app, so you can either get the iPhone/iPod touch version and upscale it for the iPad, or alternatively get the HD version specifically for the iPad.
The prices in the US App store had been $3.99 and $4.99 respectively, but are NOW ONLY 99¢ each. So if you have been holding off purchasing this game for the iOS platform, now is the time (that includes myself). At this time, I don't know if this price reduction only pertains to the US iTunes App Store or if it is worldwide. Also I do not know if this is a permanent price reduction or a limited time sale.
Here is the link to the iPhone/iPod touch version: Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time - BBC Worldwide
Here is the link to the iPad HD version: Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time HD - BBC Worldwide
This week is the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, which means there is a tremendous amount of tech related announcements coming out of the show. As often is the case, there is some crossover between tech and sci-fi. The Panasonic booth had a special "most impressive" (as they termed it) announcement of (pre-orders for) the Star Wars films coming to Blu-ray. I had heard there would be a TARDIS speaker system at the show, but didn't have much details on it. Engadget has come to the rescue (since I am not at the show myself) with this report of hands-on prototype of the new Speakal TARDIS speaker dock and Bluetooth speaker and IR remote control system.
I am assuming it will work with the iPhone as well as the iPod. The photos show an iPhone in the dock (a white at that). If the speakers are shielded enough to prevent GSM radio noise interference from the iPhone, it should work.
As mentioned in Doctor Who: Podshock (as well as here: DW Podshock App for Podshock Supporting Subscribers), if you are a current Podshock Supporting Subscriber, you can get a promo code for a free DW Podshock Podcast Companion App (iTunes link) for the iOS platform (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch). Up until now, the codes from Apple were valid only in the US.
As of today, the codes can now be redeemed through any App Store around the world. This is great news for our supporters outside of the US.
Quantities are limited. Therefore we are limited to what codes are available to us at any given time. If you are interested in getting the app for free and you are a supporting subscriber, please let us know.
Coming soon to the the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch - Doctor Who: The Mazes of Time. Take a look at a demo of it being played on an iPad.
If you encountered problems listening to Doctor Who: Podshock 227 on your iPhone or other iOS device, please re-download the file again. A fixed AAC file is now available.
Listen to this brief note (also in the Enhanced Podcast feed now):
- Note about Doctor Who: Podshock 227 Enhanced Version (right click to download)
Doctor Who: Podshock - Aftershock 20101006
Running Time: 0:09:39
In this brief Aftershock episode of Doctor Who: Podshock we announce our new DWP Podcast Companion App, the upcoming Gallifreyan Embassy Anniversary Event, and our live show at NYCC with Tony Lee @mrtonylee .
Stay on top of your favourite podcast, plus get bonus exclusives with the new DW Podshock Companion App for the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad. It is an inexpensive way to help support the podcast while keeping up with news, podcast episodes, the Twitter feed, and exclusive content available through the app.
It is a universal app, so it runs in native resolution on both the Apple iPhone/iPod touch as well as the iPad. When you launch it, you will see a splash screen featuring the familiar faces of the podcast hosts. From there you can explore news stories, podcast episodes, the latest on our Twitter feed ( @Podshock ), and exclusives just for the app (these are different than DWP Extra Edition episodes).
Last month Graeme Sheridan @The2ndDoctor reported on the new Doctor Who games coming for the Nintendo Wii and DS game systems. We also spoke about it in Doctor Who: Podshock 220. Now news has broken that Blue Ocean will be releasing a new Nintendo Wii remote controller device as well as a stylus and slipcases for the DS based on the 11th Doctor's sonic screwdriver.
This is the cover for the new Doctor Who game "Return to Earth" being released for the nintendo Wii, the apparent release date is 29th of October 2010 in the UK and is apparently already for pre-order on Play.com. To this another game is also being released for the DS and is titled Evacuation Earth
The following has been reposted from Art Trap Productions
Just as Doctor Who: Podshock is celebrating it's 5th year in production, Research In Motion (RIM) has launched its new free Blackberry Podcasts service and application. Among the initial offerings of podcasts included is the popular venerable Doctor Who: Podshock. The new service allows Blackberry smart-phones to find, download, and consume podcasts on the mobile device from leading providers. Content can be downloaded via Wi-Fi or over the cellular network and played on the Blackberry player.
We are very pleased to have Doctor Who: Podshock included among other shows part of the Wizzard Media network on the service as part of their launch. We look forward to listeners from the many Blackberry users out there across the world.
After five years producing Doctor Who: Podshock it is still just as exciting today to discover new audiences as it was when we started. We look forward to them being a part of the show.
We welcome RIM and Blackberry smartphones to the popular and rapidly growing podcast medium.
This is the Sight that greets you when you go to Mr. Steven Moffats Twitter page, yes the Great Moff is now on twitter. Just overnight his followers went up from 849 as I started following him to the Current amount of 3197. If you don't want to have any insite into Who production until the Confidential is broadcast I suggest that you don't follow him. For those of you who do then he is @steven_moffat or you can go to http://twitter.com/steven_moffat