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Forecast: Podcast MP3 Chapter Encoder

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Marco Arment has released a public beta of Forecast, a Mac app for podcast producers. Among a slew of other great features, Forecast is hands-down the best MP3 chapter editor I’ve seen. If you’ve noticed the chapter support in The Talk Show that started earlier this year, that’s thanks to Forecast. Forecast is free of charge, too.

See also: Jason Snell’s review of Forecast at Six Colors:

There’s also a perceptual trick that Forecast uses to make encoding seem quick: When you add a file to be encoded, encoding begins immediately in the background. By the time you edit your file’s metadata, the encode may have already completed in the background. The first time I used Forecast, I thought something had gone wrong — because when I typed Command-S to save the file, it just saved. There was no wait. The file had already encoded — it was waiting for me, the slow human, to finish typing in episode titles and show descriptions.

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jbloom
48 days ago
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Been using this for the last two weeks and love it!
Columbus, Ohio
kyounger
47 days ago
What's your podcast?
jbloom
47 days ago
Got a couple: WeeklyAwesome.com - FrazlCast, weekly WoW roundtable, Be Great TODAY, weekly inspiration

Siri and the Suspension of Disbelief

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Julian Lepinski has a thoughtful response to last week's story by Walt Mossberg on Siri's failures and inconsistencies. In particular, about the way Siri handles failed queries:

Apple’s high-level goal here should be to include responses that increase your faith in Siri’s ability to parse and respond to your question, even when that isn’t immediately possible. Google Search accomplishes this by explaining what they’re showing you, and asking you questions like “_Did you mean ‘when is the debate’?_” when they think you’ve made an error. Beyond increasing your trust in Siri, including questions like this in the responses would also generate a torrent of incredible data to help Apple tune the responses that Siri gives.

Apple has a bias towards failing silently when errors occur, which can be effective when the error rate is low. With Siri, however, this error rate is still quite high and the approach is far less appropriate. When Siri fails, there’s no path to success short of restarting and trying again (the brute force approach).

The comparison between conversational assistants and iOS' original user interface feels particularly apt. It'd be helpful to know what else to try when Siri doesn't understand a question.

→ Source: medium.com

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jbloom
464 days ago
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This is exactly how I feel. I force myself to use Siri, but I'm the 10%. Siri needs to feel more real.
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Minecraft Coming to Oculus Rift Today

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Minecraft and VR - a pairing longed for by many. It already exists in a few mediums, but today's announcement touches on something built explicitly for Minecraft VR, more than just a port of the game into a virtual environment: Minecraft is coming to Oculus Rift, with some version-specific features that will make the game even better to play in VR!

 

What sort of features are on the table?

 

 

  • Innate keyboard and mouse support
  • VR control options for immersive comfortable turning with the Xbox One controller
  • MSAA for crisp visuals, new render distance settings that will make use of powerful VR graphics cards, and optimized Windows 10 DX11 performance
  • Even more granular customization of VR settings, so you can mix-n-match for personalized comfort

 

This is in tandem with the major VR-specific features Mojang already had working, if which there are many. One neat thing in the Oculus version is the "Virtual Livingroom," which allows players to step back from the fully-immersive experience and into a virtual armchair - a nice break if you're starting to get dizzy or strained, but want to keep mining and crafting.

 

In addition, Mojang has added all kinds of tweaks to player movement. As an example, there is a special turning mode which breaks up the smooth rotation of your camera into short, abrupt jumps. It looks strange in videos, but the improvement to players' comfort cannot be overstated, and is readily apparent while playing.

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jbloom
525 days ago
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That looks awesome!
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Newsletters in your NewsBlur

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It’s been three years to the day that Google Reader shut down. And here’s a feature they could never build. Introducing email newsletters in your RSS reader.

You can now forward your email newsletters over to NewsBlur and then read your email newsletters right in your browser/phone/TV/tablet. A couple dozen users have been beta testing this feature for the last couple of months and everybody agrees, this feature is amazing.

Newsletters are formatted to fit all of your screens, so it looks just as good on the web as it does on your phone.

Here’s the best part. If you get a lot of newsletters, you can group them into folders and even train them to highlight the newsletters you want to read first.

Setting up newsletters on NewsBlur is easy. Just follow the personalized instructions on the web by going to Manage > Email Newsletters on either the web dashboard or the manage menu.

You might ask why not just subscribe your custom NewsBlur newsletter email address directly to the newsletter instead of forwarding copies of the newsletter. The answer is that if you want a single source of truth for where newsletters are going, you want that in your email client and not on NewsBlur. If you ever change news readers (and with new features like this, why would you want to) you’ll want to change only a single filter rule instead of dozens of newsletter emails.

And with this huge new feature, NewsBlur just became even better. NewsBlur has branched beyond RSS for a while now, fetching Twitter and YouTube stories even without RSS. With newsletters, NewsBlur becomes your single source.

If you have suggestions on what NewsBlur can help you read next, post an idea on the Get Satisfaction forums.

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samuel
571 days ago
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Keep the ideas coming. What's next, reading on a big screen perhaps?
The Haight in San Francisco
jbloom
571 days ago
Weird request, Facebook/Instagram feeds. Both may be hard with Facebook's weird stances.
hansolosays
570 days ago
nested folders would be nice? especially for newsletters
samuel
567 days ago
You can move newsletters as you please, so they work fine with nested folders. New newsletters show up in the Newsletters folder, but they don't have to stay there.
chrisrosa
560 days ago
ooo...an apple tv version would be interesting.
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mindspillage
557 days ago
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Stuff like this makes me glad to be a paying user of NewsBlur.
Mountain View, California
jcherfas
569 days ago
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Very interesting new feature: forward newsletter to #Newsblur. Will try soon.
claudinec
569 days ago
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Wow!
Melbourne, Australia
egoexpress
571 days ago
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Awesome feature! Have beta-tested it for a while now and love it!
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pfctdayelise
571 days ago
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!!
Melbourne, Australia
synapsecracklepop
571 days ago
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I was one of those happy beta testers and am LOVING IT.

I ended up simplifying my process using a "+news" alias (so I subscribe with myemail+news@mydomain.com). I set up a matching filter to forward them to my NewsBlur email. Seamless!
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srsly
571 days ago
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Woah, this feature is actually really sweet.
Atlanta, Georgia
gradualepiphany
571 days ago
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Really nifty feature, thanks Samuel!
Los Angeles, California, USA
jbloom
571 days ago
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OH YES!!! 100% awesome!
Columbus, Ohio
sirshannon
571 days ago
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There it is! Samuel dropped a hint yesterday, I was hoping it was something like this. I like that it is implemented in a way that doesn't just take over all responsibility for the newsletters.
economyaki
571 days ago
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whoa
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lelandpaul
571 days ago
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Whaaa - truly a killer feature I didn't even know I needed
San Francisco, CA
adamcole
571 days ago
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Oy, this is awesome.
Philadelphia, PA, USA
hansolosays
571 days ago
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AWESOME!
Norfolk, Virginia
jqlive
571 days ago
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Thank you!
Beijing/Hong Kong
chrisrosa
571 days ago
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wow...this is great news.
San Francisco, CA
mlupo
571 days ago
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My inbox thanks you!
Canada
drchuck
571 days ago
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This is great for sites that offer a newsletter, but no RSS feed. Well done!
Long Island, NY
redheadedfemme
571 days ago
Cool! Thank you, Samuel. NewsBlur is the best money I ever spent.

Evernote's new CEO on the company's critics: 'I love to be underestimated'

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By any standard, the past year has been hard on Evernote. Phil Libin, who led the company to 100 million registered users and a $1 billion valuation, abruptly quit the CEO post last July, triggering an exodus of top executives who had led the company since 2007. Complaints about the increasingly bloated core product mounted, just as the bottom began to drop out of the market for consumer productivity software. Soon, some critics were calling Evernote "the first dead unicorn," using the Silicon Valley term for startups valued at $1 billion or more.

Into this mix came Chris O'Neill, who previously spent a decade at Google. He once served as the managing director of the company's business in Canada, and later ran the business side of...

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Belfong
619 days ago
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I still don't get much of what's Evernote's future is..
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sirshannon
619 days ago
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Too late for me. I'm back on OneNote.
superiphi
619 days ago
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I never fully got into it and yet got a paid account
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jbloom
629 days ago
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I liked this. I use Evernote still on a daily basis and glad to see they are working on it.
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Launch Day: Introducing the UpGrade™ System for Schools

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When we decided to set the world in motion by introducing the Level® last year, we were thrilled that so many people joined us in our mission. We are now just as excited to announce the Kickstarter launch of the UpGrade™, an immediate solution to help change the way kids participate in a classroom setting.

The UpGrade™ System—comprising an adjustable height desk and three Grade™ decks—is a stand-alone learning station that lets teachers easily transform their classrooms into active learning spaces. Perfect for small groups or independent work, the UpGrade is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter. We are also excited to introduce the Office UpGrade™ System—a great way to add movement for those of us no longer in school. Because our supporters were so instrumental in bringing the Level to market in January 2015, we have decided to turn to the crowdfunding model once again to build our movement. 

If you would like to add movement to your classroom or office, to your child’s homework time, or to a classroom associated with StandUpKids.org, please show your support by donating to or sharing our Kickstarter campaign. Thank you for joining us on our mission to help the world keep moving!

#KeepMoving
The FluidStance Team



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jbloom
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Have been using my Level for about a year and love it. Am way more productive. Can't wait to see the results of this!
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