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Editor's desk: Next small things, WWDC 2012, videos, podcasts, features, and more!

What's the easiest way to take a weapon away from a Grammaton Cleric? The answer to that is the answer to a lot of seemingly difficult problems, including, sadly, how to get passwords away from unsuspecting users. Unfortunately, it's not at all a way to get anything away from Apple. Not ever. So we're left with a mix of leaks, speculation, and analysis. We've been trying to avoid the rumor regurgitation lately to focus on some of that analysis. More on that below.

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Editor's desk: On rumors and podcasts

With both Mothers Day and a birthday in the family this weekend, I didn't have time to compile my usual weekly column. But there are a few things I'd like to comment on and draw your attention to. So let's dive right in.

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Daily Tip: How to watch iPad Live, iPhone Live and our other podcasts on your big screen TV

Watching iPad Live, iPhone Live, or any of the other Mobile Nations Podcasts on your iPhone or iPad is kinda cool, but what's really cool is watching them on your big screen TV. Luckily, with just an Apple TV, an app, and a few taps, it's easy to do. Here's how:

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Podcasts streaming as music samples in iTunes app? [Bugs]

Whatever changes Apple has been making to the iTunes Store back end lately has caused iTunes app on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to stream some podcasts as music samples, rather than handing them off to the built-in media player like they're supposed to.

We've tested and everything seems fine and working properly for all of our TiPb podcasts like iPhone Live or iPad Live, or ZENandTECH, Superfunctional, or Iterate, or any of the Mobile Nations podcasts for that matter.

However, shows on other networks like 5by5 and TWiT do seem to be experiencing the problem, and it's annoying to say the least. So what can be done?

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iOS 5 "whispersync" working for podcasts between iPhone, iPad?

We haven't been able to prove this ourselves yet, but we recently received several tips from regular podcast listeners, all on iOS 5 beta 3, who say they began listening to one of our shows using the Music (formerly iPod) app on iPhone and then went to continue listening later on their iPad, only to find it automagically began playing right where they left it.

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Stay caught up with podcasts with iCatcher! for iPhone and iPad

iCatcher! is a podcast application for iPhone and iPad that downloads your podcasts in the background. It was recently updated so that downloaded podcast episodes are now available through the iTunes File Sharing option.

  • Keep track of all of your podcast subscriptions
  • Set schedules for when each one typically comes out
  • Download over WiFi, 3G or Edge and in the background (on supported devices)
  • Search in all views to find that podcast or episode you are looking for.
  • Play audio in the background on supported iOS devices
  • Custom playlists that allow you to select podcasts and/or keywords to view your downloaded episodes.
  • Custom playlists now allow you to exclude podcasts.
  • All device orientations supported with configurable option in the settings.
  • Universal App, works on all of your iOS 4.0+ devices
  • Full retina display support
  • While in a playlist you can see the total time remaining and watch it count down while a podcast is playing.
  • You can unsubscribe to podcasts and still have them on your device. Use that for those less than stellar podcasts!
  • Now with full VoiceOver support
  • Support for Password Protected feeds
  • Support for continuous playback within custom playlists (on by default).

iCatcher! is available as a universal app for iPhone and iPad and is priced at $1.99. Screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

Have an app you'd love to see featured on TiPb? Email us at iosapps@tipb.com, tell us about your app (include an iTunes link), and we'll take a look.

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Audiopress for iPhone - app review

Audiopress for iPhone is an amazing little app that will let you aggregate all of your podcasts, live radio, and pretty much any news audio into one easy to use app.  It also allows for background audio so you can start playing a podcast within the app, close it out, and continue browsing or doing whatever you'd like while it streams in the background.  Podcasts can quickly start taking up a lot of space on your device if you're bad about deleting them (which I am), so streaming them may be a much better option for those of you who'd like to save space on your device.  Hit the jump for more info and a promo video!

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Do you still download or sync podcasts onto your iPhone or iPad?

The new Apple TV is famously streaming-only but with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad you can still choose between downloading certain types of media to your local device or streaming them straight from the internet.

This pertains mostly to audio and video podcasts either in the iTunes Store app or right inside Safari from a direct, iOS-friendly link, but it struck me when reviewing Apple TV (2010) just how little I actually download any more.

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iTunes 10 Walkthrough

iTunes 10 is here, we've been using it for a while, and now we've got a complete walkthrough for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. If you're new to iTunes 10, especially if you're new to iOS devices, we'll help you get up and running quickly. If you're already an expert, well here's a guide you can send your new user friends and family. Let's get started, after the break.

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iTunes U: over 350,000 files, 300 million downloads

Apple today announced that iTunes U, their podcast-like catalog for higher education audio and video, has surpassed 300 million downloads:

Over 800 universities throughout the world have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store®. New content has just been added from universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico and Singapore, and iTunes users now have access to over 350,000 audio and video files from educational institutions around the globe.

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