Pocket Casts introduces support for Sonos

Today we’re excited to announce that Pocket Casts support for Sonos has gone into Beta! Judging by the amount of tweets and emails we’ve had over the years this is one of your most requested features and we’re excited to finally share it with you.

Through the Sonos app you’ll have access to New Releases, In Progress and Starred episodes.

Finally I can listen to a podcast on the way home, walk into my house and then have my Sonos pick it up from where I left off. I can’t begin to tell you how much joy this brings to my face!

Shifty Jelly continue to kick massive goals in the podcast space.

Source: Pocket Casts Sonos Support – Beta | Shifty Jelly’s blog of mystery

Amazon is hiring for its first Australian based fulfilment centre in Melbourne

It appears Amazon Australia’s first retail operations centre will be located in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, with warehouse job vacancies currently being advertised for Dandenong South.

There are currently eight other Amazon Australia positions advertised for Dandenong South, including loss prevention manager (security), studio manager (product photography), public relations manager and area managers (front-line supervisors).

Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie!!!

So long Gerry.

Source: ‘THIS IS A NEW SITE’: Amazon is hiring for an Australian fulfilment centre in Melbourne | Business Insider

Reviews for Splatoon 2 start hitting the web

[At] first glance, you might not think Splatoon 2 looks any better than its predecessor until you actually go back and look at the original. Splatoon 2 has better character animations, it runs at a higher resolution docked, it’s more vibrant and just has more of a gloss to it.

As always Vooks.net have got your Nintendo needs covered with their in-depth review of the hotly anticipated title.

Available this Friday, Splatoon 2 appears to be a solid upgrade to its predecessor.

The Switch’s newer hardware means upgrades to character models, the frame-rate being locked at 60fps as well as a greater population of background environmental elements, fleshing out the world even more.

Grab your copy now!

Source: Splatoon 2 (Review in Progress)

Google Home & Google WiFi are now available in Australia

Google’s smart benchtop speaker and mesh WiFi network go on sale in Australia on Thursday, staking Google’s claim in the simmering smart home war with Amazon and Apple.

Selling for $199, the voice-activated Google Home speaker brings the talkative Google Assistant to life and is available via Google’s local online store as well as traditional brick and mortar retailers. The same goes for the Google WiFi hub, which sells for $199, or $499 for three, working in unison to fight WiFi blackspots in your home

Google Home gives the Amazon Echo (which still isn’t sold in Australia) a decent run for its money. It excels in abilities to have contextual command-driven conversations over the Echo’s rather stoic command driven interface.

Integration wise it connects with just a small portion of what’s available for the Echo at this point so if you’re a smart-home pioneer I’d probably recommend sticking with the Echo… for now.

As for Google WiFi, it’s another mesh-network product, they’re literally falling from the sky these days. It gets a pretty good rating from my go-to network guy Dong Ngo at CNET and if you’re someone with a big house and a bunch of black-spots in your coverage it could be a worthwhile investment.

Source: Google Home, WiFi smart gadgets launch in Australia

WA government has had enough & stops talking to NBN

The [Western Australian] government said its agencies reported difficulty in getting any information out of NBN coupled with “lengthy delays”, poor support, and confusion on when sites would be ready.

The relationship between NBN and the WA agencies had reached a point where talking to NBN was being avoided, the government said.

And then they took their bat and ball and went home and poor NBN had no one else to play with.

But seriously, that’s pretty damning for a state government to literally avoid talking to our nation’s supposed one-wholesaler of future communications.

If the stereotypically bureaucracy that is government thinks you’re obtuse and anything but transparent with communication I don’t think there’s a scale that rightfully shows just how bad things are.

Source: Western Australia gives up trying to talk to NBN | ZDNet

Behold, the Ataribox!

Atari showed off the exterior of their box and discussed some of the principles around its design in a newsletter published online. There wasn’t any mention of specific specs or what kinds of games the Ataribox would play, although the newsletter did mention that there would be two editions – a black/red version and a wood version – and the console would come with an SD card slot, HDMI output and four USB ports.

It’s 1977 all over again folks and Atari are launching a “new” console! Just look at that wood panelling [insert Homer drool GIF].

There’s not much more to tell you at this point I’m afraid. The email that was sent to subscribers included the above specs and those willing to go over the included photos have noted what seems to be an ethernet port present also but zero on what the thing will play, cost or really just “do”?!

What do you think of the looks? I’m on the fence but leaning towards cool? I think it will be an “in person” kind of judgement for me.

Interestingly the original 2600 launched on September 11 according to Google. Have at it conspiracy nuts!

Source: The First Look At The Ataribox, Atari’s New Console | Kotaku Australia

Doctor Who’s 13th Doctor will be played by a woman & it’s about time

British actress Jodie Whittaker has been named as the thirteenth Doctor Who.

The announcement will both delight and stun fans as the iconic time traveller has, for the last five decades at least, been male.

I’m no Doctor Who fan, in fact I’d go as far as to say I find it kind of generic & annoying, but that doesn’t mean that thousands of people don’t LOVE it and that I can’t heap praise on its show-runners in a change that finally introduces some gender balance to its lead role.

Well done.

Source: Doctor who? Jodie Whittaker becomes the first female Time Lord