Cybertainment: Jeff Garlin podcast; Art Alert app; Podbay.fm as podcast finder
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Actor/comedian Jeff Garlin has launched a new podcast. "By the Way, In Conversation" will feature the host chatting with celebrity guests. The podcast is the latest offering from Earwolf Podcast Network.
Mr. Garlin is best known for his role as Larry David's manager in "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Mr. David was guest on the podcast's premiere episode. Future guests include Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow, Henry Rollins and Michael Moore.
Art Alert is an app that will appeal to travelers and all with an interest in the visual arts.
It comes from Art Authority, an online database of 60,000 paintings and sculptures. Art Alert uses maps and an iPhone/iPad's location capabilities to steer users to works of art in their immediate vicinity and delivers information such as museum phone numbers and websites.
The Art Authority app gives users access to the Art Authority collection, which offers images, description and background on the paintings.
Another Art Authority app -- Art Like This for iPad -- creates a virtual exhibit of paintings that are similar in style. Tapping on an image gives more detail about the painting.
Art Authority products are available for iOS mobile devices, Mac, iBooks and for Amazon's Kindle Fire. The Art Alert app is available for iPhone and iPad for $2.99.
Podbay.fm is designed to streamline the process of finding and listening to one's favorite podcasts, and makes it very easy to find new ones.
The user can browse by areas of interest -- news and politics, arts, film/TV, music, science, kids and family, top-ranked podcasts and more, or they can search for specific titles.
Once they make their choice, they get instant access to the episode archive on their desktop or mobile device. The podcasts can be played directly in a browser window through Podbay's website or through free apps available for Android and iOS mobile devices.
Podbay stores recently listened-to podcasts so the listener can quickly get back to them.
Listeners can make and share clips with others.
Podbay also will be useful for podcast hosts and producers, who can see an individual podcast's listenership stats and audience comments. Those who rely on donations from listeners can add a link to their PayPal account.
First Published January 13, 2013 12:00 am