Apple’s first-party Podcasts app

Apple’s first-party Podcasts app

If you are an avid podcast listener, you might be wondering what Apple’s first-party Podcasts app has to offer. In this blog post, we will explore some of the features and benefits of using Apple Podcasts as your primary podcast player.

Apple Podcasts is a free app that comes pre-installed on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. It lets you access millions of podcasts from various genres and categories, as well as exclusive shows from Apple Podcasts Subscriptions. You can also create your own custom stations and playlists, download episodes for offline listening, sync your progress across devices, and more.

Here are some of the reasons why you might want to use Apple Podcasts as your podcast app of choice:

  • You can enjoy a seamless listening experience across all your Apple devices. Whether you are at home, in the car, or on the go, you can easily pick up where you left off on any device. You can also use Siri to control playback, search for podcasts, and get recommendations.
  • You can discover new podcasts and content with personalized recommendations based on your listening history and preferences. You can also browse curated collections and charts, or explore by genre, topic, or region.
  • You can access exclusive and original shows from Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, a new service that lets you subscribe to channels or individual shows from your favorite creators. You can get ad-free listening, bonus content, early access, and more. You can also try free trials and share your subscriptions with up to six family members.
  • You can support your favorite podcasters with Apple Podcasts Connect, a platform that lets podcasters manage their shows, analytics, and monetization. You can also leave ratings and reviews, or send feedback directly to the podcasters.
  • You can customize your listening experience with various settings and options. You can adjust the playback speed, skip silences, enable Smart Play to automatically play the next best episode, enable CarPlay to listen in your car, and more.

Apple Podcasts is a powerful and versatile app that offers a lot of features and benefits for podcast listeners. If you are looking for a simple and convenient way to enjoy podcasts on your Apple devices, you might want to give it a try.

ETIHAD to achieve net-zero sustainability goals with Microsoft tech

ETIHAD to achieve net-zero sustainability goals with Microsoft tech

net-zero ETIHAD Microsoft

Etihad Airways plans to meet net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and is looking to use Microsoft technology. The national carrier of the United Arab Emirates is announcing a new partnership with Microsoft to leverage its tools and technologies to advance its sustainability goals.

The companies will work together to use advanced analytics and AI to measure and benchmark Etihad’s environmental footprint. This will allow the business to implement and assess carbon efficiency savings across its business operations. The collaboration will focus on the implementation of technologies that will turn data into actionable insights. Unlocking scenarios and use cases that will help Etihad reduce its carbon footprint and meet the net-zero goal.

“Innovation and sustainability are at the core of our business. Our continued partnership with Microsoft will support us in meeting our sustainability goals to reduce carbon emissions. Both in the air through operational efficiencies, and on the ground. Through improvements in our back-office processes and technology infrastructure,” said Tony Douglas, Group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group. 

“Etihad is aligned with the UAE’s mission to conserve and preserve our environment for generations to come and we have made significant progress over the last two years towards our ‘net-zero carbon emissions by 2050’ goal with our sustainability portfolio. We look forward to working closely with Microsoft to enhance these developments.”

Tony Douglas

Etihad and Microsoft have also committed to jointly identifying opportunities for collaboration. To achieve both organisations’ sustainability goals while building thought-leadership and further partnerships with organisations in the UAE and the region. This will further drive the national sustainability agenda and build a supportive technology ecosystem. That will allow organisations of all sizes to take carbon reduction measures based on data-driven insights.

“We are aligned with the UAE’s long-term sustainability goals and practices to accelerate growth responsibly. While fulfilling the nation’s ambitious objectives,” said Sayed Hashish, General Manager, Microsoft UAE. 

“For more than a decade, Microsoft has been investing to reduce environmental impact while supporting the digital transformation of organisations around the world through cloud services. The commitments and investments we make are important steps in reducing our own environmental impact. But we recognize that the opportunity for positive change is greatest by empowering customers and partners to achieve their own sustainability goals. Therefore, this partnership with Etihad is incredibly exciting. By empowering more and more organizations with the right insights, we will be able to reach critical mass to reduce carbon emissions on a significant scale.”

Microsoft and Etihad Airways announced the first-ever in-house AI Academy in the Middle East earlier this year. The Etihad AI academy powered by Microsoft will look to revolutionise the way the airline serves its customers

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