OPINION: This is the weekend, which means it’s time to share our winners and losers for the first week of May.

This week, AMD introduced a new generation of Chromebook processors, Nvidia added 4K streaming to GeForce Now on Mac and PC, and Marshall introduced two portable speakers in Emberton II and the compact Willen.

Redmi Note 11T received a release date (or month) and was an interesting week in security as Apple, Google and Microsoft teamed up to support the latest developments in FIDO’s password-free login protocol and Google Assistant was able to update compromised passwords on behalf of users.

Scroll down to find out who won the title and who crowned our loser this week …

Kindle Paperwhite 2021 illuminated display
Kindle Paperwhite 2021

Winner: Amazon

This week’s winner is Amazon, or more specifically the company’s e-readers department, after quietly revealing that its Kindle line will receive support for EPUB.

EPUB (Electronic Publication) is an open standard file format commonly used for e-books. The format is based on HTML and has existed since 2007 in places such as Google Play Books, Apple Books and Kobo devices.

However, despite its proliferation as an e-book format, EPUB has never actually been supported on the Kindle, one of the largest e-reader lines on the market.

Consumers could circumvent this by converting files to MOBI using third-party services, but after Amazon discontinued support for MOBI and AZW files later this year, this could soon be a problem.

Fortunately, Amazon has published update the support page this week, sharing a new solution for EPUB fans. From the end of 2022, Kindle users will be able to use Amazon’s free tool Send to Kindle to view EPUB files on their e-readers.

It’s not fully supported (I hope this is yet to come, although at this rate it may not be soon), but it means that Kindle users will no longer have to rely on third-party services to get the job done. when trying to read EPUB files on their Kindle, Oasis and Paperwhite devices.

Facebook podcasts

Loser: Facebook

Our loser this week is Facebook, after it was revealed that the company will abandon its podcast venture in just one year.

Facebook launched podcasts with Live Audio Rooms, a Clubhouse clone, in June 2021 as part of a move to bring more social audio experiences to the website.

The company has allowed Facebook users to listen to podcasts in full screen, with locked screens and a mini player, as they scroll through their initial feeds on Facebook. Users can also respond, comment, tag and share their favorite podcasts directly on the platform.

Unfortunately, this function was short-lived, as Bloomberg has already announced that Facebook plans to remove podcasts from its platform on June 3 – less than a year after launching for the first time.

That’s what Adelaide Coronado, Meta’s spokeswoman, said On the edge that the repeal is part of a move to simplify Facebook’s set of audio tools after a year of “learning and repeating first-time audio experience.”

Overall, this is not a huge loss for the average listener, as Spotify and Apple Podcasts are still leading the way when it comes to producing podcasts. However, this should be a disappointment for Facebook, which seems to have failed to find a real basis in audio through podcasts, Soundbites or Live Audio Rooms in 2021 and 2022.

Winners and losers: Kindle quietly gets EPUB support as Facebook ditches podcasts

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