From his home computer in Berlin, N.J., 13-year-old computer enthusiast Matthew Bischoff is attracting quite a following. The creator of an online technology news program for like-minded technology-buffs, Bischoff is among a cadre of young technophiles experimenting with a just-emerging form of online communication: podcasting.

A descendant of web logs, or blogs, podcasts are pre-recorded audio files that can be posted to text-based blogs in the form of MP3 music files. (For more on blogs, see the new eSN Ed-Tech Insider) The recordings, similar to amateur radio broadcasts--except not live--can be accessed from a traditional desktop


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