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    DOWNLOAD: On this week's all-star episode, the focus is, one again, on the product announcements from Apple, expected and otherwise. You'll hear about the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Our guest panelists will also talk about the forthcoming demise of the print version of Macworld magazine, and the dismissal of most of their full-time editorial staff.

    You'll hear from Adam Engst, of TidBITS and Take Control Books, and Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, Since Bryan is a watch aficionado, you'll get some special insights about the Apple Watch. He'll also tell you about what he regards as the most comfortable headphone he's ever used.

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    The Day After iOS 8

    September 19th, 2014

    If you wanted to download iOS 8 for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, Wednesday was messy. Real messy. Some of you may have waited hours to retrieve the 1.1GB file. In my case, on my first effort, for my iPhone 5s, it took several hours to grab that file on a 40 megabit broadband connection. The progress bar seemed to move at a snail's pace when I attempted to perform the upgrade on the unit itself. An attempt to do the update on an iMac was no more effective.

    I started at 10:30 AM Arizona time. The update wasn't ready to install until after 3:00 PM, at which time I opted to perform a backup and do a restore to get the cleanest upgrade experience possible. Upgrading my wife's iPad 3 took about two hours, and the effort to upgrade an Apple TV to the version 7, which sports an iOS-like flat interface, completed in three hours.

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    The iOS 8 Report: Getting Dumb and Dumber

    September 18th, 2014

    Some tech sites with no imagination whatever issue the same tired nonsense every year when Apple is about to issue a major product update, be it software or hardware. There's always suspicion, the warning how bad things are apt to happen, or that the product isn't good enough. So maybe stay away or wait for things to settle down.

    Curious that they seldom post warnings of that sort about the latest stuff from Google, Microsoft or Samsung.

    So one iOS 8 review suggested it was a half-point upgrade because, well, it had essentially the same interface as iOS 8, although there are lots of enhancements. The writer in question evidently forgot about the hundreds of major improvements, such as the addition of HealthKit and HomeKit, not to mention the ability to install third-party keyboards. That has been one of the major complaints about iOS.

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    The U2 Album Freakout

    September 17th, 2014

    Just so nobody's confused about this. U2 is just a rock and roll band. While the rock culture has had a huge impact on the lives of many of you, at the core, it's just some singers and musicians making music. Yes, as with some other bands, they do engage in some worthy charitable activities. They don't just take the millions they earn from recordings and concerts and live large.

    Understand that I'm not an avid fan. I like some of their songs, and I really found the intro track from "Songs of Innocence," "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" to be quite a catchy tune. It doesn't break any musical ground, and the production values, though pop slick, are strictly conventional, but it's eminently listenable. So I fully expect that the album, their first in five years, would have been a huge hit even if it wasn't part of a reported $100 million marketing campaign for the band and, of course, Apple.

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    The Apple Watch Report: The Media Still Doesn’t Have a Clue!

    September 16th, 2014

    Do you remember how the media responded to the release of the original Bondi blue iMac in 1998? It was for its time regarded as severely underpowered, containing what was essentially the innards of a PowerBook with a CRT display. Apple's decision to ditch most legacy ports in favor of USB was regarded as a huge negative.

    Despite the skepticism, the iMac was successful enough to breed PC imitations; imitations that were so close in form factor that Apple had to go to court in one case, that of the E-Power, to halt the practice. Few remember the E-Power.

    In 2001, the iPod was regarded as overpriced, with little chance for mass-market success. At $399 for 5GB of storage, it may have indeed seemed too expensive, but that didn't stop customers from making it successful. Over time, Apple added Windows support courtesy of the release of iTunes for Microsoft's platform, and soon owned the digital music player market. iPod killers came and went and none, not even Microsoft's Zune, managed to dent Apple's dominance.

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