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December 7, 2013: Meet the Night Owl himself, the incomparable Gene Steinberg, best-selling technology author and columnist. Get to know Gene, and discover his unique, thought-provoking viewpoints about the technology universe, from the always-fascinating happenings at Apple Inc. to consumer electronics, innovative products and overall trends in the tech industry.
Each week, Gene speaks directly to the industry's movers and shakers, including corporate leaders, industry analysts, and discussion panels that feature many of the most respected tech journalists.
On this week's all-star episode: Our featured guests include prolific tech author Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, who will give you his opinions about the highly successful OS X Mavericks upgrade. You'll also hear tips and tricks on getting the most from Mavericks and also iOS 7.
You'll discover a technology that might save traditional AM and FM radio in the U.S., known as HD Radio. We've brought HD Radio's Rick Greenhut to explain the shortcomings of existing radio broadcasting techniques, and how HD Radio embeds a digital signal to deliver crystal clear sound.
We'll also feature one of our favorite guests with an attitude, Rik Myslewski, Managing Editor for The Register, a UK-based "snarky" tech publication, who will cover such issues as the recent decision of the U.S. House to approve a law that will put serious controls on so-called patent trolls. He'll also talk about Apple's chip advantage with the 64-bit A7, and the prospects for a larger iPad, with a 12.9-inch display, which some are calling the iPad Pro. Will it be Apple's answer to the so-called convertible notebook that combines a touchscreen with a traditional form factor.
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NOW PLAYING! November 30, 2013 — Kirk McElhearn and Bryan Chaffin
Our featured guests include author and commentator Kirk McElhearn, Macworld's "iTunes Guy," talks about his search for fast broadband Internet to service his new home, a converted barn in rural England, why he's irked by live blogging of TV shows, and the ins and outs of his decision as an iPhone user to acquire a low-cost Android smartphone from Motorola.
You'll also hear from Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, on such topics as the potential qualifications of two potential final candidates to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO, and the different business plans of such companies as Google, Microsoft and Apple. So, for example, Google turns you into the product by recording your online behavior and delivering up appropriate target ads, whereas Apple's products are the hardware, software and services they sell. He also discusses whether Apple still needs to consider offering a cheaper iPhone. N
November 23, 2013 — Daniel Eran Dilger and Dann Berg
Cutting-edge commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, from Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, explains how Google sidestepped security settings on Apple's Safari to track you, and the secrets of how companies who build "smart" TVs, such as LG, may be recording how you use you set, including the stations you watch.
We also hear from tech commentator Dann Berg, who covers the Apple/Samsung legal skirmish, using so-called "thin client" mobile gear and personal computers, which access all your stuff from the cloud, and how Microsoft's new Xbox One may be beating Apple in conquering the living room.
November 16, 2013 — Adam Engst and Peter Cohen
The first segment features author and publisher Adam Engst, of TidBITS and Take Control Books, who discusses some of the known problems with the first release of OS X Mavericks, lingering issues with OS X Mail, and possible email app alternatives. He also talks about the tenth anniversary of the eBook publishing company.
We also hear from outspoken commentator Peter Cohen, Managing Editor for iMore, who discusses the ongoing problems with OS X Mavericks, the growing move towards apps in the cloud, such as the new iWork suite, Microsoft Live 365, and the Adobe Creative Cloud, and he also offers his views about the sometimes controversial iOS 7 upgrade.
November 9, 2013 — Bryan Chaffin, Rob Pegoraro, and Kirk McElhearn
We feature Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who discusses who might become the next CEO of Microsoft, Apple's recent disclosure of requests from governments for customer information, Tim Cook's Wall Street Journal column supporting a law barring discrimination of gays in the workplace, the possible implications of Apple's new sapphire construction plant in Arizona, and bitcoin. Bitcoin is a digital currency that might, in part, replace traditional money systems.
Tech columnist Rob Pegoraro, who writes for USA Today and other publications, also weighs in on the Microsoft CEO succession issue. He'll discuss the recent Mail for Mavericks upgrade, which fixed problems with Gmail and other issues, and evaluate other free email systems, such as Outlook.com and Yahoo!
Author and commentator Kirk McElhearn, Macworld's "iTunes Guy," also talks about the Mail for Mavericks issues, the controversial iWork upgrade, where critical features were removed, and his early reactions to his new iPad Air.
November 2, 2013 — John Martellaro and Josh Centers
Outspoken commentator John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer, covers Apple's growing investments in R&D, why Microsoft's strategy for the Surface tablet will flop this holiday season, the real reason Apple is giving away the OS and consumer apps, why Apple is ill-serving customers who have lots of data to back up, and the company's vision for the forthcoming Mac Pro overhaul.
From Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, you'll get his fearless comments about Apple's latest financial statement, the Night Owl's decision to move from Gmail to Microsoft's Outlook.com, and the positives and possible negatives discovered in OS X Mavericks and iOS 7.
October 26, 2013 — Ben Klaiber, Kirk McElhearn, and Daniel Eran Dilger
Author Ben Klaiber reveals the powerful business lessons behind Apple's resurgence in the new book, "Anatomy of an Apple — The Lessons Steve Taught Us," and offers his insights on Apple's latest strategic moves. He has posted some informative and entertaining book excerpts at anatomyofanapple.com.
You'll also hear from cutting-edge commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, from Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, who attended Apple's media rollout of the new iPads and refreshed MacBook pros with Retina display. He'll offer his reaction to Apple's decision to distribute key software free of charge, the impact on Microsoft, and the ongoing problems with Google's Android platform.
October 19, 2013 — Jason Glassberg, Joe Kissell, and Avram Piltch
To observe National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we talk to Jason Glassberg, co-founder of Casaba, a noted cybersecurity consultant who speaks about a number of serious hacking threats that might impact more and more consumers.
Prolific author Joe Kissell talks about his latest eBook, "Take Control of Upgrading to Mavericks," and you discover the best ways to upgrade to Apple's newest version of OS X.
We also present a provocative discussion with Avram Piltch, the Online Editorial Director for Laptop magazine, who explains what's good and not-so-good about Windows 8.1 and the problems facing the Windows Phone and Android platforms. Is Google submitting Android to a dose of benign neglect? And what will Apple introduce at their October 22nd media event?
October 12, 2013 — Jim Dalrymple and Peter Cohen
We discuss what Apple might introduce when the next generation of iPads is unleashed later this month. Will the 9.7-inch model be slimmer and lighter? What about adding a Retina display to the iPad mini? You'll also learn more about iOS 7, the future of Apple TV, Microsoft's prospects with the Nokia handset acquisition and Windows Phone, the tragic fate of BlackBerry, and a whole lot more.