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January 31, 2015: 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 regular panels that feature the most respected journalists who cover personal technology.

On this week's all-star episode, outspoken commentator Jim Dalrymple, Editor in Chief of The Loop, explains how he got accustomed to using an iPhone 6 Plus after working with an iPhone 5s. He'll also cover Apple's amazing financials and some issues involving Microsoft, Windows 10, and other products.

From industry analyst Stephen Baker, Vice President for Industry Analysis at the NPD Group, you'll hear his sage comments about Apple's results. He'll also discuss the impact of 4K or Ultra HD TV, OLED and other technologies, and why, to the consumer, most of these buzzwords may not really matter when they're buying a new set.

We'll also present news about the latest and greatest version of Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack app, which allows you to capture audio from almost any source on your Mac, with company CEO Paul Kafasis. All our radio shows are recorded using this app.

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Download NOW PLAYING! January 24, 2015 — Daniel Eran Dilger and John Martellaro

Cutting-edge commentator and investigative journalist Daniel Eran Dilger, of Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, offers a solid reality check for those who believe Apple plans to move Macs from Intel to ARM in the near future. He'll also discuss the ongoing problems facing Google and Microsoft in delivering relevant products that actually make a profit. The discussion begins with Daniel's tale of how he first began to cover Apple, and the problems he found with press coverage about the company.

You'll also hear from commentator John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer and a columnist for The Street, whose bill of fare this week includes a discussion of why some Mac experts feel OS X Yosemite quality is declining, John's ongoing search for the right high-resolution display for his Mac Pro, and why the next-generation TV project from Apple remains on hold.

Download January 17, 2015 — Adam Engst and Bryan Chaffin

On this week's all-star episode, tech writer/editor Adam Engst, of TidBITS and Take Control Books, discusses a variety of subjects with Gene. First up is Gene's recent SSD upgrade on his aging iMac, which involved a long, annoying installation process that started with plucking the display glass from the chassis with suction cups. This leads to a wider discussion about the difficulty or impossibility of installing upgrades on most Macs, along with the recent complaints about the supposed decline in Apple software quality.

You'll also hear from Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who will offer a pithy response to rumors that Apple is going to soon release a 12-inch MacBook Air with a single peripheral port. He'll also cover the complaints about serious bugs with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, and, as our resident watch expert, deliver more of his feelings about the forthcoming Apple Watch.

Download January 10, 2015 — Kirk McElhearn and Jeff Gamet

Outspoken commentator Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," focuses his comments on the curious claims from some so-called audio experts that audio streamed from different types of hard drives is somehow audibly different. He'll also explain how he was used as a source of material used in the recent Storagegate class-action lawsuit, which accuses Apple of being deceptive about iPhone storage capacities, and engaging in a scheme to get you to buy iCloud storage.

We'll also present a report about the CES 2015, in Las Vegas, which featured all the latest and greatest consumer electronics goodies, from Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer. Jeff will cover his favorites along with his reactions to the latest 4K or Ultra HD TV sets, curved TVs, and the forthcoming 8K TVs. As usual, Apple, who never attends CES, remained the elephant in the room at many of the exhibits.

Download NOW PLAYING! January 3, 2015 — Josh Centers and Peter Cohen

We present commentator Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of "Take Control of Apple TV" and other titles. His bill of fare this week includes those annoying inconsistencies in the way apps are approved for Apple's App Store. He'll cover the future of the iPad, the ongoing success of the iPhone, and what we might expect from the next Apple TV.

You'll also hear from cutting-edge columnist Peter Cohen, Managing Editor for iMore, who focuses his discussions on the recent curious lawsuit claiming Apple is cheating customers out of usable space on iOS gear and the schemes used by some media pundits to attack Apple, such as citing false or misleading statistics about product demand and customer satisfaction. He'll also address the ongoing questions about the future success of the iPad, and what Apple might do to make it a more compelling device for productivity. And what about the future of Apple TV?

Download December 27, 2014 — Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus and Susie Ochs

On this week's all-star episode, we present our 2014 year-ender featuring prolific author and commentator Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus. During this session, he'll comment on the recent fear-mongering story about Apple allegedly forcing unwanted security updates on Mac users. He'll also deliver some clever low-cost suggestions for your post-holiday tech gear shopping list.

You'll also hear from Susie Ochs, Executive Editor of Macworld, who will also talk about that story about automatic updates. She'll also discuss the quality of Apple's press coverage, whether there is really such a thing as an "Apple Tax," where you supposedly pay more for a product with the Apple label, and whether the company's quality control has suffered with the proliferation of products and services.

Download December 20, 2014 — Kirk McElhearn and Daniel Eran Dilger

We present commentator Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," who will discuss Amazon's pilot program, underway in New York City, to deliver your stuff in two hours, coping with ISPs and bandwidth caps, the possibilities for Apple TV, and the recently-ended iPod antitrust trial where a jury found in Apple's favor in just three hours.

You'll also hear from cutting-edge columnist Daniel Eran Dilger, of Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, as he exposes false and misleading tech reporting, often about Apple. So in this segment, he'll explain that, no, Apple didn't exactly lose the top spot in education to the Google Chromebook. His revealing remarks will also include the iPod trial and the possibilities for the Apple Watch.

Download December 13, 2014 — Bryan Chaffin and Rob Griffiths

We present Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who explains what Steampunk is all about. No hints! He'll also hold forth on the comments Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made in response to Tim Cook's statements that, when it comes to Facebook and Google, you are the product, and you won't want to miss Bryan comments about the forthcoming Apple Watch.

You'll also hear from tech commentator and Macworld contributor Rob Griffiths, of Many Tricks, who will discuss his recent article, "The paranoid person's guide to a complete Mac backup." He'll outline multiple "levels" of backup strategies to meet your needs, and some of this advice, using Windows backup software, may also apply to PC users.

Download December 6, 2014 — John Martellaro and Rob Pegoraro

We present the irrepressible John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer and a columnist for The Street, who discusses why Apple may be letting a few things fall through the cracks, such as the recent late and decidedly mediocre update to the Mac mini. You'll also hear about his personal experiences with Apple Pay, his views about 4K or Ultra HD TV, and why analyst estimates of potential Apple Watch sales are just plain wrong.

We are also joined by commentator Rob Pegoraro, who writes for USA Today, Yahoo Tech and other outlets, who discusses what we might expect from a future Apple TV, the possibilities of 4K TV, and the ins and outs of net neutrality. You'll also hear Rob's views about Windows 10, due in 2015, and an update on the iPod antitrust trial, still in progress when this episode is broadcast.

Check out the Show Archives for earlier episodes.