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March 21, 2015 (DOWNLOAD — GCN Version): 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, we cover the latest rumors about an Apple subscription TV service. How will Apple turn its service into a game-changer? We also cover the potential downsides of yet another cord-cutting scheme, such as your ISP’s bandwidth cap. Our topics also include the two-pound MacBook and Apple Watch.

Our guests include Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who also focuses on the subtleties of the luxury watch market and the prospects for an Apple Car. You’ll also hear from Kirk McElhearn, known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” who wonders why Apple’s HealthKit is not yet capable of tracking a female’s menstrual cycles.


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Download NOW PLAYING! March 21, 2015 — Bryan Chaffin and Kirk McElhearn

We cover the latest rumors about an Apple subscription TV service. How will Apple turn its service into a game-changer? We also cover the potential downsides of yet another cord-cutting scheme, such as your ISP’s bandwidth cap. Our topics also include the two-pound MacBook and Apple Watch.

Our guests include Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who also focuses on the subtleties of the luxury watch market and the prospects for an Apple Car. You’ll also hear from Kirk McElhearn, known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” who wonders why Apple’s HealthKit is not yet capable of tracking a female’s menstrual cycles.


Download March 14, 2015 — Adam Engst and John Martellaro

Author and publisher Adam Engst, of TidBITS and Take Control Books, gives you his insights about Apple’s recent media event, which featured the rollout of the Apple Watch, new Mac notebooks, and a slight price reduction for the aging Apple TV streaming set-top box. What about the new and slimmer MacBook keyboard, the use of a single USB-C port to handle your connections and charging? Did Apple maybe push the envelope a little too far, or are they showing us the wave of the future for notebook computers?

You’ll also hear from columnist John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer and a columnist for The Street, who explains how the new MacBook has “iPad envy,” why he’s disappointed with the present status of Apple TV, and he then covers Apple Watch. He’ll tell you why some industry observers are doubtful of its success, and why he can predict that it will succeed. And what about database apps, such as Apple’s FileMaker Pro? Are they now obsolete except for some business users?


Download March 7, 2015 — Kirk McElhearn and Peter Cohen

We have a busy plate. Once again, the prospects for an Apple Car are debated, and there’s a lot more skepticism this time. We’ll also clear up some of the myths about the FCC’s recent net neutrality ruling, and we’ll also try to make sense of Apple Watch models just ahead of Apple’s official announcement. You’ll also hear about iTunes 12, iTunes Match and the possibilities for an iPad Pro. We’ll also give you some early reactions to Microsoft’s Office 2016 for Mac Preview. Is it worth the five-year wait?

Our guests include commentator Kirk McElhearn, known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” and cutting-edge columnist Peter Cohen, Mac Managing Editor for iMore.


Download February 28, 2015 — Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus and Jeff Gamet

We can’t escape speculation about an Apple Car. Is this something Apple is really planning, or just a bunch of assumptions based on the decision to hire car industry executives? You’ll also hear speculation about Apple’s March 9th media event, where the final details of Apple Watch will be disclosed, along with some other possible product intros. What about the potential for a larger iPad, known as iPad Pro, and can it help jumpstart moribund sales. Topics also include the FCC’s approval of a set of rules to enforce net neutrality.

Our guests include author Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, a skeptic of the possibility of an Apple Car, who also talks about his new TV show, and Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer, who asserts that his publication is on solid ground that Apple is really designing a motor vehicle that will be introduced several years from now.


Download February 21, 2015 — Jonny Evans and Bryan Chaffin

The possibilities for an Apple car are front and center. You’ll hear two distinct views on whether such a thing might happen, and the Night Owl has been skeptical. First up is Jonny Evans, Computerworld’s “Apple Holic,” who clearly doesn’t believe any of it. He’ll also talk about Apple Watch, the possibilities for an iPad Pro, a version with a display of 12 inches or more, and the state of the music industry and digital music.

You’ll also hear from Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who has a decidedly more positive view to present on an Apple motor vehicle. As someone who helped spark the current stories on whether or not Apple is working on such a product, he’ll present some fascinating insights. Bryan will also talk about the promise of Apple Watch, about future proofing such a gadget, and he’ll also cover Apple’s approach to security. A key point, that Tim Cook says that companies such as Google regard you as the product, whereas Apple’s products are the hardware and services they sell.


Download February 14, 2014 — Josh Centers and Avram Pitch

We present tech editor Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of “Take Control of Apple TV” and other titles. He’ll give you his unique slant on the net neutrality debate. Hint: It’s about those nasty bandwidth caps. You’ll also hear his views about the potential for an Apple stylus known as Apple Pen, and how deeply Apple might want to get involved with autos. But probably not the iCar or Apple Car.

From outspoken commentator Avram Piltch, the Online Editorial Director for Laptop magazine, you’ll hear his take on Adobe Flash security problems, the recent data breach at a health insurance company, Anthem, and how to protect yourself if your identity is stolen. Avram will also discuss the Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview, the long tablet replacement cycles, and Apple Watch.


Download February 7, 2015 — Kirk McElhearn and Rob Pegoraro

On this week’s all-star episode, we feature tech commentator Kirk McElhearn, known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” who will discuss the singer Neal Young’s Pono music player, and the claims of greatly enhanced sound that most anyone can allegedly hear. You’ll also hear Kirk’s experiences when he moved his site to a new host, the successful results, and the changes in iTunes 12.1.

From tech columnist Rob Pegoraro, who writes for USA Today, Yahoo Tech and other outlets, you’ll hear a discussion about the failure of Radio Shack, which recently declared bankruptcy, the ins and outs of the FCC’s new net neutrality proposal, and how a new service for cable cord cutters, Dish Network’s Sling TV, fares in his ongoing tests.


Download January 31, 2015 — Jim Dalrymple, Stephen Baker and Paul Kafasis

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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