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October 18, 2014 (DOWNLOAD): 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 welcome columnist Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," who will explain why he's cut back on his Facebook activities. He'll also profile iTunes 12, the OS X Yosemite-savvy version, and consider whether he should replace his relatively new Mac Pro with a 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display.

You'll also hear from cutting-edge commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, of Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, who will bring you up to date on the platform wars. He'll cover the differing concepts of tablets from Apple and Android, Google's Android Lollipop and Microsoft's Windows 10 operating systems, and why he believes both companies are out of ideas. He'll also discuss why he believes Samsung, the largest maker of Google smartphones, wants to ditch Android.


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Download NOW PLAYING! October 19, 2014 — Kirk McElhearn and Daniel Eran Dilger

We welcome columnist Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," who will explain why he's cut back on his Facebook activities. He'll also profile iTunes 12, the OS X Yosemite-savvy version, and consider whether he should replace his relatively new Mac Pro with a 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display.

You'll also hear from cutting-edge commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, of Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, who will bring you up to date on the platform wars. He'll cover the differing concepts of tablets from Apple and Android, Google's Android Lollipop and Microsoft's Windows 10 operating systems, and why he believes both companies are out of ideas. He'll also discuss why he believes Samsung, the largest maker of Google smartphones, wants to ditch Android.


Download October 11, 2014 — Josh Centers and Rob Pegoraro

We present Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of "Take Control of Apple TV" and other titles, who will discuss the trials and tribulations of updating to iOS 8, some of the keyboard options offered for the new mobile OS, and what might come from Apple's scheduled October 16 media event.

You'll also hear from tech commentator Rob Pegoraro, who writes for USA Today, Yahoo Tech and other outlets, who will focus his discussion on Apple's ongoing failures to communicate with customers with press announcements, and the endless complications in choosing a new wireless carrier.


Download October 4, 2014 — Kirk Kirk McElhearn, Jessica Hoffman and Avram Piltch

Commentator Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," explains why he decided to return his new iPhone 6 and revert to his iPhone 5s. He also wonders whether Apple's recent highly-publicized missteps are caused by taking on too much too quickly.

You'll also hear about some real world tests of the ability to bend an iPhone 6 Plus from Jessica Hoffman, from SquareTrade, a company that provides extended warranties for a wide array of tech gear.

In the third segment, we'll be joined by Avram Piltch, the Online Editorial Director for Laptop magazine, who delivers a preview of the next major upgrade to Windows, known as Windows 10. Why did Microsoft skip a version, and what are the most compelling new features, in addition, of course, to restoring a standard Start menu?


Download September 27, 2014 — Jonny Evans and John Martellaro

We present columnist Jonny Evans, Computerworld's "Apple Holic," who holds forth on BendGate, reports triggered by a YouTube video claiming that the iPhone 6 Plus is prone to bending. He'll also talk about Apple's failed 8.0.1 update, which was pulled shortly after being posted because it caused the new iPhones to lose a carrier connection and Touch ID support. Other topics of discussion include the media disconnect over the huge number of new features in iOS 8.

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 includes Apple's reaction to the BendGate and iOS 8.0.1 issues, how you're supposed to carry those larger phones, along with the failures of Apple's preordering process. John will also discuss Apple's purchase of the Prss magazine publishing platform for iPad, and whether it should be cross-platform. Apple Pay is also on the agenda.


Download September 21, 2014 — Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus and Kirk McElhearn

We cover one of Apple's most important weeks, including the introduction of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the launch of iOS 8. You'll also hear views about the media freakout over Apple's decision to introduce U2's latest album, "Age of Innocence," free to iTunes customers. In addition, we'll cover some of the new keyboards available for iOS 8, which add learn and swype functions, and present a first look on the iPhone 6.

The guests include prolific author/columnist Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, who will also discuss his views about the decision to discontinue the print version of Macworld, along with Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," whose articles continue tol appear in the online version of that publication.


Download September 13, 2014 — Adam Engst and Bryan Chaffin

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.


Download September 6, 2014 — Jeff Gamet and Jeff Carlson

On this week's all-star episode, we'll focus on a very unpleasant week for Apple, in which they first had to block the ability to use brute force attacks to break in to Find My iPhone, suffered from a nearly six hour iTunes outage, and got dinged by the report that nude photos of celebrities were acquired by breaking into their iCloud accounts. Some Apple skeptics said the company was in disarray as a result, but Tim Cook announced that the problem wasn't due to a security problem with iCloud, and that the company will be more proactive in sending new warnings when an iCloud account is changed.

Along to discuss this and other topics, including the latest speculation about the iPhone 6 and an iWatch or other wearable gadget is Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer and author Jeff Carlson, Senior Editor for TidBITS.


Download August 30, 2014 — Peter Cohen, John Uppendahl, and Josh Centers

Outspoken commentator Peter Cohen, Managing Editor for iMore, holds forth on the possibilities of the iPhone 6, the ins and outs of those complicated wireless carrier contracts, whether NFC networking will be available in the next iPhone — and what about the iWatch?

You'll also hear from John Uppendahl, VP Communications for Parallels, who will talk about the release of Parallels Desktop for Mac version 10, and how it allow you to run guest operating systems on your Mac — including Windows and OS X Yosemite.

Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of "Take Control of Apple TV," tells you about his odyssey in having a defective battery in his iPhone 5 replaced by Apple. Service policies and planned obsolescence will also be discussed. And is Josh ready to consider buying an iWatch?



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