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April 12, 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 discussion panels that feature many of the most respected tech journalists.

On this week's all-star episode: We present Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of Laptop magazine, who will discuss the ins and outs of the "Heartbleed" bug, affecting some versions of the open source OpenSSL, which impacted a huge portion of the Internet, the magazine's first review of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, and a number of Microsoft-related topics, including Office for the iPad and the forthcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update.

Outspoken commentator Peter Cohen, Managing Editor for iMore, gives you his slant on the "Heartbleed" issue and the new products that might come from Apple during June's WWDC conference. He will talk about some of the changes you might expect in the next versions of IOS and OS X along with the possibilities for an iWatch.

April 19: For the first time in 10 years, the Night Owl is taking the night off. We'll be back next week with Adam Engst, observing 24 years of TidBITS and lots more. Stay tuned.


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Download NOW PLAYING! April 12, 2014 — Avram Piltch and Peter Cohen

We present Avram Piltch, Online Editorial Director of Laptop magazine, who will discuss the ins and outs of the "Heartbleed" bug, affecting some versions of the open source OpenSSL, which impacted a huge portion of the Internet, the magazine's first review of the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, and a number of Microsoft-related topics, including Office for the iPad and the forthcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update.

Outspoken commentator Peter Cohen, Managing Editor for iMore, gives you his slant on the "Heartbleed" issue and the new products that might come from Apple during June's WWDC conference. He will talk about some of the changes you might expect in the next versions of IOS and OS X along with the possibilities for an iWatch.


Download April 5, 2014 — Josh Centers and Kirk McElhearn

We welcome Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of "Take Control of Apple TV." whose bill of fare includes the arrival of Microsoft Office for the iPad, the panel on the NSA he moderated for the recent iWorld/Macworld Expo, the ongoing legal skirmishes involving Apple and Samsung, and his early reactions to the Amazon Fire set top box. The new gadget competes with Apple TV and Roku.

You'll also hear from outspoken commentator Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy,"  who will talk about his struggles with satellite broadband Internet. He'll also discuss why buying expensive audio and video cables isn't worth the money and the eternal analog (vinyl) versus digital debate.


Download March 29, 2014 — Rick Broida, Daniel Eran Dilger and Rob Pegoraro

CNET's very own Cheapskate blogger, Rick Broida, explains why he ditched Office 2013 for Windows, and why he was forced to find an unofficial method online to remove the suite from his PC.

You'll also hear from cutting-edge commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, of Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, explains in exquisite detail why the media meme that the iPhone 5c is a huge failure is wrong. He'll also address what he perceives as the ongoing media bias against Apple.

We'll also present tech journalist Rob Pegoraro, a columnist for USA Today and Yahoo!, who will discuss Microsoft's not-surprising decision to release Office for the iPad, the ongoing issues of net neutrality, and why he doesn't believe Sprint and T-Mobile will ever merge.


Download March 22, 2014 — Kirk McElhearn and Jeff Carlson

Outspoken commentator Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," discusses our curious download problem, which may be a consequence of the failure of the FCC to develop a workable plan to enforce net neutrality. Kirk will also talk about the joys of mono sound.

We also welcome author Jeff Carlson, Senior Editor for TidBITS, who will cover the controversy over a new book, "Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs," which paints a predictably negative picture of the company's prospects for success under Tim Cook. He also discusses a recent extensive interview with Apple design chief Sir Jonathan Ive that was published in the UK's Sunday Times and Time magazine.


Download March 15, 2014 — Dann Berg, Bryan Chaffin and Lloyd Klarke

Tech columnist and commentator Dann Berg holds forth on such issues as the iOS 7 update, Microsoft's reported decision to supply Windows Phone free to some low-end handset makers, and how he succeeded in cutting the cable TV cord.

You'll also hear from columnist Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who will also talk about cord cutting, the iOS 7 update, Microsoft's lower Windows licensing costs for cheap PCs and free licensing for cheap mobile handsets, and how this will be the year that defines Apple CEO Tim Cook.

We also present Lloyd Klarke, director of product management for Roku, who will discuss the history of the company and the current lineup of video streaming products and services.


Download March 8, 2014 — Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus and John Martellaro

Veteran tech author Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, considers whether he should buy one of Apple's state-of-the-art computing workstations, the Mac Pro, or a mainstream Mac, such as an iMac, for his audio and video work. He also discusses the 30th anniversary of the Mac, his upcoming tech TV show, and whether Dragon Dictate 4 is the ultimate dictation app for Macs.

You'll also hear from outspoken commentator John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer and a columnist for The Street, who will talk about the fear-mongering over the fact that 20% of Mac users are using an OS released in 2009, Snow Leopard. The bill of materials also covers whether Barnes & Noble should kill the Nook eBook reader, why outsiders cannot define Apple's products, how Apple is exploiting Android's weakness, and how to make your Mac computing life sane and quiet.


Download March 1, 2014 — Daniel Eran Dilger and Jeff Gamet

Cutting-edge commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, of Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, gives you the ins and outs of the controversial SSL verification security bug that turned up in iOS and OS X. He covers the curious belief on the part of some media pundits that one company buying another is innovation. He'll also  respond to the comment from the head of Google's Android division that appears to indicate the company is more interested in freedom than making the OS more secure.

You'll also hear from Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer, whose bill of fare includes Apple's SSL bug fix, comparing Apple's innovation to other companies, the U.S. House's cellphone unlocking bill, Apple's appeal of an antitrust verdict over eBook price fixing, and the drive for patent troll reform in the European Union.


Download February 22, 2014 — Kirk McElhearn, Dave Charbonneau, and Jim Dalrymple

Author and columnist Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," talks about the growing popularity of streaming TV, mentions some of his favorite shows, and speculates on what constitutes a new product category for Apple.

IT specialist Dave Charbonneau, president of CMIT Solutions, discusses Microsoft's dilemma in convincing users to give up Windows XP, and offers some common sense tips on preparing to upgrade — or replace — a PC.

Outspoken commentator Jim Dalrymple, Editor in Chief of The Loop, talks about the ideal screen sizes for the next iPhone, Facebook's expensive acquisition of WhatsApp, an instant messaging app with hundreds of millions of users, and what new product categories Apple might enter this year.



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