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August 1, 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, we present tech commentator John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer, who covers a variety of topics as usual. He focuses on the problems of writing reliable code for applications, why we need to “grow” with Apple and not against them, the important new features that make OS X El Capitan more than just a tune-up, the rumored iPad Pro, and what Apple is doing to boost iPad sales. You’ll also hear John’s description of a “not-so-obvious” design feature of the Apple Watch that’s being overlooked.

The second half of this episode will feature Microsoft Windows 10, released this past week. Along to guide you along is Mark Spoonauer, Editor in Chief of Laptop magazine. He will discuss what went wrong with Windows 8, the most important features of Microsoft’s new operating system, and even how some of those features compare to OS X El Capitan. We’ll also cover what Windows 10 features need more work, and the best new PC hardware on which to run it.

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Download NOW PLAYING! July 25, 2015 — Josh Centers and Jeff Gamet

On this week’s all-star episode, we present tech author Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of “Take Control of Apple TV” and other titles, who focuses his conversation on the disconnect between Apple’s quarterly financials and Wall Street’s reaction, where the stock price lost a few points. He’ll also discuss the surprising decision by Jim Dalrymple, of The Loop, to “fire” Apple Music because of various and sundry problems that included the loss of 4700 songs. The discussion will also focus on the possible antitrust investigation into Apple Music, presumed Apple Watch Sales and how Josh replaced the display on his wife’s iPhone 5c using an installation kit.

You’ll also hear from Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer, who will also discuss the questionable reaction by Wall Street to Apple’s record-setting financials. What about Apple Watch and iPad sales? Should Apple relent and reveal actual figures for their smartwatch? Jeff will also discuss the ongoing problems reported with Apple Music and iTunes, and Jim Dalrymple’s decision to give up on Apple’s subscription music service.

Download July 18, 2015 — Peter Cohen and Kirk McElhearn

We feature tech commentator Peter Cohen, Mac Managing Editor for iMore, discusses published reports by a market research firm that Apple Watch sales have tanked. Can they be believed? He also talks about the 2015 iPod refresh, and the future of the product. Also on the agenda are the growing pains of Apple Music, reports of problems with iTunes 12.2, and whether the app should be terminated with extreme prejudice and replaced with something different. And what about the next Apple TV?

We also present columnist Kirk McElhearn, Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” to talk about all those reported iTunes problems, particularly reports of corrupted libraries after Apple Music is set up. Is there a way to fix the problem, or must we wait for Apple’s solution? Should Apple finally overhaul the app to make it easier to use? Kirk will also discuss the iPod refresh and what it all means, since the iPod is mostly considered to be yesterday’s news.

Download July 11, 2015 — Rob Pegoraro and Bryan Chaffin

We feature tech columnist Rob Pegoraro, of USA Today and Yahoo Tech, who discusses Microsoft’s plans to essentially wipe away much of the Nokia acquisition with layoffs and a writedown of the full $7.2 billion dollar purchase price. Rob will also talk about the confusing DRM setup of Apple Music, patent trolls and transparency, where tech companies outline how often they’ve been contacted by law enforcement authorities to turn over information about some of their users.

You’ll also hear from Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer. His bill of fare includes a brief discussion of Comic-Con 2015 in San Diego. He’ll also talk about the arrival of Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac ahead of the Windows version, the decision to essentially gut its Nokia purchase, reports that Apple Watch Sales are tanking, and why they should be taken seriously. Bryan will also cover some of the ins and outs of Apple Music.

Download July 4, 2015 — Kirk McElhearn and Jeff Gamet

We feature an extended discussion of Apple Music and how it stands up to the music streaming competition. First up is columnist Kirk McElhearn, who is also known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,”who gives you a full picture of his early reactions to Apple’s subscription music service. Does it make the grade, or are there problems still to be fixed? Since Kirk is a serious classical music lover, did he find Apple’s setup a little wanting for people who aren’t among the majority of listeners?

You’ll also hear from Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer, who focuses the first part of the discussion on Gene’s new watch. No, not an Apple Watch, but a $12.88 calendar watch that he bought at Walmart. At least it keeps time. You’ll also hear Jeff’s reactions to Apple Music and the reports of problems with the service and the interface. After a brief pop culture back and forth, Jeff will also talk about the next Apple TV.

Download June 27, 2015 — Josh Centers and Joe Kissell

We feature Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of “Take Control of Apple TV” and other titles. On the agenda is his conspiracy theory about Apple Music and the brief dustup with top-selling artist Taylor Swift. You’ll also hear his speculations about the next Apple TV, Apple’s ongoing support for Macs and a brief discussion about whether Apple’s commitment to Intel lessens the possibility of using ARM processors on the Mac.

You’ll also hear from prolific tech author Joe Kissell, who will recount 11 “stupid” backup methods and why you should avoid them. The list includes Apple’s Time Machine, which he says has been the source of occasional problems that require you to backup everything from scratch. He’ll also present a reality check about the state of security on the Mac, with a focus on issues with Adobe Flash and Oracle’s Java, and whether you should consider buying security software.

Download June 20, 2015 — Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, Peter Cohen and Kirk McElhearn

We present long-time tech writer Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, who tells you about his experiences covering Apple’s WWDC virtually. He offers his opinions about OS X El Capitan, and iOS 9, and why he has two Apple Watches. You’ll also hear his reaction to the new MacBook, why he ended up buying a MacBook Air, and some of the expected limits of being productive on the iPad, even after Apple’s promised multitasking improvements arrive.

You’ll also hear columnist Peter Cohen, Mac Managing Editor for iMore, and Kirk McElhearn, who is also known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” in a special joint appearance. On the agenda is a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, where the columnist suggested Apple ought to kill the Mac because it represents only a fraction of Apple’s revenue. Other topics on the agenda include some of the best promised features of OS X El Capitan, including the ability to kill unwanted autoplay videos in Safari, iOS 9, and Apple Music.

Download June 13, 2015 — Jeff Gamet and Kirk McElhearn

We talk about the major announcements at Apple’s WWDC, where operating systems were refreshed, and Apple’s long-anticipated music service was announced. You’ll hear about the new features of iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. Did Apple meet customer’s expectations in promising performance and reliability? What about the claims on the part of some members of the media that Apple merely copied features already available in Android and Microsoft Windows? You’ll also hear the ins and outs of Apple Music and how it will compete with existing subscription music services such as Spotify.

Our guests include Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer, who also talks to Gene about the recent death of the noted character actor, Sir Christopher Lee, famous for horror films and his appearances in two Star Wars prequels, the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. You’ll also hear from commentator Kirk McElhearn, who is also known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy.”

Download June 6, 2015 — Daniel Eran Dilger and John Martellaro

On this week’s all-star episode, we feature the return of cutting-edge commentator and investigative journalist Daniel Eran Dilger, of Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider. This time, Daniel will talk about the differences in Apple Maps in China and the dearth of compelling new features announced for the next version of Android — M — at the recent Google I/O conference, pointing out that some of the new features were similar to ones already available in Apple’s iOS.

You’ll also hear from columnist John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer and a columnist for The Street, whose bill of fare includes why Apple will be “forced” to add 4K (Ultra HD) to the next Apple TV, whether they will finally be set to “reinvigorate” the iPad,” the possibilities of the next version of OS X, which is being introduced at the WWDC, John’s experiences with his new Apple Watch, and how his new MacBook “speaks” to him.

Check out the Show Archives for earlier episodes.