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August 30, 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, 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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Download NOW PLAYING! 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?


Download Daniel Eran Dilger, Ben Williams, and Kirk McElhearn

You'll hear from cutting-edge commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, of Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider. This week he'll continue to talk about the platform wars, but he'll also focus on the continuing demands from the tech media that Apple build cheap gear and why it doesn't make sense. You'll also hear his comments about the issues facing Google and companies building Android gear and what Microsoft has to do to solve long-standing problems. Do they all really want to be Apple?

If you are irritated by offensive web advertising, such as pop-ups and interstitials (ads that insert themselves above content on a site), you'll want to hear from Ben Williams, director of PR for Adblock Plus. He'll talk about protecting yourself from annoying online ads, and the advantages of the company's free browser add-on.

You'll also hear from Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," who will discuss whether you need gigabit Internet, or even 4K TVs for that matter. He'll also talk about blind tests pitting CD against higher resolution audio, what lossless audio is all about, and whether most of you can reliably hear a real difference between a CD and a compressed audio file, such as the AAC tracks Apple offers via iTunes.


Download August 16, 2014 — Braydon Moreno, Bryan Chaffin and Rob Pegoraro

On this week's all-star episode, we present Braydon Moreno, founder and CEO of ROBO 3D, a company that designs and builds moderately-priced 3D printers. He'll cover the industry's views on how to make the product mainstream, along with some of the things you can do with existing gear, such as making chess pieces and even chocolate.

You'll also hear from Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, whose bill of fare covers the possibilities for Apple's rumored iWatch, bitcoin, the digital currency, Apple's environmental policies, and the philosophy behind Apple University.

From columnist Rob Pegoraro, who writes for USA Today and Yahoo: He'll talk about recent security scares, such as the claim that a Russian crime ring stole some 1.2 billion usernames and passwords. Are these claims to be believed? You'll also hear his views about smartwatches, including the potential for an iWatch from Apple.


Download August 9, 2014 — Rob Dinuzzo, Stephen Baker, and Dann Berg

We present Rob Dinuzzo, Marketing Manager for RoboForm, a password manager app, who will discuss the recent report that a Russian crime ring has somehow amassed a collection of 1.2 billion usernames and password combinations along with 500 million email addresses. How do you protect yourself and your passwords from this intrusion?

You'll also hear from Stephen Baker, Vice President for Industry Analysis at the NPD Group, who will cover the state of the smartphone market, why 3D TV failed, the rise of set-top boxes, why iPad sales are flagging, the recent improvement in PC sales, and why he's not too impressed with the Apple/IBM deal.

Tech blogger Dann Berg discusses the OS X Yosemite public beta, his efforts to install the iOS 8 beta on a iPad mini, why he believes the patent laws need to be completely overhauled, and whether he'd buy an iWatch if Apple releases such a device.


Download August 2, 2014 — John Martellaro and Kirk McElhearn

We present John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer and a columnist for The Street, who discusses such topics as how Apple's "secret war" against Samsung is working, why Apple could get more mileage out of its "slipstream" Mac upgrades, which involve minor refreshes and more favorable pricing, why Apple is going "back to the future" to fight Google, and how the new Mac Pro can use OpenCL parallel processing to explore black holes and perform other high-end scientific computing tasks faster than ever.

You'll also hear from commentator Kirk McElhearn, Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," who will explain why he thinks it's time for Apple to terminate the Newsstand app with extreme prejudices, the possibility that Iliad, a French telecom company, might buy T-Mobile, why you should be cautious about installing the OS X Yosemite Public Beta, and more about the potential impact of the recent Apple/IBM marketing deal.


Download July 26, 2014 — Adam Engst and Jeff Gamet

On this week's all-star episode, we talk about Apple's June quarter financials. Some pundits say the numbers were "meh," while others say they were pretty decent overall. One respected industry outlet, however, erroneously reported that Mac sales were down in the U.S., whereas Apple reported that they increased in the double-digits. So we try to separate fact from fiction. We'll also discuss the Apple/IBM marketing deal, the OS X Yosemite Public Beta, which was released to up to one million Mac users on July 24, and some of the possibilities for new gear from Apple this fall.

Our guests include Adam Engst, of TidBITS and Take Control Books, and Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer.


Download July 19, 2014 — Bryan Chaffin and Jonny Evans

We talk about the landmark marketing and services deal between Apple and IBM. Is this just another failed initiative between the two companies, or a venture that will not just confirm Apple's cred in the enterprise, but sell lots of iPhones and iPods? You'll also hear our fearless views about Microsoft's announced bloodletting, where 18,000 employees will be fired in the coming months, and the potential impact to the company. After the pink slips are issued, what will Microsoft do to fix what's wrong with the company?

Joining us to talk about these and other topics are: Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, and Jonny Evans, Computerworld's "Apple Holic," You'll also hear discussions about the newest member of Apple's board of directors, insights into Tim Cook's Apple, the rumored iWatch, and what we might expect when Apple releases their financials for the June 2014 quarter.


Download July 12, 2014 — Josh Centers, Rob Shavell, and Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus

We feature Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of "Take Control of Apple TV." Josh will talk about his favorite free email service, or at least the one he uses, along with the state of Apple TV and streaming set-top boxes, and what might be needed to bring such products to a new generation of excellence, including advanced game controllers.

We'll also present Rob Shavell, CEO of Abine (an online privacy firm), who will discuss Facebook's new tracking policy and why they continue to keep tabs on you even if you have all the privacy settings switched on.

You'll also hear from author/columnist Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, who will talk about the state of the Mac and about his reactions to the prerelease versions of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. And, yes, he's working on "Dummies" books about both.



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