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July 26, 2014: 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 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.

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Download NOW PLAYING! 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.

Download July 5, 2014 — Kirk McElhearn and Rob Pegoraro

Our guest list includes blogger and commentator Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy," who will explain why two times are a charm with his new Mac Pro. He'll also discuss Apple's curious way of managing some iCloud email spam, and the hoops you have to jump through to fix false positives. The bill of fare also includes cloud storage solutions, and alternatives to Dropbox.

You'll also hear from tech columnist Rob Pegoraro, who writes for USA Today and Yahoo. He'll talk about the failure of Aereo, a TV delivery service that claimed not to be cable, before the U.S. Supreme Court, Android L, the forthcoming version of Google's mobile platform, and why T-Mobile was accused by the FTC of hundreds of millions of dollars in overcharges for extra SMS services and other features that customers may not have known they had.

Download June 28, 2014 — Joe Kissell and Avram Piltch

We present prolific tech author Joe Kissell, author of "Take Control of Automating Your Mac," who will give you some useful suggestions on how to perform complex tasks with just one or two keystrokes. He'll also give you advice on how to choose the right broadband provider, and whether one of those multiple service bundles make any sense.

You'll also hear from Avram Piltch, the Online Editorial Director for Laptop magazine, who will give you his early opinions about Amazon's forthcoming Fire Phone smartphone, and details some of the key features of Android L, the forthcoming version of Google's mobile OS. So is Amazon's first mobile handset a winner? What about the first major Android update in recent years?

Download June 22, 2014 — John Martellaro and Jonny Evans

We present commentator John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer and a columnist for The Street, who holds forth on such topics as the disconnect between what happened at the Apple WWDC and how some journalists interpreted the event. He'll also cover the hit piece about Tim Cook, which masqueraded as a balanced story, in The New York Times, why the iPhone is Apple's new hardware platform, and what happens if you buy the wrong PC.

You'll also hear from Computerworld's "Apple Holic," Jonny Evans, who will cover some of the features in Apple's OS X Yosemite that you didn't know about. He'll also explain why a number of Mac users, with computers otherwise compatible with Yosemite, may not be able to use the tentpole Handoff feature. This is part of Continuity, which enables you to, for example, start a document or email on a Mac, and pick up where you left off on an iPhone or iPad. He'll also discuss Gene's suggestions about a possible Google conspiracy theory, and Apple's recent purchase of Beats Electronics.

Download June 14, 2014 — Peter Cohen and Bryan Chaffin

Outspoken commentator Peter Cohen, Managing Editor for iMore, focuses on the media misconceptions about Apple's WWDC, which focused solely on software rather than fancy new gadgets. You'll also hear about his reactions to Apple's HealthKit feature for iOS 8, and about Microsoft's misguided advertising campaign for the Surface 3 tablet.

You'll also hear from Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who will also cover HealthKit, and how the features introduced for iOS 8 at the WWDC might pave the way for the rumored iWatch. Bryan will also explain Apple is actually obeying tax laws despite holding billions of dollars overseas that aren't subject to U.S. corporate income tax. Will Congress approve a "tax holiday" to repatriate such cash hoards? What about the European Commission's investigation of possible tax sheltering by some companies who use Ireland as an international corporate location?

Download June 7, 2014 — Kirk McElhearn and Josh Centers

Apple's Wordwide Developers Conference (WWDC) didn't deliver news of any new gadgets, but there was a wealth of information about the forthcoming versions of OS X, dubbed Yosemite, and iOS 8. In addition to the new look of OS X, there are literally hundreds of new features to discuss, but this week's episode will focus primarily on the highlights, such as iCloud Drive, the new Continuity feature, updated instant messaging capability, and Apple's move to reduce reliance on Google and such third party services as Dropbox. We'll also briefly cover some of the enhancements that are making developers drool.

Joining us this week is an expert panel that includes author, blogger and commentator Kirk McElhearnMacworld's "iTunes Guy, and Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of "Take Control of Apple TV."

Download May 31, 2014 — Jeff Gamet, Rick Broida and Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus

Commentator Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer, discusses the Apple/Beats deal, offers predictions for product intros at the WWDC going beyond iOS 8 and OS 10.10, and his reactions to Microsoft's Surface 3 tablet/laptop or whatever it is.

CNET's Cheapskate blogger, Rick Broida, tells you how you can save money with a low-cost wireless carrier, and some of the pitfalls to watch in picking the best service for your needs.

You'll also hear from author/columnist Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, who, as a musician, gives you his unique viewpoint about Apple's purchase of Beats Electronics. He'll also focus on the rumors about the introduction of app technologies for the connected home at the WWDC.

Check out the Show Archives for earlier episodes.