July 27, 2013 — Peter Cohen, Kirk McElhearn, and Russell Chozick

We present outspoken commentator Peter Cohen, from The Loop, and iMore, who talks about the media’s inability to understand Apple. He also provides some important observations about Apple’s 3rd quarter financials.

Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” Kirk McElhearn, discusses his latest book “Take Control of Launchbar,” which covers the ins and outs of a popular OS X utility designed to make you more productive. He’ll also discuss Microsoft’s ongoing problems in light of having to take a $900 million write-down because of loads of unsold Surface tablets.

You’ll learn about the causes of data loss on iPhones, iPads, Android gear, and Macs and PCs, from a data recovery and cellphone/laptop forensics expert, Russell Chozick of Flashback Data. He also give you advice on what to do if the worse should happen.

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July 20, 2013 — Dan Frakes, Daniel Eran Dilger and John Martellaro

Macworld Senior Editor Dan Frakes joins us to focus primarily on the pros and cons of the forthcoming 2013 Mac Pro, and how his vision of a midrange minitower Mac compares.

We’ll also hear from cutting-edge commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, from Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, discusses the unexpected success of Apple’s “hobby,” the Apple TV, which is the top selling streaming video player. He also continues his ongoing exploration of the platform wars involving Apple, Google and Microsoft.

John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer, talks about Microsoft’s ongoing problems with lower-than-expected earnings and the decision to take a $900 million write-down on the unsuccessful Surface tablet. He will also comment on whether the passion for Apple gear is less than it used to be, and about those who continue to clamor for Apple’s next big thing.

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July 13, 2013 — Adam Engst and Bryan Chaffin

We focus a large part of the episode on Apple’s skirmish with the U.S. Department of Justice over alleged eBook price fixing. Federal District Court Judge Denise L. Cote has found Apple guilty; Apple plans to appeal. But was this decision fair? What about Amazon, and why wasn’t that company’s actions to set very low eBook prices considered by antitrust officials?

We have two points of view on this case, from Adam Engst, of TidBITS and Take Control Books, and Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer. Bryan will also discuss Microsoft’s latest version of corporate musical chairs, and whether it will help the company regroup and solve key long-term problems. He’ll also go over the key points of an article claiming that there are 25 reasons why the iPhone is old fashioned.

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July 6, 2013 — Kirk McElhearn and Avram Piltch

Tech commentator Kirk McElhearn, also known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” discusses the promise of iTunes radio, which will arrive this fall with the next OS X upgrade. He also offers his reaction to what he regards as the questionable color choices Apple made for iOS 7.

From Laptop magazine, Online Editorial Director Avram Piltch discusses a recent report about a security problem that might impact hundreds of millions of users of Android gear. He also offers a list of the problems Microsoft failed to fix in Windows 8.1. Is Windows 8 a descendant of Microsoft’s failed “Bob” user interface, which appeared back in 1995?

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