August 31, 2013 — Josh Centers and Bryan Chaffin

Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, discusses in detail Steve Ballmer’s decision to step down as Microsoft CEO within the next 12 months. He’ll also cover the possibilities for Apple TV, whether it will be part an effort by Apple to create a new gaming platform, and whether there is an Apple TV set in our future.

Outspoken commentator Bryan Chaffin, Co-Founder and Co-Publisher of The Mac Observer, gives you his reaction to Steve Ballmer’s departure from Microsoft. He’ll also cover the latest rumors about the iPhone 5S and 5C — the alleged low-cost plastic model — and reports of scratch tests to see how the cheaper iPhone fares under use and abuse. You’ll also hear Bryan’s reactions to the continuing developments in the Department of Justice’s antitrust case against Apple over eBook price fixing. Are the proposed DOJ and judicial remedies against Apple too stringent?

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August 24, 2013 — John Martellaro and Avram Piltch

John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer, gives you his vision for a souped up Apple TV, and an Apple smart TV set. He’ll also explain why the passing of Steve Jobs signifies Apple’s rebirth, why NFC will never appear on an iPhone, and why, in the Post-PC era, OS X and iOS should evolve differently.

You’ll also hear from Avram Piltch, the Online Editorial Director for Laptop magazine, on ways to make Windows 8 more like Windows 7. He’ll also discuss his recent blog, entitled The Ten Best Bargains in Tech Today. And, no, the list definitely does not include the $35 Google Chromecast.

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August 17, 2013 — Kirk McElhearn and Peter Cohen

We feature Macworld’s “iTunes Guy,” Kirk McElhearn, who will discuss a peculiar Mail bug in Mountain Lion that may cause your email to be sent from the wrong account. He’ll also tackle the Apple ID conundrum, where you still cannot merge two or more IDs regardless of the reason.

Up next is outspoken commentator Peter Cohen, from The Loop, and iMore, who will talk about the recent announcement that billionaire investor Carl Icahn had invested in Apple, what might come from Apple’s iPhone announcement, which is expected on September 10, the ins and outs and potential of the forthcoming OS X Mavericks and the promise of iOS 7.

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August 10, 2013 — Adam Engst, Bryan Chaffin and Gavin Drake

Author and publisher Adam Engst, of TidBITS and Take Control Books, updates his “Apple in the hot seat” discussion. First he recaps Apple’s recent loss in a Federal eBook price-fixing trial, and then comments about the U.S. Department of Justice’s draconian demands for remedies. He also discusses Apple’s last-minute victory before the ITC, where President Obama vetoed a ruling that would have banned the iPhone 4 and some older iPads from being sold.

From The Mac Observer, you’ll hear from co-founder and co-publisher Bryan Chaffin. He’ll also talk about the Apple eBook price-fixing trial, and the DOJ’s demands, along with the veto of the ITC’s import ban. He’ll also cover the ongoing changes and what’s improved as development of iOS 7 continues. And don’t look now, but there may also be a surprise visit from “The Fake Steve Ballmer.”

You’ll  learn about the next version of QuarkXPress, version 10, from Gavin Drake, VP of Marketing for Quark, Inc.

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August 3, 2013 — Daniel Eran Dilger, Jim Dalrymple, and Stephen Baker

Cutting edge commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, from Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, once again takes on one of his favorite topics, the platform wars. This time he exposes the false report that Samsung’s mobile handset profits exceeded those of Apple’s iPhone, and the curious claims of declining iPad market share in the wake of reports that 84% of the tablets going online are — iPads.

You’ll also hear from tech journalist Jim Dalrymple, Editor in Chief of The Loop, who will also offer his usual direct comment on the platform wars involving Apple versus Samsung/Google and Microsoft, along with the various predictions about future Apple products.

In addition, industry analyst Stephen Baker, Vice President for Industry Analysis at the NPD Group, will discuss Microsoft’s problems selling Surface tablets, the prospects for Google’s Chromecast, and the possible future of 4K or Ultra HD TV.

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