November 30, 2013 — Kirk McElhearn and Bryan Chaffin

Our featured guests include author and commentator Kirk McElhearnMacworld’s “iTunes Guy,” talks about his search for fast broadband Internet to service his new home, a converted barn in rural England, why he’s irked by live blogging of TV shows, and the ins and outs of his decision as an iPhone user to acquire a low-cost Android smartphone from Motorola.

You’ll also hear from Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, on such topics as the potential qualifications of two potential final candidates to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO, and the different business plans of such companies as Google, Microsoft and Apple. So, for example, Google turns you into the product by recording your online behavior and delivering up appropriate target ads, whereas Apple’s products are the hardware, software and services they sell. He also discusses whether Apple still needs to consider offering a cheaper iPhone. N

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November 23, 2013 — Daniel Eran Dilger and Dann Berg

Cutting-edge commentator Daniel Eran Dilger, from Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, explains how Google sidestepped security settings on Apple’s Safari to track you, and the secrets of how companies who build “smart” TVs, such as LG, may be recording how you use you set, including the stations you watch.

We also hear from tech commentator Dann Berg, who covers the Apple/Samsung legal skirmish, using so-called “thin client” mobile gear and personal computers, which access all your stuff from the cloud, and how Microsoft’s new Xbox One may be beating Apple in conquering the living room.

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November 16, 2013 — Adam Engst and Peter Cohen

The first segment features author and publisher Adam Engst, of TidBITS and Take Control Books, who discusses some of the known problems with the first release of OS X Mavericks, lingering issues with OS X Mail, and possible email app alternatives. He also talks about the tenth anniversary of the eBook publishing company.

We also hear from outspoken commentator Peter Cohen, Managing Editor for iMore, who discusses the ongoing problems with OS X Mavericks, the growing move towards apps in the cloud, such as the new iWork suite, Microsoft Live 365, and the Adobe Creative Cloud, and he also offers his views about the sometimes controversial iOS 7 upgrade.

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November 9, 2013 — Bryan Chaffin, Rob Pegoraro, and Kirk McElhearn

We feature Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who discusses who might become the next CEO of Microsoft, Apple’s recent disclosure of requests from governments for customer information, Tim Cook’s Wall Street Journal column supporting a law barring discrimination of gays in the workplace, the possible implications of Apple’s new sapphire construction plant in Arizona, and bitcoin. Bitcoin is a digital currency that might, in part, replace traditional money systems.

Tech columnist Rob Pegoraro, who writes for USA Today and other publications, also weighs in on the Microsoft CEO succession issue. He’ll discuss the recent Mail for Mavericks upgrade, which fixed problems with Gmail and other issues, and evaluate other free email systems, such as Outlook.com and Yahoo!

Author and commentator Kirk McElhearnMacworld’s “iTunes Guy,” also talks about the Mail for Mavericks issues, the controversial iWork upgrade, where critical features were removed, and his early reactions to his new iPad Air.

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November 2, 2013 — John Martellaro and Josh Centers

Outspoken commentator John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer, covers Apple’s growing investments in R&D, why Microsoft’s strategy for the Surface tablet will flop this holiday season, the real reason Apple is giving away the OS and consumer apps, why Apple is ill-serving customers who have lots of data to back up, and the company’s vision for the forthcoming Mac Pro overhaul.

From Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, you’ll get his fearless comments about Apple’s latest financial statement, the Night Owl’s decision to move from Gmail to Microsoft’s Outlook.com, and the positives and possible negatives discovered in OS X Mavericks and iOS 7.

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