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?

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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.

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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?

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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.”

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