November 29, 2014 — Dann Berg and Jeff Gamet

We present prominent tech blogger Dann Berg, who discusses the potential dangers of artificial intelligence, such as those voiced by entrepreneur Elon Musk. You’ll also hear Dann’s views about Bitcoin, the iPhone 6, and whether sales of the new, larger iPhones are cannibalizing sales of the iPad.

You’ll also hear from commentator Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer, who offers his outspoken views about the complaints voiced about iTunes 12, and the controversy over iMessages, where people who switch from iPhones to other mobile platforms suddenly find their messages aren’t working. He’ll also discuss Apple’s recent failed attempt to fund a sapphire plant in Mesa, Arizona, and the issues that have apparently slowed sales if iPads.

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November 22, 2014 — Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus and Kirk McElhearn

Prolific author and commentator Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus is in full rant mode as he presents his outspoken views about net neutrality and how Intuit has failed Mac users over the years with its Quicken financial app. He also reviews Apple’s 27-inch iMac 5K, and the iPad Air 2.

You’ll also hear from columnist Kirk McElhearnMacworld’s “iTunes Guy,” who discusses the myths and the reality of so-called high resolution music. He’ll also cover the ongoing problems with iTunes 12 and detail some of the features users may not fully understand. And what about claims that Apple’s quality control has slipped, especially for iCloud, OS X and iOS 8?

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November 15, 2014 — Josh Centers and Jason Snell

We welcome Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of “Take Control of Apple TV” and other titles, who discusses the contentious issue of net neutrality, the curious episode where the TidBITS email newsletter was bounced by some major ISPs, Apple’s mistakes in dealing with the iMessage “lock” issue that impacted people who switched from iPhones to other platforms, and the good, bad and ugly issues of iTunes 12.

You’ll also hear from former Macworld Editorial Director Jason Snell, who discusses the reasons the print version of the magazine folded. He’ll also give you his up-to-date comments on the state of Apple and the state of Microsoft.

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November 8, 2014 — Kyle Wiens, Miro Djuric, Mike Bombich and Bryan Chaffin

We welcome Kyle Wiens and Miro Djuric, from iFixit, who will present the results of teardowns of the latest iPhones, iPads, and Macs. You’ll also hear some of the results of tearing apart gear running Android, and whether it’s possible to fix a broken printer or a broken TV set.

Backup strategies are on the agenda as we present Mike Bombich, creator of Carbon Copy Cloner, a Mac app that makes a clone or duplicate of your hard drive. You’ll hear about the differences and the app’s advantages over Apple’s Time Machine.

You will also hear from Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, whose bill of fare includes his perfectly awful experiences with Comcast support and why Apple makes it so difficult to upgrade most Macs. You’ll also hear about WireLurker, malware that can impact both Macs and iOS, and Bryan’s reactions to iTunes 12.

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November 1, 2014 — Susie Ochs and John Martellaro

We welcome Susie Ochs, Executive Editor of Macworld. She’ll be on hand to talk about the changes at the magazine, which include discontinuing the print version, and the Macworld|iWorld Expo, now on more or less permanent “hiatus.” Susie will also bring you up to date on the latest developments at Apple Inc.

You’ll also hear from John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer and a columnist for The Street, whose bill of fare includes Tim Cook’s decision to come out as gay and why it’s a huge deal for civil rights, his reactions to Apple Pay, why he wonders how he lived with the small display of an iPhone 5s now that he has an iPhone 6, positive sales prospects for the iPad Air 2, and his “quintessential” review of OS X Yosemite.

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