December 27, 2014 — Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus and Susie Ochs

On this week’s all-star episode, we present our 2014 year-ender featuring prolific author and commentator Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus. During this session, he’ll comment on the recent fear-mongering story about Apple allegedly forcing unwanted security updates on Mac users. He’ll also deliver some clever low-cost suggestions for your post-holiday tech gear shopping list.

You’ll also hear from Susie Ochs, Executive Editor of Macworld, who will also talk about that story about automatic updates. She’ll also discuss the quality of Apple’s press coverage, whether there is really such a thing as an “Apple Tax,” where you supposedly pay more for a product with the Apple label, and whether the company’s quality control has suffered with the proliferation of products and services.

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December 20, 2014 — Kirk McElhearn and Daniel Eran Dilger

We present commentator Kirk McElhearnMacworld’s “iTunes Guy,” who will discuss Amazon’s pilot program, underway in New York City, to deliver your stuff in two hours, coping with ISPs and bandwidth caps, the possibilities for Apple TV, and the recently-ended iPod antitrust trial where a jury found in Apple’s favor in just three hours.

You’ll also hear from cutting-edge columnist Daniel Eran Dilger, of Roughly Drafted Magazine and AppleInsider, as he exposes false and misleading tech reporting, often about Apple. So in this segment, he’ll explain that, no, Apple didn’t exactly lose the top spot in education to the Google Chromebook. His revealing remarks will also include the iPod trial and the possibilities for the Apple Watch.

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December 13, 2014 — Bryan Chaffin and Rob Griffiths

We present Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, who explains what Steampunk is all about. No hints! He’ll also hold forth on the comments Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made in response to Tim Cook’s statements that, when it comes to Facebook and Google, you are the product, and you won’t want to miss Bryan comments about the forthcoming Apple Watch.

You’ll also hear from tech commentator and Macworld contributor Rob Griffiths, of Many Tricks, who will discuss his recent article, “The paranoid person’s guide to a complete Mac backup.” He’ll outline multiple “levels” of backup strategies to meet your needs, and some of this advice, using Windows backup software, may also apply to PC users.

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December 6, 2014 — John Martellaro and Rob Pegoraro

We present the irrepressible John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer and a columnist for The Street, who discusses why Apple may be letting a few things fall through the cracks, such as the recent late and decidedly mediocre update to the Mac mini. You’ll also hear about his personal experiences with Apple Pay, his views about 4K or Ultra HD TV, and why analyst estimates of potential Apple Watch sales are just plain wrong.

We are also joined by commentator Rob Pegoraro, who writes for USA Today, Yahoo Tech and other outlets, who discusses what we might expect from a future Apple TV, the possibilities of 4K TV, and the ins and outs of net neutrality. You’ll also hear Rob’s views about Windows 10, due in 2015, and an update on the iPod antitrust trial, still in progress when this episode is broadcast.

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