December 26, 2015 — Dr. Timothy C. Summers and Peter Cohen

We present an important security update with Dr. Timothy C. Summers, President of Summers & Company, a cyber strategy and organizational design consulting firm. We discuss the ongoing debate over whether Apple, Google and other tech companies should allow back doors to governments to retrieve and decode encrypted information from smartphones and other gear. The discussion also covers fake emails that purport to come from your bank, fake emails that purport to come from your family and friends, why you should be skeptical of emails from people who claim to know you and request financial assistance, and how to stop leaving digital breadcrumbs.

We also present a special year-end wrap-up from tech commentator and columnist Peter Cohen, whose writings are found at iMoreMacworld and Tom’s Guide. On this visit, Peter will talk about Tim Cook’s increasing social activism in contrast to his predecessor, the usability of the iPad Pro, the prospects for an Apple Car,  Apple chief designer Jonathan Ive’s unfortunate “thin fetish,” and whether it makes sense for Apple to move the Mac platform from Intel to Apple’s own A-series chips. Yes, there are potential downsides.

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December 19, 2015 — Jeff Gamet & Kirk McElhearn

We present Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer, who focuses on the New York Attorney General’s probe into broadband Internet speeds, and whether customers are getting the performance for which they’re paying. He’ll also cover the concerns over bandwidth caps, and Samsung’s appeal of Apple’s patent win against them to the U.S. Supreme Court. You’ll also hear Jeff’s opinion about the iPad Pro and the joys of the Apple Pencil for creating illustrations.

You’ll also hear from author and columnist Kirk McElhearn, Macworld’s “iTunes Guy.” As a classical music aficionado, he praises the improvements in Apple Music by offering a richer display of information about classical. He also discusses the touchy subject of iTunes and faulty metadata and how it messes up your playlists. The discussion turns to whether Apple is releasing operating systems prematurely, thus resulting in numerous defects.

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December 12, 2015 — Bob “Dr. Mac” Levitus and Bryan Chaffin

On this week’s all-star episode, we present author and columnist Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus. On the agenda is Gene and Bob’s choices for broadcast mics, some of the key events in the Apple universe in 2015 and a few predictions for 2016. Bob will also present his opinions about the iPad Pro and the Smart Keyboard, and his ongoing impressions of the Apple Watch. Has the quality of Apple software nosedived? Bob will talk about that too.

You’ll also hear from commentator Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer. His bill of fare includes reports that Apple has suspended its efforts to set up a TV subscription service. You’ll also hear Bryan’s views on why large cable bundles, despite increasing cost, may be good for you. His logic is that, with more channels being offered, TV broadcasters have created a rich selection of great programing. With several dealers discounting the Apple Watch, Gene and Bryan speculate on why, whether it indicates lower-than-expected sales, or an effort to work with dealers to boost volume. Bryan will explain why he likes, but doesn’t love, his Apple Watch and why he’d only buy an iPad Pro to provide more thorough coverage of the product.

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December 5, 2015 — Josh Centers and John Martellaro

We present Josh Centers, editor for TidBITS, and author of “Take Control of Apple TV” and other titles, who discusses his new 4K TV, a 49-inch Vizio M-Series LCD, and we discuss the practical limitations of the Ultra HD format, particularly the lack of 4K programming. The discussion moves to Apple TV, his ongoing experiences with the Apple Watch, and an update his conclusion about whether he would buy one if he didn’t need it for his job. There’s also a brief discussion on the prospects for an Apple Car.

You’ll also hear from John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer, who talks about the iPad Pro, and why Apple is doing something that could “accidentally torpedo” the product. He also focuses on the difficulties in finding the right keyboard — he doesn’t like Apple’s Smart Keyboard — and his initial experiences. The discussion turns to the “do as you’re told” approach to using an iPhone, and beating Apple at its “game of relentless change.” John is also asked about the ongoing prospects for an Apple Car.

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