September 24, 2016 — Kirk McElhearn and Jeff Gamet

We present blogger and podcaster Kirk McElhearn, also known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy.” He’ll talk about his strange problems moving from the beta channel of iOS 10 to the release version, outline the interface changes that are meant to simplify Apple Music, and briefly comment about a decision by the U.S. Senate to spend a mere $19.5 million on plans for Mars exploration and a new spaceship design. The discussion moves to computer speakers, as Gene talks about his quest to find a system that won’t blow the circuit breaker for his office when he’s listening to music and also printing a document on his laser printer.

You’ll also hear from commentator Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer. He’ll also talk about Gene’s quest for new computer speakers, Apple’s application to patent an exclusive design for a — paper bag, Apple’s alleged attempt to discourage customers from buying music with Apple Music, new developments in AI technology at Apple, and the latest scuttlebutt about alleged plans for an Apple Car. Is Apple giving up on building a car and focusing on self-driving technology? What about those published reports that Apple is in talks to acquire a luxury sports car maker, McLaren Automotive, and whether such a move even makes sense.

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September 17, 2016 — Josh Centers and Sean Aune

We present Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of “Take Control of Apple TV” and other titles. The topics include speculation about iPhone 7 sales in light of reports of heavy preorders and sellouts, particularly for the iPhone 7 Plus. As author of “iOS 10: A Take Control Crash Course,” Josh details some of the best features of the new OS, and discusses the download glitch that, for an hour, gave Apple customers a defective version that bricked some devices until they could be restored, usually via iTunes.

You’ll also hear from tech editor Sean Aune, director of operations for TechnoBuffalo, an online blog and gadget review site. Gene begins the discussion with his tale of woe about a Brother HL-5450DN printer that keeps tripping the circuit breaker in his home office, and surprising solution from the manufacturer. Gene and Sean go back and forth about Apple’s “courageous” decision to remove the headphone jack on the iPhone 7, the possible reasons and the impact to customers. Sean will also discuss an Apple poll of Mac notebook owners reportedly circulating in which they are asked whether they ever use the headphone jack. The discussion also focuses on Samsung’s quality control problems with the Galaxy Note 7 that has been recalled due to episodes of the battery bursting into flames or exploding.

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September 10, 2016 — Kirk McElhearn and Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus

On this week’s all-star episode, we present columnist and podcaster  Kirk McElhearn, also known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy.” In pointed remarks, Kirk explains why he’s not terribly impressed with Apple’s explanation for ditching the headphone jack, nor, for that matter, with the iPhone 7, which he doesn’t regard as a significant improvement over previous models. In response to Gene’s remark about the headphone jack being a notorious source of unreliability, Kirk brings up problems with frayed Lightning cables. There’s also a brief discussion about the failure of the paperless revolution.

You’ll also hear from prolific author and commentator Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, who works with Gene in setting up the Golden Master version of macOS Sierra, which was released on September 8th to public beta testers. Gene briefly toys with the Mac version of Siri, not his favorite feature, before the discussion moves to the iPhone 7. Contrary to Kirk’s reaction, Bob explains why he’s impressed with the new features, particularly the camera enhancements that may allow him to leave his DSLR camera home. You’ll also hear Bob’s reaction to the loss of the headphone jack, and Gene will talk about Apple’s announcement that it will no longer reveal first weekend sales for the new iPhone. The excuse is that they won’t have enough stock on hand to meet demand, so potential sales can’t be reported.

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September 3, 2016 — Sean Aune, Dr. Timothy Summers, and John Martellaro

We present tech journalist Sean Aune, director of operations for TechnoBuffalo, an online blog and gadget review site. He’ll focus mainly on what’s expected from Apple during the September 7th media event in San Francisco. The predictions mainly cover an iPhone 7, but Sean will also discuss the possibilities for introducing an Apple Watch 2, and Apple’s skirmish with the European Commission over a $14.5 billion tax bill.

You’ll also hear from security expert and ethical hacker Dr. Timothy Summers, President of Summers & Company, a cyber strategy and organizational design consulting firm, who will discuss the latest hacks impacting the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic facilities. Are the hackers strictly focusing on one political party? And what about those recent security fixes from Apple?

The final half of the show will feature John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer. His bill of fare includes such topics as “Blood in the Macintosh Water,” why “There Ain’t No Such Thing as Free TV,” “Is There Anything Apple Can’t Do? That’s Now a Problem,” and how “Autonomous Vehicles Might Develop Superior Judgement.” Gene wonders whether the day might come in the next few years where he will have to give up the keys to his car and surrender to a self-driving vehicle.

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