May 27, 2017 — Peter Cohen and Joe Wilcox

We feature outspoken commentator/podcaster Peter Cohen. During this segment, Gene will discuss his efforts to get decent support from AT&T wireless, which involved multiple phone calls, and frustrating encounters with more than 20 different reps. Did he finally succeed? Gene and Peter will also discuss prospects for new Mac notebooks at Apple’s 2017 WWDC developer event in June. And what about Apple’s decision to deliver subpar gaming performance on the Mac? As a former Macworld gaming columnist, Peter explains what is going on, and what he believes to be Apple’s reasons for not paying attention to the needs of avid gamers.

You’ll also hear from independent tech journalist Joe Wilcox, who writes for BetaNews. This wide-ranging discussion will include Joe’s observations about the quality of the four major wireless carriers in the U.S., as he explains the surprising result of his efforts to switch from one company to another to get better download speeds. Were there any notable announcements at the 2017 Google I/O conference in Mountain View, CA? Was it all about photos? What about the voice assistant platforms from Amazon, Apple and Google? Should Apple respond to the Amazon Echo with its own version? Gene and Joe will also talk about the prospects for new Mac notebooks at the WWDC, and is there a possibility that Apple will pull the plug on one of its three notebook models?

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May 20, 2017 — Jeff Gamet and Dr. Timothy Summers

We feature commentator/podcaster Jeff Gamet, Managing Editor for The Mac Observer. Gene and Jeff do a pop culture segment, anticipating the movie version of “Wonder Woman,” the introduction of General Zod on the “Supergirl” TV show, and other movie and TV-related topics. The tech segment will cover expectations for Mac notebook upgrades at the 2017 WWDC in June, whether actor Jeff Goldblum might have become the voice of Siri, the Microsoft Surface Laptop, and whether you can trust the cloud.

You’ll also hear from ethical hacker Dr. Timothy Summers, President of Summers & Company, a cyber strategy and organizational design consulting firm. Tim will offer a comprehensive look at the recent WannaCry ransomware attack that targeted hundreds of thousands of institutions and businesses around the world using Windows XP. This attack targeted a Windows flaw that has been patched by Microsoft. You’ll also learn more about the ongoing prospects of bitcoin, the controversial digital currency that is still regarded as a viable alternative payment method by some. The ransomware attack required bitcoin payments to free up compromised PCs.

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May 13, 2017 — Rob Griffiths and Kirk McElhearn

On this week’s all-star episode, we feature tech columnist Rob Griffiths. Rob will introduce you to the fascinating world of the “Hackintosh,” the process of installing macOS on a generic home-built PC. He made the decision to build one because Apple isn’t selling the Mac of his dreams, which in this case means a personal computer capable of stellar gaming performance. He goes through the process of selecting the parts he needed for the project, assembling them, and consulting a number of online resources on how to “induce” macOS to install on these computers, along with the lengthy process of troubleshooting glitches and somehow making things run reliably. Rob will also discuss the types of computers he hopes Apple will build in the coming months now that the company has made a renewed commitment to the Mac platform.

You’ll also hear from outspoken columnist/podcaster Kirk McElhearn, also known as Macworld’s “iTunes Guy.” In his quest to replace his aging Mac mini, Kirk also opted to build a Hackintosh, and he explains the reasons for his choices, and the assembly process. You’ll also hear about the Apple Watch and how it works as the hub of the company’s fitness platform. What about reliably measuring your heartbeat to make sure everything is OK? How can it expand to better monitor your physical condition?

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May 6, 2017 — Adam Engst and Peter Cohen

We feature Adam Engst, of TidBITS. He’ll talk about the recent sale of Take Control Books to prolific author Joe Kissell. What does Adam and his wife Tanya  do for an encore? He’ll also talk about Apple’s March 2017 quarterly sales, particularly the results of the iPhone and the Mac. You’ll also hear comparisons with Microsoft’s Surface, and the new Surface Laptop, which is designed to compete with Apple and Google in the educational market. And what about reports of growing Apple Watch sales? Has Apple been able to make it a gadget that you’ll really love once you have a chance to use it?

You’ll also hear from outspoken commentator and podcaster Peter Cohen. In talking about Apple’s financials, Peter will explain why the company “doesn’t get the cloud.” He’ll cover ongoing problems with reliability and integration, and what Apple might do to resolve the problem. The discussion moves into backups, featuring Apple’s Time Machine, which has been standard issue on Macs since 2008. Is it the ideal backup solution? What about clone backups and offside cloud storage? Peter will also explain why Time Machine must soon change because of the expected release of a final version of the Apple File System (APFS), perhaps with the next macOS. It’s also available on iOS 10.3. He’ll also talk about Microsoft’s Surface Laptop and how it will fare against Google Chromebooks, which are becoming more popular at school systems in the U.S.

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