Wrapping up Expo

It’s time to shut down the Macworld PodLoft on the Expo show floor, but not before one last podcast wrapping up a week’s worth of Macworld Expo news.

I’m joined initially by senior editors Dan Frakes and Rob Griffiths. All three of us have now had a chance to try out some of the products Apple unveiled during last Tuesday’s keynote, so we share some of our first impressions. Editorial director Jason Snell joins us to talk about exciting things we saw on the show floor during Expo week. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Macworld Podcast from Expo without looking toward the future of the Mac event, now that Apple has concluded its involvement with the show.

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Show Notes

Rob took a look at Numbers ’09 for Macworld.com and he’s also installed Keynote ’09, both of which are part of the iWork update. Dan gives us more details about iMovie ’09, while I’ve taken a look at the changes in GarageBand.

Rob’s favorite things on the Expo show floor include NeatReceipts for Mac, a software-scanner combo that digitizes your paper receipts, and TechRestore’s matte screen replacement service. (Rob’s not really a fan of the glossy screens now featured on Apple’s laptop line, in case you hadn’t heard.) Rob was also impressed with Memeo, a photo- and video-sharing service.

Dan talks up BusyCal, which lets you share calendars on a network and sync with Google Calendar, and Ten One Design’s SoundClip accessory for iPhones. We also talk about Show WX, a tiny projector from Microvision.

When Jason joins us in the PodLoft, he mentions IPevo, which makes a digital photo frame. And a week’s worth of putting our iPhones through their paces have given us a new appreciation for the backup batteries made by RichardSolo.

You can read about the Ask the Editors session Rob mentions in this Editors’ Notes blog post.

We mention a rumor that appeared on the Cult of the Mac blog that said Apple would appear the Consumer Electronics Show in 2010. We don’t buy it.

We’d like to think Rina Palta, who served as our engineering in the PodLoft all week long.

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