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Podcast 517: iCloud Music Library meets its Match

iTunes Match is a clever service for people who have huge music collections they want to sync to multiple devices. Apple Music is a fun streaming service for people who don't want to manage big collections of their own. iCloud Music Library is a confusing bridge between those scenarios, helping you combine your own iTunes library with Apple's streaming catalog, and now it's going to match your owned tracks more intelligently, which should help avoid problems where songs are replaced with the wrong versions. You know, ideally. Kirk breaks it all down here, and on the podcast, Glenn and Susie discuss whether this fixes the whole confusing mess or what.

Elsewhere, Pokémon Go is making a real difference for kids in tough situations, even after barely two weeks of its existence. Susie thinks iOS 10's learn-to-code iPad app Swift Playgrounds is gonna be huge. Ransomware hackers are focusing on customer service, of all things. And if your iPad or iPhone keeps pausing when you're watching Real Housewives, someone found a fix, one simple trick if you will. (Spoiler: Turn off "Hey Siri.")

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Podcast 516: The Pokémon invasion

The betas are heeeeeeere! But who cares, right, because everyone in the world is out trying to catch them some Pokémon or what have you. Glenn and Susie talk about the security/privacy angle (that’s since been addressed by the 1.0.1 update), as well as what a fun craze this is turning out to be. We like fun!

Oh, and eventually we get around to discussing iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, both now in beta. We still feel weird talking to our Macs, all that time we spent tagging Faces in previous iPhoto versions was for naught, and iPhone battery life will take a hit (especially if you’re also trying to play Pokémon). But we love the beta program in general, and these particular public betas actually do feel pretty solid.

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Podcast 515: Facebook cuts Paper, its only good app

For the middle of summer, so much is going on! Glenn and Susie (just back from vacation) are joined by staff writer Caitlin McGarry to discuss the death of our favorite Facebook app ever, Facebook Paper. And then while we're at it, we chat about what Spotify's problem is and why Apple absolutely should buy Tidal.

In security news, the iCloud hacker plead guilty, making us wonder about the proper penalties for phishing. Apple's Gatekeeper is causing headaches again. And Glenn explains why just putting tape over your MacBook's microphone isn't going to do anything.

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Podcast 514: You don’t know, Jack?

What’s up with the headphone jack obsession about the upcoming iPhone 7 models? Host Glenn Fleishman and Macworld’s associate managing editor Leah Yamshon discuss how much virtual ink has been spilled for how long, and yet nobody outside Apple still knows what’s coming.

Leah and Glenn also ponder other iPhone 7 rumors, the end of Apple’s sales of the Thunderbolt Display, whether new AirPort base stations are coming, and if MacBook Pros will be updated later this summer. We talk about iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, due out in July as public betas, and new features coming from Dropbox for free and paid users.

Joining Glenn at the end of the podcast is Fraser Speirs, head of secondary at Cedars School of Excellence in Scotland to talk about Swift Playgrounds, a new app from Apple to teach kids (and adults) programming.

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Podcast 512: At WWDC 2016, it's all coming together

Well, another WWDC keynote is in the books, and boy are Susie’s thumbs tired. (Yeah, due to spotty Wi-Fi and a tethering fail, she wound up live-blogging about 45 minutes of the two-hour keynote from her iPhone, using the shockingly helpful QuickType keyboard.) This week Susie and Glenn are joined by Caitlin McGarry, Macworld’s East Coast staff writer who came to San Francisco for the week, because who can stay away from all this excitement?

And the keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium certainly was exciting, with so many announcements, it was hard to digest them as they were happening. So on the podcast today, we discuss developers as the glue, the maturing of Apple’s newest platforms, Apple’s approach to AI, and some of the features we are most excited about. There will surely be more to unpack in the weeks ahead, and we’d love to hear your thoughts too.

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Podcast 511: WWDC predictions, Apple TV love, and free pizza

We’re just days away from the WWDC 2016 keynote, and it’s time to talk (and talk, and talk) about what might be announced, what probably won’t be announced, and what we really want Apple to announce, however unlikely. Be sure to join us for the live blog Monday morning—the keynote starts at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.

Elsewhere, Glenn made a Mac 911 FAQ because it turns out about half the questions he gets are the same handful of questions. We’re both loving the Apple TV more than ever, as articulated by Jason Snell in a recent column. Instagram is finally using the real iOS Share sheet, so we also pause to praise how great the Share sheet is at linking up apps. Then speaking of awesome apps, Glenn has written two books about Slack, which is one of those apps it’s easy to love but so powerful that it’s hard to take full advantage of. Oh, and speaking of taking advantage, T-Mobile wants you to eat Domino’s every Tuesday forever—for free.

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Podcast 509: Apple and Google and AI and the future

Ah, the heady days after Google I/O but before WWDC. It’s a fun time of looking over what Google announced, wondering what Apple will unveil, and trying to connect the dots to understand what it all means. And we’re here to help unpack it all, starting with an excellent essay by Marco Arment about what happens to Apple if we go from mobile-first to AI-first.

Elsewhere, Google wants to learn how we talk to our friends, which is going to stink when brands start mimicking us in ads. iPhone 7 rumors are flying fast, along with rumors for next year’s iPhone, yes, already. Glenn uncovered the reason your iPhone and iPad ask for your passcode in the morning. And Apple got a new store in Macworld’s hometown, with a public plaza and a really cool fountain from the 70s that matches the messy, complicated, intricate, patchwork aesthetic of San Francisco far more than it resembles anything Jony Ive would choose.

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