Podcast: Extra, extra, hear all about the News app

What’s the news about the new News app? First, Newsstand is dead, but standalone news apps remain alive. Second, there’s so much unknown about whether the iOS 9 News app, announced at WWDC, will affect consumption of news and how publications produce it.

Joining Glenn Fleishman on this podcast are Jason Snell, proprietor of Six Colors and former editorial director at IDG, who knows from news sites big and small, and Tom Standage, deputy editor of the Economist, where he heads up the periodical’s digital strategy. The *Economist* was a launch partner in the News app. (Tom’s also the author of several fine books.)

We talk mostly about the publishing side of the equation: will this add voices to the mix of news people read, provide a new and viable business model, and exactly *how* will Apple choose what news feeds—and even what stories—wind up in the app?

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Podcast: WWDC 2015 recap, part 1

So Apple is having an event this week, close enough to Macworld HQ that we can see the giant Apple logo plastered to the side of Moscone West from our windows. Susie was lucky enough to attend, and she and Glenn reconvened the next day to unpack everything Apple announced for our faithful podcast fans.

Wait, did I say “everything”? Ha, hardly. In an effort to make our discussion of the WWDC keynote far longer than the actual keynote itself, we only made it through about half on this week’s podcast, which mainly covers iOS 9 and watchOS 2. Tune in next week for more about OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple Music, the News app, and whatever else we can cram in before our microphones melt and Skype crashes our Macs (again).

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Podcast: Unpacking Google I/O and making WWDC predictions

Google I/O and Apple’s WWDC are uncomfortably close this year, and as Google previewed the next iteration of Android, it was impossible to not mentally compare each feature to what Apple does—or ought to do. With I/O in the bag, we welcome Greenbot’s Android-obsessed staff writer, Florence Ion, to the Macworld podcast to talk about what Google is up to, what Apple should copy, and why Google Cardboard makes us queasy. (Turns out, virtual reality may be tougher on women than men.)

Elsewhere, Thunderbolt 3 looks awfully familiar, HomeKit is finally launching, Apple’s streaming service probably isn’t just yet, and a mystery person could nab $100,000 for recycling some old junk that turned out to be a rare Apple I. Good times.

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Podcast: iOS 9 will reportedly teach old devices new tricks

How many old iPhones and iPads are in your drawers, or enjoying their hand-me-down second lives with friends and family? You might not have to warn those friends and family not to upgrade the OS, if the latest iOS 9 rumor proves true: Apple is reportedly preparing special stripped-down versions of iOS 9 to run on older hardware. Even if your old iPhone or iPad doesn't get every iOS 9 feature, running a new OS will keep you more secure, and help Apple grow its already-huge iOS ecosystem just a little bit more. We're all for it.

Elsewhere, Jony Ive got a promotion, and Marco Arment didn't like his MacBook. (But we liked his take on it.) Product reviews have never been more plentiful, and while that means there isn't a definitive version we can point to, you can develop trusted relationships with reviewers who think like you—or just look to the 3-star cluster on Amazon.

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Podcast: The app economy is amazing and terrible

If you live in a big city (like Caitlin in New York, Roman in San Francisco, and Susie in Oakland), you can get pretty much anything your heart desires delivered to your door, and thanks to a host of apps, you don't even have to talk to a person until the doorbell rings—and sometimes not even then. But is the app economy creating a shut-in culture? We discuss our experiences.

Elsewhere, a teaser trailer for the Steve Jobs movie is out, and rumors about a big Apple Watch update as well as a new Apple TV have us intrigued. Samsung and Apple are still battling in court, but we wonder if it might be time for them both to just give it up.

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Podcast: Beta think twice, it's all right

It’s been a pretty slow news week in the Mac world. (Unless you’re excited about Verizon plunking down $4.4 billion for AOL—yes, that AOL.) New betas are out for Yosemite as well as iOS 8.4, so we discuss how to get an early peek at the next iterations of Apple’s operating systems—and if you’re better off waiting for the final versions.

Glenn wrote a great piece about living with the new single-port 12-inch MacBook, and his quest to find the best adapter mix for the most people. (Don’t worry—you won’t have to try as many as he did!) He’s been leaning on the MacBook a ton, actually, because his other computers have been giving him huge amounts of trouble, so get the popcorn ready for his sad tales of endless troubleshooting.

Since we legally can’t podcast without mentioning the Apple Watch, we also go over Susie’s ranked list of every single built-in app, and discuss how third-party developers are heading back to the drawing board now that they actually have watches, to design interfaces that make better sense. Have any Apple Watch apps rocked your world just yet? Let us know in the comments!

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Podcast: Reviewing the Apple Watch on performance, not potential

Hopefully you aren’t sick of hearing about the Apple Watch just yet, because it’s still top of mind for your faithful podcast crew. Susie’s review went live this week, so she, Glenn, and Caitlin discuss the difficulty in giving a score to something so first-generation, especially since more killer uses for the Apple Watch will emerge over time—and vary widely from user to user. There’s plenty we like about the Apple Watch right now, and a few things that drive us all batty. And of course we’re all looking forward to the third-party watch bands, now that Apple has released guidelines for the companies who want to make them.

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