The state of Apple

In this special edition of the Macworld Podcast, recorded on the Macworld | iWorld show floor, I'm joined by a pair of Mac luminaries—Daring Fireball's John Gruber and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Andy Ihnatko. Our topic: The State of Apple.

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Discussing Apple's education event

Today Apple held an education event in New York City where it unveiled a new version of the iBooks app along with iBooks Author, a free Mac application that allows you to create books containing not just text but also rich media elements. Macworld’s Dan Moren and Lex Friedman attended the event. I talk to them about their impressions.

Note that Dan and Lex had to dash into a less-than-silent office to record the podcast. We apologize for the occasional background noise.

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Live from CES 2012

Jason Snell, Alexandra Chang, and Serenity Caldwell report from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada with a list of interesting products they've seen and some odd trends they've spotted.

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2012: What's in store for Apple?

It’s a new year and while we enjoy popping open bottles of fizzy libations and twiddling noise makers as much as the next tech publication, a podcast with nothing but those sounds would be dull listening indeed. Instead, we choose to discuss what 2012 might hold in store for Apple. Joining me in that discussion are Macworld’s Jason Snell, Dan Frakes, Dan Moren, and Lex Friedman.

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Pundit Showdown XIV

It’s the end of the year! And we’ve got the week off. But before we left, we convened this all-star panel of pundits to discuss the issues of the year in a forum that we call the Macworld Pundit Showdown. Four pundits enter… one leaves as champion. The other three leave with their heads hanging low.

Macworld editorial director Jason Snell, Macworld.com editor Philip Michaels, Macworld associate editor Dan Moren, and senior contributors Andy Ihnatko and Glenn Fleishman appear in this podcast. Four of them match wits in a battle to see who’s got their finger on the pulse of the Mac universe. One is just the host.

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Greg Pak's 'Vision Machine'

In this edition of the Macworld Podcast, I interview comic-book writer Greg Pak. In addition to being the brain behind Marvel Comics “The Incredible Hulk” and, more recently, “Astonishing X-Men,” he’s written “Vision Machine.” It’s a free, Creative Commons-licensed three-issue comic series with a lot to say about how the march of technology will affect the future of our society and culture.

The key piece of new technology in “Vision Machine” is something called the iEye, announced by Sprout Computer at the keynote address of Sproutville Expo 2061. Pak’s vision is informed by the innovations of Apple (and other companies, such as Google) and how they’re already changing the world today.

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2011 App Gems

In our last podcast we discussed our annual Editors’ Choice Awards—awards Macworld presents to the year’s best Mac-related software and hardware. But our praise doesn’t stop there. Apple makes a fair living from computing devices that don’t bear the Mac label—the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. We honor the apps that feed these devices with our just-as-annual App Gem awards.

In this episode of the podcast, Macworld’s Philip Michaels, Dan Moren, Lex Friedman, and I talk about how we go about choosing the winning apps as well as what makes some of the award winners so special.

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