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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Our Editors' Choice Award winners

Every year, Macworld editors pick our favorite products from the past 12 months and hand out some trophies. We call it the Editors’ Choice Awards, and this year, we recognized 23 products for meeting our standards of quality, utility, innovation, value, and excellence.

In this episode of the Macworld Podcast, I'm joined by senior editors Roman Loyola and Jackie Dove and staff editor Serenity Caldwell to talk about the 27th annual Eddy Awards. We discuss the criteria for the awards, talk about some of the more memorable winners, and even spend some time on some high-profile products that didn't capture top honors this year.

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Macworld|iWorld preview

It’s getting to be that time of year. No, not the holidays. The San Francisco trade show many of us enjoy each winter. Once called Macworld Expo, the show has changed not only its name, but some of its content and focus. In this episode of the podcast I speak with the man behind it all, Paul Kent, Vice President and General Manager of Macworld|iWorld.

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Macworld Pundit Showdown XIII

Just in time for your Thanksgiving holiday, the Macworld Pundit Showdown is back with its own unique take on recent events in the technology world. Macworld editorial Jason Snell, senior editor Roman Loyola, staff editor Serenity Caldwell, and staff writer Lex Friedman match wits in a battle to see who’s got their finger on the pulse of the Mac universe.

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Meet iTunes Match

iTunes Match has arrived, and it’s the subject of this week’s Macworld Podcast. Senior associate editor Dan Moren, senior editor Christoper Breen, and staff editor Serenity Caldwell have spent the past few days learning all there is to know about Apple’s $25-per-year music service, and they’re ready to drop some iTunes Match-based knowledge on you in the next 28 minutes.

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Batteries, iTunes NAS, and GarageBand 1.1

I’ve had a lot of things on my mind the last couple of weeks and with this episode of the podcast I release some of them in audio form. Tune in for talk of iOS 5 and battery problems, iTunes used with an NAS, and why GarageBand is written with both the musical and tin-eared in mind.

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MacBook Pro updates and Speedmark 7

With all the talk surrounding iOS 5 and the new iPhone 4S, it’s easy to forget that Apple also makes computers. And it’s even easier when updates are as low-key as last week’s MacBook Pro announcements.

In this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we shine the spotlight back on the Mac, with a look at the recent processor and graphics improvements to the MacBook Pro lineup. Macworld Lab director James Galbraith and senior editor Roman Loyola join me to talk laptops, as well as Macworld’s new and improved Speedmark benchmark.

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