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Podcast 491: Make A-Mac-ica great again

With Susie on assignment in Florida, Leah Yamshon (Macworld’s associate managing editor) joins Glenn Fleishman to discuss Donald Trump’s fiat economy plan to make Apple produce its hardware in America, the New York Senate’s desire to criminalize a lack of back doors in smartphones, and the return (or continued existence) of Gatekeeper exploits.

Leah and Glenn also talk about VLC, a universal format player, for Apple TV; their continued irritation at some Apple TV features; and Netflix’s plan to block more subscribers outside the U.S. who aren’t using their new 190-nation plan.

We also decided on a future episode topic. Keep your ideas coming, too!

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Podcast 490: iOS 9.3, CES, and the mess that is News

Susie's back from her time covering the madness of CES, which is always insane for us tech reporter types, whether you're on the ground in Vegas or holed up in your house in Oakland, like Susie was, editing until your fingers fall off. Even though Apple has no official presence at the massive show, tech trends emerge that will trickle down to Cupertino's product lines eventually—ad we saw plenty of products that could come in handy for Apple fans today.

Elsewhere, iOS 9.3 is out, with some new features that sound cool, and some additions to CarPlay that have us wondering why those things weren't already in CarPlay. We also talk about the seemingly sad state of the News app, which doesn't seem to be doing much for publishers, and as of yet hasn't captivated your friendly podcast hosts as readers, either. Do you like News? Let us know in the comments.

As always, thanks so much for listening!

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Podcast 489: Comment Chameleon

While Susie Ochs contends with the ocean of CES coverage, host Glenn Fleishman talks with guest Christa Mrgan of Civil Co. She’s a long-time Mac and iOS designer who cofounded a company to reduce the awfulness of comments on the Internet. With news quiet after the holidays, we discuss Griffin’s just-announced magnetic-connection option for USB-C devices, ridicule the latest numeric-based nonsense in counting raw security flaws in operating systems, and revisit the new Apple TV after holidays’ worth of new experience.

Then we dive into comments: How to create peer-reviewed civility that doesn’t suppress heated ideas, just attacks. We talk about League of Legends’ approach to reducing toxicity, machine-learning-aided tagging, and why some sites remove comments altogether.

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Podcast 488: New Year's Retina Resolutions

In this, our final podcast of 2015, we take a moment to air our Festivus grievances while also praising Apple for a pretty good year. That doesn't mean we don't have *numerous* suggestions for next year, though!

Elsewhere, we talk about Tim Cook's tough stance on privacy, Benedict Evans's attitude problem, and a trick for making sure deleted items are really gone.

Thank you so much for your support of the Macworld podcast this year. We're off next week, and will return with a new episode on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Happy holidays!

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Podcast 487: A Taylor Swift-shaped carrot

The days are getting shorter, but the year ain’t over just yet. Apple’s darling-slash-secret-nemesis Taylor Swift grabbed the spotlight one more time, announcing that her concert film will be exclusive to Apple Music, starting this Sunday, December 20. It’s even available to baby Apple Music users still in their free three-month trial, so suddenly there’s a big Taylor Swift-shaped carrot danging in front of all the Swifties who didn’t sign up when Apple Music first launched.

Elsewhere, we discuss the hands-down best, most useful app Yahoo’s ever put out—well, for TV-and-movie junkies, anyway. The App Store overstepped its bounds this week, but tvOS 9.1 brought support for the Remote app, so all is forgiven...this time. On the occasion of Apple’s funky-looking Smart Battery Case, we also discuss our preferences for standalone batteries versus cases—and where to snap up a few for last-minute stocking stuffers.

Oh right, and we talk about MacKeeper again. It’s not pretty. It never is.

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Podcast 486: The Macworld staff plays Santa

If you're still making your lists and checking them twice, we've got some holiday ideas you'll hopefully find nice. Susie and Glenn are joined on the podcast this week by associate managing editor Leah Yamshon and staff writer Caitlin McGarry to talk about what we'd like to give and get this holiday season—along with some tips for keeping things as stress-free as possible.

Elsewhere, we discuss the rumor that Apple will have its next special event in March, allegedly to unveil not only the Apple Watch 2, but also the iPhone 6c. And we lament the apps we've lost (or are still losing) this year, and wonder when Apple will start doing something about the mess that is the Mac App Store.

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Podcast 485: AT&T bumming out grandfathers

When you’ve had one thing in your life that’s stayed exactly the same for seven long years, it can be jarring when suddenly it’s different, even if it’s just a little different. AT&T is raising the price of the unlimited iPhone plan they stopped offering to new subscribers in 2012, and suddenly Susie’s world is a little more topsy-turvy than it was before.

Elsewhere, we talk deals on iTunes credit, how excited we are for even just the rumor of an Amazon Instant Video app for Apple TV, and the possible death of the headphone jack on future iPhones.

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