Podcast: The velvet rope

In this episode we catch up on Apple’s recent quarterly results, which boil down to Great Googly Moogly, That Is So Much Money! We also ponder how Apple’s retail experience might change with the introduction of the gold Apple Watch. To no one’s surprise The Pirate Bay has resurfaced and we talk about it and the effects of piracy. Nest owners (Chris is one) can now justify their fancy thermostat thanks to two-out-of-three surveys. And we wonder at the doings of Verizon programmer, Brian, who is clearly responsible for the company’s half-baked perma-cookies.

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Podcast: We all love free stuff

In this week’s pre-earnings-call podcast (hint: Apple makes another boatload of money) we talk about headlines hinting that there’s something wrong with one side winning and another losing in regard to acquisitions, Apple selling thisssssss many iPhones in China, the notion of Apple becoming a mobile virtual network operator, the more-visible Free on iTunes promotions, and an upcoming free version of Avid’s ProTools.

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Podcast: Glass past and stylus future

In this episode we observe a moment of silence for the end of the Google Glass Explorer program. (We’d tear up if we weren’t afraid our glasses would short out and kill us.) We also talk about a Mac user’s experience purchasing a PC for his son. On to another topic, some people consider an Apple stylus to be a pipe dream, but we wonder if pairing it with an iPad designed to take advantage of its special capabilities might not be such a bad thing after all. And we close with the latest tittle-tattle about net neutrality. (Warning: Chris mounts the soap box again.)

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CES

Podcast: CES wrap-up, OS reliability

2015’s Consumer Electronics Show is behind us, but we still have a few things to wrap up—specifically, the many HomeKit products Susie saw that we didn’t have a chance to talk about last week. We additionally delve into Apple-related products she spied as well as just how prominent health-centric technology was this year. We then move away from CES to celebrate the iPhone’s eighth anniversary, the ascension of Apple “cameras” to Fickr’s number two spot, and just how reality-based the iOS 8 and Yosemite complaints are.

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CES

Macworld visits CES 2015

Now that Macworld Expo has gone on hiatus, there remains one technology trade-show worth our winter attention—Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Susie Ochs has taken one for the team by travelling to Vegas to take in all its sights and sounds. She reports what’s she’s seen.

Speaking of sound, Susie’s audio track is hardly pristine—our apologies.

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Podcast: Apple gift guide of the air

As we prepare for a richly deserved holiday break, we wrap up 2014 with suggestions for gifts you might like to give (or receive) as well as offer a look back at a few highlights of 2014. Thanks for listening and have a great end-of-year!

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