Macworld Pundit Showdown XXIV: Wrapping up 2013

Philip Michaels Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Philip has covered the Mac market since 1999, with a focus on the iPhone, iPad and iOS in recent years. In all that time, he has never tested a fart app.
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We’re about to turn the page on a new year, so there’s no time like the present to take a look back at 2013. And to join me in bidding another tearful farewell to Steve Ballmer, settling the iPad Air-vs.-iPad mini debate, and picking the best software and hardware of 2013, I’ve assembled another edition of the Macworld Pundit Showdown.

I’m joined by Macworld editorial director Jason Snell, PCWorld’s Brad Chacos, TechHive’s Jason Cross, and TidBits senior editor Jeff Carlson for this holiday-themed Macworld Pundit Showdown. Who will tally up the most points and emerge as our final champion of 2013?

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Podcast: Mac Pro and pro-sumers

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Recently, Senior Contributor Ted Landau penned a piece entitled The new Mac Pro: Not for the faint of wallet, which offered up this very reasonable question: Is the Mac Pro truly a tool intended only for professionals? Given the variety of comments the article received I invited Ted to this week’s podcast to provide him with an opportunity to expand on some of the points he raised.

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Podcast: Is Apple still an innovator?

Philip Michaels Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Philip has covered the Mac market since 1999, with a focus on the iPhone, iPad and iOS in recent years. In all that time, he has never tested a fart app.
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There’s been a lot of talk about Apple and innovation in the tech press lately, and probably not in a way that Apple would prefer. Elsewhere on Macworld, my colleague Christopher Breen wrote a thoughtufl piece on innovation and iteration—so thoughtful, in fact, that I thought we’d discuss it further on the latest Macworld Podcast.

Chris and senior editor Dan Moren join me to talk about what it means to innovate, when Apple’s met that standard, and areas that are ripe for a little of Cupertino’s innovative magic going forwared.

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Podcast: Installing Mavericks

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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If you think that installing Mac OS X Mavericks is no more complicated than “download, install, whoopee!” you may have another think coming. Sure, it can go that easily, but what about the precautions you should take before the installation, the issues you might face after your Mac boots into Mavericks, and what you might want to do to install Mavericks on more than one Mac? Dan Frakes joins me to talk about all that and much more.

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Throughout the episode we talk about Dan’s installation guides. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read them. now’s the time. This episode is brought to you by Pixelmator 3.0 FX.

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Podcast: New iPads with Jason Snell

Philip Michaels Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Philip has covered the Mac market since 1999, with a focus on the iPhone, iPad and iOS in recent years. In all that time, he has never tested a fart app.
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This week on the Macworld Podcast, I'm joined by Editorial Director Jason Snell to discuss Jason's reviews of the iPad mini and iPad Air. Jason is finishing up his review of the iPad mini and reviewed the iPad Air last week.

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Podcast: All about iLife

Philip Michaels Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Philip has covered the Mac market since 1999, with a focus on the iPhone, iPad and iOS in recent years. In all that time, he has never tested a fart app.
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Apple’s flashy hardware gets all the attention in the aftermath of an Apple product launch—we’re looking in your direction, iPad Air—but the company produces some pretty noteworthy software, too. We’ll take a look at three applications—iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand—that recently saw updates for both iOS and OS X versions during Apple’s October 23 iPad event.

I’m joined by a trio of Macworld editors who spent some quality time with Apple’s revamped iLife offerings. Join me on this Macworld Podcast episode as I talk to Serenity Caldwell, Jackie Dove, and Christopher Breen about iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand, respectively.

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Our favorite Mavericks tips and tricks

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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It’s getting to be a habit with us. When a new Apple desktop- or mobile operating system appears we can’t help but to dig into the thing and extract the tips we think will be most helpful to you. Mavericks is all part of that pattern. In this episode I’m joined by Dan Frakes, Dan Moren, and Serenity Caldwell to offer up more than a dozen of our favorite Mavericks tricks.

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