Macworld Pundit Showdown XXIII: Colorful iPhones, more colorful Steve Ballmer

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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It’s a time of transition in technology: The iPhones now come in multiple colors. Steve Ballmer is on his way out at Microsoft. And Apple’s CEO is now firing off 140-character updates on Twitter. With all the upheaval, we had better roll out another edition of the Macworld Pundit Showdown to help you make sense of it all.

We’ve assembled another first rate panel to take on the issues of the day. Join Macworld senior editors Christopher Breen and Roman Loyola, TechHive senior editor Susie Ochs, and TechHive assistant editor Armando Rodriguez as they field questions about iPhones, Apple, and other events from a busy few months in the tech world.

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Introducing Frax, a compelling new iOS fractal app

Jackie Dove Senior Editor, Macworld

Jackie is always looking for creative mischief to get into. So it's fitting that she oversees photography, video, publishing, music, and Web design.
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iOS devices can do a lot of productive and entertaining things. But they can also present and manipulate data in beautiful ways. Such is the case with Frax, a new fractal generating application developed by Ben Weiss, Kai Krause, and Tom Beddard. In this episode of the podcast I speak with Ben and Tom about the motivation and development of this compelling new app for the iPhone and the iPad.

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Reviewing the iPhone 5s and 5c

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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The new iPhones have arrived and while Jason Snell and Philip Michaels may not have been the first people to review them, they’re certainly the best looking. In this episode of the podcast I speak with them about their experiences with the phones as well as why one iPhone may be a better fit for you than another. They’re both very happy to be here. Listen in to find out why.

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Podcast: Reviewing iOS 7

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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The deluge of Autumn releases begins today as Apple unleashes iOS 7 on the world. Our own Dan Moren has posted his comprehensive review, but we here on the Macworld Podcast like to dig for the occasional detail in audio form, which is exactly what happens in this episode.

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Podcast: Hands-on with Apple's two new iPhone models

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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Tuesday was a big day! Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5s and 5c and our Jason Snell, Dan Moren, and Lex Friedman were there! In this edition of the Macworld podcast, they join me in person in our San Francisco studios to talk the new phones. Also, Lex doesn't like the new iPhone cases at all.

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Previewing Apple's iPhone event

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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As should surprise no one, Apple’s holding an event next Tuesday that should lift the wraps from the company’s next iPhone (or two). I’m joined by Jason Snell and Dan Moren to discuss what might (and likely won’t) be announced.

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Extreme tech in the middle of nowhere

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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In early July, I was joined by frequent Macworld contributor, Ben Long, to discuss his upcoming participation in the Mongol Rally. Not only did Ben survive the adventure, but he, his pal, and his Fiat Panda crossed the finish line. During the journey he learned not only to put up with bad roads, police officers looking for a bribe, and the lack of fruit and veg in the eastern block, but also what technology is (and isn’t) worth hauling into the middle of nowhere.

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