Podcast: Can Apple avoid Samsung's many smartwatch mistakes?

Jon Phillips knows a thing or two about the current smartwatch market, having reviewed pretty much all the Android Wear watches and dozens of fitness bands over the past couple of years. He’s a watch guy. But when he shows up to work at Macworld HQ every day, the watch strapped to his wrist usually isn’t a smartwatch at all. And he’s a little concerned Apple is trying to do too much, adding in features that don’t really matter and on other watches, don’t even work that well. So he dropped by the podcast this week to share his thoughts with Glenn and Susie.

We also discuss the long-anticipated Apple TV streaming service, rumored to be launching this fall. Glenn and Susie are both cord-cutters, so we talk about how fragmented the viewing experience can be when you aren’t paying for a cable or satellite subscription, even though it has some advantages. And how will Apple be different than Sling TV or (RIP) Aereo?

Finally, we just can’t stop discussing that shiny gold MacBook and its single USB-C port. It’s the Internet’s hottest topic. We just can’t help it. Nor can we help making at least one Simpsons reference this episode. See if you can spot it.

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Podcast: Hands-on impressions of the Apple Watch and new MacBook

We recorded this the day after Apple's big event, so obviously there is a lot to cover! Glenn and Susie chat about whether the watch's materials really matter, and why of course there's no trade-in program...unless you count eBay. But the new MacBook really did steal the show, so we geek out about that too, from the trackpad's taptic feedback to the smaller keyboard's bigger keys. (Yes, really. Bigger keys.) And what's up with that port? Glenn is glad you asked.

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Podcast: Watching and waiting for the Apple Watch

This week, Susie and Glenn are watching and waiting for the Apple Watch, and discuss what Apple needs to reveal at Monday's special event. It's only been a week since we last talked about mobile payments, but in that time two new players emerged at Mobile World Congress—the creatively monikered Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Let us know what you think of this week's podcast!

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Podcast: Good morning Glenn

In this episode we welcome our new host, Glenn Fleishman, whom you probably already know from everywhere. As Macworld's security expert, Glenn breaks down the newest potential creepy threat—malware embedded on the tiny computers inside our hard drives or even Lightning cables. (Don't sweat it just yet, though.) We also talk about Apple's solar farm project, discuss the latest push by Google Wallet, and how it could benefit Apple Pay—and bash Current-C again just because it's fun.

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Welcome to Glenn Fleishman, new host of the Macworld Podcast

A podcast is a terrible thing to waste—especially one that’s reached 444 episodes and counting. So I’m thrilled to announce that after a one-week hiatus following the departure of our friend Chris Breen, the Macworld Podcast will be back this week with a new cohost. Please welcome Glenn Fleishman to the podcast chair!

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Glenn is no stranger to Macworld. His excellent column on privacy and security, Private I, has been coming to you every Wednesday since last October, and he’s been writing for the site for years on diverse topics like networking, backup, photo apps, cloud storage, and more.

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Podcast: Phlirting with Photos

In this episode we talk quite a bit about Apple’s Photos beta, which replaces iPhoto (and will be shipped as part of Mac OS X 10.10.3). We then consider whether it makes sense for Apple to take a break from new iOS features in its next release of its mobile operating system. We hmm a bit at talk of MacBook Air speed-bumps and then move briskly along to what the next iOS 8 update will do for CarPlay.

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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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