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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Podcast 484: Home for the holidays

Well, Susie finally finished her iPad Pro review, but not before recording this episode of the Macworld Podcast. (Turn up those headphones—can't you just hear the anxiety in her voice?) And for the record, the Pencil she ordered on November 11 still hasn't arrived as of this writing, so thanks to Apple for the loaner unit.

But that's not the focus of today's podcast! It's almost time for American Rules Thanksgiving, the glorious long weekend of hanging around with relatives, eating too much, watching sports on TV, and answering questions about technology. Should you get your parents using two-factor authentication? How do you broach the subject of phishing? Is it OK to just write their passwords down for them? Glenn and Susie have plenty of advice, and you should feel free to share your own in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Podcast 483: Putting the iPad Pro to work

The iPad Pro has arrived, and it's time to get to work. Susie is joined by Dan Benjamin of the 5by5 network, fresh off a trip to San Francisco where he got to sample the iPad Pro's abilities when he wasn't downing tiki drinks or hanging with Weird Al. From the sadly scarce and curiously round Pencil to how the expansive screen affects travelability, the iPad Pro gives us plenty to talk about.

Elsewhere, Susie and Glenn recap Apple's embarrassing Mac App Store security certificate fail, the rumor about person-to-person payments over Apple Pay, and the upcoming end of Beats Music.

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Podcast 482: Who does the iPad Pro work for?

The iPad Pro: (huh, good god, y'all) who is it good for? Absolutely everyone? Absolutely no one? Or somewhere in between? Glenn and Susie discuss the upcoming mega-tablet, and how it was probably inevitable even though it's not going to *halt the sale of computers,* no matter what kind of jive Tim Cook manages to say with a straight face. (There's a weird little nugget of potentially bad news buried in that same interview, actually, that got totally overshadowed by the hyperbole, which is a shame.)

Elsewhere, we discuss some proof-of-concept ransomware for the Mac (that's bad), the cool-sounding new HDR app from Macphun (that's good), and some awesome tips for the new Apple TV, which got its first update this week, which reminded us all—hey, you can't back this thing up, can you? Aw geez, here we go again. (Also, Glenn still has fiber internet. Shocker.)

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Podcast 481: Binge-watching the new Apple TV

Nothing spoils a fun activity like watching TV like dissecting it endlessly in a review and then on a podcast, but that’s exactly what we did, because it’s our jobs and because we love you. In other words, the Apple TV is out, and Glenn and Susie have a lot to talk about, from our text-input frustrations to our favorite apps, and how we chose which size to buy.

Of course, Glenn just has to tell us more about his fiber Internet, and how it’s affecting his choice of cloud backup services. Everyone loves a good backup story. Enjoy!

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