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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.