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Podcast 464: Hacking compatibility

It's been a weird week. The Hacking Team got hacked, revealing its beyond-shady activities—not to mention the best argument yet for not jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad. Glenn explains why. We also unpack Nolan Lawson's pair of blog posts about Apple not adding the latest, greatest APIs to Safari.

Closer to home, we discuss Jason Snell's latest More Color column, on how layers of complexity added by hardware becoming connected, and software trending toward services, results in ridiculous scenarios like only being able to play *some* music on your expensive speaker system, but not *all* the music. (Remember when music traveled through wires and everything worked everywhere? That was nice, huh?) Oh, and Home Sharing is gone, or renamed at best. Note to Apple: Putting "iCloud" and "Library" in something's name doesn't inspire the greatest of confidence...

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Podcast 463: Apple Music launch and security updates galore

Streaming music might be new to Apple, but it isn't new to Susie, and she's got some strong opinions on how Apple Music is both soaring and stumbling right out of the gate. Navigation is glitchy, it's not always obvious what you can tap on, and it's missing some key features and menu items the other streaming services all have. But what's here is pretty great so far, so it's worth exploring, and we have some tips to make your experience a little smoother.

Our resident security expert Glenn was only a little behind on Apple Music because he spent all day Tuesday reporting on the insanely huge amount of security patches that Apple crammed into iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4. Seriously, it's a lot. But discoveryd is finally ddeadd, so if you'd been suffering from that pesky "Wi-Fi, what Wi-Fi?" problem, you're probably dancing in the street right now. (Just not to Prince, who isn't on Apple Music. Now we'll never know what it sounds like when doves cry.)

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Podcast 462: The most interesting OS in the world

El Capitan is fun to say, but that's not the best thing about it, not by a long shot. The next version of OS X might not have hundreds of new features, but the improvments it does have could make a pretty big difference in the quality of your digital life. Easier muting of autoplay videos? Easier ways to create new Calendar events and Contacts cards from inside Mail? Natural language Spotlight queries? Sign us up for all of that.

But what would OS X be without the Mac? We also discuss the recent, uh, indecent proposals in the Wall Street Journal that Apple should stop making the Mac. Besides just making all of us *very* sad pandas, it's just a bad idea. A better idea? Keeping abreast of security situations like the XARA exploits and the LastPass breach, so Glenn will tell us what we need to know about those.

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Podcast: Extra, extra, hear all about the News app

What’s the news about the new News app? First, Newsstand is dead, but standalone news apps remain alive. Second, there’s so much unknown about whether the iOS 9 News app, announced at WWDC, will affect consumption of news and how publications produce it.

Joining Glenn Fleishman on this podcast are Jason Snell, proprietor of Six Colors and former editorial director at IDG, who knows from news sites big and small, and Tom Standage, deputy editor of the Economist, where he heads up the periodical’s digital strategy. The *Economist* was a launch partner in the News app. (Tom’s also the author of several fine books.)

We talk mostly about the publishing side of the equation: will this add voices to the mix of news people read, provide a new and viable business model, and exactly *how* will Apple choose what news feeds—and even what stories—wind up in the app?

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Podcast: WWDC 2015 recap, part 1

So Apple is having an event this week, close enough to Macworld HQ that we can see the giant Apple logo plastered to the side of Moscone West from our windows. Susie was lucky enough to attend, and she and Glenn reconvened the next day to unpack everything Apple announced for our faithful podcast fans.

Wait, did I say “everything”? Ha, hardly. In an effort to make our discussion of the WWDC keynote far longer than the actual keynote itself, we only made it through about half on this week’s podcast, which mainly covers iOS 9 and watchOS 2. Tune in next week for more about OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple Music, the News app, and whatever else we can cram in before our microphones melt and Skype crashes our Macs (again).

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Podcast: Unpacking Google I/O and making WWDC predictions

Google I/O and Apple’s WWDC are uncomfortably close this year, and as Google previewed the next iteration of Android, it was impossible to not mentally compare each feature to what Apple does—or ought to do. With I/O in the bag, we welcome Greenbot’s Android-obsessed staff writer, Florence Ion, to the Macworld podcast to talk about what Google is up to, what Apple should copy, and why Google Cardboard makes us queasy. (Turns out, virtual reality may be tougher on women than men.)

Elsewhere, Thunderbolt 3 looks awfully familiar, HomeKit is finally launching, Apple’s streaming service probably isn’t just yet, and a mystery person could nab $100,000 for recycling some old junk that turned out to be a rare Apple I. Good times.

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Podcast: iOS 9 will reportedly teach old devices new tricks

How many old iPhones and iPads are in your drawers, or enjoying their hand-me-down second lives with friends and family? You might not have to warn those friends and family not to upgrade the OS, if the latest iOS 9 rumor proves true: Apple is reportedly preparing special stripped-down versions of iOS 9 to run on older hardware. Even if your old iPhone or iPad doesn't get every iOS 9 feature, running a new OS will keep you more secure, and help Apple grow its already-huge iOS ecosystem just a little bit more. We're all for it.

Elsewhere, Jony Ive got a promotion, and Marco Arment didn't like his MacBook. (But we liked his take on it.) Product reviews have never been more plentiful, and while that means there isn't a definitive version we can point to, you can develop trusted relationships with reviewers who think like you—or just look to the 3-star cluster on Amazon.

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