Favorite Mac Gems from 2012

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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It’s a new year and yet we still have a bit of business to finish up with the old one. And by that I mean it’s time to revisit some of the best inexpensive Mac software of 2012. And when you talk inexpensive Mac software, you can only mean Mac gems, which, in turn, means you talk to The Man, Macworld’s own Gem Meister, Dan Frakes. Dan and I run through some of his favorite picks

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Getting in shape for the new year

Lex Friedman Senior Contributor, Macworld

Lex uses a MacBook Pro, an iPhone 5, an iPad mini, a Kindle 3, a TiVo HD, and a treadmill desk, and loves them all. His latest book, a children's book parody for adults, is called "The Kid in the Crib." Lex lives in New Jersey with his wife and three young kids.
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A slew of products exist to help you track the steps you take, the miles you walk, the flights you climb, and even the sleep you… sleep. Which are the best devices out there, and why you should you want them? I’m joined by Rich Mogull, who’s both the security editor for TidBITS and a tech-savvy athlete.

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Great apps for your new iOS device

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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Maybe a friend or relation gave you the gift of a new iPhone or iPad this holiday season, in which case you are a fortunate person. Perhaps you were the one who gave the gift of a new iOS device, in which case you are a generous soul. But what apps should go on that new iOS device? Well, that’s where we come in.

I’ve convened a panel of app experts—Leah Yamshon, Lex Friedman, and Armando Rodriguez—to share our favorite apps and our recommendations for newly minted iOS device owners. We also spend some time talking about our recently awarded App Gems Awards, which represent our picks for the top mobile offerings of 2012.

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Macworld's 2012 Editors' Choice awards

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 we drain the last days out of 2012, we celebrate the best of the year by way of Macworld’s Editors’ Choice Awards—an annual tribute to the best hardware, software, technologies, and services in the Apple-centric world. For this episode I’ve drafted Roman Loyola and Dan Miller—the two editors largely responsible for putting together those awards—to discuss the process we use to choose the winners as well as talk about some of the products that got the nod.

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Macworld Pundit Showdown XIX

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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Since the last time we asked tough questions of the Mac universe's brightest minds, Apple has released a slew of new products and reshuffled its executive lineup. Both topics get covered quite extensively in the latest Macworld Pundit Showdown.

A top-drawer panel of editorial director Jason Snell, senior editors Dan Moren and Roman Loyola, and TidBits senior editor Jeff Carlson face down a cavalcade of questions about iPhones, iPads, iTunes, and other issues that don't even start with "i." The losing panelists leave the room in shame; the winning panelist leaves in slightly less shame.

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The ups and downs of iTunes 11

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 you’re undoubtedly aware, Apple released the latest version of iTunes recently—iTunes 11. And it’s quite a bit different from the versions that came before, at least in its appearance. I’m joined today by Kirk McElhearn, the guy responsible for Macworld’s review of iTunes 11.

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Macworld/iWorld preview

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 holidays are ahead and, believe me, we’re going to be all over them in the coming weeks. But for this episode of the podcast we’re going to leap ahead to late January for my favorite winter event, Macworld/iWorld. And to do that, I’m joined by the man who runs it, Mr. Paul Kent.

Before we start the interview, I have a few words to say about Apple and disruption. Specifically, if you believe Apple has gotten out of the disruption business you might be surprised when I suggest that one of the most radical disruptions in the company’s history is staring you in the face.

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