As you’ve likely heard, Apple is holding an event next week that focuses on the iPhone. I’m joined by Macworld’s Jason Snell, Dan Frakes, and Dan Moren to discuss the implications and expectations of this event. During that discussion we touch on not only the iPhone but also iOS 5, iCloud, and all varieties of iPod.
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Microsoft has finally unveiled its answer to the iPad, and it’s… Windows? At the company’s Build conference last week, it showed off Windows 8, the next version of its PC operating system and its next-generation tablet interface. So Microsoft’s answer to the iPad is also Microsoft’s answer to Lion?
Why do Apple and Microsoft view the world so differently? And are they headed in opposite directions? Joining me to discuss these matters is Harry McCracken, founder of the Technologizer blog, columnist for Time.com and Cnet, and former counterpart of mine at PCWorld.
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Long-time Mac users are familiar with the OS Acceptance Cycle: Apple announces a new version of OS X, everyone gets excited about its new features, the upgrade ships, early adopters either laud or loathe the thing, and then the bulk of the Mac world eventually gives it a shot and responds with a more realistic reaction.
We’re now in the last stage of the cycle where we have a better idea of what Lion is and isn’t good for. With that in mind, Kirk McElhearn joins me to talk about some of Lion’s annoyances—specifically, where iCal falls down. Later in the discussion we talk generally about Lion’s features and, in a complete change of subject, how Kirk is dealing with ripping and cataloging a massive Grateful Dead release.
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The Macworld Podcast turns its attention to iTunes Store accounts—specifically the unsettling phenomenon where customers are seeing their iTunes gift card balances zeroed out by mysterious unwanted purchases. Staff writer Lex Friedman reported on the so-called Towson Hack for Macworld.com, and he’s joined by senior associate editor Dan Moren to discuss the situation and what you can do to protect your iTunes account.
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As you’ve doubtlessly heard, Steve Jobs has resigned his position as CEO and will, instead, become Apple’s Chairman of the Board. Tim Cook will replace Jobs as CEO. In this special edition of the Macworld podcast, I’m joined by Andy Ihnatko, Michael Gartenberg, and Chris Breen to discuss what this means for Apple’s future as well as how Jobs has shaped Apple’s present.
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Mac OS X Lion’s been out for several weeks, and by now many of you have developed a feel for it. Meanwhile, we here at Macworld have gone way beyond the “feel” stage and moved to “what small nuggets of succulence can we unearth in this operating system?” In just over 40 minutes we present the fruit of our excavations in the form of a solid 25 Lion-specific tips presented for your listening pleasure by yours truly, Serenity Caldwell, Dan Frakes, Lex Friedman, Dan Moren, and Jason Snell.
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If a podcast tackles everything from Mac OS X Lion to the upcoming Steve Jobs biography to the scourge of trees around Apple’s proposed expansion in Cupertino, you can bet you’re listening to another edition of the Macworld Pundit Showdown.
We’ve assembled a panel of Mac experts–editorial director Jason Snell, executive editor Jonathan Seff, senior editor Dan Frakes, and senior associate editor Dan Moren—to field rapid-fire questions about current events affecting technology in general and Apple in particular. Find out who finishes on top in this four-way battle for pundit supremacy.
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