Taking our cue from the Children’s Television Workshop, this episode of the Macworld Podcast is brought to you by the Letter G. That’s “G” as in “gems” and “games.”

To talk about the first subject, I’m joined by my fellow senior editor, Dan Frakes, who writes our Mac Gems weblog. Dan also wrote the cover story in our August issue on 63 great Mac downloads. The feature appears at Macworld.com next week, but those of you with issues in hand can follow along as Dan and I talk about some low-cost software gems.

As for games, Macworld.com executive editor Philip Michaels speaks to Game Room columnist Peter Cohen about the just completed E3 Media & Business Summit, the pared-down version of the once-massive E3 gaming trade show. While not as large as previous years, E3 still had some news of interest to Mac gamers, which Peter tells us all about.

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Show Notes

We can’t go an entire podcast without talking about the iPhone. I talk about iPhone Mail Rules, the collection of Automator actions from Automator.us that helps you automate your Mac with the iPhone. I also talk about last week’s somewhat iPhone-related update to QuickTime 7.2.

In our software gems discussion, Dan and I touch on some of the following applications:

You can find Dan’s reviews of these and other low-cost programs in the MacGems catalog.

The big gaming news that Peter covers deals with the revelation that Gears of War, the third-person action game, is coming to the Mac. He and Phil also talk about the gaming aspects of Parallels Desktop 3, the virtualization software that Macworld just reviewed. And Peter shares his thoughts on some of the gaming news coming out of last month’s Worldwide Developers Conference, including Electronic Arts’ direct support for the Mac platform.

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