While the decorations put up by retailers might suggest otherwise, next week marks the official beginning of the holiday shopping season. After a surfeit of turkey and starches, the American shopper stumbles forth in the next day’s dewy hours to stalk the Black Friday bargains. In a year where there’s likely to be far less spending and far more bargain hunting, we turn our attention to what the holidays mean for Apple.
We do so in our first segment when Macworld.com executive Philip Michaels speaks with editorial director Jason Snell, senior news editor Jonathan Seff, and senior reviews editor Roman Loyola about Apple’s plans—or lack thereof—for the holiday season.
Philip Michaels then makes a return visit to discuss the state of Mac gaming with senior editor Peter Cohen.
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I open the podcast with a commentary regarding pocket camcorders, specifically the indefinable “something extra” found with Pure Digital Technologies’ Flip camcorders. I’ve reviewed a number of these diminutive camcorders lately, including the just-released Flip MinoHD, the original Flip Mino, and the Kodak Zi6.
In the opening of the podcast I mention—by way of explaining the quality of the first roundtable discussion—that November 27th is not only Thanksgiving in the U.S., but also the 66th birthday of guitar legend, Jimi Hendrix. Between bites, please remember to excuse yourself and kiss the sky (or kiss this guy, depending on the company and circumstances).
During that over-driven segment, the boys talk turkey, specifically Alton Brown’s recipe for turkey. (If the name of the Good Eats host and Food Network personality sounds familiar, that may be because Alton Brown is a Mac enthusiast who even supplied an Apple Mac and Cheese recipe for Macworld back in the day.)
I should also note that the on-topic portion of the discussion centers around Apple’s recent announcement that its product lineup was set for the holidays.
Blizzard’s World of Warcraft expansion, The Wrath of the Lich King, is big news in the gaming world. Take a look at Peter’s preview of the expansion as well as assistant editor Chris Holt’s coverage of a Lich King launch party in San Francisco. Peter also documents his visit to the EVE Online fanfest, held in Reykjavík, Iceland.
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