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Macworld Podcast episode 132

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This episode of the Macworld Podcast is all about control—both taking and letting go. In our first interview, my daughter Addie talks with me about Leopard’s Parental Controls feature—a feature for locking down parts of the Mac to help keep both your computer and child safe.

In our second interview, Macworld executive editor Philip Michaels, leads a discussion with editorial director Jason Snell and associate editor Dan Moren about Apple’s recent moves to give up some of its control of information regarding the iPhone non-disclosure agreement (NDA), a move that has made countless developers happy because they can now share their programming techniques with one another. And happy developers could mean happy iPhone users, as Jason and Dan explain in the podcast.

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Show notes

Breen the Elder and Younger chose this moment to discuss Leopard’s Parental Controls because my feature story, The Kid-Safe Mac, appears in the November 2008 issue of Macworld. Elements of that story are sure to appear on in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy these reviews of the content-filtering programs KidsGoGoGo and ContentBarrier X4.

The iPhone discussion centers around last week’s announcement by Apple that it was dropping its NDA for iPhone developers. Given the complaints about the restrictive NDA lodged by Messrs. Moren and Snell, we are pleased by the lifting of the NDA.

Also discussed during the iPhone roundtable is the new requirement that you have to buy an application before you can post a review in the App Store. (Our colleague Peter Cohen thinks Apple should wipe out all the App Store reviews written before this rule change.) And there is the briefest of discussions on Apple missing its self-imposed deadline to deliver a push notification system for the iPhone and what that means to you. (Spoiler alert: Not very much.)

Chirping crickets heard during my responses in the Kid-Safe Mac interview courtesy of a very sensitive microphone, open window, and late-night recording.

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