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Best-selling Mac author and columnist. Get to know Gene, and discover his unique, thought-provoking viewpoints about the technology universe, from Macs to consumer electronics.

Best-selling Mac author and columnist. Get to know Gene, and discover his unique, thought-provoking viewpoints about the technology universe, from Macs to consumer electronics.
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Scottsdale, AZ

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Best-selling Mac author and columnist. Get to know Gene, and discover his unique, thought-provoking viewpoints about the technology universe, from Macs to consumer electronics.

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English


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The Tech Night Owl LIVE Oct 21, 2017

10/22/2017
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This week's guests include outspoken podcaster and commentator Peter Cohen. This week, Peter and Gene talk about the fate of Apple's cheapest personal computer, the Mac mini, the downgraded 2014 version, and what sort of upgrade might be in the pipeline in light of positive comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Peter explains why he feels that Apple has taken the wrong direction with the mini. Gene and Peter talk about low-end printers, and about using third-party toner. A good idea? What...

Duration: 02:39:16


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Oct 14, 2017

10/15/2017
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This episode focuses heavily on Apple TV 4K and Apple's reported efforts to provide original TV content. Tech journalist Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of "Take Control of Apple TV" and other titles, will explain why he is not buying the newest Apple TV. There is an extensive discussion of the state of cord-cutting, and the report that Apple has inked a deal to reboot Steve Spielberg's anthology series from the 1980s, "Amazing Stories." Just how does Apple plan to...

Duration: 02:39:16


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Oct 7, 2017

10/8/2017
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We present outspoken columnist John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer. This week, Gene and John have an extensive discussion about the Apple TV 4K, and 4K TV. Did you know, for example, that not all 4K movies are really 4K? They are actually upscaled HD movies, and is that why Apple got the movie studios to agree to offer them at the same price as 1080P John explains why Apple TV will remain a "hobby" and its future prospects as a streaming set-top box that...

Duration: 02:39:16


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Sep 30, 2017

10/1/2017
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We present columnist Rob Pegoraro, who writes for USA Today, Yahoo Finance, Consumer Reports, Wirecutter and other publications. During this segment, Rob will discuss his recent experience driving a Cadillac CT-6 equipped with a cruise control option that allowed him to travel to Cleveland, and not have to touch the steering wheel during a long stretch on an Interstate highway. Is this a major step towards autonomous driving? Gene and Rob will also discuss reports of problems with the...

Duration: 02:39:18


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Sep 23, 2017

9/24/2017
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We present outspoken commentator Peter Cohen, who, in response to Gene's search for a better deal with a wireless carrier, talks about T-Mobile, its advantages and limitations. He mentions the Band 71 issue, the new 600 MHz spectrum that T-Mobile is rolling out to some parts of he U.S., and the fact that flagship gear from Apple, Samsung and other companies are not yet compatible. The discussion moves to the new Apple TV, the issue of cable/satellite cord cutting, and the dangers of...

Duration: 02:39:16


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Sep 16, 2017

9/17/2017
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We present outspoken columnist and podcaster Kirk McElhearn, who talks at length about Apple's controversial changes in iTunes 12.7, in which they removed access to the App Store. This means that iPhone and iPad users will have to download and organize their apps on their mobile gear rather than Macs and PCs. With the release of a developer and public beta seed of the Golden Master of macOS High Sierra, Gene and Kirk discuss Apple's decision to remove the ability to convert Macs with...

Duration: 02:39:16


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Sep 9, 2017

9/9/2017
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We present author/publisher Joe Kissell, of Take Control Books. This segment focuses heavily on all the new books Joe and his authors have written about macOS High Sierra and iOS 11. You'll learn about the new Apple File System (APFS) and why the drives on some Macs aren't being converted by the High Sierra installer. Joe will also talk about some of the other features of macOS 10.13, which include an enhanced version of Photos with a decent selection of photo editing tools. iOS 11's key...

Duration: 02:39:16


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Sep 2, 2017

9/3/2017
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We present writer/commentator Josh Centers, Managing Editor for TidBITS, and author of "Take Control of Apple TV" and other titles, As the segment begins, Josh reveals that he's give-up smoking, as the discussion moves to Apple TV and possible missed opportunities for Apple. What about Apple's alleged attempts to persuade the movie studios to charge the same for 4K and regular HD movies? And what about reports that the movie companies want to offer movies 17 days after release for home...

Duration: 02:39:17


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Aug 26, 2017

8/26/2017
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In a special encore episode, we present outspoken commentator and podcaster Peter Cohen. As part of an extensive agenda, Gene and Peter talk about self-driving technology, and what Apple might be planning. Gene will explain how air bags and seat belts helped save his life during a serious auto accident. What about the claims from Greenpeace, the environmental organization, about whether Apple is engaged in planned obsolescence by making its products difficult or impossible to upgrade? What...

Duration: 02:39:27


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Aug 19, 2017

8/20/2017
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We present prolific author Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, who joins Gene to talk about a variety of Apple-related topics that include sage advice on dealing with the public betas of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Just what are the compelling new features, and what should you do before you install them? You'll also hear talk about Google's overwhelming dominance of the search engine market, and whether it's possible they will ever be overturned. What about the speculation about a 10th anniversary...

Duration: 02:39:17


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Aug 12, 2017

8/13/2017
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We present outspoken columnist John Martellaro, Senior Editor, Analysis & Reviews for The Mac Observer. The discussion begins with the potentially costly gear Apple is expected to introduce for the fall of 2017. You'll hear the latest rumors about the iPhone 8 — 10th anniversary model — and other gear, and just how well is Apple really doing in education? Is the new iPad enough, or does Apple have to find better ways to deliver an affordable notebook coupler to classrooms? The discussion...

Duration: 02:39:17


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Aug 5, 2017

8/6/2017
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We present long-time tech journalist and editor Adam Engst, of TidBITS. The discussion begins with the recent decision by Apple to discontinue two of the three iPods still being sold, and moves on to Adobe's announcement that its Flash multimedia platform will be discontinued as of 2020. Gene and Adam will also talk about Adobe's failed efforts to create a version of Flash that can run on mobile platforms, such as Android and iOS. With the news that Apple sold one million iPads to the...

Duration: 02:39:17


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Jul 29, 2017

7/30/2017
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Outspoken commentator and podcaster Peter Cohen talks with Gene about Apple's sudden decision to discontinue the iPod Nano and the iPod Shuffle, leaving the iPod touch as the only model left in a product lineup that debuted in 2001 and changed Apple's direction. There's a lengthy discussion about the announced decision of Foxconn — who builds iPhones and other Apple gadgets in China — to open up an LCD plant in Wisconsin. After previous failed promises, will this factory really come to be?...

Duration: 02:39:27


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Jul 22, 2017

7/23/2017
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Commentator Bryan Chaffin, co-founder and co-publisher of The Mac Observer, considers the Apple rumor front, where speculation continues about a rumored iPhone 8 and the alleged problems Apple might be having in finalizing the design for production. But are such reports made by or influenced by bloggers who have been inspired by Apple's competitors? What about the tepid updates for Apple TV? Has time passed Apple's set-top box by, or is it possible for the product to be improved enough to...

Duration: 02:39:28


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Jul 15, 2017

7/16/2017
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Columnist and blogger Kirk McElhearn talks with Gene about the future of technology books. Are printed computer books dead? What about sharply targeted eBooks that focus on the topics tech savvy people are interested in. What about magazines devoted to Apple? Is Apple now too mainstream to require separate publications? The discussion also covers the end of the platform wars, and the hazards of running beta software on your computer. You'll also hear from Josh Centers, Managing Editor for...

Duration: 02:39:28


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Jul 8, 2017

7/9/2017
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On this week's all-star episode, ransomware is back in the news as the "Petya" ransomware attack affected 12,000 computers in 65 countries including the U.S. This time an infected software update seems to be to blame for the breach. So if you cannot even trust a software update any more, how are you supposed to keep your documents and computer safe from hackers? You'll hear the answers from security expert Shaun Murphy, founder of sndr.com, about what to do to help prevent yourself from...

Duration: 02:39:27


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Jul 1, 2017

7/2/2017
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We present outspoken commentator and podcaster Peter Cohen. As part of an extensive agenda, Gene and Peter talk about self-driving technology, and what Apple might be planning. Gene will explain how air bags and seat belts helped save his life during a serious auto accident. What about the claims from Greenpeace, the environmental organization, about whether Apple is engaged in planned obsolescence by making its products difficult or impossible to upgrade? What about a survey that some 25%...

Duration: 02:39:27


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Jun 24, 2017

6/25/2017
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On this week's all-star episode, we present outspoken commentator and podcaster Kirk McElhearn, also known as Macworld's "iTunes Guy." During this episode, Gene will recount his frightening experience, when his car was totaled as a result of being struck at high speed by a truck. The discussion continues with Kirk's progress report on his home-built faux Mac clone, which is usually referred to as a Hackintosh. Was it all worth it, or is it better to buy a real Apple Macintosh and not put...

Duration: 02:39:27


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Jun 17, 2017

6/18/2017
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We present long-time tech journalist and editor Adam Engst, of TidBITS. During this segment, Gene and Adam will have an extensive discussion about Apple's forthcoming professional Macs, the iMac Pro and the new Mac Pro. Is the iMac Pro, which will start at $4,999 when it debuts in December, overpriced compared to the competition? Will a decked out version cost as much as a compact car? You'll be surprised at the response. There will also be a discussion about whether Macs are good for...

Duration: 02:39:27


The Tech Night Owl LIVE Jun 10, 2017

6/11/2017
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We focus on one of the most important keynotes from Apple Inc. in recent years, at their 2017 Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC). During this event, new operating systems for the iPhone, the iPad, the Mac, the Apple TV and the Apple Watch were demonstrated. You'll hear about some of the important new features, such as how iOS 11 will make the iPad work more like a Mac in handling productivity apps. By far the most attention was focused on a slew of new hardware announcements. After a...

Duration: 02:39:27

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