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This week William Gallagher has a cold but also an Apple Pencil. You're envious now, aren't you? But colds are going around, you'll get one. They're certainly more common than Apple Pencils as its arrival after so very many weeks waiting was enough to make him spill his cough mixture.
Happy birthday to us -- The MacNN Podcast turned one this week, and so -- when you listen to this episode -- picture us both wearing jaunty party hats. Back down to the usual two-man rowboat, this week MacNN Editor Charles Martin and Managing Editor Mike Wuerthele talk about a few hot topics, and by that we don't mean the emo superstore down at the mall. Naturally, our recent site redesign -- the first in a whopping eight years -- is our first focus.
Neither William Gallagher, nor Malcolm Owen, would describe themselves as corporate types -- or even really what you might call intense businessmen. Consequently, they're not sure that you should listen very closely to their news or observations about big business this week, but there is also Billy Mays, there are dead cats -- and there is Steve Jobs.
The latest episode of The MacNN Podcast attempts to understand Wall Street thinking, which is surely an exercise in madness. Apple had a record (fiscal) Q1, again setting a record for the most profitable quarter from any company ever, but the fact that the growth wasn't as significant against last year's killer Christmas season made Wall Street unhappy, particularly with the guidance that next quarter will see the first-ever iPhone drop in sales from last year's quarter.
Is Tim Cook happy? If you listen to analysts and financial experts then no, as Apple is doomed, but in One More Thing's simple, homespun way, we think he might be. There is the small matter of Apple making some excellent products that we all love: it's got to be nice being the ones to make them. Then there's also the tiny matter of the extraordinary amount of profit and the sheer number of iPhones that have been sold since you started reading this.
This week on The MacNN Podcast, our regular co-host -- Managing Editor Mike -- was out single-handedly fighting Snowzilla in northern Virginia, so he only appears on this week's episode through the magic of prescient pre-recording. For episode 47, we recorded a discussion about the flood of betas that Apple unleashed on January 11, updating all four of its OS platforms with the first beta of the new cycle on the same day. They did it again this week, so that previously-cut segment gets used after all!
Forget editor Charles Martin, forget managing editor Mike Wuerthele, he's back: Malcolm Owen returns to One More Thing with a song in his heart – and a bugbear on his mind. It's to do with his enforced month-long absence and you'll hear about that in the Thingies of the Week which for once gets a bit political and a bit musical. It's complicated.
This week's episode of The MacNN Podcast does not shy away from controversy: we take on New York's ridiculous anti-encryption law, excoriate a particularly irresponsible parent, and rain on the rumor parade as we often do. To be fair, it's not all cynicism and calls to action: we also discuss the death of Apple's involvement in iAd, reveal just how awesome the new iPhone 6s compared to any other smartphone on the planet (with charts!) and of course wander off topic a bit before its time for App of the Week.
Welcome to the first MacNN Podcast of 2016! We hope we didn't break our New Year resolutions already by getting this out a day late, but you know Bowie died, right? Though it happened after our recording sessions, you have to take time to grieve, you know? The man was a living legend. Anyway, we're back and talking about the CES show in Las Vegas, where all the things you will and won't be buying people for Christmas next year debut. This year there were some themes: we assess them, and throw in some other news as well!
For the first One More Thing podcast of the year, we look forward a bit but unexpectedly look back an awful lot more. This week is 39 years Apple was incorporated and the philosophy it still sticks to was laid out in a memo. Also news has just come out of floppy disks from the 1980s being found in the archives of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and all these things occupy William Gallagher and Mike Wuerthele much more than the news that Samsung is going to make slightly less money this year.
Now AAPL Stock: 93.99 ( + 0.29 )
Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k