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It's another milestone episode for The MacNN Podcast -- our 60th episode (gotta listen to 'em all!), and in aggregate with our other podcast One More Thing and our short-lived (but returning soonish!) Off Topic podcast, we got to a total podcast output of 101 episodes so far (the OMT crew actually bumped us to 100 aggregate with their episode 35, available here if you haven't given it a try). More reason to celebrate, so we brought in a special guest and messed around with things a bit.
Can we just mention that we were right last week? We said, we actually said that if you go down to an Apple Store and wait for an hour, you might get a new MacBook. Okay, we didn't phrase it quite so specifically and actually we may possibly have meant iMacs rather than MacBooks but the principle holds: we called it. Which means this week, we have to keep that prediction record up.
This week, The MacNN Podcast deals with an unusually wide variety of topics, ranging from serious (the future of encryption) to farcical (we'd daresay anyone listening could design a better theoretical Apple Car than what Motor Trend came up with). This is a pretty good week for Apple fans, a bad week for BlackBerry fans, and a goldmine for "what th--?" type news stories. We talk about what we'd do if we ran Apple, the latest DOJ-FBI shenanigans, and much more, along with a very unusual App of the Week.
We were ready to go all profound – wait, that is different from profane, isn't it? –– over what's been happening with William Gallagher's beloved TextExpander. Before we'd opened our gobs, though, makers Smile Software walked back a lot of the problems and reacted to its customers in a way that you can only applaud. So well done them and we are pleased, but we had a great pun ready for you with the word 'TextExpander'.
We confess, this week the news was a little on the bad side in the world of Apple and tech in general: the War on Encryption continues with new shenanigans from the formerly-respectable FBI and DOJ; the MacBundler/BundleCult/MightyLoots saga continues with tales of dual (at least) identities, angry unpaid developers, and (we would have to say) a bizarre "apology" that suggests that the wolf resume guarding the hen house one more time. Then there's Smile, which has put a few frowns on a few faces this week. Find out why Mike and Charles are feeling a little Statler & Waldorf this week on episode 58 of The MacNN Podcast, and get a smoking hot good deal thrown into the bargain.
You've done this, haven't you? You're sitting there in your kitchen, having a chat, and somehow you get someone's name wrong. You keep calling them by the wrong name and when you or your friends eventually realise what's happened, you've had hilarious consequences and/or slander legal suits. Fortunately, the kitchen at MacNN has this great kettle that just so happens to beep over precisely the right syllables.
We can tell you right up front what Malcolm Owen would like to make his Thingy of the Week – but can't. It would be a new iPad Pro but at the moment, that's at best the Thingy of the Week for some courier company and throughout this One More Thing you're going to picture Malcolm looking out of the window for them to arrive.
Having shirked our responsibilities because recording a podcast on the Friday before a major Apple event on Monday would be a fool's errand, The MacNN Podcast returns this week with analysis of the March 21 Apple Event, discovers the meaning of the cryptic press invitation tagline (maybe), celebrates the 15th anniversary of OS X, updates you on the latest wrinkles in the FBI and DOJ cases against encryption, and revives talk about the Apple Car because why not. All this and much, much more on this jam-packed catch-up episode.
Nobody predicted that the FBI would blink at this point in their dispute with Apple. Certainly Apple didn't: it broke a habit the day before by addressing the issue at its product launch. William Gallagher and guest Charles Martin, editor of MacNN look at what happened and use some first-class hindsight to see why it probably had to happen this way, this time. They're still not buying it, though.
Owing to the timing of the Apple Event later today and the encryption dispute hearing on Tuesday, Charles and Mike of The MacNN Podcast realized that most of the things they would say on Friday would be made irrelevant by today, so there won't be an episode this week. There will, however, still be an episode of the UK crew's One More Thing podcast, and that will be their chance to comment on the events of Monday, the court hearing, and much more.
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Tor Myhren starts as VP of Communications
After an initial announcement in December, Apple on Friday added former Grey Group chief creative officer Tor Myhren to its leadership roster as VP of Marketing Communications, placing the well-known ad exec in charge of Apple's advertising and Internet marketing efforts, as well as having a hand in packaging design. He will report directly to CEO Tim Cook, and is replacing the retired Hiroki Asai, who left Apple after 18 years with the company. Myhren is expected to continue Apple recent push into more "lifestyle" marketing rather than product-centric ads, such as the well-remembered "I'm a Mac" campaign from last decade. http://apple.co/1Wwf0Dd
Marseilles Apple Store to open May 14
Apple has officially announced its newest retail store in France, which is to open in the southern port city of Marseilles in the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center on May 14 at 10AM local time. It will be the 19th full retail store Apple has opened in the country, or 20th if one includes the Apple Watch-only boutique at Galeries Lafayette in Paris. Apple is said to be planning a new showcase Paris store to be located on the Champs-Élysées. http://apple.co/1pP77vO
Maps adds Flyover, Suggestions locations
Apple has updated Maps to include Spotlight Suggestions for Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing users to search both internally and across the web on both Mac and iOS devices for data in Spotlight. In addition, the company has added Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Akron, Ohio to the 3D Flyover feature, offering computer-enhanced aerial views of the two areas -- and has activated real-time traffic information for Thailand, which will augment services like reminders to incorporate estimated travel times for appointments, as an example. The company recently added Nearby searches to five countries, and rolled out transit directions for Montreal in Canada and Portland, Oregon. http://apple.co/1Lh1Zel
Verizon gives last offer, issues workers ultimatum
Verizon has offered striking workers its "last, best and final offer" following 10 months of protracted negotiations with union leaders. The latest offer comes on the back of 36,000 Verizon employees taking strike action two weeks ago. The proposal includes a 7.5 percent wage rise, better benefits and voluntary retirement incentive offers. The striking workers, mainly on from its fixed line operations, have claimed that Verizon has outsourced 5,000 jobs to workers overseas and that it has been deliberately hiring low-wage, non-union contractors. Verizon recently posted revenue of $32.2 billion for the March quarter. http://cnnmon.ie/26AmwSv
CarPlay comes to Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche has revealed that its new 718 Cayman series will be the latest vehicles in its range equipped with support for Apple CarPlay. The new Porsche models joins the recently announced 718 Boxster, the 2017 Macans and the 2016 model of the 911 in offering support for Apple's iOS in the car interface. Both are fitted standard with an eight speaker sound system and the Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system. The entry-level Cayman starts at $53,9000, while the faster S variant starts from $66,300. Although already on sale, the won't reach US dealers until late November. http://prn.to/1Tj1EW7
Macphun offers free Photos filters
Image editing software maker Macphun are offering a free set of up to 30 photo filter effects to extend the range of filter options available to users of Apple's Photos app for OS X, which replaced the previous iPhoto program. The first 15 filters are available after installing the software, and includes filters such as "Ancient Canvas" and "Twilight," while users who sign up for the Macphun newsletter will unlock the other 15 effects. The extension integrates directly into Photos, and include sliders for finer control of the effects and a masking brush. http://bit.ly/1VEgQD6
Snapchat sued over speed filter photo overlay
Accident victims in Spalding County, GA are suing Snapchat, as well as the driver responsible for the accident. The suit alleges that the app's "speed filter," which can post the speed that which a picture was taken, encouraged driver Christal McGee to attempt to reach 100 miles per hour in her car, leading to the accident that caused both Wentworth and Karen Maynard serious injuries. The suit alleges Wentworth Maynard suffered brain damage in the incident. McGee posted a photo of herself in a cervical collar on the way to the hospital, saying that she was "lucky to be alive." Snapchat has not commented on the lawsuit. http://abcn.ws/24nhR49