The CultCast (general)

Our Mountain Lion Megasode is here!  

We'll tell you what we like, what we love, which hidden features we've discovered, and whether you should upgrade or do a clean install.

Then, whose got better taste, Microsoft or Apple?  We think the answer is obvious, but  Apple's skeuomorphic design choices have some wondering if they're headed in the wrong direction.

And finally, SPOILER ALERT!  We have an impromptu dicussion on The Dark Rises, the new Batman movie that we're not quite sure we love — it's complicated.

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Batman tries to destroy the CultCast; how too much time and money transformed Woz in the king of all geeks; telecoms at it again, want to charge you for FaceTime over 3G; Macbook Air Vs. Pro, which is right for you?

Then, Faves and Raves, the game where we pitch our favorite apps then vote on which is best!

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Direct download: CultCast_EP_23_July_19_2012.m4a
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An SSD upgrade transforms Erfon's Macbook Pro into a new machine; our favorite Twitter apps; Rumor Control: will we finally see an updated iPod come fall?

And finally, is Steve Ballmer too uncool to run Microsoft?  We'll tell you what we think.

We join forces once again with Chris Foremans from Ars Technica to bring you the best Apple discussion in the land!

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Direct download: CultCast_EP_22_July_12_2012.m4a
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Rumor review: are iPad Minis and Retina iMacs right around the corner?  Then, Buster describes what it's like switching to Android.  And don't leave that one-star App review just yet, your crashing apps are probably Apple's fault.  Plus, don't miss our favorite new apps and gear on our Faves 'N Raves segment.

All that and a *very* special guest introduction on this tasty new ep. of The CultCast NOM NOM. 

Direct download: CultCast_EP_21_July_5_2012.m4a
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Buster takes a trip to Steve Job's house; our hands-on review of Apple's amazing new podcast app; and the Google Chrome browser comes to iOS — but is it better than Safari?

And then we answer your twitter questions! All that and more on this week's CultCast.

Direct download: CultCast_EP_20_June_28_2012.m4a
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Join us and special guest, Gizmodo Editor-in-Chief Joe EFFN Brown, as we discuss why Spotify is better than Rdio; the big deal about Microsoft's new Surface tablet; and, are you a sad victim of Nip Burn?  We've got your solution!  All that and a whole lot more on this ep. of The CultCast.

Direct download: CultCast_EP_19_June_21_2012.m4a
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New Macs; Mountain Lion; iOS6; we cover literally everything Apple announced at this week's WWDC, and tell you what's cool, what's not, and why 2012 is going to be a great year to be an Apple fan!

Direct download: CultCast_EP_18_Special_Edition.m4a
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In this short, special edition episode, Erfon Elijah and Chris Foresman (of Ars Techinica) discuss the new Macbook Pro Retina model, the updates to the other Macbook Pro models, and updates to the Mac Pro tower 'o power.

We'll be back with another new episode on Thursday night with part 2 of our WWDC coverage.  No stone will be left unturned!  

Direct download: CultCast_EP_16.5_Special_Edition.m4a
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All our Mac and iOS WWDC predictions and expectations; the winning gear of this week's Fave and Raves; and we're joined by Chris Foresman of Ars Technica!

Direct download: CultCast_EP_16_June_7_2012.m4a
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Apple CEO Tim Cook just took the stage at the All Things D Conference.  How'd he do?  What'd he reveal about Siri, Apple's secret TV, and Steve Jobs?  We cover it all on this week's CultCast. 

And don't miss us chat about the future of Mac Pro, and answer your listener twitter questions!

Direct download: CultCast_EP_15_May_31_2012.m4a
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Jony Ive gets knighted; is Siri Apple's next ping?  And then a new segment: Faves & Raves!  All that and more on this week's CultCast. 

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WWDC is in a mere 3 weeks (June 11th), and this sold-out event is going to be action packed.  We're expecting new Macbook Pros, iOS 6, Mountain Lion 10.8, and Retina display everything.  Will we see new iMacs, too?  We'll tell you what we know and our Apple hopes and dreams on this week's CultCast.

Direct download: CultCast_EP_13_May_17_2012.m4a
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We spill the beans in this ep, revealing everything our secret Apple source told us about Apple's upcoming HDTV.

Plus, what the craziest Apple fan we've ever seen just did to prove his worthiness, and then we reveal our favorite apps of the week - all that and more on this episode 12 of The CultCast!

Direct download: CultCast_EP_12_May_10_2012.m4a
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You asked for it, you got it!  In this jammed-packed episode we reveal our favorite apps of the week, then vote on which app shall reign supreme!  But first, we yay and nay our way through some iPhone 5 and Apple rumors — are we really going to see an iPhone with a 4 inch screen?

And for those of you who'd like even more punishment, we left in our 20 minute impromptu conversation about the movies we love and hate.

All that and more on this week's CultCast!

Direct download: CultCast_EP_11_May_3_2012.m4a
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In the 12 years advertising executive Ken Segall worked closely with Steve Jobs, he named the iMac, and also helped develop Apple's famous Think Different ad campaign.  

Ken has a new book out, titled, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success.  And in this episode of The CultCast, Ken regales us with stories about what it was really like working with Steve Jobs, and what makes Apple so different from every other company on earth.

Direct download: CultCast_EP_10_April_26_2012.m4a
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New iPad screen problems; more rumors on the iPad mini; and have you ever been curious about pros and cons Jailbreaking?  Then don't miss our Jailbreak Breakdown on this minty-fresh episode of The CultCast.

Direct download: CultCast_EP_9_April_19_2012.m4a
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New "Air-like" Macbook Pro's are almost here, what's Apple changing? Facebook eats Instagram and what that means for you.  And the Flashback virus could be on your Mac, here's now to fix it.  

Oh, and we're joined by Ars Technica Writer Chris Foresman!  All that and more on this week's CultCast.

Direct download: CultCast_EP_8_April_12_2012.m4a
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Highschool kids these days running around with iPhones; Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs in a new movie; Apple's new $1250 "iPanel" TV; this week's CultCast is jam-packed with only the best in curated Apple tid-bits!

Direct download: CultCast_EP_7_April_5_2012.m4a
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What a show this week!  Join us and special guest, Ars Technica Contributor Chris Foreman, as we venture into the finances of Apple's filthy-rich executives; discuss how Tim Cook is running Apple differently than Steve Jobs; take a look at Tim's recent tour through the Foxconn plant; and a 5 inch iPhone Retina display — is this thing for real?  We go on rumor patrol.

All that and more on this week's CultCast!

Direct download: CultCast_EP_6_March_29_2012.m4a
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Is your new iPad getting hot as Hades?  Is the Post-PC revolution a real thing?  And just when are we going to get Retina displays in our Macbooks?  All that and more on this week's CultCast!

Direct download: CultCast_EP_5_March_22_2012.m4a
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Why yes, we did just release episode 4 of The CultCast two days ago, but this is a special New-iPad hands-on edition!  They're here, we have them, and in this special episode, we tell you what we think of them.

We also decided to include an impromptu preshow discussion on the Agony and Ecstasy Of Steve Jobs, the monologue that's been getting press lately for allegedly being partly fabricated.  It's done so much good in the world, does it matter if it's not 100% true?

Direct download: CultCast_EP_4.5_March_17_2012.m4a
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Steve Jobs dolls, Macbook Pro rumors, mesmerizing iPad retina displays, and the hot new iOS game all the kids are talking about — it's all that and more on this week's CultCast.

Direct download: CultCast_EP_4_March_15_2012.m4a
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Erfon, Leander, and Buster talk all about the "new" iPad and Apple TV!  We review iPad's new features;  is the Retina display a real retina display?; is it worth upgrading from the iPad 2?; then we discuss questions and comments from you, our listeners; oh yeah, we also talk about the new Apple TV.

All this and MORE on this episode of The CultCast

Direct download: CultCast_EP_3_March_8_2012.m4a
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It's CultCast episode 2!  In this ep. Erfon Elijah, Leander Kahney, and Buster Heine review iPad 3 rumors and what we expect to see when it's announced March 7th.  We discuss Apple's stock momentum and if it can continue. Then we wrap with AT&T: is it justified in throttling high-bandwidth users?  

All that and more in this week's CultCast.

Direct download: CultCast_EP_2_March_1_2012.m4a
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The CultCast Episode 1 is finally here!  In this episode we review our favorite new features in OS X Mountain Lion, Apple's handling of its labor woes in China, and Steve Jobs home, is it becoming a new mecca for Apple fans?  All that and more in our maiden episode of The CultCast.

Direct download: CultCast_EP_1_February_23_2012.m4a
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Welcome to the CultCast!

Cult of Mac's shiny new podcast, CultCast, is the best 30 minute conversation about Apple you'll hear all week. 

Direct download: Welcome_to_the_CultCast.m4a
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