Insight and analysis of Apple-centric topics of the week from the previous MacNN team, published weekly. Space Javelin's team has well over a century of Mac and Apple experience divided between them.
July 17, 2017
It is now the dog days of summer, cadets, and the trusty crew of the Space Javelin is having to scrape out the bottom of the barrel and look behind the couch for news stories we can really get excited about. This week, Charles and Mike look at a trio of attacks on your privacy from the new FCC chair, Australia, and US customs; cover a host of smaller stories that should get mentioned but aren't of huge importance; talk about the guerrilla editing of the film Baby Driver; analyze the plans of Oculus VR for new cheaper face masks; ridicule Amazon's "me too!" sudden interest in making Echo suck less; scoff at most of the recent iPhone rumors, and geek out about Sunday's announcement of the next actor to play the Doctor on Doctor Who, along with the latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer. All this and an Android phone with 11 original herbs and spices on this episode of ... SPACE JAVELIN!
July 10, 2017
Lots on our plate this week, ranging from finding Beats 1 programs we like to mourning the end of this season of Doctor Who (it's SO GOOD you guys). We cover the spate of recent lawsuits (Qualcomm vs Apple, the war of words between Imagination VR and Apple, and Kanye suing Tidal), go over new reports about Red's intention to put out a holographic Android phone next year, iFixit's new kit for replacing the battery in Retina MacBooks (uh oh), and Jawbone's fishy collapse. We also talk gaming season, with the lame Switch iOS chat app, the great free Mac port of Shadow Warrior in all its retro glory, Steve Jackson's Sorcery (now free) and the forthcoming remastered Starcraft (in 4K for $15). Finally, this week we have a special guest: Wes Platt from OtherSpace, a MUD/MUSH game now surviving the collapse of Telnet over on Slack. Platt was also involved with Fallen Earth, and has an offbeat (and wild) traditional game called Knee Deep you should check out. More news and rumors coming next week, cadets, so stay tuned!
June 30, 2017
A special episode with two main parts to it: first, Charles and special guest William Gallagher discuss their mutual experience with first-day-of -availability buying the original iPhone, 10 years ago to the day of recording (Thursday, 29-June). The second half is a collection of still-relevant items that had to be cut for time out of recent episodes, so what better time to recycle than the Canada Day/Fourth of July celebrations? Enjoy this special episode, play safe out there, and we'll be back to what we call "normal" next week.
June 26, 2017
Welcome to a very slightly extended (by four minutes) episode of Space Javelin, where (as it turns out) we not only dissect the week that was in tech, we also share interesting aspects of your humble co-pilots' lives. Charles having mentioned his incredibly low gamer cred last week, Mike tells tales of life aboard a submarine, and how he's recreated that in his house (insert joke about being underwater on the mortgage here). The two eventually remember that this is supposed to be a tech podcast, and talk about YouTube TV's expansion (which -- naturally? -- leads into a nerd-out about Star Trek: Discovery), Gmail's pledge to stop spying on your email, and a rumor about Tesla planning its own music service.
Also covered are the latest iMac Pro rumors, warnings about running the latest betas if you're not going to do the work required, Virgin Mobile USA's switch to iPhones only (and a sweet deal if you switch), that misreported claim of Italy planning to ban iPhones (spoiler: nope), Apple Pay loyalty cards on the horizon, and a modified Delorean car owner who has turned the center of the dashboard into an iPad-ified info center (including a speedometer). All that and more, cadets, so strap in for (a little) overtime on board the Space Javelin this week! And stay tuned for a special episode on Friday, June 30 -- the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone (we're not doing a regular episode next week due to the Canada and USA holidays, but we think you'll enjoy this).
June 19, 2017
Both Charles and Mike are back at their respective home bases, and that means it's time for a really meaty, in-depth argument -- er, discussion. Along with more news about eGPU support in macOS High Sierra, a lack of Target Display Mode in the latest iMacs (not a surprise), the hiring of Sony TV programming whizzes (a slight surprise), and the XBox One X (a surprisingly banal name), Charles and Mike get into it over the Whole Foods acquisition by Amazon. Mike thinks its great, while Charles worries about the financials. Don't worry, mom and dad don't fight for long: they join forces to condemn jump-the-gun reporting on Nest and HomeKit, and they agree that Apple's AirPort appears to be the most hack-resistant router on the market (so go get one while you still can).
All that plus Charles' pathetic gamer status, Mike's pyramid of Wi-Fi power, nearly nothing about that Uber CEO that stepped down (and good riddance), plus 50 percent more cantankerousness than usual. Get on board, cadets -- this Space Javelin is plowing into the Neutral Zone!
June 12, 2017
Mike and Charles, now back on the regular schedule again, go over a few loose ends from WWDC, caution users on the latest betas, get into some iMac teardowns and the forthcoming iMac Pro in great depth, say "meh" to Planet of the Apps. They also discuss Apple's rejigging of iCloud storage plans (with a comparison to Amazon's retreat from "unlimited"), and chat a bit about the return of the numeric keypad (and lack of touchbar) in the latest Apple keyboard (also discussing a few others). All this and more, cadets, so climb on board for another adventure in modern recording!
June 7, 2017
Charles and Mike, having made fearless predictions, now have to lick some wounds (but some historical reason for thinking there wouldn't be a lot of hardware announcements) and emphasize what they got right (more of the details than the pundits) from the WWDC keynote, as well as share their thoughts on the updated MacBook family, the new iMac and brand-new iMac Pro, the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the HomePod speaker, and of course the first betas of macOS High Sierra, iOS 11, and more.
June 5, 2017
In the first of two episodes this week, Charles and Mike will discuss what to *realistically* expect from WWDC today (hint: it's a developer conference, not an Apple Event), and what might surprise us (potentially a lot, but again probably less than most media outlets are expecting). They also lay down their predictions and hopes for what gets revealed. Join us for the second episode (out Tuesday, most likely) where they go over what was announced and discussed at the keynote, where they got it wrong, and being insufferably smug about what they got right (if anything). Stay tuned!
May 29, 2017
Because of the holiday weekend, there will be no regular episode this week, but stay tuned -- Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference is right around the corner, and Mike and Charles will have a WWDC preview as part of Episode 11 (arriving June 5), as well as a special episode on June 7 covering the Monday announcements from the WWDC keynote.
May 22, 2017
Before the Memorial Day Weekend break, Charles and Mike tackle all the drama in a very busy news week. Apple investigates a Beats battery explosion! Google Assistant versus Siri! A new Thunderbolt 3 dock from OWC! Panic source code stolen! Right to Repair legislation! Apple stopping apps from allowing tips! Android Go! All this plus the alleged death of the proposed laptop/tablet airline ban, and a Lightning Round of rumors, from glucose monitoring, to possible MacBook news at WWDC, to the future of some iPad models. All this and more, so climb aboard Cadets!
May 15, 2017
Mike and Charles cover a lot of ground this week, including the AAPL streak; the iPhone 7 family being the most popular brand of smartphone on the planet; iTunes for Windows 10 S; the heart sensor on the Apple Watch, and the problem with Snap's Spectacles and other AR/VR stuff right now. The connections between Apple's US manufacturing fund, Softbank, and the possible Sprint-TMobile merger are explored; Mike's new gigabit fiber connection and Sonnet's new Thunderbolt 3 breakout box are given the once-over; Amazon and Apple's new deal for Apple TV is celebrated; the new Apple Teacher program is discussed (along with the state of the EDU market generally), and the guys do some housekeeping -- they'll have another episode next week, but are taking Memorial Day Weekend off. Climb aboard for adventure, cadets!
May 8, 2017
This week, Mike and Charles are in a feisty mood: they warn users how to avoid the latest viral malware, a Mac port of the Windows bug Snake; take a look at Apple's fiscal Q2 results versus what analysts expected; and get cynical about Apple's push to promote its US footprint. They also engage in a MBP versus Surface Laptop beatdown, take a look at Hulu's new TV offerings versus cable, and speaking of cables -- Mike's down to just one (and he'll tell you how he did it). All this and more, so climb aboard, cadets!
May 1, 2017
It's not every week that a cutting-edge, that-was-the-week-that-was-in-tech podcast like ours spends precious minutes on the sugar ratio of a Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino, but we do. Fear not, however, for before you can even regret your dietary choices, Mike and Charles tackle some great new listener questions (including some news on future podcasts), bring you up-to-speed on the Apple vs Qualcomm ugliness, talk about a possible Foxconn US investment, and alert users to an Apple Watch (original generation) warranty extension (due to a rare issue). There's also rumors to like (or debunk); Acer's new 4K USB-C display and Mike's new-to-him 2013 Mac Pro; AT&T up to their throttling tricks again, and much more. It's a countdown to adventure with this week's Space Javelin, cadets, so climb on board!
April 24, 2017
Charles and Mike got reader questions about the Mac Pro, so they answered them! They also talk about Apple's iWork and iLife giveaway, Apple's self-driving software/hardware platform, and the latest chips from Intel -- Basin Falls and Coffee Lake.
Speaking of falls, they also analyze the fall of Plastc, which wanted to be the one credit card you use for all your credit accounts, and are wary of the new Mastercard with a biometric fingerprint reader because it's not as secure as Apple Pay. On the year anniversary of his passing, we pay tribute to Prince and report on a new song that's legally in limbo now. We finish up with another Lightning Round covering the iPad shortage, Apple's satellite hires, the Live Photo API, Microsoft busting up two-factor authentication, and the future of Yahoo -- we mean Oath (?). Get on board for an action-packed hour of power, cadets!
April 17, 2017
This week, Mike and Charles mix it up a little with the Lightning (not Micro USB, thanks) Round! We talk a little (okay, a lot) about our favorite "cult-y" TV shows coming soon, what's up with Nintendo, video card drivers, glucose sensors, Apple automotive stuff, a particularly scary Windows breach (all fixed now, whew!), and Mike's thumbs. Also on deck are some of the latest rumors, and our ever-popular status update! This one is jam-packed!
April 10, 2017
Our fixation on the revival of the Mac Pro continues, but with plenty of other goodness as well. There's a new video card from Nvidia that offers Mac drivers for its entire line (and which can give new life to older Macs), there's a forthcoming Apple-branded display, much more detail about last Tuesday's announcements, and some people get taken out to the woodshed (like JD Power and Associates) while some get a gold watch and firm handshake (like Walt Mossberg). We also rant about unprofessional entitlement among professional Mac users, Mike's incredible deal on a used (2013) Mac Pro, the classy folks at Pebble, how to deal with discarded tech, and we keep moving the ship ever closer to the launchpad. Stay tuned, cadets!
April 5, 2017
Tuesday was a surprisingly big day for Apple news, as the company did something it almost never does -- reveal future plans for some of its products. In this case, it was the desktop Mac line that got the love, with surprising revelations and a lot to read between the lines. Mike and Charles report on what happened, analyze the announcements, and fill in some blanks in this half-hour special report. They'll have more to say next week, so stay tuned!
April 3, 2017
They're back in their separate studios, and ready to talk all about the latest 9.7-inch iPad, which Mike has just gotten. While Charles oohs and aaahs, Mike dissects the strengths and weaknesses. Also on deck for this hour are World Backup Day, what happens when 32-bit apps stop working, Verizon's new play-anywhere TV bundle, the future of cable (with a side trip into CBS' Star Trek casting), the current state of the music (and streaming) business, and and other industries that shifted. There's also the triumph of Apple Pay over Australian banks, forthcoming iPhone speculation, new MacBook and MacBook Pro battery tests (and shocking revelations about how much less good PC owners have it), our Space Javelin revitalized Facebook page (where our detailed show notes now live), and notes on the website progress. Stay tuned!
March 28, 2017
We've returned to a regular schedule, though the website still isn't quite finished ("nobody knew web coding could be so complicated!"). Mike and Charles, in the same room for once, not only run down a bunch of the latest Apple product news, security threats (and how to fix/avoid them), Mike's latest home project (4K+TB3=awesome), Apple's purchase of Workflow, Microsoft injecting ads in Win10, and the FCC and Congress teaming up to sell you out (those rats!), but in the grand tradition of local news shows, we've got some big "coming soon" announcements that we've waited until literally the last minutes of the episode to tell you about. We'll catch super-hell for that, we're sure.
March 16, 2017
A short but important update on the progress of our new Space Javelin website. We decided to add an upstairs bathroom and a space patio, so that's pushed us back a bit longer than we intended, but we are still here and, we hope, so are you. We wanted to keep you in the loop as we work to complete this major refit, and we're sorry for the delay -- but we have a special treat coming before the end of the month to tide you over. Stay tuned, cadets!