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Upgrade looks at how technology shapes our lives, from the devices in our hands and pockets to the streaming music and video services that keep us entertained. Hosted by Myke Hurley and Jason Snell.

Episode Date
Upgrade 206: The Rings in a Tree
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This week Myke breaks his iPad, Jason visits the Microsoft Store and leaves with an Xbox, and we pick our favorite video games of all time.
Aug 13, 2018
Upgrade 205: Monolithic Entertainment Console
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It was a huge week: Apple broke a trillion dollars in market cap and Jason bought a new TV. And since money is on everyone's minds, Myke and Jason take Apple's $243B and go on a corporate shopping spree as a part of the ongoing Upgrade Summer of Fun.
Aug 06, 2018
Upgrade 204: Tap-to-Click Truther
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Myke's back from his honeymoon, and the Summer of Fun continues as we discuss our dream iOS devices, YouTube's attempt to get into premium streaming, Adobe bringing Photoshop to the iPad, and the MacBook Pro performance scandal that turned out to be a minor bug.
Jul 30, 2018
Upgrade 203: I Have Felt the Power of the Snell Zone
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Federico Viticci and Serenity Caldwell join Jason and Myke to dive deep into how we use our iPads for business as well as creative pursuits, including writing and illustration. Why did Federico transform from a Mac user into one who rarely strays from his iPad? What keyboard and stand does Jason use to write? What apps is Ren using to draw? We break it all down.
Jul 23, 2018
Upgrade 202: I’m Going to Counter Your Jaguar
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Guest co-host Stephen Hackett joins Jason to discuss the new MacBook Pros and what they mean for Apple's product line at large, adventures with the macOS Mojave beta, and the new Sonos AirPlay 2 update. And since this is the summer of fun, we cap it all off with a quick Mac OS X draft!
Jul 16, 2018
Upgrade 201: Full English Breakfast
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Myke got married, Jason’s back from his vacation, and the Summer of Fun continues with discussion of the Shortcuts app in the iOS 12 beta, potential colorful new iPhones, and AT&T’s plans to make HBO more like Netflix. Then at the very end, it’s time for the official wedding recap with Myke at the Matrimony.
Jul 10, 2018
Upgrade 200: The Podcasting and Anniversary Episode
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To welcome the Summer of Fun and to celebrate hitting episode 200, Jason and Myke take a deep dive in to the history of Upgrade, and provide the Upgradians with all their knowledge on the hows, whys, and whats of podcasting.
Jul 02, 2018
Upgrade 199: Puppet Series
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This week we take a deep dive into Apple’s forthcoming video service, as Jason and Myke make predictions about what it will cost and how Apple’s billion-dollar content purchases will roll out. Also, Instagram gets into TV, Google gets back into podcasting, and we prepare for the beginning of the Upgrade Summer of Fun!
Jun 25, 2018
Upgrade 198: The Mac Is Dead, Long Live the Mac
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Apple has said that it’s not merging iOS and macOS, but that sneak peek of iOS apps coming to macOS opens up a lot of questions about just what the Mac might look like in five years. Jason’s optimistic, but Mac users may be in for the biggest changes to the platform since the introduction of Mac OS X nearly two decades ago. Also, what’s up with no new Mac hardware announcements? And just when you thought you had a handle on Apple’s unannounced video service, here comes Oprah!
Jun 18, 2018
Upgrade 197: Banana Royale
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It’s time to reflect on WWDC week, so Jason and Myke are joined by special guest developer James Thomson. We discuss our first impressions of the iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas, the future of Mac apps in and out of the Mac App Store, and what new features are now at the top of James’s priority list as a developer.
Jun 11, 2018
Upgrade 196: Workflow Siren
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Live from WWDC, Jason and Myke break down the major announcements for iOS, macos, and watchOS, including a close result in the Upgrade Keynote Draft, the emergence of user automation on iOS via Siri, potentially big changes to the Mac App Store, and the upcoming workout battle between our two hosts.
Jun 04, 2018
Upgrade 195: The WWDC Keynote Draft 2018
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It’s time for our third annual predictions of what will happen on stage at Apple’s developer conference keynote! Jason and Myke compete for points by drafting picking 20 different items they expect will get a mention next week. Will there be new hardware, or will it all be about operating systems? Will your hosts shy away from picking items that have burned them during past WWDC drafts? All will be revealed.
May 28, 2018
Upgrade 194: Game of Jenga with Drivers
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Myke just built a gaming PC, which prompts us to discuss the current state of the art of Windows and macOS, as well as a broader discussion of living a multi-ecosystem lifestyle.
May 21, 2018
Upgrade 193: This is Stephen Hackett’s Fault
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The 25th anniversary of BBEdit and a visit with a friend lead Jason to take a deep dive into Mac history, Google shows a disappointing lack of forethought in its AI demo, and the future of TV is apparently Apple’s TV app.
May 14, 2018
Upgrade 192: People Like Colors and Fun
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The 20th anniversary of the iMac prompts a discussion of how it changed Apple and continues to define how Apple designs products, Jason has a theory about why so many people thought iPhone X sales were crashing when they weren't, and Upstream ponders the Arrested Development "remix edition."
May 07, 2018
Upgrade 191: Alien Spacecraft Sitting on an End Table
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This week the Grim Reaper comes for AirPort, we imagine a future Apple AR/VR headset, and at the very end it’s time for Myke at the Movies to take on “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Apr 30, 2018
Upgrade 190: Redefine It Upward
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Tim Cook totally has an Mac on his desk and an iPad at home, but how can Apple advance both its platforms while allowing them to retain their individuality? Also, Amazon Prime has a big number and Apple puts a chill into leakers.
Apr 23, 2018
Upgrade 189: Obsolescence Isn’t What It Used to Be
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Special Guest Merlin Mann joins Jason to discuss the weather, old speakers, Apple's latest TV acquisition, the long slow fade of 32-bit Mac apps, and the arrival of a new version of his favorite iOS writing app.
Apr 16, 2018
Upgrade 188: An Elephant on the Bridge
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What is the future of the Mac? This week we connect the future of the Mac Pro, the possibility of Apple abandoning Intel processors, and the rumored unification of Mac and iOS development. Also, Jason reviews the new sixth-generation iPad.
Apr 09, 2018
Upgrade 187: Whiz-Bang Wonderfulness
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This week Jason steps up to the baseball plate and takes a second swing at the meaning of Apple’s education event, while Myke defends the viability of pen and paper. We also discuss what’s new in Apple’s latest software updates, and once again fail to solve the riddle of the HomePod.
Apr 02, 2018
Upgrade 186: Black Market Crayons
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Jason attended Apple's education event and reports live and direct from Chicago to discuss the new sixth-generation iPad, Apple's place in the education market, the relevance of the Apple Pencil for education, and the whole scene at Lane Tech College Prep High School.
Mar 27, 2018
Upgrade 185: The March 2018 Apple Event Draft
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Apple’s holding a media event at a school in Chicago, and next week Jason will be there to report back about what got announced. But in the meantime, it’s time for another draft, as Myke and Jason attempt to predict what will be shown on stage in Chicago. Apple also announced WWDC dates this week and made some more moves to grow its unannounced video service.
Mar 19, 2018
Upgrade 184: The Claim Chowder Secret Society
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What are our top five Apple products of the past five years? Jason and Myke list their choices in something that is almost, but not quite, a draft. Also: Did Jason accurately predict the extended survival of the MacBook Air? A watchful Upgradian provides the answer. We also muse about the future of keyboards and discuss Netflix as a future home for a former president.
Mar 12, 2018
Upgrade 183: It’s Dumb Until We Do It
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Would Apple really update the MacBook Air at this late date? We break down the possibilities, plus Jason finally finishes his HomePod review, Netflix and Apple keep investing in original video content, and then we take off and nuke the site from orbit as Myke at the Movies revisits 1986's “Aliens.”
Mar 05, 2018
Upgrade 182: March of Minor Products
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This week we discuss rumors about new AirPods and this fall’s iPhones, speculate about what makes a good Apple TV app, revisit the idea of ARM Macs in the context of Windows 10's ARM limitations, and save a moment to praise Alto’s Odyssey.
Feb 26, 2018
Upgrade 181: Banana Slug Bookshelf
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What does the death of Twitter for Mac say about the future of Mac software? Is Apple making big changes to how it releases software, and how will it impact the quality of the Apple product experience? We ponder these questions, note some surprising additions to Apple's video programming, and briefly discuss how Jason permanently scarred his bookshelf.
Feb 19, 2018
Upgrade 180: Too Much Speaker
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After a weekend with the HomePod, it’s time for Myke and Jason to discuss what they like and dislike about Apple’s new connected speaker. Is it so loud that Myke is angering his neighbors? Will Jason replace his Amazon Echo? How does the HomePod match up with other products in the category? Plus, Apple introduces its new battery interface and one of the company’s first big TV shows loses its creative team.
Feb 12, 2018
Upgrade 179: Somewhere Between One and a Gabillion
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Apple reaches a record high in revenue and profit, but what’s up with the iPhone and Mac sales figures? This week we break down Apple’s huge holiday quarter, including the calendar quirk that has cut Apple both ways.
Feb 05, 2018
Upgrade 178: On a Dark Desert Highway
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How did Apple do in 2017? Jason and Myke break down the annual Six Colors Apple Report Card, based on a survey of 50 notable Apple-watchers. Also, the HomePod gets pre-orders, a ship date, and a new set of listening parties for journalists. You can check out of the Apple Store any time you like, but you can never leave.
Jan 29, 2018
Upgrade 177: Stuck in the Mud
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What comes next? The iPhone product line may see more changes in 2018, but do the rumors of two new models make sense? Is Apple missing its shot in the voice-assistant market with the delays of HomePod and the limitations of Siri? Is Apple’s move to return its cash hoard to the U.S. a financial diuretic that will boost American productivity? And if you want to get Myke’s reaction to finally seeing “Hamilton”, just you wait… it’s coming at the very end of the show.
Jan 22, 2018
Upgrade 176: Final Cat Pro
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What are Jason and Myke’s hopes and dreams for iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad in 2018? Also: Apple buys more TV shows, a podcast tip, and the visual-effects industry tests Jason.
Jan 16, 2018
Upgrade 175: $4,999, Cheap!
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Jason reviews his new base-model iMac Pro, we speculate about the unified (or not) future of Apple's software-development platforms, and there's an awful lot of news from the world of streaming media.
Jan 09, 2018
Upgrade 174: The 2017 Upgradies
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Presenting the Fourth Annual Upgradies! In this episode Myke and Jason discuss their favorites of 2017 across many categories, with important input provided by you, the Upgradians! Only the finest will walk away with the coveted title of Upgradies Award Winner.
Jan 01, 2018
Upgrade 173: The 2017 Upgrade Holiday Special
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Just in time for Christmas, Jason and Myke look back at the trends of 2017 and reveal their 2018 Apple wish lists. Then it's time for special guests Serenity Caldwell and Stephen Hackett to join us for a round of very special #askupgrade, the first-ever Upgrade Secret Santa, and a Myke at the Movies look at "Home Alone 2."
Dec 25, 2017
Upgrade 172: My Brain Was Slowly Expanding
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Has Disney changed the future of streaming TV with its purchase of Fox? Has Jason bought himself an iMac Pro? Have Myke and Jason watched “The Last Jedi”? Yes to all of the above. (Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the movie, we’ll save that until the end and fire off the Spoiler Horn before we start talking details.)
Dec 18, 2017
Upgrade 171: Really Weird Chess Game
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What do Amazon's battles with Google and Apple say about the strategies of the tech giants? Also, Jony Ive returns to the White Room, and a meeting with the hosts of Jason and Myke's favorite podcasts brings some perspective regarding the connection between podcasters and their listeners.
Dec 11, 2017
Upgrade 170: The Rat King of Cables
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All the Apple operating-system bugs in the world can’t stop us from discussing Jason’s office clean-out, holiday decorations, the new Kindle Oasis, and podcasting tools and techniques. And yes, in the end we have to discuss Apple’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week.
Dec 04, 2017
Upgrade 169: Discontinue All Other Products
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Myke returns from his trip to catch up on everything Jason and John did on last week’s show: summoning Siri, selling merchandise, and proposing entirely new classes of Apple product. We discuss Myke’s travels with the iPhone X, a possible update to the iPhone SE, and whether or not Apple should one day make a laptop that runs iOS.
Nov 27, 2017
Upgrade 168: Hail Hydrant
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John Siracusa joins Jason to discuss the possibilities of an iMac with an A10 processor inside, the delay of the HomePod, whether Apple understands the concerns of professional Mac users, the return of Twitterrific for the Mac, and the proper way to refer to keyboard shortcuts.
Nov 20, 2017
Upgrade 167: The White Room of My Mind
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Jumping off from two Bloomberg reports about Apple hardware, Myke and Jason discuss the future of the iPad Pro and what in the world Apple is thinking as it develops an augmented-reality headset. We’ve also got updates on Apple’s television venture, the future and influence of the iPhone X, and Apple Pay for iMessage.
Nov 13, 2017
Upgrade 166: The Machine That Makes Money
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Myke abandons the #plusclub for an iPhone X, and compares notes with Jason after a week of using Apple’s new phone, including cameras, OLED, Animoji karaoke, and Face ID. We also discuss Apple’s latest quarterly results, which show great news for the iPad and Mac and the promise of a record-setting holiday quarter to come.
Nov 06, 2017
Upgrade 165: The iPhone X Review
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This week is all about the iPhone X, which Jason reviewed and now has in his hands to answer Myke's—and your—questions.
Oct 31, 2017
Upgrade 164: The Lost Phone for Nerds
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What if Jason went to a tech conference with a brand-new iPhone and nobody cared? We discuss the curious case of the iPhone 8, the challenges entertainment and tech companies both face when trying to launch video streaming services, and the future of the Mac as viewed through the inbox of Apple executives.
Oct 23, 2017
Upgrade 163: Kindle Bubbles
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This week there's a bunch of news from the world of entertainment. Apple's new TV execs made their first big deal in Hollywood, which brings up lots of questions about what Apple's video service will be and when it will arrive. There's also a new service that brings your iTunes purchases to Amazon and Google and vice versa. Speaking of Amazon, there's also a new Kindle you can take in the bathtub--if you have a good bathtub.
Oct 16, 2017
Upgrade 162: The Spider Is a Metaphor
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Jason’s iMac gets a unwelcome visitor and he ponders an upgrade--but is the iMac Pro overkill, or a wise investment? Also, an influx of new emoji are coming to iOS and macOS in the near future, which is more important than you’d think.
Oct 09, 2017
Upgrade 161: I Look at My Phone and the Money Leaves
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Myke and Jason have taken delivery of the Apple TV 4K and have some initial thoughts, Apple gives us a deeper dive into how Face ID works, and Amazon introduces many Echos and gets in a fight with YouTube. Plus, this entire description now fits in a tweet... if you’re special.
Oct 02, 2017
Upgrade 160: A Helipad on Your Table
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Jason and Myke discuss the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular, plus there’s a little bit about macOS High Sierra. And then Myke at the Movies is back with “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
Sep 25, 2017
Upgrade 159: Retcon Incident
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Our wallets much lighter than last week, we discuss what new Apple products we’ve ordered and what we’re still waiting for. We also spend a lot more time dissecting the iPhone X and Face ID, and leave room for plenty of follow-up and #askupgrade
Sep 18, 2017
Upgrade 158: New Theater Smell
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Apple unveiled three new iPhones, a new Apple Watch, a 4K Apple TV, and the new Steve Jobs Theater at its September media event. Jason was there and returned home just in time to join with Myke in recapping and analyzing everything that went on at Apple Park.
Sep 13, 2017
Upgrade 157: The 2017 iPhone Event Draft
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It’s time for Jason and Myke to reveal their picks for what will happen on stage at the iPhone launch event next week! They draft 12 different things they expect (or hope) to happen at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino next week. Who will pick wisely? We’ll know in less than a week.
Sep 06, 2017
Upgrade 156: The Silly Season
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Special guest Merlin Mann joins Jason to talk about Apple event rumors, why we care about Apple kremlinology, our approaches to keeping and deleting files in our digital libraries, and Jason's recent 11-day road trip to the total eclipse.
Aug 28, 2017
Upgrade 155: Apple Hardware Draft
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The Upgrade Summer of Fun continues! A special panel of guests convenes to draft our favorite hardware created by Apple. And in an unprecedented installment of Myke at the Movies, John Siracusa joins us to discuss the Final Cut edition of "Blade Runner."
Aug 21, 2017
Upgrade 154: Masters of Automation
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From Automator to Workflow, automation can make regular users (who are definitely not programmers) more productive. This week Jason talks to Myke about why he cares about automation, and then we've got a special automation panel discussion featuring a bunch of special guests. Plus, the Upgrade Summer of Fun begins!
Aug 14, 2017
Upgrade 153: Three Ficuses
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Myke reports in from New York as we discuss a grab bag of Apple news, including a possible cellular Apple Watch, even more details from the HomePod firmware leak, the surprising strength of iPad sales in Apple’s quarterly results, and next year’s crop of emoji.
Aug 08, 2017
Upgrade 152: August State of Mind
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A HomePod firmware leak may have given us our best look yet at the features of the next iPhone, including face detection. Photos of Apple Park’s aggressively open-plan workspaces lead us to the most spirited discussion of space planning you may ever hear. Plus: The iPod dies, the Apple Watch might get an update, and Jason gets over his Game of Thrones hangover.
Jul 31, 2017
Upgrade 151: Caulk and Spackle
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Does the Mac mini have a place in the Mac line-up, or should it fade into the sunset? Which Mac laptop--MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Escape--is the best choice for a new college student? All this, plus lasers _and_ fireworks, on this week’s edition of Upgrade.
Jul 24, 2017
Upgrade 150: I Worry About You, Jason
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This week Jason is making some big changes in his life, including trying out a to-do app and using his iPad Pro extensively via a cellular network. Myke looks into what’s motivated these changes, and how well they’re working. Plus we discuss emoji, AirPods, and at the very end of the show, “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Jul 18, 2017
Upgrade 149: The Taste of Danger
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Is Apple taking a risk in potentially releasing a high-end, high-cost iPhone model in addition to the regular models this fall, as is rumored? Also, Jason and Myke try to come to terms with the possibility of a $1000-plus ‘iPhone Pro’. Jason also talks about inviting the Amazon Echo Show and its touchscreen into his kitchen, and we discuss peanut butter alternatives guaranteed to make Myke uncomfortable.
Jul 10, 2017
Upgrade 148: I Think I Think What You Think
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Jason convinces Myke to upgrade to iOS 11 so they can both talk about using it on their iPads, including the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Also, Jason announces his enormous strategic partnerships and sends the stock market on an adventure! Finally, Jason breaks down Photos on macOS High Sierra.
Jul 03, 2017
Upgrade 147: Outside the Zone of Secrecy
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An Apple secrecy presentation is leaked to the press? Jason and Myke break down an exclusive from The Outline, before moving on to discuss Scott Forstall's emergence from Broadway to talk about 10 years of iPhone.
Jun 26, 2017
Upgrade 146: It's About the Journey
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The new iPad Pros have arrived, and Jason and Myke have spent the last week with both the 12.9- and 10.5-inch models. We give our reactions to the new displays, detail what’s new with previous versions, get excited about one day using iOS 11, and offer advice about which iPad Pro model is the right one to buy. In other news, we also ponder a grim future where an Amazon robot allows you to squeeze Whole Foods produce in virtual reality.
Jun 19, 2017
Upgrade 145: Wandered into the Unicorn Grove
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Jason and Myke pick up many threads from WWDC 2017, including San Jose’s suitability as an event host, the first reviews of the iPad Pro, a bunch of news we didn’t know about during our last episode, and Jason’s close encounter with a functioning HomePod speaker.
Jun 12, 2017
Upgrade 144: Don't Call It the Finder
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Live from San Jose, in the immediate aftermath of the WWDC 2017 Keynote, Jason and Myke break down the entire event. We've got new Macs, new iPads, new versions of all of Apple's operating systems, and the official results of our keynote draft.
Jun 05, 2017
Upgrade 143: The WWDC Keynote Draft 2017
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It’s time for Jason and Myke to reveal their picks for what will happen on stage at the WWDC 2017 keynote! They draft 20 different things they expect (or hope) to see featured on stage in San Jose next week. Who will emerge with this year’s prediction crown? We’ll all know on June 5.
May 29, 2017
Upgrade 142: You Want Applause
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Jason and Myke discuss potential hardware announcements at WWDC--what they might be, and what message they might send. We also discuss a little bit about Google IO, including announcements about Google Photos and emoji, and get a little misty while thinking about Steve Jobs’ last product, Apple Park.
May 22, 2017
Upgrade 141: I Export My Voice
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With WWDC only three weeks away, Jason and Myke delve into the latest rumors about what might be announced at the conference, and then discuss Apple's billion-dollar initiative to invest in American business--and the potential motives behind it.
May 15, 2017
Upgrade 140: Disappointed Dad Tim Cook
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Apple’s latest financial statements give Jason and Myke a jumping-off point for analyzing where Apple’s going with the iPad and iPhone, the massive growth in Apple’s services business, and the company’s problems in China and possibilities in India.
May 08, 2017
Upgrade 139: Make Money from the Money
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If there are two things Myke knows a lot about, it’s banking and stickers. And so this week he helps Jason understand why banks might not love Apple’s new attempt to expand Apple Pay and why he covers his sleek, pristine Apple devices with loads of stickers.
May 02, 2017
Upgrade 138: Bad for the Person, Great for the Wizard
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Jason and Myke are back together (from their separate offices) to discuss the trouble with free services that take your data and re-sell it to others, and why it’s important to be a savvy and skeptical consumer. They also discuss the future of the iPad Pro app market, changes to Apple’s affiliate program, Apple’s approval to make self-driving cars, and the 1982 classic film “Blade Runner.”
Apr 25, 2017
Upgrade 137: iTunes on a Shelf
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Serenity Caldwell joins Jason to discuss the possible disassembly of iTunes, the rise of the iPad Pro, and the teaser trailer for "The Last Jedi".
Apr 17, 2017
Upgrade 136: My Screen, My Stuff
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Together again in Ireland, Jason and Myke discuss their current approaches to travel tech. We also revisit the new Mac Pro and answer your questions.
Apr 10, 2017
Upgrade 135: Trashed The Can
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The Mac Pro finally gets an upgrade—and an expiration date. What do Apple’s announcements about the future of professional desktop hardware mean? How might this have changed the way Apple announces future products? Myke and Jason break it down live and in person, and then discuss 1979’s “Alien” in the latest installment of Myke at the Movies.
Apr 04, 2017
Upgrade 134: Steal Its Bezel Thunder
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The revival of the iPad name leads us to speculate about a new phase in Apple’s product approach, and what it tells us about the future of the iPhone. We also discuss where the iPad Pro might go next, and what Apple’s acquisition of power-user app Workflow means about the company’s approach to iOS for professionals.
Mar 27, 2017
Upgrade 133: You're an Empty Row Person
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Apple’s been a leader in podcasting since the early days, but is there a new era coming soon? Jason and Myke have some theories. Plus, we carefully analyze each other’s iPhone and iPad home screens, marvel at Apple’s stock price, and answer your questions.
Mar 20, 2017
Upgrade 132: Extra Lasers
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Would Apple ever make iOS devices larger than the the 12.9-inch iPad Pro? And what does Apple need to do to make iOS excel at multitasking and large screen sizes? And Jason and Myke answer your questions in a mega-sized version of #askupgrade.
Mar 13, 2017
Upgrade 131: It's Fine, Dude
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We parse through the rumors about what kind of connector the new iPhone might offer—Lightning or USB-C?--and whether Apple and its customers are ready for another transition. Also, will YouTube’s new cord-cutting TV service be a splash hit?
Mar 06, 2017
Upgrade 130: Ron Has a Pretty Sweet Job
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Apple Park nears completion, The Nintendo Switch arrives, Silicon Valley culture fails its workers, and pineapple on pizza creates an international incident.
Feb 27, 2017
Upgrade 129: Disneyland for Developers
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How will Apple’s WWDC be different now that it’s moving back to San Jose from San Francisco? Why is The Iconfactory kickstarting a new version of Twitterrific for Mac? And in this episode, Myke at the Movies travels back in time to 1984 for “The Terminator."
Feb 20, 2017
Upgrade 128: Is It Any Weirder than Dashboard?
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Jason and Myke deal with a mountain of follow-up from last week’s episode about the present and future of the iPad, and then ponder what Apple’s long-term strategy for the Mac might be.
Feb 13, 2017
Upgrade 127: Congratulations, You're an Analyst
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This week Myke runs the numbers and shows why the decline of the iPad is overhyped and why it’s a more popular computing device than the Mac. Plus we break down Apple’s latest financial results and define what a quarter means.
Feb 06, 2017
Upgrade 126: Spinny Propellery Guy
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This week Jason and Myke try out a bunch of new Apple betas, Apple makes big changes in App review, Jason finds his favorite iPad Pro keyboard, and we get prepared for Apple’s quarterly financial report.
Jan 30, 2017
Upgrade 125: A Bear Did it For Me
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This week Jason makes the case for a new size of iPad Pro and an external Touch Bar and Touch ID sensor. We also discuss Samsung's explanation for the exploding Galaxy Note 7 and Apple's updates to Logic and GarageBand.
Jan 23, 2017
Upgrade 124: There Are Always Gates
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Jason and Myke break down the second annual Six Colors Apple Report Card, as three dozen Apple watchers grade how the company did in 2016—and Myke chimes in with his own votes.
Jan 16, 2017
Upgrade 123: Sheer Gadget Magnetism
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Jason and Myke return from their well-deserved holiday to discuss the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and Jason’s reactions to the iPhone back in the day. Then we tell the tale of the day San Diego got Ahoy Telephoned.
Jan 09, 2017
Upgrade 122: The 2016 Upgradies
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Once again, Myke and Jason pick their favorite products of the year! But this year, they are aided in their pursuit of excellent by the votes of you, the loyal Upgradians.
Jan 02, 2017
Upgrade 121: All Talk and No Trousers
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This week it’s all about the Mac, as Jason and Myke discuss Tim Cook’s attempts to reassure the concerned Mac user base, Bloomberg’s report about Apple’s Mac product-release struggles, and if the Mac is really a truck at all.
Dec 26, 2016
Upgrade 120: Time Is a Better Indicator of Time
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This week, Jason reviews the AirPods while Myke waits for his to arrive. We also discuss Apple’s removal of the battery indicator from MacBooks, and at the very end of the show do a special Myke at the Movies review of “Rogue One."
Dec 19, 2016
Upgrade 119: Make the Chart Bigger
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Myke's got a new office! Also, we follow up on our conversation about ARM Macs and try to explain Single Sign On for Apple TV. Finally, after 25 years, Jason has watched "Home Alone" and will discuss it on a new Myke at the Movies.
Dec 12, 2016
Upgrade 118: Missed That by 100%
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Will Apple move the Mac to ARM processors? Myke thinks it’s inevitable, and Jason thinks it’s well within Apple’s power—but thinks it won’t happen. We also discuss Apple possibly moving some iPhone manufacturing to the United States.
Dec 05, 2016
Upgrade 117: Sugar Christmas
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Is Apple a big business trapped in the body of a startup? Myke and Jason discuss that issue, say lots of things that might be quoted out of context later, and then settle in to watch 1984's "Gremlins."
Nov 28, 2016
Upgrade 116: Design Team Yearbook
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Apple’s doing some end-of-the-year cleaning, but what does it mean for the future of the company? This week Jason and Myke discuss the death of the AirPort router, the disbanding of the Mac automation team, and the release of a photo book highlighting Apple’s hardware designs.
Nov 21, 2016
Upgrade 115: Rubber Chicken Scenario
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After spending the last week with the new MacBook Pro, Jason reviews the Touch Bar and breaks down the approach Apple took in creating an entirely new way to interact with a Mac. Meanwhile, Myke prepares to record podcasts from an empty house with dodgy Internet access.
Nov 14, 2016
Upgrade 114: Get On Down to Dongle Town
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Fresh off of Jason's 10-day travel odyssey with the new MacBook Pro, we debate where Apple’s taking the Mac, the high price of Retina displays, Apple’s tough decisions about who its Mac customers are, and the case for and against the Mac Pro.
Nov 07, 2016
Upgrade 113: It's An Honour and a Privilege to Defeat You
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Myke and Jason are together again, and this time back in Ireland, to discuss Apple's big week. We cover Jason's time with the new MacBook Pro, Myke's excitement over the Touch Bar, Apple's quarterly results, and much more.
Nov 01, 2016
Upgrade 112: What I've Got Going for Me is Apple
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With Apple’s next event just around the corner, Myke and Jason make their picks for what we’ll see. The winner will be crowned Upgrade Draft Champion for 2016. Either way, we’re both excited about the prospect of new Macs.
Oct 24, 2016
Upgrade 111: I Keep Moving the Goalposts
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This week Myke visits Apple’s latest flagship store, Jason takes a trip with both a Mac and an iPad, and Apple scales back its automotive ambitions.
Oct 17, 2016
Upgrade 110: Never, Not Ever, Not Once
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This week we discuss perhaps Apple’s biggest move of 2017: relocating thousands of employees to Campus 2, moving other teams into the vacated Infinite Loop campus, and what it means for Apple’s cloud services and the productivity and morale of Apple employees. Plus we’ve got a lot of Sierra follow-up, Google’s attempts to entice iPhone switchers, bad news for the Galaxy Note, Jason’s first use of the PSVR, and a new run of Upgrade t-shirts and hoodies.
Oct 10, 2016
Upgrade 109: YouTube Killed the Podcast Star
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This week Myke starts a YouTube channel, Jason raises his hopes for new Macs in October, and we praise the new features of Messages while quibbling with the usability of its interface.
Oct 03, 2016
Upgrade 108: It's a Great Feature When It Works
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The beta version of the iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait mode is here, and Jason and Myke both took it for a spin. Then Jason recounts his favorite and least favorite features of macOS Sierra, and Myke explains why—despite the name of this show—he’s not going to upgrade.
Sep 26, 2016
Upgrade 107: The Upgrade Programme
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Myke and Jason have taken delivery of new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models, so it’s time to detail the experience of buying, upgrading, restoring, and using the latest iPhone models.
Sep 19, 2016
Upgrade 106: I've Reached Acceptance
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Live from Portland, Jason and Myke are joined by Stephen Hackett to cover a lot of follow-up from last week's Apple announcements. Myke reveals which iPhone 7 he's buying and considers how his technology and methods will need to change when he travels with it. Jason gives more details about how AirPods work. Finally, we talk a little bit about the impending release of iOS 10.
Sep 11, 2016
Upgrade 105: The Illusion of Clicking
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Jason returns from the Apple Sept. 7 media event and is immediately questioned by Myke about the new iPhone 7, Apple Watch series 2, EarPods and AirPods, and all the other announcements.
Sep 07, 2016
Upgrade 104: I Really Do Want to Win
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An Apple event is happening next week! So it’s time for Jason and Myke to make their predictions for the announcements in the most competitive way possible—by drafting the top 20 announcements they think we’ll see.
Aug 29, 2016
Upgrade 103: Significant Figures
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Special guest Merlin Mann joins Jason to talk about reviews, ratings, Rotten Tomatoes, mice, thumbs up and thumbs down, using numbers to quantify the unquantifiable, when it's appropriate to show grown-up media to kids, and a whole lot more.
Aug 22, 2016
Upgrade 102: Cautionary Tale of Laptops
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This week's episode was recorded with Jason and Myke in the same room! Before they high five, they discuss iPad keyboards, MacBook Pro upgrades, Castro 2 and podcast innovation, and Tim Cook getting chatty with the press.
Aug 16, 2016
Upgrade 101: It Works Great in California
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This week we discuss Fast Company’s visit to the Apple cafeteria, Mark Gurman’s reappearance as an Apple rumor expert, and Recode’s Apple TV guide rumors, plus Myke reviews the new version of Pocket Casts.
Aug 08, 2016
Upgrade 100: The Least Less
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In our hundredth episode, Jason and Myke break down Apple’s quarterly results, ponder its TV strategy, and Myke reluctantly views one of Jason’s favorite movies for an all-new Myke at the Movies.
Aug 01, 2016
Upgrade 99: Disciplined Cash Machine
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Scrivener for iOS and a new mechanical keyboard for iPad arrived at Jason’s house this week. We discuss using a specialized writing tool for longform work and the challenges of building an iPad keyboard that doesn’t turn the iPad into a laptop. Plus we recap the latest trailers from Comic-Con.
Jul 25, 2016
Upgrade 98: Accidental Comics Podcast 🤓
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In celebration of World Emoji Day and Comic-Con, Jason and Myke discuss how we use emojis and why they’re a valuable addition to online dialogue, and then break down the best options for digital comic-book reading. Plus there’s a whole lot of follow-up and plenty of #askupgrade.
Jul 18, 2016
Upgrade 97: We Used Our Power For Pizza
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Listeners suggest naming schemes for Myke’s devices, Jason and Myke adapt to Apple’s new public betas, we discuss the future of iPad software updates, and Jason gets frustrated by the lack of updates to iCloud Family Sharing.
Jul 11, 2016
Upgrade 96: Two Ports is One More Port than One Port
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In this episode there’s a bunch of headphone-jack followup, then we discuss Apple’s relationships with Spotify and Tidal, before Myke asks Jason about his own independence on Independence Day.
Jul 04, 2016
Upgrade 95: Don't Bring the Pain without the Benefit
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Apple ditches the Thunderbolt Display, Jason takes macOS Sierra for a spin, and we debate the merits of Apple removing old technology from its products.
Jun 27, 2016
Upgrade 94: Users Use Computers
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Jason and Myke are back in their usual offices this week, and they discuss their feelings about watchOS 3, the lack of Apple hardware announcements, and what the buzz was during WWDC week.
Jun 20, 2016
Upgrade 93: The Emoji Judgers
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Straight out of the WWDC keynote, Jason joins Myke live to talk about watchOS 3, tvOS 10, macOS Sierra, iOS 10, Apple Music and Messages.
Jun 13, 2016
Upgrade 92: WWDC 2016 Draft
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Jason and Myke predict the contents of WWDC 2016 in the first annual Upgrade Keynote Draft. How many of our picks are based on deep knowledge of the industry, and how many are wish fulfillment? Next week will tell the tale.
Jun 07, 2016
Upgrade 91: iMac Special
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In this special holiday episode, Stephen Hackett joins Myke and Jason to discuss the product that changed Apple's fortunes: the original iMac.
May 30, 2016
Upgrade 90: Nobody Should be a Siri Power User
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This week Jason and Myke discuss the future of Siri on the Mac and elsewhere, and ponder Apple's new Apple Store design. Plus we've got some talk about Google I/O and final (for now) thoughts about the business of podcasting.
May 23, 2016
Upgrade 89: Can We Use a Tracking Pixel?
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By popular demand, Jason and Myke talk a bit more about the business of podcasting, as they’re joined by podcaster and podcast ad sales executive Lex Friedman. We also analyze Apple’s investment in a Chinese ride-sharing service and what that means for the company’s future directions.
May 16, 2016
Upgrade 88: Happy Apple Watch Users
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A year later, Jason and Myke are still using their Apple Watches. Amid high-profile users abandoning Apple’s new wearable, why do we still enjoy it? Where does the platform need to go to grow and become more successful? Also, we rage a little bit about a New York Times story about attempts by high-profile podcasters to change the way the industry works.
May 09, 2016
Upgrade 87: Unchartable Tidbits
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Jason and Myke are joined by follow-up guest Scott McNulty to review the Kindle Oasis (including its Kindle hump), then switch gears to break down the complexities of Apple’s quarterly results, Dropbox’s infinite solution to an old conundrum, and Jason’s review of USB audio interfaces.
May 02, 2016
Upgrade 86: The Cloud With the Question Mark
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Myke’s back just in time to discuss the minor changes to the new MacBook and attempt to figure out why the Apple Car might exist.
Apr 25, 2016
Upgrade 85: Talk to this Cylinder
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With Myke away, Scott McNulty and Dan Moren join Jason to talk about two different Amazon hardware products, Kindle and Echo.
Apr 18, 2016
Upgrade 84: Peek it, But Don't Pop it!
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Jason and Myke discuss the 9.7-inch iPad Pro's True Tone display and the trouble with 3D Touch.
Apr 11, 2016
Upgrade 83: I Love Infuriating You
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Jason tried out the shrunken-down Smart Keyboard for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and you'll never believe what happened next! Myke returns from vacation just in time to break down Jason's reviews of Apple’s latest products and provide an Apple Watch band review of his own.
Apr 04, 2016
Upgrade 82: Baby Pro
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Extra special guest star Serenity Caldwell joins Jason to talk about the new iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, the drowning of a MacBook Air, and much more.
Mar 28, 2016
Upgrade 81: Live From Interstate 280
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Myke catches up with Jason fresh from Apple’s March 21 event in Cupertino and keeps him company on his long drive home up Interstate 280. From the new smaller iPad Pro to the interesting iPhone SE, we break down everything Apple announced—and some things it didn’t!
Mar 21, 2016
Upgrade 80: I Can Hear Your Future Screams
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Myke is back to defend the iPad as a TV, before he and Jason discuss the expectations of Apple's March 21st event, and why @AppleSupport exists. They go on to talk about why Oculus is unlikely to ever come to the Mac, and address some more thoughts about Firewatch.
Mar 14, 2016
Upgrade 79: Turkey Dinner Pizza
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Guest John Siracusa joins Jason to talk about HDTV, the future of the Mac, and pizza.
Mar 07, 2016
Upgrade 78: Rename Everything
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Rumors of a new size of iPad Pro lead Myke and Jason to discuss how Apple chooses to name its products, and whether iPads would benefit from being named more like MacBooks. They also tackle the rumors of Siri coming to the Mac and grapple with disappointment and cable management in #askupgrade.
Feb 29, 2016
Upgrade 77: I Don't Know Why You'd Call Them Friends
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Jason and Myke lightly cover Apple’s beef with the FBI, Myke gets excited by new phones at Mobile World Congress, Jason grapples with making his home smarter. And of course there’s follow-up about pizza and “Back to the Future”—that’s how it works.
Feb 22, 2016
Upgrade 76: You're Part of My System
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Myke probes Jason about his personal organization system, or lack of one. Then we speculate on Apple’s future as a TV producer, following the news that it’s creating a series starring Dr. Dre. Finally, we discuss favorite (and least favorite) words.
Feb 15, 2016
Upgrade 75: You Are Terrible to Sick People
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This week, with Myke on sick leave, Jason is joined by Stephen Hackett to talk about Apple's first-party apps, the future of the Mac and VR pizza.
Feb 08, 2016
Upgrade 74: Tablet Incorporated
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This week we use Apple’s quarterly results as a jumping-off point to discuss Apple’s product philosophy, the overall strength of the iPhone, and Apple’s missed opportunities with the iPad.
Feb 01, 2016
Upgrade 73: Put on your Rumor Pants
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It’s the official start of Rumo(u)r season, as Jason and Myke discuss the first suggestions of what Apple might release this spring and in the fall. How full does an Apple Event need to be in order for it to be worth calling? And there’s also some clicky keyboard and English muffin follow-up.
Jan 25, 2016
Upgrade 72: I Spent Four Months Not Buying It
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Jason and Myke discuss what iOS 9.3 might mean for the future of Apple’s OS update strategy, Jason buys a clicky keyboard, new Mac audio tools arrive, and we close the books on Muffingate.
Jan 18, 2016
Upgrade 71: Muffingate
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Will Apple remove the headphone jack when it releases the iPhone 7? Myke thinks it’s inevitable, while Jason is skeptical. Your hosts also revisit baked goods in the British Empire, discuss Twitter’s possible expansion to 10,000 characters, and answer your #askupgrade questions.
Jan 11, 2016
Upgrade 70: I Could Call My iPhone a Muffin
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Myke and Jason ring in the new year with discussions about CES, Twitter, awards, mailbags, and last year.
Jan 04, 2016
Upgrade 69: The 2015 Upgradies
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With a little help from their Relay FM co-hosts, Myke and Jason present awards to the best (and worst) of the year in the second annual Upgradies.
Dec 28, 2015
Upgrade 68: The Cryogenic Chamber of Topics
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This week Myke and Jason talk about Amazon drones, Christmas traditions, and Apple’s product-release strategy. And at the end of the episode, we fire off the Spoiler Horn and discuss “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in a special Myke at the Movies installment.
Dec 21, 2015
Upgrade 67: Part Spite, Part Strategy
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This week Jason and Myke discover who’s using LaunchPad, dissect Jason’s purchase of an iPad Pro, discuss a new podcast-recording service that works in a browser, and answer your questions.
Dec 14, 2015
Upgrade 66: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good Apps?
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Myke returns from his trip to New York to the bad news that Dropbox has killed Mailbox and that Sketch has abandoned the Mac App Store. But he’s cheered up by Jason’s news that he might be keeping the iPad Pro after all.
Dec 07, 2015
Upgrade 65: Holiday Firewall
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Special guest host Merlin Mann joins Jason to talk about the holidays, Apple TV, iPad Pro, and how to recommend Apple products.
Nov 30, 2015
Upgrade 64: The Law of the Large
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This week Serenity Caldwell re-joins Myke so that they can talk about their first Apple Pencil experiences. Then Myke quizzes Jason about his iPad Pro review and the new Six Colors subscription drive. Finally, we return to Myke at the Movies with 1985’s “The Sure Thing."
Nov 23, 2015
Upgrade 63: Crying about the Peripherals
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The iPad Pro has arrived, and Myke and Jason are joined by special guest Serenity Caldwell to discuss our first impressions of the new product, our iPad workflows, and the frustrating lack of availability of the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
Nov 16, 2015
Upgrade 62: I Am Nerd Face Guy
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This week we extoll the virtues of emoji and how it could be better, and Myke finds his perfect emoji at last 🤓. We also preview the iPad Pro, talk about how we’re using our iPads today, revisit Myke’s external storage needs, and follow up on week two of the new Apple TV.
Nov 09, 2015
Upgrade 61: Accidental Trek Podcast
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Special guest Joe Rosensteel joins Jason and Myke to talk about our first weekend with the new Apple TV. We cover setup hassles, the design of the new remote, the power of integrated voice search, and much more. Plus there’s time for some follow-up and answers to listener questions on #askupgrade.
Nov 02, 2015
Upgrade 60: Very Nice Button
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It’s an exciting week: Myke gets a new Retina iMac and all the Magic peripherals, and both Jason and Myke buy "Star Wars" tickets and the new Apple TV! Plus we do some Force Touch follow-up and answer your questions in #askupgrade.
Oct 27, 2015
Upgrade 59: You Need Faster Fingers
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Revisiting some of the design decisions in Apple’s new “Magic” peripherals, why 3D Touch soars while Force Touch seems to lag behind, iWork gets a much needed update, and Myke and Jason watch “Back to the Future Part II."
Oct 19, 2015
Upgrade 58: What’s Magic About That Keyboard?
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Apple announces a bunch of new iMacs, including a 21.5-inch 4K model, and Jason’s got his full review. Also, Jason provides an inside look at the new input devices Apple has released, namely the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2.
Oct 13, 2015
Upgrade 57: Complex Feelings
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This week Jason and Myke discuss OS X El Capitan, and Amazon's curious practice of removing AppleTV from stock.
Oct 05, 2015
Upgrade 56: The Migration Experience
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This week Jason and Myke share their iPhone 6S/6S Plus upgrade experiences, and give their first impressions of the new iPhone 6S features.
Sep 28, 2015
Upgrade 55: Your Watch is Full
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This week we’ve put on the cranky pants, as Myke works out his frustrations with his iPhone and futilely attempts to upgrade to watchOS 2. We attempt to lighten the mood by talking about all the things Jason likes about iOS 9 and watchOS 2, only to stray back into negativity when the subject of Apple News comes up. Welp, at least there’s #askupgrade!
Sep 21, 2015
Upgrade 54: Put a Pen on It
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Live from Portland, Myke, Jason, and special guest Stephen Hackett go deep with more thought about the Apple event, the iPad pro, Myke's dream computing environment, possibilities for Apple's product releases for the rest of 2015, what we pre-ordered from Apple, the prospects for the new Apple TV as a game platform, Apple's limited storage offerings for iCloud backup, and more.
Sep 14, 2015
Upgrade 53: Everything is Off The Charts
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Just hours after Apple's September event, Jason is joined by Stephen Hackett to talk about updates to the Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well as the new iPad Pro, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
Sep 10, 2015
Upgrade 52: Click to Click
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This week we look forward to the Sept. 9 Apple media event, which Jason will be attending. What will it take for a new Apple TV to be a success? Also, a Wii U game wins over a party of eleven-year-old boys in a mouseless house, and we further ponder the eternal mystery of why some people don’t like Tap to Click.
Aug 31, 2015
Upgrade 51: Fight Against the Fiddly Bits
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This week we break down what adding Force Touch to iOS might mean, highlighting the difficult design and marketing choices Apple has to make when it rolls out new products. Also, Jason shocks Myke by saying something nice about pens, we address some WarGames and Twitter follow-up, and we answer your #askupgrade questions.
Aug 24, 2015
Upgrade 50: Bing Bong
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This week Jason cleans off his desk and we follow up on Google’s new Alphabet. Then it’s time for Myke to go back to the movies with 1983’s “WarGames” and as a special bonus, Pixar’s “Inside Out."
Aug 17, 2015
Upgrade 49: Huge Engine of Money
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Jason returns from his 2,000-mile car trip just in time to discuss the meaning behind Google’s transformation into Alphabet and the future of Twitter. And as always, they answer some of your questions.
Aug 11, 2015
Upgrade 48: The Watercooler
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Our hosts show off their age gap by comparing how they watch television as a part of a larger discussion about the role of the Apple TV in Apple’s product line. Then Myke and Jason discuss the future of Twitter. Plus they discuss tricks of the journalism trade, Myke’s first experiences with Apple Pay, and answer some of your #askupgrade questions.
Aug 03, 2015
Upgrade 47: Trust Us, It's Doing Well
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Jason and Myke discuss Apple’s enthusiastically vague approach to Apple Watch sales figures, Myke’s fear that content blockers could wreck people’s livelihoods, and classic iPods and iPod Classics. Plus, Jason takes a European geography quiz.
Jul 27, 2015
Upgrade 46: The S Could Stand for Snell
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Myke and Jason party like it’s 2005 and spend a lot of time talking about the iPod, including what the new iPod touch might mean for the future of the iPhone product line, and the mystery of the continued existence of the iPod nano and iPod shuffle. Plus they address some follow-up about tea, space, and American geography.
Jul 20, 2015
Upgrade 45: Grandpa's Superhero
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Jason and Myke dive into the iOS 9 and El Capitan public betas, then divert to both Pluto and San Diego to talk space exploration and Comic-Con.
Jul 13, 2015
Upgrade 44: Tap the Ellipses
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The pros and cons of Apple’s relationship with the web development community, our first week with Apple Music and Beats 1, Jason doesn’t go to Comic-Con, and the first Upgrade Baby is born.
Jul 06, 2015
Upgrade 43: Haptic Skeptic
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It’s a big week, so Jason and Myke spend a lot of time discussing the launch of Apple Music and Beats One and the ugliness of music industry negotiations. Plus Jason installs the iOS 9 beta on an iPad Air 2, legal opinions from non-lawyers, questionable attacks on Taylor Swift, and praise for “Mr. Robot."
Jun 29, 2015
Upgrade 42: Shuttlecraft Wallet
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Jason and Myke discuss the tough decision facing Apple when it comes to marketing a rumored iPad Pro and recap the Taylor Swift/Apple Music kerfuffle. Plus, Myke asks Jason about buying an Xbox One and a bunch of Wii U games, there's something surprising inside Myke's wallet, and we answer your #askupgrade questions. Finally, "Myke Watches a Movie" returns with the 1989 classic, "Say Anything..."
Jun 22, 2015
Upgrade 41: Emoji Fragmentation
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Jason and Myke revisit WWDC 2015 with a week’s perspective, and also discuss iOS 9 emoji support, gaming on OS X, Apple’s new system typography, and Microsoft’s Xbox One compatibility announcement.
Jun 15, 2015
Upgrade 40: Emotion Palette
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Live from San Francisco and fresh from Apple's WWDC Keynote, Jason and Myke dissect everything from new OS X and iOS versions to native watch apps to the new Apple Music service.
Jun 08, 2015
Upgrade 39: Developers do a Lot of Running
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We prepare for WWDC by discussing Jason’s coverage preparation and the future of OS X, and then Myke forces Jason to make WWDC predictions. Plus lots of Google follow-up, and we answer more of your questions.
Jun 01, 2015
Upgrade 38: Titles Are Not Jobs
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This week Jason and Myke discuss Jonathan Ive's new title and what it means for Apple's Chief Design Officer and the company as a whole, and in advance of Google I/O, talk about how and why we use Google's services on our Apple devices.
May 26, 2015
Upgrade 37: I Don't Have a Production Staff
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This week Jason and Myke talk about different podcast production styles, the apps they are using on their Apple Watches, and answer a selection of #askupgrade questions.
May 18, 2015
Upgrade 36: Menu Bar at the Top
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This week Jason and Myke discuss what a new Apple TV remote might look like, the dangers of cloud syncing, Apple Watch intimacy, and Jason’s new TV. And then it’s time for the latest Myke Watches a Movie segment, featuring “Raiders of the Lost Ark."
May 11, 2015
Upgrade 35: Where The Fluoroelastomer Meets the Road
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After living with the Apple Watch for another week, Jason and Myke discuss what they’ve noticed so far. Then they discuss the peculiar Amazon Echo and give a mini review of "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
May 04, 2015
Upgrade 34: The 1.0 Experience
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Jason and Myke recount their first weekends with the Apple Watch, answer your Apple Watch questions, talk about Jason’s trip to the Yosemite by CocoaConf conference, and do a little follow-up about Photos for Mac and iCloud Photo Library.
Apr 27, 2015
Upgrade 33: Personal Electronic Notebooks
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Stephen Hackett joins Jason to talk about John Siracusa's semi-retirement, online shopping, the future of the OS X brand name, Photos for Mac, and Myke's trip to Atlanta.
Apr 20, 2015
Upgrade 32: Uncompatible
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Jason and Myke talk about their Apple Watch try-on experiences and take a look at some of the new PR tactics Apple is employing. Then Jason makes Myke watch "This is Spinal Tap."
Apr 13, 2015
Upgrade 31: MacBook Review Special
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On this special episode Jason is quizzed by Myke and the listeners about his review of the new MacBook.
Apr 09, 2015
Upgrade 30: Boarding a Sinking Ship
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Jason and special guest John Siracusa discuss the iPhone 6 Plus, reactions to "Becoming Steve Jobs," Apple's lost decade, and what lessons can be learned by business successes and failures. Plus, Accidental Tech Podcast's aftershow philosophy and a tantalizing hint of "Robot or Not?"
Apr 07, 2015
Upgrade 29: Velcro Ball
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Live from the Úll conference in Ireland, Jason and Myke discuss 'Becoming Steve Jobs', and how this book addresses Apple in the early days, the value of being able to meet people in person and finally address whether Myke Was Right.
Mar 30, 2015
Upgrade 28: Two Men in a Very Tiny Room
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This week Jason and Myke are live and in person in London! They discuss the rumours of the Apple TV, what tech makes the cut for travelling, and whether Jason might be joining the iPhone 6 Plus club.
Mar 23, 2015
Upgrade 27: The Batman of Cheese
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With an extra week’s perspective, Jason and Myke discuss the new MacBook, the Apple Watch, and what makes Apple different from its competitors.
Mar 16, 2015
Upgrade 26: Ambushed on a Podcast
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Jason and Myke get a little help in discussing Apple's 'Spring Forward' event, including the new MacBook, HBO on Apple TV, and more on the Apple Watch.
Mar 09, 2015
Upgrade 25: I Don't Need a Saturday Box
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This week Jason and Myke are joined by David Sparks. They spend some time discussing David's recent jump to the indie life, expectations of next week's Apple event, the Pebble Time Kickstarter and why people may want to share secrets.
Mar 02, 2015
Upgrade 24: Because... Luxury
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This week Jason and Myke trade more thoughts on Apple Car rumors, dive in to some more details on the Apple Watch, consider why working within barriers can be a good thing and discuss transparency in editorial practices at Apple.
Feb 23, 2015
Upgrade 23: The Church of The Coverflow
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The possibility of Apple building a car, why being critical is both important and difficult, using a secondary Mac, and Jason and Myke answer your questions.
Feb 16, 2015
Upgrade 22: I Didn't Hate This Movie
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Apple's new Photos app for the Mac has appeared, and Jason and Myke discuss what this could mean for iTunes and the future of Mac development. They also discuss some Apple Watch expectations, how Apple deals with change, and Myke watches 'Real Genius.'
Feb 09, 2015
Upgrade 21: You Rolled 38
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This week Jason and Myke get a grasp on how the iPhone's runaway success affects Apple's decisions, including the development of the Apple Watch. Plus, lots of feedback about how people take notes with digital devices, and we inaugurate our 'Myke Watches a Movie' vertical with 'The Princess Bride.'
Feb 02, 2015
Upgrade 20: You Cannot Win an Effort War
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Jason and Myke debate the utility of a stylus for the iPad, Jason falls through a time warp into the '90s to convert some VHS tapes to digital format, and we follow up on items from various podcasts... not all of them this one.
Jan 26, 2015
Upgrade 19: Marco Marketing
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Jason and Myke tackle upgrading versus sticking with what you know, take Apple's CarPlay for a powerslide, judge the financial success of Apps in the App Store, and cover more on battery life and the 12" Air. Plus they answer your burning questions!
Jan 19, 2015
Upgrade 18: Special Interface Snowflake
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This week Jason and Myke discuss the rumored 12" MacBook Air, how Apple approaches battery life on iOS devices, Apple software quality, uses of scripting and automation, Siracusa-style window management, and the first time Jason ever picked up an iPhone.
Jan 12, 2015
Upgrade 17: Somewhere on The Monorail
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This week Jason and Myke discuss Apple's software quality issues and the difficulty in diagnosing problems from outside an organization, why Family Sharing is a problematic feature, and what's good and bad about CES. Plus, Jason listens to Hello Internet and Myke listens to The Flop House.
Jan 05, 2015
Upgrade 16: The 2014 Upgradies
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This episode of Upgrade plays host to the first ever 'Upgradies' awards! Jason and Myke talk about some of their favourite gadgets, games and podcasts of the year, amongst many other categories. Grab some popcorn, your best evening wear and settle in for a monumental podcasting event!
Dec 29, 2014
Upgrade 15: Upgradians of the Galaxy
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This week Jason and Myke discuss workstation ergonomics, traveling with technology, and how they deal with online security, then debate how to collectively name the listeners of the show.
Dec 23, 2014
Upgrade 14: The Marvel of the Buttermilk Biscuit
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This week Myke and Jason discuss the etiquette of digital gifts, compare how they use their iOS devices compared to their Macs, and decide on a collective name for listeners of the show.
Dec 15, 2014
Upgrade 13: #AskUpgrade
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This week Jason and Myke discuss the varying ways that you can support yourself financially when undertaking a creative endeavour and why it's important to consider their positive and negative effects.
Dec 08, 2014
Upgrade 12: Plant and Analyze
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This week Jason and Myke address some holiday follow up, before talking about democratising podcasting and conducting a (very slow) lightning round.
Dec 02, 2014
Upgrade 11: Drifting Shower Schedule
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This week Jason and Myke are joined by Greg Knauss. They talk about whether web comments are a good thing and what it's really like to work for yourself. Greg and Jason also quiz Myke on Thanksgiving.
Nov 24, 2014
Upgrade 10: Podcasting, It’s Great!
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This week Jason and Myke address more important Taylor Swift follow-up, discuss why podcasting is back (again), and take on App Store pricing in the wake of Monument Valley and Space Age.
Nov 17, 2014
Upgrade 9: A Brain and a Drill
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This time Jason and Myke discuss their current working environments and how they feel about the suggestion that we're in a new 'podcasting revolution'.
Nov 10, 2014
Upgrade 8: With Special Offers
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Special guest Scott McNulty joins Jason and Myke to talk about the new Kindle Voyage and why we use Kindles. Plus follow-up about TestFlight, annoying things people do in the Apple Store, and the introduction of our new cheese vertical.
Nov 04, 2014
Upgrade 7: Hot Dog Allergy
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This week Jason and Myke tackle a host of Apple Pay follow up, before addressing Gamergate and the Retina iMac.
Oct 27, 2014
Upgrade 6: The Enemy Discount
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This week Jason tells Myke about his experiences at an Apple event as an independent writer, before going on to discuss the new products announced and day-one impressions of Apple Pay.
Oct 20, 2014
Upgrade 5: Macworld Cosplay
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This week Jason and Myke talk about Çingleton and the rise and fall of Mac conferences, the Mac App Store and the pains of App Review, the upcoming Apple event, the disappointment of long-running TV and Movie series and a new name for summoning your digital assistant.
Oct 14, 2014
Upgrade 4: I Regret My Endorsement of You
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This week Jason and Myke start off the show with a discussion about terrible social networks, before attacking follow-up on Dropbox replacements, data security and streaming services. Other topics this week include Apple Pay and the Pebble.
Oct 06, 2014
Upgrade 3: I Think You'll Find It's Bazqux
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This week Jason and Myke discuss the perils of online streaming services and the uniquely modern problem of having 1TB of Dropbox storage.
Sep 29, 2014
Upgrade 2: You Start From Zero
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This week Jason gets to address a bunch of iPhone follow-up (which he is *super* excited about) and Myke quizzes him about his first week of writing at Six Colors.
Sep 22, 2014
Upgrade 1: Fly Casual
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After a brief introduction to Upgrade, Jason and Myke dive into what everyone wants to hear about--the new iPhones! Jason has been using the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for the last week, and he's got a full report. We also discuss the ins and outs of going to Apple events as a journalist, Apple product embargoes, and Myke's obsession with the iPhone 6 Plus.
Sep 17, 2014