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PCM31: Breaking Down Apple’s ‘Incredible’ Yawner of an Event

Apple CEO Tim Cook promised “monster news” at the beginning of the company’s big event this week – and we’re still waiting.

That’s because instead of monster announcements, we mostly received details about updates for Apple Watch, the iPad line, the all-new Apple TV, and the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Now, that isn’t to discount the large amount of interest many will have in these updates – after all, a company couldn’t get away with calling this snoozefest a “big event” if its products weren’t insanely popular. We’re just saying, unveiling the Apple Pencil isn’t exactly monster nor does it quite stack up to the 2001 announcement of iPod or the 2007 introduction of iPhone.

So in this week’s episode of the PC Mike Techcast, we go through each section of what Apple called a big event to tell you what you might want to know, including:

  • When will watchOS 2 be available
  • What kind of other changes are in store for Apple Watch
  • What is iPad Pro
  • What the redesigned Apple TV brings to the table
  • What changes iPhone 6s and 6s Plus mean and if they justify getting a new phone

Show Notes for Episode #31 Sept. 11, 2015 of the PC Mike podcast:

First Things First: I’m Switching from Windows 7 to Windows 10 – Are My Files Safe?

A listener named Janet is switching from one computer running Microsoft Windows 7 to a new one running Microsoft Windows 10 and is worried about losing important personal files. She turns to PC Mike for help in making sure everything stays safe and he offers some great suggestions. [2:28]

Tech News of the Week: The ‘Incredible’ (Yawner) Apple Event of the Year

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The user interface and hardware for the all-new Apple TV

For this week’s PC Mike Tech News of the Week segment, PC Mike and Producer Andrew Dietderich break down some highlights from Apple’s Sept. 9 event.  [5:39] To read all of Apple’s official and hyperbole-filled press releases for the products it talked about, check out the company’s online pressroom at: https://www.apple.com/pr/

To hear clips from the Apple event and a short discussion following, click on the time stamp next to each product:

 

Apps of the Week: Record It! Audio Recording and Editing Apps

Audio Recording and Editing Apps

Lexis Audio Editor app for Android and Windows

Whether you want to record a class, business meeting, concert or anything else, apps that turn our smartphones and tablets into versatile audio recording devices just keep getting better and better. [38:35]

Here are three of the best to consider:

Voice Record Pro is a simple yet robust recording app that allows for recordings of unlimited length. It records in a variety of formats, including MP3. You can even bookmark important sections of recordings for quick and easy reference. Recordings can be uploaded to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, and Soundcloud. Voice Record Pro is for iOS only and free, though for $3 you can get it without ads.

Audio Memos is easy to use with a simple and intuitive interface. You can pause and adjust quality and volume. Recordings can be edited and also be sent to your computer via email or by a USB cord connection. There’s even a way to use a lock code for privacy. The basic version is free. For $9.99 you can get the full version. It’s available for iOS and Android.

Lexis Audio Editor displays recordings in visual waveforms that make for easy editing, with cut, copy, and past options. You can also change tempo, speed and pitch of recordings. It’s for Android or Windows. The basic version is free. For an additional $3.49 users can have access to all functions of a pretty slick Audio Editor.

Thingamajig of the Week: GoPro Cameras Keep Getting Better

downloadPaul Ulreich, Verizon’s Uber User, joins the show to talk about the latest in GoPro cameras http://www.verizonwireless.com/accessories/gopro-hero-4-silver-edition/[42:26]

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Online Learning – Free Trial for PC Mike Listeners

I get asked a lot about finding online courses for learning how to use photography software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom CC, which are both on my recently updated list of tech gear. I talk about how I benefited from taking online courses as well as a special deal available only to PC Mike Techcast listeners at pcmike.com/lynda, where you can even try it free for 10 days and see if online learning works as well for you as it has for me. By the way, they have more than 3,300 courses to pick from – including more than 100,000 video tutorials – in subjects ranging from photography, video and audio to graphic design and web development. With Lynda, you can get:

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We Need Your Help!

As we begin a new podcast like this, it’s very important to get a bunch of reviews to be able to show well in the iTunes listings. So if you can, I’d sure appreciate it if you’d subscribe and leave me your rating and review.

Here’s how:

First, open up the iTunes app on your computer or mobile device. Click on Podcasts on top
> From the iTunes Podcasts page, use the “Search Store” field up at the top right corner of the page. Type in PC Mike Techcast under the Podcasts category.
> Click on the logo image of the PC Mike Techcast on the search return page
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Thanks to all for the kind reviews we’ve received so far. I read and appreciate every review! If you haven’t left a review please do so. I will be so grateful!

And remember, you can appear in future episodes. Ask a question or voice your comments by clicking the Leave Voicemail tab on the right side of this page here at pcmike.com. You can then use the microphone on your computer to record your question.

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About the Author:

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.