The Lost Episodes, Part IV: What the Hell, Josh?

The Lost Episodes, Part IV: What the Hell, Josh?

Your hosts were feeling a bit more laid back this week, so they began by talking about games. Jamie can’t stop playing Magic 2013 on her iPad and tries to pressure Jon into trying it out. This brings them to the realization that iOS versions of games are dumbed down. They then move on to the email problem; but, more specifically, the goals of PR people and blogger people in the circle of life. Jon and Jamie touch on the big app news of the week: The Day One update. Which leads Jon into admitting he’s using Foursquare again, and finally sees a purpose in it. They end by touching on the cliché of “What if Apple bought X?,” and fantasize about not only what Apple could do with Foursquare, but even Path.

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The Lost Episodes, Part III: Don’t Cue Yourself

The Lost Episodes, Part III: Don’t Cue Yourself

Your hosts begin the show by talking about — what else? — home screens. Homescreen.me has finally opened its doors to everyone, so be sure to sign up and share your own porn with The Dock. Jon and Jamie then talk briefly about bad PR pitches before diving right in to their thoughts on Twitter’s future. They discuss the ramifications of Twitter closing their API as well as where they would go if this happened. They don’t want Twitter to forget its roots — the people, the users — but fear this may end up being the case. Though an ad-focused Twitter is more than disheartening, Jon shares a possible solution he found: app.net.

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The Lost Episodes, Part II: F—kin’ Ponies

The Lost Episodes, Part II: F—kin’ Ponies

Welcome to Part II of The Lost Episodes. Jamie and Jon begin the show by talking about how apps need to be intuitive the first time you launch them. They talk about Pocket and Instapaper: why Jon has switched to Pocket and why Jamie is in a horrible rut because she’s crazy indecisive (and hates ponies). Your hosts then discuss syncing in Safari and Chrome and how Mail rules need to sync for iOS, especially colors. They almost forget to talk about the biggest news of the week: Tweetbot for Mac! Which leads them to the possibility of no longer having a Tweetbot, but they quickly decide to leave the depressing Twitter talk and speculation for another show.

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The Lost Episodes, Part I

The Lost Episodes, Part I

This isn’t Season 2. Jamie and Jon are just serving some hors d’oeuvre while they cook up a second season that will melt your face. They’ve got some exciting secrets to share with you very soon, but in the meantime, welcome to The Lost Episodes.

Your hosts had some catching up to do: Jamie’s now the boss lady over at AppAdvice, Jon has moved to the Bay Area for his job with RWW, and a lot of new apps have been released since they’ve last spoken. They discuss apps and iOS 6 briefly before Jon begins to fill us in on all things Google: those silly Google glasses, using Android devices, and comparing hardware and software (Siri vs. Google Now, Nexus 7 vs. a theoretical 7” iPad).

Now, stick around…because your favorite casters of the pods have some exciting news coming up for season two. It’s some crazy good shit, too. You won’t want to miss it.

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s01e20 - You Have Problems

Episode 20

It’s the final episode of season one! Jamie brings us up to date about life with the new iPad. Surprise: She loves it. Jon then airs his grievances about one minor gripe he has with iA Writer. Then, the real fun begins. For the season finale, your hosts wanted to do something special. Enter: the Episode 20 APPocalypse. Jon and Jamie are “stranded” with only one screen of their iPhones. (20 apps, 20th episode. Get it?) The Web still exists, but their only computers are iPhones with 20 apps. No folders. Which 20 iPhone apps will they need to survive in the digital age?

Thank you all for listening. It’s been an amazing experience. Thanks for inviting us into your lives — and into your ears — through the devices we all love so much.

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s01e19 - Stupid iPhone Head

Episode 19

Jamie and Jon were back together this week, but they kept it brief because Jamie was unwell. They had a ton to talk about, though, including the new iPad, which is Jamie’s first. Jon offered some iPad suggestions, and Jamie described her setup, which she’s still figuring out. More on that next week. Then they discussed Readability and Instapaper, because events transpired this week that drove Jon to switch back to Instapaper. That led to a discussion of the surprisingly intense emotions around apps and the people who make them.

On a technical note, we know why the early episodes are disappearing each week. Unfortunately, it’s an apparently intractable problem with Tumblr, which limits the amount of items you can keep in its RSS feed. So we have to move this blog. The domain will stay the same, but the links will break. Hopefully, you won’t have to re-download all your podcasts. But this is an ongoing project, so bear with us. It’ll be a while. In the meantime, you can always find the old episodes here on TheDock.tv.

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s01e18 - It’s All In Your Head

Episode 18

While Jon was off nerding it up in Texas, Karen Freeman acted as guest co-host in his stead. Karen is a manager, editor, and writer at AppAdvice, a freelance writer for Macworld, a mom, and a teacher. They begin talking about the new iPad and ask the question, “What’s in a name?” They discuss all of the confusion brought on by this “name change,” but in the end decide it doesn’t really matter. In between giggling, your hosts complain about iCloud and Photo Stream, while parsing Dropbox in all of its glory. As per typical guest discussion: Karen touches on what’s on her homescreen and which apps she uses daily. Then, they both make fun of Jamie’s delirious blog post on a missing iOS 5.1 “feature” and how none of the readers got what she was on about.

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s01e17 - Happy But Serious

Episode 17

Jamie was too busy being the boss of the applesauce this week, so Jon was joined by guest co-pilot Matthew Bischoff, co-founder of Lickability, makers of Quotebook. The big issue of the week was the new Readability app and its implications for Instapaper. Jon and Matthew compared the feature sets and business models, their own ways of using them, and the idea of “copycat apps.” It led to a discussion of user meanness, the importance of loyalty and customer service on Twitter and in the App Store. At one point, Jon couldn’t help but effusively praise Quotebook, and Matthew mercifully allowed him to do so. They also talked about the black box of iCloud, the future of the home screen, and Jon introduced his new experiment: a white iPod Touch he bought in order to jailbreak.

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➤ Invalid Argument Ep. 1 - The App Store: (Banana) Republic?

Over on ReadWriteWeb, Jon got a chance to talk iOS with five awesome developers on his pseudo-weekly-ish video show, Invalid Argument. The makers of Yobongo, Quotebook, Launch Center and more discuss what it’s like to work for the App Store, what its problems are, and what’s great about it. Click through for video!

Invalid Argument

ReadWriteWeb: Invalid Argument Ep. 1 - The App Store: (Banana) Republic?

s01e16 - Teeny Little Tap Targets

Episode 16

Jamie and Jon had a lot of catching up to do on this show. A bunch of big-time apps came out over the past couple of weeks, and they haven’t had time to talk about them. Though the show was all about iOS apps, they managed to talk briefly about (gasp!) Android. Your hosts end the show with their thoughts on the problem with the iTunes Store, including Apple’s acquisition of Chomp, what that means for the App Store, and the app scammers and thieves taking over the iTunes storefront.

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s01e15 - Synthesis On The Fly

Episode 15

Jamie and Jon are joined by James Hinton, the recording and performing artist known as The Range. They discuss his mighty electronic music setup and how computers, specifically Apple ones, are changing the musical game. It leads to a discussion of SoundCloud's in-audio commenting and how it adds to (and subtracts from) the experience of sharing music. That leads into a discussion of podcasting and then Apple in general, Mountain Lion and where it's all headed.

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You should all love us as much as @KarenSFreeman:

@atjamie @JonMwordsI JUST figured out my car can do this - the port was hidden inside a console. J&J to go! :) twitter.com/KarenSFreeman/…— Karen Schiff Freeman (@KarenSFreeman) February 14, 2012

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s01e14 - Your Face In My Feed

Episode 14

Jon and Jamie drop the intro. They’re both having some minor home screen issues, so they talked through it. It wasn’t as bad as either of them thought, so they went on to talk about the things they do with their devices: reading and writing on the Internet and everything wrong and right about it. We also talked about Path’s privacy snafu and how they took the bullet for everybody else, including Apple. It concludes with a little musing on whether Apple’s App Store standards are slipping. We forgot to talk about the enormous amounts of Tweetbot news. We’ll get into that next week.

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s01e13 - You Guys May Not Hear Me, But I’m Talking To You

Episode 13

Jamie and Jon were joined by David Kanter, who does user support for Intuit. They began by contemplating customer service for software and the difference between “feedback” and “support.” They considered which media — Twitter, email, IM, phone — work best for customers and their concerns. That led to discussing first experiences with apps, including the infamous first launch of Color. Then they moved into the apps they love, starting with Path and the other social apps they use, carefully considering the kinds of things they share and connections they make on each one. There’s also a broad discussion of iPhone photography. Eventually, your hosts and their guest just needed a nice, thorough home screen therapy session.

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➤ Launch Center’s Curious Quest to Fix the iPhone

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Per episode 12, Jon had a great chat today with David Barnard of App Cubby, creators of Launch Center. He didn’t record it, which was dumb, but he wrote about it on ReadWriteWeb. Maybe next time we can get David to be a guest on the show, huh?

ReadWriteWeb: Launch Center’s Curious Quest to Fix the iPhone