Peek inside the incredibly extravagant Steve Jobs Theater on The CultCast

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Steve Jobs Theater
Steve Jobs theater, a true and fitting monument.
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This week on The CultCast: A look at the new Steve Jobs Theater, a beautiful spectacle of technology and architecture, a physical manifestation of the Apple ethos, and a true and fitting monument. And like any Apple product, it packs some features that will delight you. Plus: Why it will probably be damn near impossible to purchase an iPhone 8. And we’ll pitch you our favorite gadgets, then vote on which is best, in an all new Faves ’N Raves!

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ZCast update makes iPhone’s best podcasting platform better

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ZCast on iPhone
ZCast now supports high-definition audio recording.
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Why Apple may make your next TV, this week on The CultCast

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The Apple television lives!
The Apple television lives!
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This week on The CultCast: Apple makes a major play to become the next HBO. Meanwhile, intriguing new images surface showing what looks to be a product we all thought had died — the long lost Apple Television.

Plus: A trusted source says Apple’s next Watch will be more boring than we hoped; and finally … eating bugs … Thai Tinder … yes, Buster Heine is back to share strange stories from his travels deep into the heart of Thailand.

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Cult of Mac Magazine: Podcasting 101, iOS beta 4 changes, Juuk’s Rainbow Apple Watch band and more!

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One thing that sets apart the amateurs from the professionals is good content, but the other is production values.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine, amateur podcaster and video-tutorial creator, Chris Ward, shares what he’s learned, along with recommendations on the hardware, software and techniques to get you started podcasting using your Mac.

We’ve got video of iOS 11 beta 4 changes, and how the flashlight mode on iPhone helped a photographer light the simulated workspace of European astronaut Paolo Nespoli. Check out the long-awaited Rainbow Apple Watch Band from Juuk, and more.  Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Podcasting 101: What you need to get started on Mac

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Chris Ward's podcasting setup
My Podcasting setup
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Podcasting is undergoing a renaissance with listeners consuming on-demand shows at unprecedented levels, and creators enjoying surprising levels of success with their work. One thing that sets apart the amateurs from the professionals is good content, but the other is production values.

I have been running my own small podcast for about a year, trying different ideas and formats to see what works. While I’m an amateur podcaster, I create tutorial videos for a living and I used to be a professional musician, so I know a thing or two about sound, music, and music production. I have also been using a Mac since 1997, and have recorded audio with just about every port that Apple has released. For me, the podcast is a great outlet to cover topics I don’t get to cover in my paid writing work. And of course, like many other podcasters, I like the sound of my own voice.

Here are some of the things I’ve learned, along with recommendations on the hardware, software and techniques to get you started podcasting using your Mac.

Ex-Apple engineer tells how the company’s manufacturing works

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Instrumental founder and CEO Anna Katrina Shedletsky
Instrumental founder and CEO Anna Katrina Shedletsky, who is using her experience as an Apple product design engineer to bring AI to manufacturing.
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Almost all electronic products are still assembled by hand, even hundreds of millions of iPhones.

But that’s changing. Apple’s supply chain is rapidly automating using AI and robots.

At the forefront of this is an ex-Apple product design engineer, Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, who is using her expertise to help other manufacturers build their products.

On this episode of the Apple Chat podcast, we talk to Shedletsky about her new AI startup, Instrumental; Apple’s giant manufacturing operation; the role of product design; and much more.

If you’re curious how Apple makes its products, listen to the podcast or check out the full transcript below.

Former Apple product design engineer reveals how Apple runs its factories

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Instrumental CEO Anna-Katrina Shedletsky
Anna Katrina Shedletsky is a former Apple product design engineer who is using her experience to build AI that helps companies streamline manufacturing.
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On this week’s Apple Chat (the podcast formerly known as Kahney’s Korner): I talk with former Apple product design engineer Anna-Katrina Shedletsky about her take on modern manufacturing and how AI will revolutionize factories. She introduces us to her new company, Instrumental, which is using machine learning to help manufacturers identify and fix problems on their assembly lines.

Using her hard-earned experience at Apple overseeing the production of the first Apple Watch and several generations of the iPod, Shedletsky says machine learning is coming fast to manufacturing. Amazingly, almost all consumer electronics products are still assembled by hand — including hundreds of millions of iPhones.

But that’s changing. Manufacturing is undergoing a huge sea change with the advance of robotics and AI.

Drastic new changes coming to an Apple store near you, this week on The CultCast

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Cupertino has a new vision for the Apple Store.
Cupertino has a new vision for the Apple Store.
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This week on The CultCast: Apple stores are about to get a massive 2.0 overhaul, and we’ve got all the details. Plus: Why the iPhone 8 may launch super-late and with no OLED screen; Final Cut Pro X hits a massive milestone; Google co-founder makes a flying car, and you’re gonna want one; and we reveal our favorite new gadgets in an all-new Under Review!

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Overcast app lets you send podcasts to Apple Watch

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Like podcasts? Like Apple Watch? Then this is the app for you!
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Superior iOS podcast app Overcast has issued a new 3.1 update, allowing users to send individual podcasts to their Apple Watch to listen to when they’re not in the immediate vicinity of their iPhone.

This is something that can’t be done with Apple’s official Podcasts app, even though users can send audio files from the iOS Music app.

Catch The CultCast’s 5th-anniversary live stream

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Come party with the CultCast.
Come party with The CultCast today.
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Cult of Mac’s podcast The CultCast hit its five-year anniversary this week, and to celebrate we want to hang out with you!

We’ll be hosting a live 5th anniversary extravaganza this afternoon, celebrating all the amazing listeners we’ve grown to love during this crazy experience. Erfon, Leander, Buster and maybe even some special guests will be part of the live event. The festivities start at 12 p.m. Pacific today. All you have to do is watch the live YouTube feed below.

Come join the party!