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Home of the most recent episodes of The CultCast including links to topics discussed and coupons from our beloved sponsors.

158: On Your Left!

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

Merry CultCast boys and girls! Santa gets a little “grabby”; Apple wins a major lawsuit; our iPhones deserve "rollover" data plans; the incredibly low payouts artists get from Spotify; and the high-end gifts we really want but will never get on an all-new Get To Know Your Cultist.

157: Inside The Sony Hack

The CultCast

In this week's CultCast:

The Sony hack reveals all sorts of juicy Jobs movie tidbits; HBO uses Game of Thrones to break big cable’s iron grip; iPod Classic prices skyrocket as fans scramble to buy them; we’ll tell you how to get some fantastic iOS games absolutely free; and then we pitch our favorite tech and vote on which is best… it’s an all new Faves ’N Raves.

156: No Shake For You!

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

How’s about that new Star Wars trailer! Plus, warm up the tele—Woz is getting a tech-filled reality TV show; we divulge our new favorite iPhone and Mac apps; we answer some ridiculous listener Qs in an all new get to know your Cultist; and finally, Steve Jobs denies Leander Kahney’s attempted handshake not once, but TWICE. Leander recounts the tale. We die laughing.

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155: Kiss The Cook

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

Gobble gobble yaaa’aall! Ever wonder what a Thanksgiving meal with Tim Cook might be like? Ok, maybe not, but come imagine it with us anyway. Then: why Apple quietly included 4K support in iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2; and Amazon is building an ad-supported Netflix streaming competitor. Plus stayed tuned for the CultCast gift guide! We’ll talk about the products we’d love to get as gifts this year.

154: Brogrammers

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

Uber’s crazy culture is making the news, but we want to party with their brogrammers; why we’re not so jazzed on Apple Watch apps; why the next iPhone might feature a massively improved camera; why Steve Jobs drowned the first iPod prototype; and finally, what we like and don’t about the gadgets and Apple accessories we’re reviewing—it’s an all-new Under Review.

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153: It’s Just Two Steps!

The CultCast

In this week's CultCast:

Huge news in the fight for an open internet; Youtube’s Music service confuses us; Apple Pay is like, the payment of the future; big Black Friday deals on Apple’s newest gadgets; the go-to apps we keep on our home screens, and sooooo much more.

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152: He Dances In Pleather

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

More rumored details of the 12-inch "iPad Pro”; 755 more Emojis coming soon to your iDevices; with Christian Bale out, we make our list of the actors that definitely shouldn’t replace him in the Sorkin-penned Jobs movie; and finally… nude or not? Do you keep your iDevices bare or covered up in a case? We ponder the pros and cons and ask the question: why are so many iPhone and iPad cases horrid pieces of garbage? We’ll pitch some of our faves, too.

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151: Payment Wars

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In this week's CultCast:

The war on Apple Pay has begun. We’ll tell you why some of the biggest retailers are moving to block it, and all about the ridiculously dumb app they want you to use instead. Plus, our 72-hour review of the iPad Air 2; The FTC sues AT&T for throttling your data; Christian Bale is your next Steve Jobs; And we pitch our favorite tech and apps then vote on which is best—it’s an all-new Faves ’N Raves. And Faves N Raves. And….

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150: Wham Rappin'

The CultCast

In this week's CultCast:

The iPad Air 2 reviews are in, and not everyone’s in love; Cult of Mac spends a day with Apple Pay; Yosemite and iOS 8.1 Continuity blows. our. minds; A potential cure for the painful #6PlusPinch; Some welcome changes rumored for Beats Music; And we wrap with our favorite movie trilogies of all time in an all-new Get To Know Your Cultists.

In this week's CultCast:

The iPad Air 2 reviews are in, and not everyone’s in love; Cult of Mac spends a day with Apple Pay; Yosemite and iOS 8.1 Continuity blows. our. minds; A potential cure for the painful #6PlusPinch; Some welcome changes rumored for Beats Music; And we wrap with our favorite movie trilogies of all time in an all-new Get To Know Your Cultists.

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149: Chairman Honeycrisp

The CultCast

In this week's CultCast:

Fresh off the Apple event, our impressions of iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, the big beautiful iMac with 5K display, and the updated Mac Mini. Plus, our favorite Continuity features of Yosemite and iOS 8.1; and HBO makes a move to offer all us cable cutters the a la cart TV we’ve always wanted.

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148: Broke, But Blingin'

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

It’s official, friends: on October 16th, Apple will hold yet another hardware event, so ready your wallets, cause another round of gadgets is headed our way. We run through our list of iPad and Mac expectations. Plus, ever wonder what it’s like to have a brand new iPhone 6 Plus stolen right out of your hands? Well we can tell you first hand (no pun intended), and we want your help to catch the crooks.

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147: Extra-Gadgetal Affairs

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

It’s no coincidence — your love for Apple and their pretty little gadgets was Steve Jobs' master plan; Bendgate might seem overblown, but where there’s smoke there’s fire; we love our iPhone 6 Pluses, but dear lord, they’re huge. And finally, Jony Ive gains a counterpart in Apple's newest Industrial Designer.

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146: BENDghazi

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

Bendgate! Some say it’s Antennagate 2.0, but is there a legitimate issue happening here? We’ll tell you what we think about these “bent” iPhones… Then, we’ve used it for a whole week—catch our updated impressions of iPhone 6. Plus, why you should hold off on installing iOS 8.0.1, and what you can do if you already have. And finally, it’s not just the big screen, there might be another reason the iPhone 6 has been impossible to buy. We’ll tell you our stories from launch day…

145: Death of a Classic

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

The reviews are in! We’ll tell you what people love and don’t about the iPhone 6. Then, RIP, iPod Classic. We remember the humble beginnings of the device that built the new Apple. And finally, Apple announced a base price of $349 for the Apple Watch, sure, but the prices for the other editions might make even Rolex envious. All that plus the lesser know features of iOS 8; how to get U2 out of your iTunes; and a new social video app has taking more selfies than ever.

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144: One More Thing

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

It's decision time! Which iPhone 6 is right for you? We’ll walk you though the features of both new iPhones and help you make that very decision in time for the pre-order. Plus, will Apple Pay be replacing our wallets? We’ll tell you our thoughts and musings. And of course, the Apple Watch—we’ll review its features and reveal our initial impressions. And finally… he did it, guys. Tim Cook brought back One. More. Thing. Some of us are thrilled. Some of us aren’t.

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143: Our iWatch and iPhone 6 Predictions!

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

With Apple's big Sept. 9th media event just around the bend, we dust off our crystal balls and reveal our iWatch and iPhone 6 predictions! Plus: The Fappening. How did so many high-profile celebrity nudies leak for all to see? And is an iCloud flaw responsible for the debacle? We’ll tell you what happened, how it happened, and what you can do to help keep those sensitive selfies safe from prying eyes.

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142: iWatch Is Nigh!

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

Mark your calendars for Sept. 9th, friends, cause iWatch is nigh! Plus, an insanely accurate iPhone 6 leak hits Youtube; the apps we use to send our friends and family money; why everyone’s buzzing about Hyperlapse; rumors of a 12.9-inch iPad resurface; we discuss some listener feedback; and privileged apps that live in our menu bars.

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141: The SausageCast

Alex Sitbon

Thanks for the art Tracy Bieneman!

Thanks for the art Tracy Bieneman!

In this week's Cultiest of Casts:

Steve Ballmer lands the perfect job; NFC and your iPhone make credit cards obsolete; iPhone 6 gets even faster data access; new photos give us our best look yet at a 4.7-inch iPhone 6; Apple wins their first Emmy; APPL stock hits an all-time high; and, behold, Podcasting turns 10! Oh, and it’s growing like crazy, too.

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140: His Verse

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

Robin Williams. We remember the incredible passion, talent, comedy and heartbreak of one life’s great artists. Then, stay tuned for this week’s best iPhone 6 and iPad rumors; Oculus Rift coming to OS X; the good, bad, and ugly of iTunes Family sharing; and we pitch our favorite tech and apps in an all-new Faves N’Raves. Join us and Youtube gadget-reviewer extraordinaire, Lewis Hilsenteger from Unbox Therapy, for this very fun and heart-filled CultCast.

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139: Ready To Pool Party

Alex Sitbon

In this week's CultCast:

iThieves, beware! Find My iPhone is now a tool of vigilante justice; iPhone 6’s release date gets leaked; we reveal our favorite must-have apps for Mac and iOS; why the next iPhone could ship with 32GB standard; and we wrap up with an all-new Get To Know Your Cultists: Movie Edition!

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