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Hypercritical

A weekly talk show ruminating on exactly what is wrong in the world of Apple and related technologies and businesses. Nothing is so perfect that it can't be complained about.

Hosted by John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin.


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#90: Salad Days

October 19, 2012 at 1:45pm • 2 hours 2 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin ponder the upcoming Apple event, assess picayune physical details of the iPhone 5 and iPod touch, compare the newly announced pricing for the Microsoft Surface to its possible competitors, and discuss John's approach to getting value from Twitter.


#89: Lazy Sunday

October 14, 2012 at 2:15pm • 1 hour 36 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin relax on a Sunday afternoon and chat about Apple's taste for brute force solutions, the foibles of decentralized systems like Tent and email, and The Magazine, Marco Arment's new Newsstand publication.


#88: Nobody Leaves Email

October 5, 2012 at 12:00pm • 1 hour 55 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the latest events in the burgeoning App.net community, then explore the competing(?) Tent.io protocol for decentralized real-time social networking.


#87: Smarter and Harder

September 28, 2012 at 2:15pm • 1 hour 30 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on Apple's slippery little devices and Apple's mapping woes, then discuss the new iPod touch and iPod nano. John's hypothetical Ferrari is briefly mentioned.


#86: Naked Robotic Core

September 21, 2012 at 1:30pm • 1 hour 25 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss thew new iPhone 5: its physical design, the case for cases, the new lightning connector, and Apple's trouble with maps. Let the iPhone 6 speculation begin?


#85: Just Check the Checkbox!

September 12, 2012 at 11:45am • 1 hour 41 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss all the things that went wrong during John's Mountain Lion ebook publishing experience. There's more than enough blame to go around. Please note that this episode was recorded before the September 12th Apple event.


#84: Spared No Expense

September 7, 2012 at 3:45pm • 2 hours 8 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss Amazon's new Kindle and Kindle Fire products. Is Amazon Apple's most dangerous competitor, or are the two companies not really in competition at all? Who is Amazon's ideal customer? Finally, John and Dan make their predictions for next week's Apple press event.


#83: Dishonorable

August 31, 2012 at 5:15pm • 1 hour 29 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the Apple v. Samsung court case, the near-comprehensive rumors and leaks about the next iPhone, the possible internals of the rumored iPad mini, and which company we'd like to buy Twitter, if it were actually for sale.


#82: The Opposite of Comprehensive

August 24, 2012 at 2:30pm • 2 hours 6 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin finally complete their discussion of John's Mountain Lion review. Topics include power management, UI simplification, automatic termination, Facebook integration, and plagiarizing from yourself.


#81: Channels of Control

August 17, 2012 at 1:00pm • 2 hours 3 minutes

John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the latest round of Twitter API changes that further marginalize third-party "traditional" Twitter client applications, with the inevitable follow up about App.Net, the nascent Twitter-like service that takes money directly from its users, rather than selling access to its users to advertisers.