Essential Apple Podcast 100: Alex France of FontBundles/DesignBundles

This week on the 100th Essential Apple: Doug Field returns to Apple, Siri Shortcuts beta introduces limited HomeKit integration, researchers developed a biodegradable paper battery, Mark makes an appearance and we have Alex France of the wonderful Font and Design Bundles to tell us all about their service and what inspires them to run such a community focussed online business. Plus to prove just how simple it is Donny actually signs up and opens a store to sell his artworks via DesignBundles.net during the show!
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Essential Apple Podcast 99: Robots Good, Robots Bad

This week our guest is John Martellaro of The Mac Observer, writer of the Particle Debris column and host of the Background Mode Podcast. In the news Apple topped $1trillion market cap, Uncle Tim said that’s not the only measure of success and, well that’s about it really… Not quite, but we decide to take the “and anything else that catches our eye” part of the intro to heart and just wander around a few topics that intrigued us.
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Thoughts and concerns about Apple: An opinion by James Ormiston (@MacJim)

I’d like to begin by saying the following are purely my personal thoughts (and worries) about Apple and where we are heading with them. I have no insider knowledge, or any other connections to Apple. Since Steve Jobs died, there’s been a lot of speculation and rumour, with many saying Apple is doomed and will not survive without him at the helm, but so far, these have proven untrue. That doesn’t mean there’s no reason for us fanboys/fangirls to be worried about the future of Apple.

For some time now, I’ve been saying that macOS and iOS will become one and will be the  only Apple provided OS for their computing devices. But, I hear you saying, Apple has categorically said they will not do this and have even made this clear with a big “NO.” being shown at the last keynote. However, I have to say look back at the things Apple have said they wouldn’t do, but did anyway. And now we see iOS apps will be coming to Mojave.

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The Growth of Mobile Gaming – an infographic provided by MrGamez.com

Mobile gaming is growing at a rate of knots. Every day consumers continue to download games to their phones, with millions of people across the globe experiencing the thrill of gaming on their smartphones. Let’s take a look at the numbers behind the rise of mobile gaming.

As growth in mobile device ownership balloons, so does the rise in smartphone and tablet gaming. In fact, mobile devices are now being deemed as the top consumer gaming platform, defeating even the PC and dedicated consoles.

In research conducted between 2014 and 2017, growth in the number of users for smartphones sky-rocketed compared to the stable usage of PCs and consoles combined. Growth in revenue for mobile devices rose from $25 billion to $45 billion in 2017.

Mobile gaming also opened up an avenue for female gamers to explore. A gamer study in 2017, as featured in this infographic, showed an almost equal mobile gaming usage of female and male players. In fact, in North America with 146 million mobile gamers, 48% were reported to be female gamers versus 52% male players.  

With the unveiling of new mobile technologies (i.e. virtual reality), there’s no doubt that mobile gaming will continue to flourish. To examine the rise in mobile gaming, check out the detailed infographic by MrGamez…

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Essential Apple Podcast 98: Warren buys all the things!

On this weeks Essential Apple Podcast Donny Yankellow (@rtteachr) and Warren Sklar (from the Mac to the Future Go Livecast) to discuss the news. We had an i9 “disaster” that wasn’t, and rumours that the T2 may be causing issues. But we think that was old news and a “storm in a teacup” and so we wander off into a variety of far more interesting things. Like the sales spike in Apple Watches, FitBark Dog Activity Trackers, Verizon’s VPN, and the AnyFont App for iOS.
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Essential Apple Podcast 97: An interview with Serif Affinity

On the week that Serif launches the awesome Affinity Designer we have 2 guests. Joining us this week is none other than Ashley Hewson, CEO of Serif Affinity. We talk about Serif, Designer for iPad, the Affinty apps, winning awards, the Publisher Beta, developing for iPad, Metal acceleration and a whole lot more.
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Essential Apple Podcast 96: A Tidal Wave of News

A new co-host, new MacBook Pros, new Surface Go, new Affinity Designer for iPad, new Luminar update, new green phone service, new French Cyber Command… A veritable tidal wave of news. So much in fact that we even forgot to mention the App Store 10th Anniversary or Apple killing their photo printing services!
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Press Release: Affinity Designer for iPad has landed!

Affinity guested on the show on the 19th July and talked about this and more!

Professional graphic design on iPad takes a giant leap forward today, as we launch Affinity Designer for iPad – the first full blown, desktop-grade graphic design solution available on iOS.

The culmination of years of meticulous development and innate determination to revolutionise the creative workflow on iPad, Affinity Designer is without a doubt our most ambitious and game-changing project to date.

Built with input from some of the world’s leading designers, and based on Apple Design Award-winning technology, Affinity Designer for iPad takes all the power and precision of our outstanding desktop app and converts it into a fully immersive design experience, you can take with you on the go. Making the dream of a full, end-to-end creative workflow on iPad finally a reality!

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Proton Beta Program: A press release from ProtonVPN

The ProtonVPN Beta Program gives you early access to new VPN features and updates that our team is working on.

All users can enable the Beta Program for our Windows, macOS, or Android VPN app.

As a community supported VPN service, we are here to serve you and we take your feedback very seriously. That’s why we always strive to let the community participate in product development and decide how ProtonVPN should evolve. Whether it’s letting you choose where to put new VPN servers or inviting you to help improve new apps, we take your feedback seriously.

We have already implemented our Android Beta Program for ProtonVPN. Today, we are expanding the ProtonVPN Beta Program to also include our macOS and Windows clients. The Beta Program gives you early access to new servers, UI updates, stability improvements, and more. Whenever our developers release new versions of these applications to our team for internal testing, you will receive updates at the exact same time. We are doing this so we can get your feedback about new features and product changes earlier, and take your input into account for the public releases.

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Essential Apple Podcast 95: Chaos meets Bad Planning

Well this week the news was all about rumours… From the ones you and I could come up with through to the frankly fanciful. But we tend not to do rumours on this show, so I am having none of that. Instead I have Oliver Breidenbach of Boinx and Guy Serle from the MyMac Show and we discuss MIMO Live, Tim Berners-Lee being “devastated” by the state of the web. Mojave, Betas and more.
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Essential Apple Podcast 94: Talking Photolemur, Luminar & Aurora HDR with Skylum

I am joined by Alex Tsepko the CEO of Skylum Software to talk about Photolemur, Luminar, what happened to the DAM module, and Aurora HDR… Actually the interview was done in two parts because we had issues trying to record while Alex was driving across the Ukraine… (who’d have guessed that?) But regardless of that we got a really great interview. Also Suffolk Pete (@hermboy) and I chew over the news of the week.
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Essential Apple Podcast 93: Summertime Blues

The Essentially Interrupted Edition

For a change, I thought I would have a panel of guests and do a “round table” show. Everyone I asked seemed to be busy – England World Cup Game, Canadian Public Holidays, summertime family outings, vacations in the wilds – I thought I was going to be without any guests at all (hence the show title). Despite my initial fears however, I have garnered guests galore. I am pleased to welcome back Steve Hammond (@Stevehammond), Donny Yankellow (@rtteachr) and Nick Riley (@Spligosh) to help me delve into the multitude of stories that broke this week.
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Proton Technologies need help to test new hardware prototypes

Proton invite you to join their first community usability testing for some new prototypes. They’re looking for people who love ProtonMail and want to try out a new product. For the first stage, testers will get to meet the team in Zurich (Switzerland) this summer. For the second stage, scheduled for later this year, testers can be located anywhere in the world; we’ll send the prototypes to you. Space is limited, so apply today on their blog HERE.

This is ProtonMail’s first hardware prototype, and it’s the first time they invited in-person feedback. Last year, they partnered with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), one of the leading technical universities in the world, and applied for a research grant from Innosuisse. The proposal was accepted, and with this support they’ve been studying how to use hardware to secure digital communication and empower users to secure their digital identity.

After many months of research and development, they are now looking for users to test a variety of early stage prototypes and give feedback about their impressions while using them. For this project, testing will be performed in two or more phases over the coming months.

Besides the chance to directly influence the development of the latest features and products, testers will get the chance to talk to some of our team members about their hopes for future Proton Technologies products.

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