This week we are joined by Kevin La Rue of Macphun – now renamed Skylum Software, to talk about Luminar, Macphun photo software,the change to Skylum Software, Dark Castle, Silicon Beach and and as usual any other stuff that cropped up in the world of Apple and tech over the last week or so. It’s quite a long show as Kevin was keen to share with us, so get a brew, settle down and prepare to hear all about things he’s been involved with all the way back to the dawn of the Mac!
In this very special episode we chat with Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba. Up for discussion are those iPhone X reviews, training hard for a Dumb Digital Badge, the Mac Mini and the operational altitude of the Mac Pro.
There are a lot of VPNs out there and there are a host of “great offers” tempting you to pay for this service or get that subscription. However when it comes to a VPN I beleive you need to know what it is you are getting for your money, or if you aren’t paying, for free.
I personally am a big fan of the TunnelBear. A great service from a company prepared to put its reputation on the line and to offer itself up for inspection. They do a really great free offering too – and if your needs are occasional or light the 1500MB per month you can use on their service free may be perfectly adequate for you. If it is then go get it. You won’t regret it.
What if you want to have more than 1500MB and you don’t want to, or can’t really afford a paid service? Let me introduce you to ProtonVPN. ProtonVPN comes to you courtesy of Proton Technologies AG who also provide the encrypted email service ProtonMail.
ProtonVPN has several levels available from the free level all the way up to the Visionary Account at $24 US pm via the Basic ($4 US pm) and Plus ($8 US pm). With each level adding more benefits and services.
Installing as setting up ProtonVPN isn’t perhaps the most straightforward of jobs, especially for the free account but it is worthwhile (even if you just want to try the service out) and I am going to walk you through the set up.
This week we are joined by Siim Teller of Wire.com, to discuss Wire, Open Source, E2EE, and much more. Simon talks about how his MacBook Pro breakdown made him glad he had a CCC clone and how Ubuntu Linux made his old White MacBook Core2Duo usable again. Suffolk Pete also joins us and talks about his part done project to build a Mac Mini Media Server in his cellar and his glass of Chocolate Vanilla Stout from Purple Moose
This week we try to put the misery of forest fires, earthquakes, devastation by hurricanes and all the rest of it aside as we are joined by Steve Hammond, long time writer and reviewer on MyMac.com. We discuss all the news in Apple, Technology and associated tomfoolery from the last week or so.
Every week on the Essential Apple podcast you’ll always hear us mention to review or rate the show. We read them all out of course but it’s not too obvious on how you leave a rating for us. Here’s our simple guide on how to do just that.
Mark is back from Munich, and we are joined by Mike Bombich of Carbon Copy Cloner fame to talk about his career, his software, Apple, and some other bits and pieces.
Recorded 8th October 2017
Mark just about has time to do the show before he jets off again, this time to Munich for the Oktoberfest. We are joined by Peter Emery (@_windrider) from Australia to talk about his old Macs, virtual flu pandemics, Keychain Stealer and more.
Recorded 30th September 2017
What a year this is turning into! This week hurricane Maria battered the unfortunate Caribbean islanders (again), Mexico was hit by a massive earthquake (again) and two loony leaders with weird hairdos traded insults and nuclear threats (again)…
Meanwhile Mark is back from Budapest, and we are joined by the wonderful Bart Busschots of the Let’s Talk podcasts to mull over the Apple Watch 3 and the iPhone 8, to stare in awe and amazement at the power and speed of the A11 Bionic chip, and all the other stuff that caught our attention over the last few days…
Recorded 24th September 2017
This week Cassini made its final manoeuvre and crashed into Saturn ending its 13 year scientific mission, some muppets set off a bomb in the Parson’s Green Tube Station injuring 29 people (some of them children) but thankfully there were no fatalities and Apple held a small gathering at their new Steve Jobs Theatre to announce some new shiny toys.
Mark is off in Budapest enjoying a relaxing break from it all. So in his absence I am joined by Sherman Gossett (Commander Shroom) from Utah, Ruth (@CutieMelon321) and, at incredibly short notice, Guy Searle (@MacParrot) from the My Mac Show. We, of course, give our reactions to the Apple Event, and some other stuff – because, well, what else would we be doing on a podcast?
Recorded 17th September 2017
‘I’m a Photographer’: those are the words that conjure up an image in the reader’s mind making them think, “he’s a Professional”, but that’s not always the case.
To me, we’re all photographers, every one of us, whether we’re using the most expensive all bells and whistles camera, or the cheapest mobile phone: we’re all photographers.
Why do I say that? Well, we all have the dream of taking the most amazing images, those that will stand the test of time and leave future generations in a place of wonderment, but I don’t consider myself a professional because of that.
This seems to have been the ultimate vision for Apple and the Watch since it’s inceptop. AppleWatch Series 3 comes with built in cellular without the bulk that hampered the Samsung Gear offering on it’s release.
So many people are apparently are getting healthier with Apple Watch OS 4 people are going to be able to do even. Features like Smart Activity Coaching will help more people, like me, close rings more often.
A completely redesigned workout app with High Intensity Interval Training (Hiit). New features for swimmers like auto sets and gymKit an industry first. Gym Kits is activated just by tapping your watch against machine to get going and all your metrics will be in synch.
First impressions: You can tell the emotions were flowing at the Steve Jobs Theatre on 12th September. Despite the grand occasion of what was essentially an already spoiled event, could Apple show us any surprises from a leaked keynote event. The answer… Sort of. Serenak from the EssentialApple podcast shares his thoughts.
So, there we are! After all the waiting, it is all over. Here are my first impressions of the announcements Uncle Tim, Phil the Schill and Hairforce One gave us.