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Essential Apple Podcast 123: Feeling slightly SMUG with Mark Elliss of Suffolk Macs

This week things went bonkers, Jeff Bezos refused to be blackmailed, Apple fixed one bug and then got accused of another… Some apps have been recording your screens and Apple tells them stop that or else, Angela Arhendts is leaving Apple, Apple are working on making their own modems and rumours surface of revised iPhone 7s and 8s because of the German sales ban won by Qualcomm. To talk to me about that and of course “anything else that comes to mind” is my friend and SMUG colleague Mark Elliss, the owner of Suffolk Macs, a local Mac and PC service and support business covering East Anglia and a deeply knowledgeable computer user.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Ghostery has gifted us 10x Ghostery “swag bags” to give away!
    • The winners are: Andy Joyce, Bob Wood, Guy Serle, John Nemerovski, James Ormiston, Ivor Pope, Elisa Pacelli, Mackyasse, Cutie Melon, Curt Blanchard
  • One lucky listener wins a free entry to Dr Mac’s Working Smarter for Mac Users Video course and one his book.
    • Winner – Dan Murphy,
    • Book – Bob Wood
  • Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!

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Essential Apple Podcast 122: Sometimes bad news is all there is

This week Simon had trouble with iCloud, Facebook and Google had trouble with Apple, and Apple had trouble with FaceTime. Serious criminals are tapping into the phone system backbone to attack banks, governments continue to try and get into everyones chats, and the Internet of Things may be an even worse security threat than you ever imagined. Meanwhile guest Guy Serle of the MyMac podcast has problems of his own with some shelves, Apple’s “awful terrible no good very bad quarter” might be down on estimates but is still the second biggest quarter they ever had… but over all bad news is all there is.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Ghostery has gifted us 10x Ghostery “swag bags” to give away! First 10 out of the hat! Email me on essentialapple@sudomail.com with your postal address and preferred T Shirt size to be in with a chance…
  • One lucky listener can win a free entry to Dr Mac’s Working Smarter for Mac Users Video course (worth $500), and also we have one copy of the Working Smarter book to give away. As usual email essentialapple@sudomail.com with the subject Dr Mac and you will be entered into the draw.
  • Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!

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Essential Apple Podcast 121: Happy Birthday Macintosh & SE/30 – TheMacMommy

This week it was 35 years since Steve pulled the Macintosh out of the bag to say hello, also it is 30 years since the launch of the SE/30. The latest iOS Beta holds clues about new iPads and even a possible new iPod Touch! Apple reassigned 200+ staff from the Titan project elsewhere (notice I said “reassigned” not laid off…). Apple got some flack about a photo competition and promptly did the right thing about it, while Zuckerberg continues to be a lying two-faced hypocrite (in Simon’s opinion). To discuss all of that, and whatever else comes to mind during the conversation, I am joined by Nick Riley (@spligosh) and Melissa Davis (@TheMacMommy / TheMacMommy.com)

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Ghostery has gifted us 10x Ghostery “swag bags” to give away! First 10 out of the hat! Email me on essentialapple@sudomail.com with your postal address and preferred T Shirt size to be in with a chance…
  • One lucky listener can win a free entry to Dr Mac’s Working Smarter for Mac Users Video course (worth $500), and also we have one copy of the Working Smarter book to give away. As usual email essentialapple@sudomail.com with the subject Dr Mac and you will be entered into the draw.
  • Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!

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Essential Apple Podcast 120: The Bob is back in town

This week Slackers everywhere lost their collective cool over a new Slack logo, Apple put some iPhone SE’s on clearance for $249 and they sold out almost instantly, a huge cache of email addresses and passwords got put online and Duck Duck Go moved over to Apple Maps. Here to talk with me about all of that, plus woodworking, a great computer cutting machine he discovered and much more is the always effervescent Bob “Dr Mac” LeVitus.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Ghostery has gifted us 10x Ghostery “swag bags” to give away! First 10 out of the hat! Email me on essentialapple@sudomail.com with your postal address and preferred T Shirt size to be in with a chance…
  • One lucky listener can win a free entry to Dr Mac’s Working Smarter for Mac Users Video course (worth $500), and also we have one copy of the Working Smarter book to give away. As usual email essentialapple@sudomail.com with the subject Dr Mac and you will be entered into the draw.
  • Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019* use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!

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Dumbing down – the finale

“What happened was…”  by James Ormiston (@MacJim)

If you’ve been following my journey from smartphones to dumb phones, you will have read that all wasn’t smooth in that process: here’s the final instalment to the story.
For those that haven’t read the previous two parts to this report, I will just say I had been wanting to move away from smartphones to something much simpler, quieter, and less demanding, but finding a mobile phone that would suit my needs was difficult; but not totally impossible. I ended up buying a Punkt MP02 mobile phone, a simple and small basic phone that had the ability to be used as a mobile router for my iPad and MacBook via tethering but I ended up returning it.

Why? It was due to the fact that I couldn’t get onto the web etc via the tethering feature of this mobile phone. Although I linked my iPad to the MP02, I just couldn’t get online…

As I write this final part, I’m awaiting a refund from the supplier as it was returned to Germany from whence it came.

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Essential Apple Podcast 119: Ghostery: spikes spooks and knackers trackers

This week Apple caught everyone by surprise by bringing their services to Samsung and other smart TVs… CES was surprisingly “iterative” – that LG roll up TV was back again plus there was a demonstration of my Sci Fi fantasy OTA power with promises it could be in consumer’s hands by 2020.

This week the show features semi regular co hosts Nick Riley and Donny Yankellow and special guest Pete Knowlton of Ghostery – the amazing free “anti tracker” that helps you browse smarter by giving you control over ads and tracking technologies to speed up page loads, eliminate clutter, and protect your data.

GIVEAWAYS

  • Pete has gifted us 10x Ghostery “swag bags” to give away! First 10 out of the hat! Email me on essentialapple@sudomail.com with your postal address and preferred T Shirt size to be in with a chance…
  • Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!
  • WINNER of the BeLight Home 3D is Ananda Y… expect your licences direct from Tanya at BeLight.

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How my Punkt MP02 experiment panned out

Another commentary by James Ormiston (@MacJim)

The order was placed for the Punkt MP02 mobile phone, and the UPS app installed on my iPad Pro to follow the progress of the package as it travelled from Umkirch, Germany. It moved onwards to Frankfurt where it sat over the New Year holidays before continuing the journey to Tamworth, Preston and Glasgow before it finally was shipped to a local collection point from where I collected it from. The unopened box then sat wantonly willing me to open her up but I held my resolve to do the phone justice – and to have a photo opportunity too – when the weekend arrived.

MP02 Experiment e1546944284698 How my Punkt MP02 experiment panned out

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Essential Apple Podcast 118: “But I’m keeping my Fahrenheit!”

This week it was ALL about the DISASTER of Apple announcing a likely Year on Year revenue decline… CES is coming and no doubt it will be full of “smart” things! But far more importantly we are joined by Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba to talk about the new Loopback 2, and lots of other audio related things… and as ever some off script stuff too.
Sorry it is a bit tardy getting posted but you know how it is… plus Mark was doing bit of experimenting whilst editing this one.

GIVEAWAYS

  • Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019
  • Also we have a two Licenses for BeLight Live Home 3D to give away… 1x iOS and 1x Mac DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MID JANUARY Email the show on essentialapple@sudomail.com mentioning Live Home 3D and the phrase I give out in the BeLight interview.

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Deciding to downgrade from a smartphone life.

A commentary by James Ormiston (@MacJim)

For some time now, I have noticed that I spend far too much time looking at my iPhone and not enough time looking outside of that small patch of glass that is the iPhone display… The real world was passing me by as I browsed a website, read an email or answer a text message on the ‘smartphone’ whether on a bus or train, or walking down the high street… the exception being when using it as a camera… you too are the same. Other things have brought me to this decision too, as far too many people have been hurt while reading that display in front of them, resulting in injury or death… yes, death, because they were too busy reading a social media app rather than looking out for that bus bearing down upon them. Fortunately the worst that happened to me was stupidly walking into a lamppost; I kid you not.

So that got me thinking about whether I could do without a smartphone and go down the route to simplify my lifestyle by getting a ‘dumb’ mobile phone like I had when these devices became affordable too all. So, after much searching, either through article found on the web, and video searches on YouTube, I decided upon the idea of getting a mobile from the manufacturer, Punkt, a Swiss company.

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Essential Apple Podcast 117: Merry Christmas Everybody!

This week we are having a party… On this weeks Essential Apple Podcast Karl Madden, Guy Serle, Donny Yankellow, Bart Busschots and Mark Chappell joins us for a “festive” edition of the show. With six of us on the line I am afraid that some of the audio struggled a little but it held up and we had a pretty fun time. Thanks to all the listeners and guests over the last year. All the Essential Apple crew wish everybody a Merry Christmas (or your midwinter festival of choice) and all the best for 2019.

GIVEAWAYS

  • Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 just use the coupon code EssentialApple at the checkout.
  • Also we have a two Licenses for BeLight Live Home 3D to give away… 1x iOS and 1x Mac. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MID JANUARY Email the show on essentialapple@sudomail.com mentioning Live Home 3D and the phrase I give out in the BeLight interview.

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Luminar 3 with Libraries

A review by Allister Jenks @zkarj

Luminar 3 lifestyle shot 6 Luminar 3 with Libraries
Skylum Software have been churning out new versions of their products like there’s a finish line somewhere near. Hot on the heels of Aurora HDR 2019, and a year on from the release of Luminar 2018, Luminar 3 builds out the photo processing features with an initial release of the long awaited (and promised) digital asset manager (DAM). In short – it’s great, but with caveats for my needs. Read on to see what’s what.

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Essential Apple Podcast 116: “Simply having a wonderful Christmas time…”

This week Apple Music started working on Amazon Echo devices (well if you live in the US anyway). Apple Pay arrived in Germany, and Apple announced a $1 billion investment in Austin, Texas, for a new campus (plus a lot of other US expansion). App developers got some extra analytics from the Mac App Store and Apple backed a move for a US Digital Privacy Law. Meanwhile I am joined by Oliver Breidenbach of Boinx Software and Nick Riley to talk about all that and more as we decide we’re “simply having a wonderful Christmas time…”

GIVEAWAYS

Skylum has gifted us 5x of Luminar 2019 and Aurora 2019 to give away! Send an email to essentialapple@sudomail.com mentioning Luminar or Aurora and the phrase I give in the show to enter.
PLUS Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HDR 2019 with discount code EssentialApple (All the 2019 updates will be free. Learn more.)
Also we have a two Licenses for BeLight Live Home 3D to give away… 1x iOS and 1x Mac. Email the show on essentialapple@sudomail.com mentioning Live Home 3D and the phrase I give out in the show.
Winners for both will be announced on the Christmas Party Podcast which is recording on the 23rd December.

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Essential Apple Podcast 115: GPS – “From obscurity to ubiquity” with David Acklam

This week a slightly different show as I am deeply privileged to have as my special guest David Acklam, not a name you may know, but he was part of the development team for the Global Positioning System. Something that we now take forgranted but, as one of the team described it, a technology that went “from obscurity to ubiquity” and started out at what became known as “The Lonely Halls Meeting” which sounds more like a Peter Jackson fantasy epic than a world changing technology meeting! You can watch the documentary featuring David and many more of the team and telling the story of GPS on Amazon Prime here

GIVEAWAYS

Skylum has gifted us 5x of Luminar 2019 and Aurora 2019 to give away! Send an email to essentialapple@sudomail.com mentioning Luminar or Aurora and the phrase I give in the show to enter.
PLUS Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HDR 2019 with discount code EssentialApple (If you buy Luminar 2018 you’ll get all the 2019 updates for free. Learn more.)
Also we have a two Licenses for BeLight Live Home 3D to give away… 1x iOS and 1x Mac. Email the show on essentialapple@sudomail.com mentioning Live Home 3D and the phrase I give out in the show.
Winners for both will be announced on the Christmas Party Podcast which is recording on the 23rd December.

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Essential Apple Podcast 114: Luminar 2019 with Libraries Launch

This week Amazon announced the Apple Music service will be available on their devices by Christmas. Amazon also announced it is going with custom designed ARM Graviton chips for AWS servers. The iPhone Xr is declared best selling iPhone, Apple offers increased trade in values on old iPhones and Apple supports anti AIDS efforts. PLUS our guest this week is Alex Tsepko of Skylum who returns to the show to tell us all about Luminar 2019, its Libraries features, free updates, forthcoming additions and lots more.

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Essential Apple Podcast 113: Canis of Wooji Juice Talks Ferrite Recording Studio

This week was of course Thanksgiving in the US, so naturally almost all the news was filled with Black Friday/Cyber Monday stuff (and I note that “Black Friday” now starts almost a week before and runs on for up to two weeks after the nominal date). Much more importantly though Mark and I are joined by Karl Madden of the Mac & Forth Show (and a keen Ferrite user) and Canis of Wooji Juice the makers of Ferrite Recording Studio.
Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 with discount code EssentialApple (If you buy Luminar 2018 you’ll get all updates for free. Learn more.)
We have a two Licenses for BeLight Live Home 3D to give away… 1x iOS and 1x Mac. Email the show on essentialapple@sudomail.com with the phrase I give out in the show.
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