Essential Apple Podcast 147: Affinity – a ten year labour of love!

Simon is still afflicted with a stuffed up nose but never mind – this week he and Donny are joined by Ashley Hewson the CEO of Serif to talk about the hit Affinity Suite, Listen carefully and I think Ashley might even have given us a little bit of a scoop!

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Essential Apple Podcast Extra: Simon’s event reactions

So the event has been and gone. Everyone is having their say so why shouldn’t Simon get his tuppence worth in too? After a rant about the “prognosticators” he gets straight on with his first impressions of the event

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Essential Apple Podcast 146: It’s a kind of magic

Simon is struck down with a miserable sinus infection but as no one else is free he stuffs Kleenex up his nose and soldiers on because this week’s guest is Mike Bombich of Carbon Copy Cloner fame who has come to help explain some of the disk changes in Catalina, alterations to APFS and how he has re-engineered CCC to cope with those changes. Not much other news of import really as everyone is waiting for Tuesday and the column inches are all given over to rumours, speculation and worse still telling us how the 2020 iPhones will be so much better than the ones we are about to see released.

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Essential Apple Podcast 145: It might as well rain until September!

And we are back! Did you miss us? Well despite August traditionally being a news dead zone and all round “silly season” – a moderate amount happened while we were taking a break. Simon is joined by Nick (@Spligosh) Riley to take a look at the stories that caught our attention over the last month including the By innovation only event, Siri debacle, iOS 13.1 beta, security scares and more.

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Essential Apple Podcast 144: School’s out for summer…

This week Apple spent $1Bn to acquire most of Intel’s modem business, Facebook got their $5Bn fine (but with an amnesty for everything they’ve done chucked in), an ex Facebook and CIA employee says “Facebook knows you better than the CIA ever will”, Trump says Apple won’t be exempt from tariffs, and the Flyboard guy failed to fly the channel to mark 110th anniversary of Louis Bleriot’s 1909 Channel crossing.
Sorry if the audio is a touch off, Mark seems to have got quieter and more clipped as the show went on… possibly a bandwidth issue – I can’t really say for sure. I levelled it out as much as I could but that has introduced a tiny amount of hiss…

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The ProtonMail guide to taking control of your online privacy

A guest post from the ProtonMail Blog

Written by Find the original posting here

Updated July 2019

Improve your online privacy with this comprehensive guide, developed by the ProtonMail team. Here, we’ll help you determine your threat model and take steps to achieve online privacy that meets your needs.

Total Internet privacy is impossible, but you can get close by adjusting your online behavior — and a few of your privacy settings. This guide is designed to help you with simple, practical solutions to keep prying eyes away from your personal information.

Many Internet privacy guides promote unrealistic solutions, like using Tor all the time (which will slow your Internet) or communicating only through Signal encrypted messenger (which is useless unless your contacts are using it too). While such technologies provide a high level of privacy, they may not be necessary under your personal threat model. In other words, you probably don’t need to take the same privacy precautions as a Turkish dissident or an NSA whistleblower. And the best privacy recommendations can be counterproductive if you burn out following them, like one writer for Slate did.

So, in this guide to Internet privacy, we’ll show you how to understand your own threat model, followed by some practical steps you can take. Each of the sections has a simple recommendation you can follow to increase your online privacy. This page is designed to be a handy, ongoing resource rather than a quick checklist, so consider bookmarking this page to come back to it later when you need a refresher.

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Essential Apple Podcast 143: Mark takes flight solo

This week Simon’s son managed to break his elbow in not one, but three places on a Saturday evening, leaving Simon sleep deprived and mentally drained so Mark heroically opted to save the day and fly solo!.

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Essential Apple Podcast 142: An oasis in a desert of news

This week Apple announced new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, but killed the MacBook… also they cut prices on SSD BTO upgrades (Yay) but not RAM (Boo. Rumours that they’re going to drop the butterfly keyboard are got stronger and more plausible. Tech pundits declared this year’s iPhones boring and ugly and are only interested in rumours about 2020 iPhones. And we talk about “chiplets” and why the industry is saying they are the way forward for silicon. In other news Facebook got fined $5 billion (like they care…) and a French guy on a flyboard was the highlight of the Bastille Day Parade!

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Essential Apple Podcast 141: The Jony Ive Exit Strategy Edition

This week the iOS 13 and Catalina Public Betas launched – Simon (of course) ignored good sense and went headlong into them, consequences be damned and it promptly bit him in the arse! Apple bought a self driving car company on the edge of collapse we wonder what that may mean? They also hired a top ARM chip architect – some are saying this means ARM Macs sooner rather than later. Nick and Donny are not convinced, and nor is Simon. Of course we have to take a look at Sir Jony announcing his departure from Apple and we discuss what we think about that too!

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Essential Apple Podcast 140: Don’t forget to press record – idiot!

After last week’s debacle where I managed to not record the show (heedjit!!!) I made doubly sure this week! I am joined by “roving reporter” Mark Chappell to take a look at a few stories from the last couple of weeks and we have a Public Service Announcement courtesy of Donny!

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Doh! Sorry, I screwed up!

Apologies everyone but due to a technical cock-up (and Simon being a bit of a wazzock) there is no show for Fathers’ Day 16th June.
“Very sorry Sir. Try not to do it again Sir. Lessons learned and all that Sir…”
Normal service should hopefully be resumed next week.

Essential Apple Podcast 139: The obligatory WWDC edition!

This week is of course the obligatory post WWDC edition! I am joined by Weyhan Ng our resident iOS developer and by Donny Yankellow to talk about what we felt about this year’s keynote, and what it might mean for the Apple ecosystem going forward. With such a huge number of announcements we could never cover them all so we wander where the whim takes us…

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Essential Apple Podcast 138: Pre WWDC Limbo

This week I am joined by Suffolk Pete (@Hermboy) in what is an odd sort of Limbo – we are recording this the day before WWDC, but it’s unlikely the show will be posted until after. So although we talk a little about WWDC we try not to make it the main point of discussion so we don’t just make ourselves look silly.

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Essential Apple Podcast 137: Strange Days?

This week I am joined by the semi regular co-hosts Nick (@spligosh) Riley and Donny (@rtteachr) Yankellow, to take a look at the stories of the last week or so. Of course, after the week light on news when I recorded with John Chidgey there has been a veritable deluge of news over the last 7-10 days. Including a new MacBook Pro, the WWDC19 “invitations”, the whole Huawei “blacklisting” affair, an odd little gaming device from Panic and a depressingly long list of security stories.

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Essential Apple Podcast 136: A Pragmatic Approach to a Lack of News (Part Two)

This edition, Part Two of the show recorded with John Chidgey of Bubblesort and The Engineered Network (home of Pragmatic, Analytical, and more) and in this part we talk about a variety of technology topics including Windows 7 EOL, Graphene, Google autodeleting info on you, Facebook suing some Koreans and more.. The power of “post” has allowed me to make it sound like this was how it was intended; but I can promise you that isn’t how it happened at all!

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