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Essential Apple Podcast 213: HomePod gets the Boot!

Apple axe the HomePod in a surprise move – and Guy Serle of the MyMac podcast joins Simon and Nick to talk about that, March Event rumours and more.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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Ransomware, Phishing and Cyberattacks Scare Business

A guest post from Glen Lowe

In today’s business world, hackers and cyberattacks threats are now considered one of the leading risks for any business around the world. According to a survey, business CEOs, brokers, insurance experts and risk managers list cyber-attacks as their biggest worry today compared to 15 years ago when cyber-attacks ranked 15th as a business risk.

The cost of ransomware is one of the greatest concern for business executives today. These costs have rapidly increased and so have business email attacks, also referred to as phishing attacks. Once the hackers gain access to business websites and files, customer data and investor details most at risk. This results in expensive litigation fees from clients and investors affected by the attack. For this reason, businesses are advised to ensure their cybersecurity measures are up to date.

Mergers and acquisitions can also cause possible security threats. This is especially common when a company invests in a business that has poor cyber security measures or existing vulnerabilities. The investing company becomes liable to any data breach that occurs before the merger or compromises its own system from merging with the bought business.

Today, ransomware, phishing and cyber-attacks are increasingly targeting large companies using sophisticated attacks and expensive extorting demands. Today, a typical ransomware demand can run in the tunes of millions of dollars, which is enough to bankrupt some companies.

Cyber-attacks are a growing concern for small and large businesses in the U.S. economy. In 2018, the cost of cybercrime had reached 2.7 billion dollars. There is a need for companies and businesses to invest their time and resources in protecting their businesses.

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Essential Apple Podcast 212: So long iMac Pro

This week Simon is joined by Nick, Jim and Steve (of Geeks Corner) to ponder the demise of the iMac Pro, names that break computer stuff, a surprising silver nano wire discovery, the Microsoft Exchange Server hack and several other stories that caught their attention during the week.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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Essential Apple Podcast 211: Steve Jobs’ 66th Birthday and we chat with Adam Engst of TidBITS

Nick and Simon get together again with guest Adam Engst of TidBits to talk about a variety of things that came up as they chatted because to be fair there really was very little news of note except the fact that Steve Jobs would have been 66.

Also a couple of apologies – sorry this episode is really late being released – quite a lot of “real life stuff” happened this week that got in the way. Also sorry that this week’s audio isn’t up to the usual standard, due to a “cock up on the recording front” (totally my fault) everyone ended up on the same track and Adam was a little hot – I have done what I can to level it out but it isn’t as good as usual.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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Essential Apple Podcast 210: Glenn Fleishman (and miserable malware news)

Glenn Fleishmann joins Simon and Steve from Geeks Corner to talk about his new book Take Control of Securing Your Mac, Macs, Malware, Betas, Bugs and more.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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Essential Apple Podcast 209: Unacceptable???

Nick and Simon get together again to take a look at the news stories that caught their eye this week, including an insane looking 7 screen laptop, some disappointing aspects of the App Stores, and Nick has an interesting discovery about his Alexa…

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here and now he has also released Take Control of Zoom Essentials free as well.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has restarted his podcast which is a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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Essential Apple Podcast 208: TravelPod and other rumours

We are back – sorry there wasn’t a show last week but I hurt my back and was laid up… Anyway we are back again and Nick and I go over some of the stories of the last week or so, including the array of rumours about Apple’s alleged car, Apple wanting their DTKs back, a newly discovered iMessage security feature and more…

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here and now he has also released Take Control of Zoom Essentials free as well.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has restarted his podcast which is a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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The Best Smartphones for the Ultimate Gaming Experience

A guest post and infographic
from swiftechbuy.com

Playing games is one of people’s favorite leisure activities, and with the leading gaming phones, you don’t require PlayStation and XBOX to be included.

To construct an ideal gaming setup, you would like a couple of things: the correct mouse, console, amount of RAM in your desktop or portable workstation, and much more. But what about the valid phone? Yes, gaming phones exist.

There’s no denying it at this point, versatile gaming is dominating both PCs and supports when it comes to ubiquity and productivity, and the reason for that’s basic – pretty much everyone has a smartphone these days.

Combined with this truth that a part of mobile games is free-to-play, it permits mobile gaming to drag individuals in much more effectively than PC or console gaming can. Although equipment may not be as significant an issue with phones as it is with PCs and consoles, there’s still an assortment of variables to consider when buying a phone! On the off chance you want to sell your old phone there are many options available like swiftechbuy.com. You can sell your phone here without any hassle.

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Essential Apple Podcast 207: Not THAT CSI: with Nick Furneaux

This week Nick and I have another guest – this time it is Nick Furneaux of CSI Tech a specialist in investigating crimes involving cryptocurrrency and author of the only book on the subject Investigating Cryptocurrencies. After that we wander off into a bit of reminiscing and after Nick has to leave @spligosh and I ramble on a bit about messaging apps…

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here and now he has also released Take Control of Zoom Essentials free as well.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has restarted his podcast which is a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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Essential Apple Podcast 206: Simple photo and video adjustments with Darkroom

This week there was a virtual CES, somewhat reduced in size but still with its array of prototypes, new products and as ever a few oddities. Apple announced what it is actually doing with its REJI and is apparently going to extend free Apple TV+ again. Also today we are joined by Jasper Hauser of Darkroom photo and video editor for Mac and iOS (the winner of an Apple Design Award in 2020).

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here and now he has also released Take Control of Zoom Essentials free as well.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has restarted his podcast which is a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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Essential Apple Podcast 205: Talking to Jean-Louis Gassée

A very special show this week as we are humbled to have a giant of the tech industry as our guest. He is an alumni of Hewlett Packard, a major figure at Apple during the John Sculley years, the founder of BeOS, ex-chairman of Palm, and now, well known industry watcher and commentator and regular contributor on the The Monday Note I am of course talking about the one and only Jean-Louis Gassée.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here and now he has also released Take Control of Zoom Essentials free as well.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has restarted his podcast which is a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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Essential Apple Podcast 204: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year – and let’s all hope it brings us better times! This week we are joined once again by Andrius Gailiunas of Pixelmator to hear how they got though last year, the launch of several new products and the release of Pixelmator 2.0… Plus our usual look at stories that caught our eye over the last few days.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here and now he has also released Take Control of Zoom Essentials free as well.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has restarted his podcast which is a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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Essential Apple Podcast 203: Essential MyMac Podcast #1 “Christmas Mayhem”

In a moment of madness Simon and Guy decide to do a joint Christmas Mayhem Zoom call podcast with GazMaz, MacJim, Nick, Donny, Mark, and Steve (Geeks Corner) Durbin. Not much else to say really – it just took on a life of its own! Happy holidays everyone…

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here and now he has also released Take Control of Zoom Essentials free as well.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has restarted his podcast which is a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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Essential Apple Podcast 202: Gabbing Apple Geeks

Well that was a surprise for sure AirPods Max shimmied out the door at a teeth-sucking, sharp intake of breath, $549. Are they worth it? Who knows until someone actually listens to them and gives us a comparative review. Is Simon buying some? To quote Steve Jobs “Errrr – NO!” This week the usual suspects are joined (all the way from Durham, New Hampshire) by Dave Hamilton of the Mac Geek Gab and MGG listener Brian Monroe.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here and now he has also released Take Control of Zoom Essentials free as well.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has restarted his podcast which is a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular – if you’re interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

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What Mac Should Programmers Use?

A guest post by Eleven Fifty Academy

Offering courses in
Web Development, Software Development, Cyber Security, and UX/UI Design (Flex)
including FREE intro courses into Coding, Cyber Security, and UX/UI Design

A few decades back, Windows computers were popular among programmers. This has since changed as coding becomes more demanding and programmers shift from getting the job done to focus on performance, resilience, and efficiency. Today Macs have taken over the programming world. If you look around, you will notice that almost every programmer uses a Mac. But why is that?

Some of the reasons why programmers prefer Mac to PCs lies with the operating system, the community behind Mac OS, the Mac build-quality, cross-platform compatibility, and of course, personal preference.

Just like with the Windows computers, Mac developers have a lot for you on their menu.  Apple products  include; MacBook Air ($999 – $1,249), Mac Pro ($5,999 -$6,499), iMac ($1,099 – $2,299) , MacBook Pro ($1,299 – $2,399), and Mac Mini ($699 – $1,099). They also recently released the M1 MacBooks Air and Pro, and M1 Mac Mini. With this long list of Mac computers, you can’t help but wonder which one to go with, especially if you’re getting started in your coding journey.

To solve this mystery, we’ve highlighted the key features to look out for in a Mac. We’ve further given you a tip on which Mac product to go for and a few insights to actualize your passion for programming.

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