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If you are fed up with Google tracking you, seeing adverts for items you have searched on mysteriously appear in google adverts then DuckDuck go is for you.  Famously known as the search engine as good as Google but with a privacy on focus you can now use this trusted service provider as your internet browser.

To do this:

  • Download the DuckDuckGo app (it’s free) from the App Store
  • Go to Settings > DuckDuckGo (you’ll likely need to scroll a bit)
  • Tap Default Browser App and tap DuckDuckGo

Here’s a link to DuckDuckGo’s iOS 14 blog post.

AppleCare+ Update. Now Covers Two Accidental Damages Every 12 Months and More.

In addition to all of its recent releases and announcements Apple Inc. has also updated its AppleCare+ plan. The changed plan now allows for two incidents of accidental damage in a twelve-month period.

Prior to this change those who had taken out and subscribed to AppleCare+ were covered for two incidents of accidental damage in a 24-month period for the device(s) that was covered on the plan. Additional terms and conditions within the Apple Care+ protection plan still apply, such as the service fee that the plan owner would need to pay when making a claim for that damage.

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Apple’s One Subscription To Rule Them All?

In this video I take a look at the value that the new Apple One subscription bundles might bring. According to Apple, each of the three plans offers big monthly savings, with the cheapest Individual plan cutting $6 per month off the total compared to buying each of the four included services separately.

The Family plan saves $8 per month, and the Premier plan saves $25. Those numbers are making a big assumption, though, which is that customers want and are willing to pay for all of those separate services. Look closer, and it’s less of a bargain than Apple may want you to think.

  • Individual includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage for $14.95 per month
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  • Family includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and 200GB of iCloud storage for $19.95 per month, and can be shared among up to six family members.
  • Premier, where available, includes Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and 2TB of iCloud storage for $29.95 per month, and can be shared among up to six family members.

Essential Apple Podcast 190: Hey! Hey! The boys are here

Nick and Jim are both back and we take a look at some stories from the week and of course talk about the Time Flies event… and to ramble on in the after show.
For those listeners not familiar with the art for this week it’s a from an old British comedy show called “It ain’t half hot mum” which had a theme tune that went “Hey! Hey! The boys are here, the boys to entertain you!”

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here (https://www.takecontrolbooks.com/working-from-home/) 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 189: The Preshow is the Aftershow… or something

No Jim this time as he is back at work, but I am joined by Nick to actually do a show – but based on the feedback related to the “Not a show…” last week we are going to try a slightly less structured approach for the next few shows – feel free to let me know what you think about it. Somehow we managed to end up with nearly as much preshow as show… so although some of it covers the same ground the Aftershow is the Preshow (or something).

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 Bonus: Not a show…

Simon, Jim and Nick get together to record and don’t actually get round to doing a show (that’s what happens when you haven’t done any show notes…) So, this is not a show just a rambling conversation – hopefully you will still enjoy it and back to “normal” next episode!

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 for free too – as well as Take Control of Zoom and Take Control of Slack.
  • 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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4 great apps for iPhone in 2020

A review by Glen Lowe

Apps are what set iPhones apart, and the hundreds of apps have uses ranging from maps, reading, weather forecasts, photos, drawing, videos, office tasks, music, or entertainment. There are always new apps coming up, and while many of them are free, others you have to pay for. 

The paid apps often work much better than the free ones, and most often, the paid version is an upgrade of the free version with more features unlocked. If you don’t have an iPhone, or you are planning to buy one, it is worth your while to check out the many apps iPhone has to offer. 

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Essential Apple Podcast 188: CEO Roast – Mmhmm

Simon, Jim and Nick take another look at the world in Apple and related “stuff” before taking a summer holiday break… Big Tech is getting grilled, and rumours abound, We have some feedback on stuff which is nice, and Simon admits that although it is his wedding anniversary he is struggling to remember exactly how many years he’s been married – but at least his wife is no better!

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 and Take Control of Slack too.
  • 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 187: Lights, camera, action!

Simon, Jim and Nick get together once again to talk about the week in Apple and tech, including public betas, Slack v Microsoft, Nick’s PTZ camera, the new PlexTV (which we were a bit dismissive of but actually may be worth a look – just don’t expect a new Netflix!), 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 and Take Control of Slack too.
  • 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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How to get what you lust after

The RHA T20i in-ear monitors with microphone: for Apple.

A review by James T Ormiston (MacJim)

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Some weeks ago I managed to launder my Shure SE315 earphones by leaving them in my jacket. While it wasn’t the best idea at the time, it gave me a reason to finally purchase a new pair of earphones I’d been lusting over, ever since I’d bought my Bluetooth RHA MA390 earphones.

It was the sound quality of the MA390’s that had made me want to buy the T20i wired earphones, but because I had a perfectly good pair of earphones in the form of the Shure SE315’s, I knew I couldn’t justify spending the money until that moment. You can imagine my horror when I realised what I’d just done after pressing the power button to begin the wash cycle – but there was nothing I could do but wait until it had finished. Fifteen minutes later, the beep, beep, beep rang out, and that was my cue to open the door, recover the earphones and leave them aside to dry out in the hope that they would still be working after their ordeal.

Well, a day or so later, I plugged them into my iPhone and pressed play to see if it was my lucky day… it was not. The left earphone was completely dead in the water, or so it seemed: but hold on to that thought.

So with the diagnosis “confirmed”, I went back to the RHA website to see if those beautiful T20i earphones were still available, and yes, they were and as luck had it they were being discounted due to the COVID-19 pandemic to help boost sales.
With a new account made, I managed to get a discount code which, when added to the already decent discount brought the price down from the £149.95 they should have been, to a really sweet £79.96.

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