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Essential Apple Podcast 195: What did you expect?

This week Nick, Mark and Jim join me again to talk about the just past event, unpack what we thought about it, and take a look at how the rumour mill panned out.

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 194: Anticipating Hi, Speed

This week Mark and Jim join me to talk about the possibilities of the upcoming event… and take a quick gander at the news of the week.

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 193: Mark is fading away…

This week Nick and Simon are joined by Mark (who has some trouble with his mixer so unfortunately his sound isn’t as good as it should be – I did what I could to level it up – thankyou very much Chris’ Dynamic Compressor – but in parts he is a bit faint or clipped) and we wander around the what is and isn’t happening in the week in Apple.

This week’s show art was drawn by Jim – on his iPad using GoodNotes and the Apple Pencil.

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 192: Disyenaekenwitamtalkinaboot?

This week Nick, Jim, and Simon are joined by Guy Serle of the MyMac Podcast (and more) to talk about a slew of things that caught their attention (and of course to go way off piste…) It’s a longer show because some people just wouldn’t shut up! 😀

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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Microsoft’s new Xbox Beta app is now available for iOS devices

Microsoft has launched the new Xbox app (beta) on iOS a few days after rolling it out to Android devices. The app features console remote play and allows you to install any games remotely, among other capabilities.

Harrison Hoffman, Senior Program Manager for Xbox, announced the app’s release today via a Twitter post. However, for those who would like to join the beta testing using Apple’s TestFlight app, the program has now been closed.

The beta app supports iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8 or later. However, you must have iOS 14 beta or later in order to use the app clips feature.

It’s worth noting this is completely different from the Project XCloud project which allows you to play Xbox games in the cloud, just like google stadia.

Essential Apple Podcast 191: Time’s flown by…

Nick, Jim, and Donny join me to talk about new watches, iPads, AppleOne bundles, and a few other bits and pieces…

Image courtesy of Alan Cleaver

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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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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