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Essential Apple Podcast 93: Summertime Blues

The Essentially Interrupted Edition

For a change, I thought I would have a panel of guests and do a “round table” show. Everyone I asked seemed to be busy – England World Cup Game, Canadian Public Holidays, summertime family outings, vacations in the wilds – I thought I was going to be without any guests at all (hence the show title). Despite my initial fears however, I have garnered guests galore. I am pleased to welcome back Steve Hammond (@Stevehammond), Donny Yankellow (@rtteachr) and Nick Riley (@Spligosh) to help me delve into the multitude of stories that broke this week.
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Proton Technologies need help to test new hardware prototypes

Proton invite you to join their first community usability testing for some new prototypes. They’re looking for people who love ProtonMail and want to try out a new product. For the first stage, testers will get to meet the team in Zurich (Switzerland) this summer. For the second stage, scheduled for later this year, testers can be located anywhere in the world; we’ll send the prototypes to you. Space is limited, so apply today on their blog HERE.

This is ProtonMail’s first hardware prototype, and it’s the first time they invited in-person feedback. Last year, they partnered with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), one of the leading technical universities in the world, and applied for a research grant from Innosuisse. The proposal was accepted, and with this support they’ve been studying how to use hardware to secure digital communication and empower users to secure their digital identity.

After many months of research and development, they are now looking for users to test a variety of early stage prototypes and give feedback about their impressions while using them. For this project, testing will be performed in two or more phases over the coming months.

Besides the chance to directly influence the development of the latest features and products, testers will get the chance to talk to some of our team members about their hopes for future Proton Technologies products.

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Press Release from Skylum – Who appeared on the show 1st July.

Update to Skylum’s Aurora HDR 2018 Brings New Tools, Faster Performance and Loupedeck+ Integration

Aurora HDR 2018 now up to 2x faster on MacOS and compatible with the brand-new Loupedeck+ photo editing console

Bellevue, WA – June 20, 2018 – Skylum Software today released the latest update to its award-winning photo editing software, Aurora HDR, bringing improved performance, new features, and updated tools to both MacOS and Windows versions.
Aurora HDR is now faster across the board with a massive boost in performance on both Windows and MacOS computers. Specifically, performance on MacOS computers is up 180% when working with bracketed shots and 175% when working with single images. On Windows computers, Aurora HDR is now 500% faster when working with bracketed shots and 400% for single images. Aurora HDR also makes better use of memory, with more intelligent management and improved stability.

Essential Apple Podcast 92: Is the AR Future Here Yet?

Well this week it has a bit of an odd one, quite a few stories but not much of any great import. Rogue Amoeba bemoaned the state of Mac hardware, while John Martellaro thinks the omens are good for new hardware soon. Developer Harley Turan showed us some AR that looked like the sort of real world use we’ve imagined. Apple closed down the lightning port to increase customer security while GrayShift claim to have already bypassed this defence (but then again they would wouldn’t they). Karl Madden (@Claw0101) from the Mac & Forth Show joins me and we discuss all of it and more.
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Essential Apple Podcast 91: It’s all about the software…

Well this week it has been all about WWDC and that was all about the software. I am joined by iOS developer WeyHan Ng to talk about all that and a few other stories too. Extra special thanks to Han for being a real trouper after someone forgot to push the record button… (What a numpty!)
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Essential Apple Podcast 90: ’Twas the night before WWDC…

Bad day to be recording a podcast really with WWDC being tomorrow… I don’t want to talk about it too much as by the time this is posted it will all be over. However as the elephant in the room we had to at least mention it!
Meanwhile Guy Serle (@Macparrot) and Roger Harmon (@gofortech) and I dug up a few other stories to mull over.
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Essential Apple Podcast 89: That’s Kiwi, not Kiwi…

This week GDPR happened… some US news sites decided they couldn’t be bothered figuring out what it meant and have basically just blocked off access from the EU (except that isn’t how GDPR works) while Microsoft and Apple have decided they will make GDPR compliance a global thing; because that is the right thing to do (and actually also it is the easiest solution).
News is surprisingly abundant as we run up to WWDC and there aren’t even any rumours/leaks of note regarding that!
To cast a jaundiced eye over it all I am joined by Alister Jenks, from quite literally the other side of the world to me – Wellington, New Zealand.
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Essential Apple Podcast 88: Slow News Week

I am joined by Suffolk Pete to take a ramble down the byways of what news there actually is this week. One biggish story – and most of what you read about that was apparently wrong, and one that quite literally dumbfounded the pair of us with the sheer stupidity some people seem to display. Other than that we do our best to find a few things of interest to fill up the time.
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Essential Apple Podcast 87: A Pot Pourri of Tech with @Spligosh

This week while Microsoft had its Build Conference and Google hosted their I/O bash; other news, some of it even about Apple, did manage to get a look in… Nick Riley (aka @spligosh) joins me to take the typically Essential Apple wander around a pot pourri of Apple and other tech stories…
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Essential Apple Podcast 86: Doom and Gloom is Cancelled

Mark is feeling under the weather again – although the weather here is decidedly pleasant for a change!
I am joined by Donny Yankellow to talk over this week’s news. Apple’s iPhone X is far from a flop, Apple had a record quarter raking in the cash hand over fist. Analysts were all way off… What Apple records about you; and whatever else we think of during the show.
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Essential Apple Podcast 85: Investing in the Alien Star World

The Kelly Guimont Show No. 2

It is REALLY late – we are sorry, but Mark is still suffering with his health and although I took over mid-week I had a lot of other things going on…
This week Apple officially killed the Airport products. Intel delayed their next chips (probably meaning a 32GB MacBook Pro isn’t on the cards yet)… Rumours abound about poor iPhone sales, the projected death of Touch 3D, AR/VR headsets and more.
Whether or not we will get to talk about any of that is anyone’s guess as we are joined for a second time by the delightfully piquant Kelly Guimont.
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Essential Apple Podcast 84: Cake, Marzipan & Gas Refineries?

We’re back – sorry about last week but due to other commitments Mark and I couldn’t get a slot to do a show. Also sorry that this one is a bit late… Life and work etc.
This week… Mark gets stuck in traffic while I am joined by Vic Hudson, a veteran of the Bubblesort, Pragmatic, App Story and Pocket Sized Podcasts.
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iPad Pro 9.7″ Accessories Experiences

Apple Smart Cover, Apple Magic Keyboard, Adore June Keeb Sleeve
and Smatree Pencil Holder Case. A review by MacJim

Some time ago I bought an Apple Smart Keyboard for my iPad Pro 9.7”. While I was quite happy with this new device, I did think the keyboard was on the cramped side but, over time, I got used to it. The Apple Smart Keyboard worked fine for a while and had become my main cover for my iPad, but over time I began to get problems with it, as I would see intermittent error messages saying ‘this device is not compatible with this device’.

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Sorry there is no show this week.

Due to an unfortunate clash of prior commitments Mark and I couldn’t generate a workable slot to record… so unfortunately there is no show this week.
We should be back to normal next week when we will be joined by Vic Hudson of the Pragmatic, Bubblesort, and Pocket Sized Podcasts.

Essential Apple Podcast 83: From ZX81 to Ledgers…

This week… we have Mark Sealey the CEO of web development company MarkWorks. This is a man who has been involved with computers almost from the start – he’s written for the Financial Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and more. He’s been a contributor to MyMac, MacNN and ThinkSecret and been involved with RISC User, Archimedes World, Acorn Computing, Acorn User and MacFormat.
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