Essential Apple Podcast 43: Apple solves soggy crust world crisis!

Simon followed through… with dropping one of the tech giants and gives us an update on living an “alternative” lifestyle. Mark discovers Amazon Prime Reading and we talk how to use the internet without the eyes of the Government’s “snooper’s charter” bearing down on you.

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Essential Apple Podcast 42: It’s The Coffin That They Carry You Off In

None of us are feeling too great this week so we muddle through and discuss more Microsoft, that cyberwar attack, a new Apple Watch case and in what order would we drop the big the big tech 5.

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Essential Apple Podcast 41: New Possible Income Revenues For Apple

In a week when ‘Uncle Tim’ talked to Jim Cramer of Mad Money and the Apple Earnings Call showed they’re “doing OK”, the UK’s Government’s secret plans to spy on its own citizens even more got leaked and Microsoft released a strangely schizophrenic Windows 10S platform aimed at low end hardware to combat the Chromebooks teamed with a premium Surface Laptop priced at $999, we take our usual “seamless” wander around the highways and byways of Apple and tech related news while guest Guy Serle from the MyMac Show does his best to derail the proceedings…

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On this week’s show:

  • Battle of the mega bots Suidobashi and MegaBots will both be streaming the fight on their respective YouTube channels. – CNET
  • Microsoft’s event Windows 10S and the Surface Laptop
  • Apple’s Earnings Call – Let’s Talk Apple
  • Apple New Active Lemon Fresh Tissue Wipes.
  • Apple Commission rates – Apple
  • Amazon Prime hopefully coming to Apple TV
  • Guy’s CBS Rant

Nemo’s Hardware Store (39m, 40s)

This week’s “App-session” [obsession.. geddit?]

Playing with Loopback and Audio Hijack

Also I got this from somewhere – Vanilla

it’s somewhat like Bartender and it lets you rearrange or hide the icons on the right hand side of your menubar. It is free to use and only £3.20 to unlock the “Pro” version with a few more options (although Bartender costs about £12 it does more things) I have used it to put Spotlight, Siri, Fast User Switching and a bunch of other stuff in the pop out “hidden” section.

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Essential Apple Podcast 40: The Big Bad Bots are Coming?

On this episode of our Apple based podcast we discuss Microsoft, Pebble and Android, with the odd smattering of Apple. Nick Riley from the Let’s Talk Apple Podcast joins us this week and we ponder self driving cars and best of all some real life giant fighting mechs!

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On this Week’s Show

  • Pebble watches won’t have to die when the servers shut down … The Mac Observer and Pebble App
  • iPhone 6S screen repair. Beware cheap ones as when you use the Apple Pay thingy to pay for stuff the screen will lock up and you can’t use the phone until you’ve rebooted.
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus home buttons cannot be repaired – IbTimes
  • Officials say the timeline given by Richard Dabate, accused of killing his wife in their Connecticut home, is at odds with data collected by her wearable device – The Guardian
  • Apple Makes iWork and iLife apps free and easier to download by anyone – The Mac Observer
  • Mega Mecha Battle…for real – Digital Trends
  • BrickerBots attacking routers and IoT devices – Ars Technica
  • In the past month alone we have seen over 57,000 unique home routers being used to attack WordPress sites – Wordfence
  • Self Driving Cars. Possible Side Effects – Slate Magazine
  • Life with an electric car and the resale value.

Nemo’s Hardware Store

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Essential Apple Podcast 39: The Mac Pro! It Lives!

An extra long show as a surprise guest drops by. We talk about Mark’s unfortunate week. Apple and their remarkable and unprecedented revealing of future product plans. Apple/Microsoft/Android “market share/user base”, the Samsung Dex Dock and, well, anything else that catches our attention deficit disordered minds!

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On this week’s show:

Mark’s terrible week in tech…

Apple patents anti-shock ‘bumper’ that could spell the end of cracked iPhones

The spring-loaded bumpers would deploy automatically if your dropped your iPhone – Mirror Online

Simon – Looks like Mark could have made use of that earlier in the week!

Simon and the TWS Mini Twins BT Earbuds

Read all about it over on the Essential Apple site

Mac Pro isn’t dead and Apple do care about Pros

Apple meet with Gruber and a few others and spill the beans on the Mac Pro, plans for a new one, iMac Pros and more – Daring Fireball and Tech Crunch

Apple Admits Microsoft Windows 10 Is Four Times More Popular Than Mac

In a recent statement, Apple has admitted that there are around four times as many Windows 10 users as there are Mac users
The statistics show that Apple’s macOS operating system is not lagging behind as initially expected, even though it is miles behind Microsoft’s Windows 10 in terms of user base. According to a briefing with TechCrunch, Apple’s Phil Schiller admitted that the company’s Mac platform had been adopted by nearly 100 million users.

“Schiller shares some numbers he says are meaningful to Apple. The Mac user base is nearing 100 million users. As a business, it’s also nearing a $25 billion run rate and is close to being a Fortune 100 company on its own. Apple now ships computers at a ratio of 80 percent notebooks to 20 percent desktop computers, a stat they haven’t updated the public on in some time. MacBook Pro sales have been strong, with 20 percent growth in fiscal Q1 y/y.”

At the same time, Microsoft announced earlier on that its Windows 10 user base was standing in at 400 million users, showing the dominance of the company’s desktop OS. – Techworm

Simon – In my eyes that’s good – I remember when it was more like 19 to 1 because Apple held about a 3-5% share of the market! If they’re saying 4 to one that means Apple is holding somewhere around 20% of the market – Perhaps that is why…

Microsoft Has A New App To Help Mac Users Switch To Windows

Microsoft recently released an app called “Mac to Surface Assistant” which in case the name did not already give it away, is an app designed to help Mac users port their data and files over onto Windows in an easier fashion. Users will still be required to have an external hard drive if they want to make the move, especially if they have bigger files, but the app is designed to help make the process more streamlined – Clotheshorse

Android overtakes Windows to become the internet’s most popular OS

StatCounter reveals web traffic from Android has topped that from Windows PCs – Wired UK

Simon – Strikes me – as they say too – this is more about the shift to mobile and MS’s failure to get a proper stake in that game than it is about a “decline” in Windows

Nemo’s Hardware Store

Clips is released

Clips is a new app for making fun videos to share with friends, family, and the world. With a few taps you can create and send a video message or tell a quick story with animated text, graphics and emoji, music, and more.

Videos made easy
• Clips lets you create videos in real time using simple controls — no timeline, tracks, or complicated editing tools
• Shoot live video and photos or add them from your library
• Easily mute audio, adjust the length of your clips, and reorder them
• Clips looks and works great on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Live Titles
• Create animated titles and captions using just your voice
• Captions are generated automatically as you speak and match the timing of your voiceover
• Mix and match different styles throughout your video
• Tap your title to adjust text and punctuation or add inline emoji

Fun effects
• Give your photos and video clips a comic book look with color and black & white filters
• Drop in animated speech bubbles, arrows, and banners
• Add emoji on top of any photo or video clip
• Use full-screen posters with animated backgrounds and customizable text to help tell your story
• Drag and pinch while recording to add smooth pan and zoom animations to your photos and videos
• Add a music track from your library or use built-in soundtracks that automatically adjust to the length of your video

Smart sharing
• Clips suggests people to share with based on who is in your video and whom you share with most often
• Tap a person in the share sheet to instantly send your video via Messages
• Send directly to Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other popular social media sites

Clips is on the App Store info here


From Rob Rait

Walt Mossberg is retiring in June

Thanks for reading, watching, listening – The Verge

Rob Rait – I’ve always liked Walt Mossberg, he’ll be missed. Ctrl Walt Delete is a great podcast.

Samsung’s DeX Dock

Samsung’s DeX dock makes most old home PCs look anachronistic
The dock that turns your mobile into a desktop PC – now that’s a good idea – Wired UK

Simon – Is it a good idea? (commercially I mean) – I know techies like us find the concept appealing, but is it really a viable concept? Is it viable in the future but not yet? Would you want a $150 Dex, a screen, a keyboard and a mouse that basically sit idle 99% of the time because your phone is in your pocket. I’d say it is more “interesting” than “great” – I could see it perhaps working for some sort of “hotdesking” environment

Feedback via email

From: Richard Gregory
Subject: Head’s up on a weird iOS upgrade issue

Hello all and thank you for sharing your ramblings,

I had a major issue that is probably rare but worth sharing with anyone who will listen and uses an ad blocker on iOS.

I’ll keep it short – after having hangs on all my devices when upgrading to iOS 10.3 I figured out what was happening. The install was hanging at the iCloud account info screen regardless which option I selected (enter my password or skip).

It turns out that I had set a proxy server up because that’s how weblock app works on iOS both on my phone and iPad. For WHATEVER reason this was blocking traffic to Apple’s iCloud servers only after the update to 10.3 as everything worked fine before the upgrade.

I tested this theory and contacted futuremind (the dev) and received a nice reply saying they are working on fixing this issue. Here is their reply to my email describing what happens-

Hi,

we are hard at work to investigate and fix issues with iCloud and other Apple services while Weblock is enabled. We’ll introduce a “allow apple” rule at the end of Filters section once we test it thoroughly.

Kind regards,
Kamil Palczewsk

This cost me a LOT of time on the phone with Apple’s support (which was helpful). It’s a very oddball issue that will really tick off those it affects.

To me this was even worse than having an EarPods set that doesn’t work properly. I’m kidding, I feel your pain as my nearest Apple store is 100 miles away, a trip I have made more than once.

Also – the new iPad has a teardown now that seems to confirm it’s aimed at keeping costs low for both Apple and the owners, for example the screen replacement is cheaper not being laminated IIRC. Your podcast brings up some good points that aren’t fully explored at times, I enjoy hearing these being re-capped and updated in the next podcast.

Keep things positive, I hope all is well with everyone,

Richard

Listener Product Review

MacJim sent us a review of the 595Strapco camera strap, and gets the award for being the first person to send in a Pages file! It will be up on the Essential Apple as soon as we get a chance to catch up Jim we promise!

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595Strapco Handmade Classic Leather 36” Camera Neck Strap

I recently bought a second hand camera, an Olympus OM-1n film camera, and decided I needed to get a strap for it. I searched online and in-store but found what was being offered was either too expensive or just didn’t suit my needs.

I own a Fujifilm X-T1 and love it: at the time purchase I looked at alternatives to the supplied strap from Fujifilm, and chose the Camera Strap V2.0 from ThinkTankPhoto. It is a mix of leather and man made fabrics and is very comfortable in use, and works well, but I still had that urge to get something a little better and more in line with the quality of this fine camera, but chose not to for time being.

So, here I was back looking for a strap but for the film camera this time. I again found it difficult to find what I wanted, even in the cheaper end of the market, to suit me.

Over the years, I’ve had a few cameras… well, in truth, a lot of cameras as I have had a touch of G.A.S. and have owned quite a few brands of cameras including the likes of Leica, Sony Fujifilm and Canon so I’ve accumulated a long list of websites which cater for the needs of those who suffer from G.A.S (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and those included many that made hand crafted products, one of which is the 595Strapco site
This is UK based company that, obviously, hand make a variety of products such as straps, wrist straps and other accessories, so a search of the web site found me eyeing up a black leather strap at a reasonable £18. Now, you can buy off the shelf straps at this price or higher but none will be made to order as this one was and due to it being made in the UK, there wasn’t the shock of import taxes and high delivery cost that can make a reasonable purchase become ridiculously expensive.

The delivery time was very good if you consider this was a hand made item, ordered on the 31st March and delivered on the 6th April. It arrived in a Jiffy bag with the order receipt enclosed, nothing fancy or superfluous. The finish is very nice indeed with clean sharp edges to the leather, and a high gloss chrome finish to the rivets and eye rings. the leather too is very nice indeed and leaves nothing to complain about.

Now this is where I changed my mind as to where this strap was going to be used. I decided that it would look and feel better on my Black Fujifilm X-T1 rather than on the OM-1n.

To say it was a bit fiddly to fit would be an understatement but that’s a problem with any of these split rings, especially if you have fat old arthritic fingers like mine, I might send some feedback to 595Strapco and suggest using larger rings. Once on, the strap sat just nicely with the leather protecting the body from the metal parts of the strap.

I went for the Classic Leather Neck Strap at 36″ in length and in Black. There are four sizes of strap with the largest being the 46″ and all can be ordered in Black, Tan or Brown. It’s a nice simple plain strap augmented by the chrome eye rings and stud finished in a high quality chrome.

To say I’m pleased with this item is an understatement as I think it is very good value for the money. Normally sold for £19.99, but if you sign up for email updates you can receive a 10% discount like I did.

All in all, this is most definitely a very good value product and with some care, will last a long time. Hand made to order, natural materials, and to some degree an individual product that shouldn’t be seen everywhere you go… Check them out.

Loopback 1.1.2 Released. Full MacOS 10.12 Support and More

Loopback is an audio routing app which has been both a blessing and curse for me in my podcasting world. Think of loop back as a virtual mixer where audio sources can be passed into and out of into applications. With it’s latest release Loopback has become even more awesome.

Loopback 1.1.2 includes an important bug fixes for users with nested Loopback devices, as well as other small improvements.

Loopback 1.1 brought a slew of new features and improvements.

New and Updated in Loopback 1.1:

Major Enhancement: Loopback now supports nested devices, allowing one Loopback virtual audio device to be embedded inside another Loopback device. Now you can create even more powerful (and complex) setups.

Major Enhancement: Loopback’s backend, powered by Instant On, has been updated with full support for MacOS 10.12 (Sierra).

Major Enhancement: We’ve made a ton of small but useful interface improvements, including tooltips for overly long device summary information, visual warnings for missing devices, a Type column in the Audio Sources table, improved window resizing and full-screen support, a popover in the Home view, and changing the “Select Application…” modal dialog into a sheet.

  • Critical Bug Fix: Loopback can once again capture audio from FaceTime.
  • Critical Bug Fix: A rare issue where monitoring could fail to turn on, or fail to turn off, has been corrected.
  • Enhancement: You can now duplicate a virtual device, via the Edit menu. Undo is also now supported for virtual device creation and deletion.
  • Enhancement: Loopback devices will now show a custom icon, based on their settings, in other apps like Audio MIDI Setup.
  • Enhancement: Applications can now be dragged directly to the Audio Sources table to add them to a virtual device.
  • Enhancement: If a monitoring device is missing, Loopback will now warn you via Notification Center, as well as in the app’s main interface.
  • Enhancement: Loopback now also uses Notification Center to alert you to software updates when the main application isn’t open.
  • Enhancement: Virtual devices now support the 176.4 kHz sample rate.

Other: There are many additional fixes and improvements.

Rcool Twins Mini TWS Bluetooth Earbuds

My super cheap TWS wireless earbuds arrived…

First impressions of the £11 earbuds:
I plugged them in with the short double headed cable (see above) and they produced a nice red glow – and when they were charged a nice green one

They don’t appear to have come with any instructions although all the descriptions say 1x User Guide – I probably need to double check the envelope in case there is a tiny slip in there

Anyway they fit nicely in my ear and feel secure (they don’t appear to have come with any alternative sized tips – but I’ve plenty of those as I always put the spares you get with most earbuds in my little stash…) Assuming you can actually change the tips on these of course!

Turned one on and the nice Chinese girl announced “Power on!” Held the button down and got “Pairing” – and then “Connected”

The sound is pretty good – definitely for my usage which is 90% podcasts. I’m no audiophile so I’m not that fussy – if I was to say anything about the sound music-wise it’d be that it’s perhaps a touch tinny.

The earbud let me listen to podcasts and music – neither of which the iPhone allows my (beloved but admittedly old) Motorola H350 bluetooth earpiece to do.

So far so good. Now it gets a bit odd… Turned on the second one – and the nice girl announced the power on – in Chinese (Mandarin I would have to assume…)

I decided to ignore that little oddity for now and carry on – after all, the Bluetooth operations are usually the same on all earpieces. Press to turn on, hold down to invoke pairing, etc. [That shows what I know… the rest of this piece was written “on the fly” as it happened while I spent a day in the hospital with my son waiting for him to have some minor surgery – he is fine btw and recovering well. Bear in mind I didn’t have any instructions and was trying to figure this out with a mixture of logic, experience and the help of Mr Duck Duck Go]

The second earbud paired as easily as the first but oddly identified itself as TWS 11 identically to the first. But no sound – only getting sound from the first one – tapped the button the on the second one to stop the playback – that worked, tapped again to restart and I’ve got sound in the second earbud but now the first is silent…This will need more investigation – perhaps with the help of the Duck.

If in the end it turns out they’re not really a “pair” in the true sense I think I’ll be a touch disappointed but not desperately upset – however I shan’t judge till I have investigated properly.

Note that these earbuds have no volume controls or anything like that – only the one big on/off and tap for start/stop, invoke Siri, answer/end calls etc. There is a tiny pinhole by the button at the “fat end” which I am assuming is a microphone – not sure what sort of quality that’s going to produce on a call but I’ll see later I suppose.

Ok the Duck found me this

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and

Notice :

  1. Two headphones connected to the phone to talk, only the left channel headphone works, when listen music, two headsets work.
  2. Two headphones for wireless stereo (TWS) connection can only use the left channel headset to connect the phone, if use the right channel of the headset to connect the phone,
  3. when the left channel headset automatically connected to the right channel headset after the phone connection will be interrupted. after the two headphones are connected with themobile phone successfully, the next time you turn on the two headphones, they will automatically return to the connected mobile phone, if you do not connect automatically, please press the left channel headset button, Back to the phone.

Seems I need to experiment a bit – why one is in Chinese I don’t know OK so I solved the Chinese thing with some help from the Duck, you need to power up, hold power to get pairing mode and then double click the control button really rapidly and the nice Chinese lady now says “English voice prompt” Interestingly this earbud seems a bit more muted/bassy/muddy sounding on music playback than the other one. Perhaps as a pair they’d give a good mix?

Just gotta find out how to get them to play together properly

Ah ha – I have cracked it, or perhaps more correctly the Duck did… And I quote:

How to pair with Your Bluetooth Device

  1. Ordinary mono connection: a: Long press “MFB”(Multi-function button) for 5 seconds, till Red and Green LED indicator light flashing alternately the headphone will report “ready to pair”. b: Enable the Bluetooth function of the device and search for available Bluetooth devices, then select “TWS 11” from the search results. c: the Red and Blue [actually it is green as they mention originally] indicator will stop flash, and you will hear a “Beep”, means it is connected.

[BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY…]

  1. Wireless Stereo Connections(TWS) 1:Long Press the power button of the 2 headphones about 10 seconds at the same time until the red and green lights flashing simultaneously. And then the 2 headphones will connect automatically. [To each other they mean]
  2. After the 2 headphones connected,the headphones will report “connected” and the 2 headphones will report “left channel” and “right channel” respectively,and then turn the 2 headphones off.
  3. Take the left channel headphone and long press the button till Red and Green LED indicator light flashing alternately to enter into pairing status.Enable the Bluetooth function of the device and search for available Bluetooth devices, then select “TWS 11” from the search results.
  4. Take the right channel and turn it on.the right and the left channel headphones will connect automatically. Then you can use the 2 headphones on your cellphone at the same time.

The secret of my success? Forget both previously paired TWS 11 devices from the iPhone, turn off Bluetooth on the phone…. turn both earbuds on simultaneously and hold the button down till they connect TO EACH OTHER… and one says left channel and one says right channel like the instructions say. Turn them both off and turn on Bluetooth on the iPhone. Now turn on the left channel earbud and pair it to the phone. THEN – once that’s going turn on the right channel and it connects and you get “second device added” followed by the report of left channel and right channel – and then you have glorious 360° stereo. Only the left earbud is actually paired to the phone – the right is effectively a slave to the first one as far as I can tell. It’d have been a lot easier if I’d found the instructions in the pack when I opened it I am sure!

Still it’s kept me occupied – something to pass the time while I sit here waiting.

Now I found how to make them work correctly for £11 and £1.50 postage these are pretty excellent. Nice fit for me, comfortable and light, they feel secure in my ear. Good enough sound quality, responsive controls with a large easy to find “MFB” (as they so eloquently described it). Only downside I can find atm is no volume control on the earbuds themselves. I can live with that though.

Final thoughts: Spent most of the afternoon using them to listen to podcasts and Amazon Music. I must have wrung maybe 6 hours out of them before they said “Low Battery… Please charge!” and that strikes me as pretty damn good. I have already liked them so much I have ordered a second pair for the wife. 😀

Rcool Mini Twins on Amazon

Essential Apple Podcast 38: Apple, Patents, The Augmented Future and Running Out of Time

Mark’s AirPod problems seem to be reaching a climax, Simon gets an Apple Watch, Touch ID saves a life, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Plus MSOffice seems to be a 32 bit app on iOS shocker!

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Talking Points

  • Touch ID and Siri enabled 4-year-old boy to call emergency services to save mum’s life
  • Apple Looking Into Apple Watch bands with added functionality
  • Financial Times: Apple’s mixed reality headset “at least a year away”
  • Here is how you can find all the 32-bit apps installed on your iPhone Techrumors
  • Esso launches Speedpass+ iOS app for mobile payments at the pump | iPhone in Canada
  • Backdoor access to WhatsApp? Rudd’s call suggests a hazy grasp of encryption – The Guardian

5 Wireless Earbuds Which Cost less than the AirPod’s $150

  • SoundPEATS Wireless Earbuds – Aamazon
  • Airmate Cordfree Mini Stereo Earphones – Amazon
  • GRDE Bluetooth Earbuds – Amazon
  • ZIYUO Twins Wireless Bluetooth In-ear Earphones – Amazon
  • Pantheon Wireless True Wireless Earbuds – Amazon

Nemo’s Hardware Store:

This week’s “App-session” [obsession.. geddit?]

Able Black iOS Game iOS App Store

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Essential Apple Podcast 37: Joining the Worried About Apple BandWaggon.

We are finally out of the land of 16GB Devices. The iPhone SE comes with 32GB. Finally a new iPad – be it a bit of a ‘curate’s egg’. The Product(RED) iPhone makes an appearance and we make time to ponder the meaning (or otherwise) of a slightly unusual Apple Patent.

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On this week’s show:

iPad 2017 v iPad Air 2 notes.
iPad (2017) is notably thicker and heavier than the 2014-released iPad Air 2 and (2016) iPad Pro 9.7
Dual external speakers rather than the powerful quad arrangement seen in the iPad Pro models.
All displays look identical but with the new iPad Apple has removed the anti-reflective display coating and fallen back from the display actually laminated onto the back of the glass as seen more recently. Also this modelHas no TrueTone and doesn’t have the newest wider gamut screen.

  • iPad 9.7 (2017): Apple A9 with dual-core 1.84 GHz (Twister) CPU and PowerVR GT7600 (six-core) GPU, 2GB of RAM- The A9 is what you get in a iPhone 6s and 6s
  • Interestingly the iPad Air 2 has a Tri-core which is slower at 1.5GHz there is some talk that it’s actually faster overall.
  • Camera details: Same camera optics as the iPhone 5s! 8MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 1080p video, no OIS. Front: 1.2MP, f2.2 aperture, 720p video, no OIS

iPhone Product (RED)

  • Looks so much better with a black front facia. It’s easy to accomplish this with a simple glass screen protector. Out of all the models this would be the one I’d go for.

iPad Mini

  • Didn’t get any upgrades but still at $399 more expensive that the one they just introduced.
  • Seemingly complacent about flogging old tech. Are we seeing Tim Cooking the books a touch too much (Mac Pro)

Nemo’s Hardware Store:

  • Olloclip CORE LENS SET for iPhone 7 & 7 Plus: Black Lens/Black Clip – amazon
  • Twelve South Journal iPhone Case amazon

More Talky Stuff.

Apple Files Patent For iPhone To MacBook Laptop Dock Design – USPTO

Thoughts on this. A nice enough idea but could eat into the iPad market.
What would happen each design refresh? Would you have to get a new docking station?
Would it just be a screen powered by an iPhone? You’d probably not want to use the iPhone as a trackpad. Is this the ARM laptop? Is Apple aiming to make iOS the consumer choice and macOS the “pro level” one (even if we can’t define what “pro”even means).

This week’s “App-session” [obsession.. geddit?]

SnapSeed – the free iOS photo editor had some nifty new tools added.
Nemo’s all time favorite just got better 😀 (Not actually mentioned on the show).

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Essential Apple Podcast 36 : Apple’s Infinite Loop of Genius “Support”

Marks AirPods , iPad Pro Genius support. You have failed me for the last time Apple Support. Genuine shock at just how bad Apple support can be!

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On this week’s show:

Nemos Hardware

  • Decibullz Custom Moulded Wireless Bluetooth Noise Isolation In-Ear Headphones, available from TheGrommet.com in Black, Blue or Red for $119.95
  • Available From Amazon in Black, Blue, Orange, Pink or Red for $119.00 in the US or apparently black only for £109.00 in the UK

Some actual Apple Stories.

  • Man dies charging iPhone in the bath Apple News
  • Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim’s name. US court order casts really, really, really wide net – The Register
  • Google and Levi’s Project Jacquard jacket has restored my faith in wearables. Technology you wear on your sleeve, literally – The Verge
    $350 for a blind touchpad on your cuff seems steep to me…
  • Hands on TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Review : finally, a true Swiss made smartwatch. TAG’s latest Connected watch improves where it counts. This is the Android smartwatch you want.
  • You can go wired with the Decibullz Contour Custom Molded Noise-Isolating Earphones in loads of colours, £42 in the UK with some colours being cheaper.

More headphones for the budget conscious.

Simon says – I am going to order a pair of these* Rcool Mini Twins Wireless Bluetooth Stereo In-Ear Earbuds with Mic from Amazon (£10.98 + £1.42 UK delivery) in Gloss Black, Silver/Chrome, Shiny White, Mettalic Grey and “Rose Gold”/Pink

from ivor.pope
Man dies charging iPhone in the bath
A man was electrocuted as he tried to charge his mobile phone in the bath, an inquest has heard. Richard Bull died when his iPhone charger made contact with the water while he was taking a bath in his home in Ealing, west London. The 32-year-old is believed to have plugged the charger into an extension cord from the hallway then rested it on his chest while using the phone – The Independent (https://apple.news/AKgGwZR5DQGKxZLT1UJdZlw)

  • From Ivor in the Slack
    Google and Levi’s Project Jacquard jacket has restored my faith in wearables
    Technology you wear on your sleeve, literally – The Verge
    $350 for a blind touchpad on your cuff seems steep to me…
  • and again from ivor.pope
    Hands on TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Review: finally, a true Swiss made smartwatch
    TAG’s latest Connected watch improves where it counts. This is the Android smartwatch you want – T3. com
  • Apple TV 5th Gen (2017) Leaked with tvOS 11, 4K Streaming Support Expected
    At the moment, there are no news on when the new version of Apple TV will come out in the market. Pundits speculate that it will be announced in the next… – MobiPicker
  • MacJim reviews the weatherspoon app from Episode 34
  • from dougee
    Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim’s name
    US court order casts really, really, really wide net – The Register

This week’s “App-session” [obsession.. geddit?]

Only one left on Amazon when I checked before the show people.

  • Another Ivor Pick.

Due — Reminders, Countdown Timers on the App Store

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Essential Apple Podcast 35: Happy Birthday Adobe Illustrator and “Other Stories”

On this week’s show somehow we end up talking about Electric Pork, ways to scan your network on both iOS and Mac OS. Wireless charging, do we really need it? And is anyone surprised that Microsoft can read your Skype messages?

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On this week’s show:

  • Get ready for faster charging, longer life iPhone batteries. Lithium-ion battery co-inventor John Goodenough just invented what could be the next generation in mobile device batteries – The Mac Observer
  • Apple: We’ve patched ‘many’ iOS vulnerabilities exposed by WikiLeaks – Cult of Mac
  • Unsurprisingly the US “security” services have been doing what they do best… spying on their own population –9to5mac
  • Microsoft is reading your Skype! Think your Skype messages get end-to-end encryption? Think again. Ars catches Microsoft accessing links it sent in its test messages – Ars Technica
  • BT finally lets go of Openreach. Legal separation of fibre network includes transfer of 32,000 staff. About bloody time too if you ask me – IT Pro
  • Adobe Illustrator turns 30 years old! Adobe Photoshop gets all the attention but Adobe Illustrator might be used for more things… and I have been using it for nearly all of them… Illustrator 1.1 / 88+ to now – MacDailyNews

Nemo’s Hardware Store:

SmartOmi OPTIMUS Wireless Bluetooth Speakers 16W Louder Volume, 30 Hours Playtime With Wired Remote Controller For Bike, Cycling and Other Indoor/ Outdoor Activities

  • Immerse in Sound: Impressive volume and powerful 360° surround powered by dual 8 watt drivers with subwoofer. Portable speaker perfect for party and outdoors.
  • Long Playing Time: Portable speaker with long battery life of up to 30 hours, whether you’re hiking in the hills or going for a picnic.
  • Portable Design: Instanly connects your phone or tablet from up to 100 feet. 2.6 x 2.6 x 7.1 inches compact portable speaker lets you easily move.
  • Connect Siri and Google With One Button – Quickly press the main button twice, hand free to control your mobile phone (Supports TF card).
  • Wired Remote Control: Convenient to remind passers-by with a large volume of the alarm bell when riding. Control your mobile phone and switch songs at your fingertips.

Find it on Amazon – John Nemo apologises that this is currently not available in the UK and promises he isn’t deliberately reviewing items us Brits can’t get!

This week’s “App-session” [obsession.. geddit?]

  • Fing Network Scanner – App Store
    Fing, the top ranking, completely free and super-fast network scanner, that’s used by millions of homes and professionals around the world.
  • LanScan – Mac App Store
    LanScan is a free, simple and efficient IPv4 network scanner that discovers all active devices on any subnet: the local one, or any public subnet that you configure.

Worthachirp

  • via @dougee on Slack
    Automatically delete your old tweets with TweetDelete.net. A service that automatically deletes all your tweets older than a specified age. Allows you to mass delete tweets all at once with no fee required.
  • Not sure I approve of this much but Winer has released a new macOS application called Electric Pork. The application allows users to type out something longer than 140 characters and instantly share it on Twitter. The app itself divides the idea into multiple tweets, thus taking over the hardest part about tweetstorms.

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