Essential Apple Podcast 144: School’s out for summer…

This week Apple spent $1Bn to acquire most of Intel’s modem business, Facebook got their $5Bn fine (but with an amnesty for everything they’ve done chucked in), an ex Facebook and CIA employee says “Facebook knows you better than the CIA ever will”, Trump says Apple won’t be exempt from tariffs, and the Flyboard guy failed to fly the channel to mark 110th anniversary of Louis Bleriot’s 1909 Channel crossing.
Sorry if the audio is a touch off, Mark seems to have got quieter and more clipped as the show went on… possibly a bandwidth issue – I can’t really say for sure. I levelled it out as much as I could but that has introduced a tiny amount of hiss…

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The ProtonMail guide to taking control of your online privacy

A guest post from the ProtonMail Blog

Written by Find the original posting here

Updated July 2019

Improve your online privacy with this comprehensive guide, developed by the ProtonMail team. Here, we’ll help you determine your threat model and take steps to achieve online privacy that meets your needs.

Total Internet privacy is impossible, but you can get close by adjusting your online behavior — and a few of your privacy settings. This guide is designed to help you with simple, practical solutions to keep prying eyes away from your personal information.

Many Internet privacy guides promote unrealistic solutions, like using Tor all the time (which will slow your Internet) or communicating only through Signal encrypted messenger (which is useless unless your contacts are using it too). While such technologies provide a high level of privacy, they may not be necessary under your personal threat model. In other words, you probably don’t need to take the same privacy precautions as a Turkish dissident or an NSA whistleblower. And the best privacy recommendations can be counterproductive if you burn out following them, like one writer for Slate did.

So, in this guide to Internet privacy, we’ll show you how to understand your own threat model, followed by some practical steps you can take. Each of the sections has a simple recommendation you can follow to increase your online privacy. This page is designed to be a handy, ongoing resource rather than a quick checklist, so consider bookmarking this page to come back to it later when you need a refresher.

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Essential Apple Podcast 143: Mark takes flight solo

This week Simon’s son managed to break his elbow in not one, but three places on a Saturday evening, leaving Simon sleep deprived and mentally drained so Mark heroically opted to save the day and fly solo!.

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Essential Apple Podcast 142: An oasis in a desert of news

This week Apple announced new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, but killed the MacBook… also they cut prices on SSD BTO upgrades (Yay) but not RAM (Boo. Rumours that they’re going to drop the butterfly keyboard are got stronger and more plausible. Tech pundits declared this year’s iPhones boring and ugly and are only interested in rumours about 2020 iPhones. And we talk about “chiplets” and why the industry is saying they are the way forward for silicon. In other news Facebook got fined $5 billion (like they care…) and a French guy on a flyboard was the highlight of the Bastille Day Parade!

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Essential Apple Podcast 141: The Jony Ive Exit Strategy Edition

This week the iOS 13 and Catalina Public Betas launched – Simon (of course) ignored good sense and went headlong into them, consequences be damned and it promptly bit him in the arse! Apple bought a self driving car company on the edge of collapse we wonder what that may mean? They also hired a top ARM chip architect – some are saying this means ARM Macs sooner rather than later. Nick and Donny are not convinced, and nor is Simon. Of course we have to take a look at Sir Jony announcing his departure from Apple and we discuss what we think about that too!

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Essential Apple Podcast 140: Don’t forget to press record – idiot!

After last week’s debacle where I managed to not record the show (heedjit!!!) I made doubly sure this week! I am joined by “roving reporter” Mark Chappell to take a look at a few stories from the last couple of weeks and we have a Public Service Announcement courtesy of Donny!

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Doh! Sorry, I screwed up!

Apologies everyone but due to a technical cock-up (and Simon being a bit of a wazzock) there is no show for Fathers’ Day 16th June.
“Very sorry Sir. Try not to do it again Sir. Lessons learned and all that Sir…”
Normal service should hopefully be resumed next week.

Essential Apple Podcast 139: The obligatory WWDC edition!

This week is of course the obligatory post WWDC edition! I am joined by Weyhan Ng our resident iOS developer and by Donny Yankellow to talk about what we felt about this year’s keynote, and what it might mean for the Apple ecosystem going forward. With such a huge number of announcements we could never cover them all so we wander where the whim takes us…

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Essential Apple Podcast 138: Pre WWDC Limbo

This week I am joined by Suffolk Pete (@Hermboy) in what is an odd sort of Limbo – we are recording this the day before WWDC, but it’s unlikely the show will be posted until after. So although we talk a little about WWDC we try not to make it the main point of discussion so we don’t just make ourselves look silly.

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Essential Apple Podcast 137: Strange Days?

This week I am joined by the semi regular co-hosts Nick (@spligosh) Riley and Donny (@rtteachr) Yankellow, to take a look at the stories of the last week or so. Of course, after the week light on news when I recorded with John Chidgey there has been a veritable deluge of news over the last 7-10 days. Including a new MacBook Pro, the WWDC19 “invitations”, the whole Huawei “blacklisting” affair, an odd little gaming device from Panic and a depressingly long list of security stories.

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Essential Apple Podcast 136: A Pragmatic Approach to a Lack of News (Part Two)

This edition, Part Two of the show recorded with John Chidgey of Bubblesort and The Engineered Network (home of Pragmatic, Analytical, and more) and in this part we talk about a variety of technology topics including Windows 7 EOL, Graphene, Google autodeleting info on you, Facebook suing some Koreans and more.. The power of “post” has allowed me to make it sound like this was how it was intended; but I can promise you that isn’t how it happened at all!

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Essential Apple Podcast 135: A Pragmatic Approach to a Lack of News (Part One)

Alright – it is late again, mea culpa! However in my defence this show took quite a lot of creative editing as I split it in to two parts. This week stories were a bit thin on the ground (as so often happens in the lead up to WWDC). However I was joined by John Chidgey of Bubblesort and The Engineered Network (home of Pragmatic, Analytical, and more) and we had a good old chat about a variety of technology topics. Actually we recorded so much material that I have split the show into two episodes…
So here is “Part One” and “Part Two” will follow as the next edition of the show. The power of “post” has allowed me to make it sound like this was how it was intended; but I can promise you that isn’t how it happened at all!

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595 Leather On Black Wrist Strap Reviewed

Just like the wrist strap, this will be a short review…

Some time ago, I decided I needed – well, wanted if truth be told – a new neck strap for my Fujifilm X-T1 to replace the third partly one that I had been using, and while I was perfectly happy with it, I felt something discrete was needed rather than the bright blue model I was using. So I searched online to see what was out there as a possible replacement, and found quite a few small companies that hand make leather straps for all models of cameras. Some, were, to say the least out of this world in quality and price (where a lottery win was needed to fund one strap!) but with further searching, I found the 595 Leather Co, a UK based company that make to order, all kinds of straps and belts at prices that won’t break the bank – I ordered a simple Black leather neck strap.

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Essential Apple Podcast 134: Of Clickbait, Brain Herpes and Starting a Podcast

First of all deepest apologies for the very late posting of this edition – I won’t bore you with the details but let’s just say a holiday weekend, some life events and some work things meant I just didn’t make the time to get it done as soon as I usually try to. Also there were a large amount of notes to compile regarding the “Starting Podcasting” section. Sorry, for the delay.
Anyway in this episode I am joined by Guy Serle of the MyMac Podcast and more to talk about the end of Aperture, the forthcoming removal of 32 bit support in macOS and what that means for old software, the AirPod that lived, some clickbait headlines, Adobe “price rises” (or not), Chrome’s dominance, a Firefox problem and finally a bit of “inside baseball” stuff about starting a podcast (on budget preferably).
Next show I will endeavour not to be so tardy posting I promise.

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Essential Apple Podcast 132: Down the rabbit hole with Simon & Nick…

This week there didn’t seem to be a great deal of Apple news, not so much a “quiet week that wasn’t” as a “quiet week that was”… So expecting a relatively short show Nick and I sallied forth, only to go down a rabbit hole or two and end up with a show so long it had to be cut back (and still ended up extra long – and it could have been longer believe me…)
Anyway – it’s Easter next week so we will be taking a break for a week… and thus this somewhat longer than usual edition is now officially dubbed “Bumper Easter Edition”

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