This week the Bloomberg story rumbled on, but Donny and I decide to just summarise that and concentrate on things like the Apple 11% drop in Q3 Sales. Alleged info on the upcoming iPad Pro. Apple’s TV streaming plans and a wireless charger that intrigues both of us but we just think is too good to be true.
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Recorded 14th October 2018


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On this week’s show:

DONNY YANKELLOW

  • @rtteachr on Twitter
  • Find his stuff in iBooks, a load of sticker packs in the App Store and DesignBundles.net (http://designbundles.net/) as Skrbly (Sale extended till the 27th now…)

APPLE

  • Apple donates another $1m, this time to earthquake and tsunami relief in Indonesia – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple to Donate to Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts – Mac Rumors
    • Google also pitched in $1million – CNet
  • Mac shipments fall 11% in Q3 as customers await updates to aging lineup, IDC says – 9to5 Mac
  • iPad Pro Face ID details, 4K HDR video over USB-C, AirPods-like Apple Pencil 2 pairing, more – 9to5 Mac
  • TSMC to exclusively manufacture Apple A13 chip for next year’s iPhone and iPad models – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple’s Cook Visits World’s Hottest Startup During Beijing Trip – Bloomberg
  • Apple’s Upcoming Video-Streaming Service Could Possibly Be Free – Motley Fool
    • Apple plans to give away original content for free to device owners as part of new digital TV strategy – CNBC
  • Man Wearing Apple Maps Backpack Surveying San Francisco on Foot – Mac Rumors

SECURITY

  • Dr Andy Yen on his soapbox again… and rightly so, I might say – CPO Magazine
  • Apple to Australia: “This is no time to weaken encryption” – Ars Technica
    • Apple rebukes Australia’s “dangerously ambiguous” anti-encryption bill – TechCrunch
    • Apple fires back at Australian encryption bill – Engadget
  • Supply Chain Security is the Whole Enchilada, But Who’s Willing to Pay for It? – Krebs On Security
  • 1Password for Mac disables auto-submit feature as macOS Mojave boosts security – 9to5 Mac

TECHNOLOGY

  • Internet of Terribly Troublesome Insecure Things… A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared – NY Times
  • Pocket Plans to Turn Your Never-Ending News Reading List Into a Podcast – Fortune
    • Just minutes after we finished recording @MacJim posted this in the Slack
      “Okay, I’ve just used the Pocket voice reader to listen to some articles that I hadn’t yet read and… it’s not half bad. Okay, it’s American accents (male that read the heading and female the article) but it’s okay. You do get the odd way Americans pronounce words and the way 108 is read out 100 8 rather than one hundred and eight but I can live with that. For an artificial voice, It’s reasonably human but I found I needed to slow down the voice from 1x’s to -9 to make it read back at a comfortable pace. Certainly useful. I presume you’ll have more options if you pay the subscription fee though but as it is, there’s no real need for that
  • NIC Charger Launches The World’s First Totally Wireless Charger – IssueWire and Kickstarter
  • Wi-Fi Switches from Obscure Protocol Names to Simple Generation Numbers – TidBits
  • New Unique Feature in Luminar, A Surprise Update, and More! – Skylum Blog
    • Alex Tsepko the CEO of Skylum (and a previous guest) has promised to come on the show in early December once the new version is released to talk about all the new features
  • How Microsoft Plans To Avoid Nasty Windows 10 Update Bugs In The Future – Forbes
  • Apple’s Competitors Increasingly Build Hardware to Lock Users Into Software – The Mac Observer
  • Microsoft joins Open Invention Network to help protect Linux and open source – Microsoft Azure

BLOOMBERG

  • Before China iCloud spy chip allegations, Bloomberg published these five incorrect stories about Apple – AppleInsider
  • Security researcher named in China spy chip story voices doubts – Cult of Mac
  • Named source in “The Big Hack” has doubts about the story – Risky Business
  • U.S. Senators Are Demanding Answers from Supermicro About Spy Chip – MacTrast
  • New Evidence of Hacked Supermicro Hardware Found in U.S. Telecom – Bloomberg
  • Yossi Appleboum Disagrees with How Bloomberg is Positioning His Research Against Supermicro – ServeTheHome
  • NSA denies spy chip claims, FBI says it’s not allowed to – 9to5 Mac

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  • Qubii – Auto backup while charging. https://us.maktar.com/pages/qubii. https://us.maktar.com/collections/all/products/qubii $50 US on Amazon
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