This week Simon had trouble with iCloud, Facebook and Google had trouble with Apple, and Apple had trouble with FaceTime. Serious criminals are tapping into the phone system backbone to attack banks, governments continue to try and get into everyones chats, and the Internet of Things may be an even worse security threat than you ever imagined. Meanwhile guest Guy Serle of the MyMac podcast has problems of his own with some shelves, Apple’s “awful terrible no good very bad quarter” might be down on estimates but is still the second biggest quarter they ever had… but over all bad news is all there is.


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Recorded 3rd February 2019

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On this week’s show:



  • Big shout out to Monica and Terry in Apple Support
  • Simon and his iCloud issues


  • Apple reports $84.3 billion revenue for Q1 2019 after historic downward revision – Venturebeat
  • Apple apologises for FaceTime bug – MacRumors
  • The Smartphone Market’s Tough Year – Tech.pinions
    • Samsung edges Apple as smartphone woes continue with worldwide shipments down 4.9% in holiday quarter IDC
  • Tim Cook Is Right: Why Differentiating Apple From Other Tech Giants Is Such A Smart Move – Forbes
    • What Tim Cook Knows That Facebook Doesn’t – Forbes
  • Apple have patented a revolutionary new type of ‘glass keyboard’ – ShortList


  • Facebook secretly pays users for complete access to their data – Engadget
  • Facebook to Shut Down Controversial iOS Market Research App MacRumors
  • Apple bans Facebook from running internal iOS apps following data misuse – Enadget
    • Chaos has reportedly erupted inside Facebook as employees find themselves unable to open the company’s apps on their iPhones – Business Insider
  • New report states Google also violated App Store privacy rules – iMore
  • Apple blocks Google from running its internal iOS apps – The Verge


  • ‘Internet of things’ or ‘vulnerability of everything’? Japan will hack its own citizens to find out – CNN
    • Cheap Internet of Things gadgets betray you even after you toss them in the trash – TechCrunch
    • Nightmare on Connected Home Street – Wired
  • Criminals Are Tapping into the Phone Network Backbone to Empty Bank Accounts – Motherboard
  • Collections #2-5 unearthed with 2.2 billion unique records now exposed online IT Pro


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