This week Gary Starkweather, the inventor of the laser printer, passed away, Apple discovered their Smart Battery Cases are maybe not so smart, and Windows 7 went out to pasture. I am joined by Nick Riley and guest Oliver Breidenbach of Boinx and we talk about the new FotoMagico for iPad that was just released and a a few other bits of Boinx software, before we meander on to Apple trade ins, discuss more battery technology stories and ponder over AR a bit more.

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Recorded 19th January 2020


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On this week’s show:

NICK RILEY

OLIVER BREIDENBACH

APPLE

  • Apple launches Smart Battery Cases replacement program — Apple World Today
  • Apple Slashes Estimated Trade-In Values of iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch Models Overnight – Mac Rumors
  • AirPods Pro owners complain of worse noise cancellation after firmware updates — The Verge

TECHNOLOGY

  • Gary Starkweather, inventor of the laser printer, dies at 81 — The Washington Post
  • New lithium-sulfur battery could let phones last five days between charges – Engadget
  • New graphene battery recharges blazingly fast, and it’s already on the market – Digital Trends
  • Facebook’s Chief Scientist: Mass Adoption of AR Is Years Away — The Information
  • How about this for a wearable smart device? AR contact lens — Apple World Today
  • Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 today – Engadget
    • Upgrade to Windows 10 for free right now – Cnet
  • Windows 10: NSA reveals major flaw in Microsoft’s code – BBC News

SECURITY & PRIVACY

  • United States government-funded phones come pre-installed with unremovable malware – Malwarebytes Labs
  • Facial recognition: EU considers ban of up to five years – BBC News

WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

  • The ultimate MacBook USB-C accessory just got better – ZDNet
    • Seems to come under a variety of names – all about $25… the thing to look for is that it’s 20 pin and that the detachable part just takes a USB C cable. I found these two – Amazon US and Amazon UK

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