This week Simon is joined by Nick, Jim and Steve (of Geeks Corner) to ponder the demise of the iMac Pro, names that break computer stuff, a surprising silver nano wire discovery, the Microsoft Exchange Server hack and several other stories that caught their attention during the week.
GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS
- Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
- Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.
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Recorded 7th March 2021
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On this week’s show:
- Runs the Geeks Corner website
- Produces the Geeks Corner podcast
- @GeekCorner_uk on Twitter
- MacJim in the Slack
- In charge of the Essential Apple Flickr
- Also on Flickr as thesrpspaintshop
- Has videos on Vimeo
- @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
- Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots’ Let’s Talk Apple
- Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube
- Apple discontinues iMac Pro, Apple Store says buy ‘while supplies last’ – 9to5Mac
- [Update] Apple to discontinue iMac Pro once stock runs out — iMore
- Report: Side effect of Apple’s increasing garden walls is better hiding places for elite hackers – 9to5Mac
- iOS update reveals how Apple will protect against new iPhone feature being used for stalking – The Independent
- NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover is powered by an iMac G3 processor – 9to5Mac
- Apple Finally Reveals that one of their Foldable Display Patents is now Focused on being a Foldable Laptop – Patently Apple
- Scott Forstall asked Pandora to develop its app with jailbroken iPhones before the App Store– 9to5Mac
- Author takes to Twitter after breaking iCloud with ‘True’ last name — iMore
- These unlucky people have names that break computers – BBC
- QUT researchers make accidental discovery of atomic-scale wires – ZDNet
- NFTs Are Hot. So Is Their Effect on the Earth’s Climate – Wired
SECURITY & PRIVACY
- Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims – Wired
- Thousands of Microsoft Customers May Have Been Victims of Hack Tied to China – NY Times
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