Apple reported record results {again) – analysts moaned (again), shares went down (again) – Nick and Simon decide to mostly ignore that and talk about other things from the week including the OpenBike, the Apple Polishing Cloth, the M1 MacBook Air as the everyman Mac laptop and more…


  • 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.
  • The next meeting of Suffolk Mac User Group is on Wednesday 24 November at 7.30pm GMT, when member Tony Bramley, professional photographer and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, will be ripping the lid off DaVinci Resolve, and illustrating how easy it is to use. Amazingly, a free piece of software, way beyond iMovie and GarageBand and used quite often for high end work in Hollywood, DaVinci Resolve has incredible power that rivals Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier Pro.
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Recorded 31st October 2021

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  • @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
  • Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots’ Let’s Talk Apple
  • Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube
  • Nick’s church stream videos – You Tube


  • Apple announces record fourth quarter – Six Colors
    • Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results – Apple
    • Apple Reports All-Time Quarterly Revenue Record for Macs – MacRumors
  • USB hub not working with macOS Monterey? You’re not alone – iMore
  • Former Mac chief and Windows head both stress vast scale of Apple’s lead over Intel – 9to5Mac
  • iFixit teardown confirms the $19 Apple cleaning cloth is a repairability disgrace — Mashable
  • Fun with the Notch – Twitter


  • Are SSDs Really More Reliable Than Hard Drives? – Backblaze
  • Facebook changes its company name to Meta – CNN
  • Truth Social Violated Mastodon’s ToS; Trump’s Entire Platform Might Now Be DOA — The Bulwark


  • Microsoft finds new macOS vulnerability, Shrootless, that could bypass System Integrity Protection – Microsoft Security Blog
  • Hackers Breach iOS 15, Windows 10, Google Chrome During Massive Cyber Security Onslaught — Forbes


  • Is That Rain? New Tricks to Try on Apple’s Weather App for iPhone, Appl… – PC Mag
  • Airy Pose – App Store
  • ‘Openbike’ is an open-source wooden bicycle you can make from plywood – Input


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Native Union celebrates iPod 20th anniversary with iPod Socks-inspired AirPod Beanies – 9to5Mac

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  1. Yes – That looks like it, undoubtedly a Chinese White Box product as it appears under different names – not bad for the money even if it won’t win any awards 😀

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