Warren Sklar (of Mac To The Future, In Touch With iOS, and more) joins Simon and Nick to chat over the goings on this week including “hidden features” in Monterey, Siri Apple Watch commands, a MyCharge safety recall, a Quick Notes tip, and more stuff that caught our eye this week…


  • 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 (https://twitter.com/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’s Extended Return Policy Now in Effect for 2021 Holiday Season – MacRumors
  • Tim Cook on Twitter
  • 12 Hidden Features in macOS Monterey Worth Finding – LifeHacker
  • Hands-on: ‘Magicut’ is a free iOS video editor app for your new iPad mini 6 – 9to5Mac
    • From @MacJim feedback for you regarding Magicut on the iPad Pro M1… It crashes all the time
  • M1 Pro/M1 Max MacBook Pro Crashes When Playing HDR Videos on YouTube, Report Users — iPhone in Canada
  • Apple fixes macOS Monterey glitch that prevented some Macs from booting – Apple World Today
  • 11 Siri Commands on Apple Watch You Need to Try – iDropNews
  • What macOS Monterey’s ‘Relocated Items’ are, and how to delete them — AppleInsider
  • Apple hires former Tesla Autopilot software exec to bolster self-driving car effort — 9to5Mac
  • Third-party iPhone 13 screen repairs disable Face ID, iFixit confirms – BGR


  • ‘Squid Game’ cryptocurrency collapses in a $3 million scam – Engadget
  • Intel Alder Lake Chips For Desktop Beats Apples M1 Pro, M1 Max in Benchmarks. – Wccftech
  • Microsoft OneDrive app will stop syncing with Windows 7 and 8 on March 1st 2022 – Engadget
  • Urgent recall issued after people were burned, so stop using this phone charger now – BGR


  • Interesting point – had difficulty trying to activate the new Quick Note (generally said to be put the mouse in the bottom right of the screen… courtesy of MacGeekGab I learned that Fn-Q will activate it, also I looked into the hot corners settings and lo and behold the reason it didn’t work for me is because I already use that as a hot corner for “show desktop” but New Quick Note is a hot corner option – so actually you can set it to any corner (with or without an extra modifier key)
  • From @Donny NEW Apple Microfiber Cleaning Cloth Wipe GENUINE 5-pack – eBay


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • 5 Dumb Phone Accessories That We Cant Help But Love Anyway – Digital Trends
  • I’ve created human-style eyes for robots – with some inspiration from Jabba the Hut. – The Conversation

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