Simon and Nick return once again to chew over a few stories of the week that caught their attention… If you’re wondering about the show art it’s “Bits and Bobs” from the CBEEBIES TV children’s show (bits and bobs also being a UK term for an assortment of oddments).


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Recorded 18th June 2023

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On this week’s show


  • Spligosh in the Slack
  • Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube
  • Nick’s church stream videos on You Tube


  • 5 New AirDrop Features Coming in iOS 17 – MacRumors
  • Few buy the iPhone 14 Plus, but the iPhone 14 is doing better than the iPhone 13 did – AppleInsider
  • iPhone – Compare Models – Apple
  • 10 more sweet tweaks and changes in iOS 17 – Cult of Mac
  • Steve Jobs once declined an autograph request in the funniest way possible – iMore
  • 5 things you didn’t realize you could do with CarPlay – iMore


  • Apple Subreddit Goes Dark in Protest of Reddit’s API Pricing Changes – MacRumors
    • Reddit sees more than 6,000 communities ‘go dark’ in protest over API changes – Engadget
  • Why millions of usable hard drives are being destroyed – BBC News
  • Elon Musk: Twitter sued by music publishers for $250m – BBC News
  • New Laptop Brand Shocked Whole Computer Industry – Framework Laptop – Teardown And Repair Assessment – YouTube


  • The Privacy Paradox | A Proton – YouGov Report – YouTube or Proton


  • Using Pandora on the Apple HomePod – Apple

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