Happy New Year! It is 2024 (even though it was 1976 a few months ago wasn’t it?) Anyway, Simon and Nick finally get back together after the Holiday Season (and a few other things) got in the way… Chatter covers the Vision Pro, a bunch of security stories, a nuclear battery, and lots more, as always seems to happen.

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Recorded 14th January 2024

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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


  • Apple Vision Pro demos will include scanning your glasses to identify your prescription – The Verge
    • Apple says its Vision Pro is ‘spatial computing,’ not VR – Fast Company
    • Apple Vision Pro – Apple
      • Go Pro Max 360º – Go Pro
      • Angels Landing Survival Guide: Things to Know Before You Go – Earth Trekkers
  • U.S. appeals court upholds tribunal decisions in Apple-Masimo patent dispute – Reuters
  • I tried Apples alternative iPhone interface in iOS 17 here’s what happened – Tom’s Guide
  • It’s official: Apple’s Find My network now lets you track twice as many devices – Tech Radar
  • UKs digital markets regulator gives flavor of rebooted rules coming for – TechCrunch
  • Apple security releases – Apple Support
  • Now that Wi-Fi 7 is official, let’s see the return of AirPort – iMore


  • Qi2 Wireless Charging: Everything you need to know – Laptop Mag
  • EU antitrust chief meets Apple, Alphabet, and Qualcomm chiefs – Reuters
  • Groundbreaking nuclear battery produces 50 years of power without needing to be recharged – Brighter Side News


  • Operation Triangulation – Securelist
    • 4-year campaign backdoored iPhones using possibly the most advanced exploit ever – Ars Technica
  • Apple admits to secretly giving governments push notification data – Ars Technica
  • Apple Magic Keyboards are at risk from security attacks, update now – TechRadar
  • AirDrop ‘Cracked’ By Chinese Authorities to Identify Senders – MacRumors
    • Apple ignored warnings that AirDrop had a vulnerability that China learned to exploit – Techspot


  • iOS 17.3 Beta drops ‘Pro’ from ‘Apple Vision’ could another model be on the way already? – iMore
  • Apple to release new Mac Studio and Mac Pro this year, new ‘M3 Ultra’ – The Apple Post
  • Samsung’s Apple Vision Pro competitor might be one-third the price – Android Central


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