On the show this time, Nick got hacked! Apple and Epic get into another spat, in which they both came off looking stupid, and childish… Simon and Nick have been playing with A.I. image tools. Apple made modifications to its new EU rules, a man has recovered over 200 Apple Watches from lakes in Illinois and Donny is disappointed in his Zagg pencils for iPads, and of course some other stuff too!


  • The Mission to Seafarers is looking for donations of old, but working, smartphones and internet capable tablets to give seafarers far from home a way to talk to friends and family
  • If you have any old smartphones or tablets cluttering your cupboard and drawers why not donate them to this worthy cause? If you are in the UK contact Rev. Andrew Dotchin Vicar@felixparish.com or your nearest Mission to Seafarers Centre, or if you live outside the UK and would like to help, simply visit missiontoseafarers.org and make a donation.

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Recorded 10th March 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 reverses course and clears way for Epic Games to set up rival iPhone app store in Europe – The Independent
  • M3 MacBook Air has this one major upgrade Apple didn’t advertise – Tom’s Guide
    • Apple confirms the MacBook Air M3 won’t be a fingerprint magnet – TechRadar
  • Apple releases MacOS Sonoma 14.4 with a whopping 64 bug fixes – ZDNet
  • Apple could be planning a giant, foldable MacBook that doubles as your iPad – TechRadar
  • Apple’s Box Office Misfires: Are Napoleon, Flower Moon, Argylle Worth it? – Variety
  • Apple’s last-minute App Store changes come with a catch – The Verge
  • What’s the most popular Mac in the US? Here’s what one study says – 9to5Mac
  • HomePod 17.4 Lets Siri Learn Your Default Music Service – iDrop News
    • There is no excuse for failing to action Spotify HomePod support – 9to5Mac
  • Alternative iOS App Stores Only Work for ‘Grace Period’ When Traveling – MacRumors
  • Apple removes big barrier for rival iPhone app stores – Cult of Mac


  • Google is following Apple’s lead by adding new developer fees in the EU – Engadget
  • Why the hell would Google promise seven years of updates? – Android Central


  • This Simple Trick Helps Stop Your iPhone Apps Tracking You – Living Etc
  • I review laptops for a living and this is now the MacBook I recommend – Tom’s Guide
  • Zagg Pencil wears out in a day – Donny in the Slackroom


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Over 200 Apple Watches recovered from Illinois lakes by metal detectorist – 9to5Mac
  • Colorware delivers a retro makeover with limited edition ‘Apple Number 2 Pencil’ – 9to5Mac

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