After a bit of a cock up last week which was completely Simon’s fault (and he’s very very sorry about it) Simon does a solo show because Nick is otherwise engaged… Simon has thoughts on AI after more adventures with generative tools, fun tunes from Suno, some with lyrics by Simon, Copilot generated images (some with AI weirdness) and a whip around some of the news stories…


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Recorded 17th April 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

AI – Tunes, Images and Thoughts


  • Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference returns June 10, 2024 – Apple
  • The first gaming emulators are now on the iOS App Store and one has already been pulled – TechRadar
  • Apple Vietnam operations expanded, in Chinese diversification – 9to5Mac
  • How to edit PDF files on Mac: Pixelmator Pro is the easiest way – BGR
  • Apples Self Service Repair Program Will Finally Let You Use Second Hand Parts – TechPP
  • Apple’s iOS 17.4 browser choice is under fire, despite increased adoption increases – iMore
  • Apple quietly added Qi2 charging to the iPhone 12 – The Verge


  • iPhone Lockdown Mode explained as mercenary spyware attacks target users – Lad Bible


  • Apple’s M4 plans could make the latest MacBooks outdated already – TechRadar


  • How To Reduce Photo File Sizes On Your iPhone – SlashGear
  • Fix ‘Cannot Be Opened Because the Developer Cannot Be Verified’ Error on Mac – TechPP
  • How to Remove Line Under Battery on iPhone – TechPP


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • ‘I bought fake Apple Airpods on Amazon – I was shocked at what actually arrived’ – The Mirror

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