Essential Apple Podcast 181: ARM-y madness!

Simon, Nick and Jim are joined by the wonderful and perspicacious Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies, Techpinions and the Techpinions podcast to take in Apple and the pandemic, the whole ARM rumour explosion, and what WWDC might bring us – yet again the show went way long so another two parter… in this part it’s Carolina, and in part two the lads look at other news…

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here and now he has also released Take Control of Zoom too.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner will be having more giveaways in the near future. Keep an eye on the site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk
  • Serif have expanded their sale to everything in the Affinity store until June 20th
  • Skylum have a [50% off sale] on Luminar 4

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Essential Apple Podcast 167: Zoom & Enhance? Pixelmator says “Yes you can!”

WWDC goes virtual (no surprise there), people are already making predictions based on the image, iOS14 leaks predict homescreen list view. Microsoft take down a zombie botnet and Bill Gates steps down from the board. But more important than all of that for this show we are joined but Andrius Gailiunas of Pixelmator to update us on what they’re up to. Also Andrius and I talk a bit about COVID-19 in the “Not the show” section at the end.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Get Donny Yankellow’s 2FunDads iMessage stickers for FREE

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Essential Apple Podcast 166: A show with no notes?

Not a great deal of Apple News, except the growing expectation Apple might not be able to do WWDC in the same way as previous years, and a free fix for owners of iPad Air 3s with troublesome screens. Meanwhile Intel reveal that there is a dangerous flaw in their chip management module that can’t be fixed, Virgin Media might be in hot water with the GDPR, Microsoft say 99.9% of hacked accounts make the same mistake, and TCL showed off an interesting “rollable extendable phone concept”. Simon and Nick consider these and wander off into a few other bits and pieces as well (as they often do).

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Get Donny Yankellow’s 2FunDads iMessage stickers for FREE

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Essential Apple Podcast 139: The obligatory WWDC edition!

This week is of course the obligatory post WWDC edition! I am joined by Weyhan Ng our resident iOS developer and by Donny Yankellow to talk about what we felt about this year’s keynote, and what it might mean for the Apple ecosystem going forward. With such a huge number of announcements we could never cover them all so we wander where the whim takes us…

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!
  • Get Donny Yankellow’s 2FunDads iMessage stickers for FREE

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Essential Apple Podcast 138: Pre WWDC Limbo

This week I am joined by Suffolk Pete (@Hermboy) in what is an odd sort of Limbo – we are recording this the day before WWDC, but it’s unlikely the show will be posted until after. So although we talk a little about WWDC we try not to make it the main point of discussion so we don’t just make ourselves look silly.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!
  • Get Donny Yankellow’s 2FunDads iMessage stickers for FREE

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We can now also be found on RadioPublic, PlayerFM and TuneIn as well as all the other places previously available.

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Essential Apple Podcast 137: Strange Days?

This week I am joined by the semi regular co-hosts Nick (@spligosh) Riley and Donny (@rtteachr) Yankellow, to take a look at the stories of the last week or so. Of course, after the week light on news when I recorded with John Chidgey there has been a veritable deluge of news over the last 7-10 days. Including a new MacBook Pro, the WWDC19 “invitations”, the whole Huawei “blacklisting” affair, an odd little gaming device from Panic and a depressingly long list of security stories.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!
  • Get Donny’s 2FunDads iMessage stickers for FREE

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Essential Apple Podcast 128: Mindblowing stuff is coming!

This week I am joined by fellow Suffolk MUG member and Slackroom resident Suffolk Pete to ponder the likely shenanigans to come on the 25th, and WWDC in June, pour scorn on scientists claims that AirPods give you cancer, scratch our heads over the Apple headmounted display patents and of course a few other things that caught our attention this week.

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • Listeners of this show can claim $10 off purchases of Luminar and/or Aurora HD 2019 use the coupon code EssentialApple at checkout for your extra discount!
  • Get Photolemur 2 free by helping this YouTube video to 100,000 views.

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Essential Apple Podcast 91: It’s all about the software…

Well this week it has been all about WWDC and that was all about the software. I am joined by iOS developer WeyHan Ng to talk about all that and a few other stories too. Extra special thanks to Han for being a real trouper after someone forgot to push the record button… (What a numpty!)
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I may not have mentioned this enough but thank you all you Patreon supporters (we really do appreciate you) and Mark even put out some Patreon only content last week!

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Essential Apple Podcast 90: ’Twas the night before WWDC…

Bad day to be recording a podcast really with WWDC being tomorrow… I don’t want to talk about it too much as by the time this is posted it will all be over. However as the elephant in the room we had to at least mention it!
Meanwhile Guy Serle (@Macparrot) and Roger Harmon (@gofortech) and I dug up a few other stories to mull over.
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Essential Apple Podcast 80: And Bob’s your uncle!

Mark is otherwise engaged this week, so Simon is joined by Bob Wood, My Mac reviewer and Tucson MUG member to talk over some of the week’s Apple and Tech stories including Apple’s Field Trip event announcement, the GrayKey iPhone unlocking tool, the Facebook data breach and the fact that cyber criminals don’t always keep their word!
Sorry my side of the audio is not great again, I unwittingly messed up my noisegate setting and as a result I am a bit hissy and clipped – Simon.

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Mac And Forth Show

The Mac & Forth Show 058 – The WWDC 2015 Predictive Quiz

If you’ve a spare hour today then why not fill that by listening to the Mac & Forth Show (episode 58) featuring yours truly but Also Adam Christianson from The MacCast) along with the regulars Karl, Barry and Matt.  This weeks episode takes a twist with Matt taking over duties as quizmaster on the show as we try our hands at WWDC predictions.

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