Essential Apple Podcast 52: Blood, Sweat, Tears, VPNs and Subscriptions

Recorded 13th August 2017

After my Sunday out with friends last week it’s Mark’s turn to be otherwise engaged with his social life. That means it’s down to me to keep the show on the road. So that you don’t all have to just listen to me I’m joined by Scott Willsey previously of the Pocket Sized Podcast and now co-host on Don’t Nihongo It Alone to discuss this week’s Apple and Tech related news.


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On this week’s show:

  • Apple puts voices into people’s heads – Wired.com via Daring Fireball
  • iOS Beta has nearly 100 minor tweaks and refinements – YouTube
  • Will the next Apple Watch have its own cellular connection? – BBC
  • Xiaomi takes top wearable spot say Strategy Analytics – Cult of Mac
    That’s totally Apples and Oranges though because as they point out, the Xiaomi band costs about £18-£25 here in the UK and an Apple Watch starts at £269 – hardly competing devices I’d say… that is like saying that someone like Kia are outdoing Ferrari because they shifted more cars!
    The full report in excruciating depth – from which that clickbait headline and short precis has been extracted is here Strategy Analytics Report
  • From @dougee
    Hotspot Shield accused of tracking, logging and selling users histories – Hacker News
  • Seems Hotspot might not be the only VPN you can’t rely on … never heard of this one but it seems it’s a data gathering tool for Facebook – Daring Fireball
  • WannaCry “hero” charged with Kronos malware creation – The Telegraph
    • Also Marcus Hutchins: cybersecurity experts rally around arrested WannaCry ‘hero’ –  The Guardian
  • Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home ‘smart’ locks – The Register
  • Nightmare on Connected Home Street – Wired
  • From @MacJim
    Consumer Reports drop recommendations for Microsoft Surface with controversial reports of excessive failure rates – Daring Fireball
  • From @MacJim
    Blood, Sweat and Tears could power future medical tech? – The Verge
  • From Scott Willsey
    Ulysses moves to a subscription model. Why does it matter and what’s the outrage over subscriptions? – MacStories

Nemo’s Hardware Store (24:42)

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About Simon Parnell

Co-host of the Essential Apple Podcast alongside Mark Chappell who lives in the far West of Wales, while I make my abode deep in the East of Suffolk.

Father, Husband, Mac Lover, DTP & Prepress Professional, Geek, Cook, Drinker of Wines, Beers & Spirits.

I am British, and now the “wrong” side of 50 years old, I am married and have 3 children.

I started working in a design studio in the early 80’s back in the days of Cow Gum, Rotring Pens and Scalpels. I moved on to using Macs in about 1989 (way back when 40MB Hard Drives were BIG and 8MB RAM was a top end spec, System 6.0.3 was the cutting edge and the IIcx I worked on set me back about £5000… eek!).

Since then I have worked on pretty much every generation of Macintosh and every Mac OS Apple have released. I have done design and pre-press work with a wide variety of “DTP” applications old, new, well known and obscure. I have a fascination with finding cheaper alternatives to the “big guns” so DTP can be accessible to everybody!

For the last 15+ years I have worked in a small print works close to my home doing design and pre-press work.

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