Essential Apple Podcast 53: Of Rain, Pain, Welsh Valleys and Old WiFi Routers

Recorded 20th August 2017

OMG! Both hosts, together, at the same time! Some mistake surely? But of course that much luck can’t last, and Mark has to bale out halfway through… Never mind, luckily we have as a guest Suffolk Pete, from the Suffolk Mac User Group, to help us trample all over the tech news stories that caught our attention during the week.


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On this week’s show:

  • MacJim:
    If you use Flickr, please check your settings as there’s a change to the service users agreement. You’re now opted in the new owners sharing of your details to all their group of companies… but there’s a way to opt out by following the link… when you log in, you will see a message saying the changes will be made later this year but the link takes you to the settings where you can opt out. I’m not describing it well but you will see what I mean when you log in.
  • TunnelBear Completes Industry-First Consumer VPN Public Security Audit – TunnelBear
  • Be careful out there! To Avoid Antivirus, Criminals Are Now Using PowerPoint Files to Drop Malware – [WCCFTech]
  • Honolulu passes law to prevent using mobile phone while crossing the road – The Independent
  • You can’t even walk and text…
  • Dougee:
    Can’t believe it myself but looks interesting – iPhone in Canada
  • Scottaw:
    To Win The AI Assistant Wars, Apple Is Melding Siri With Its Other Services – Fast Company
  • This is everything Google knows about you, and how to switch it off – Birmingham Mail

Nemo’s Hardware Store (39:16)

  • Udoq Mobile Device Docking Station US / EU / Asia
    This is difficult to describe – you really do need to look at the site and their little embedded videos to make sense of how it works. It is perhaps a little pricey but it is really clever and very well put together… You can also design your own setup with a selection of Micro USB, Lightning, 30 Pin and USB C cables. Also of course as cables can be changed your setup isn’t fixed forever… got no more 30 Pin devices? Buy some new cables…

Cutie Melon Moment (1:04:09)

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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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