Recorded 1st September 2019
And we are back! Did you miss us? Well despite August traditionally being a news dead zone and all round “silly season” – a moderate amount happened while we were taking a break. Simon is joined by Nick (@Spligosh) Riley to take a look at the stories that caught our attention over the last month including the By innovation only event, Siri debacle, iOS 13.1 beta, security scares and more.
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On this week’s show:
- Apple Invites Media to September 10 Event at Apple Park: ‘By Innovation Only’ – MacRumours
- Apple apologizes for Siri recording controversy, says program is returning in fall with major changes — iMore
- Apple Is Finally Budging on Letting Independent Shops Fix iPhones — Slate
- Cracked Apple Watch Series 2, Series 3 may get free screen replacements — Digital Trends
- For anyone who doesn’t know, iOS apps and web pages loaded in Safari have a way of expressing their full set of password constraints, so that generated passwords are compatible – Apple
- New MacBook Pro Leak Reveals Apple’s Solution To Your Troublesome Butterfly Keyboard — Forbes
- Google’s Project Zero team uncovers ‘sustained’ hack on Apple iOS devices – The Inquirer
- Researchers detail the most dangerous piece of iOS malware we’ve ever seen – BGR
- iOS 13.1 Beta arrives before iOS 13.0 goes live…
- iOS 13’s beta split is down to Trump’s threatened tariffs, not missed features – Medium
- Apple vastly expands security bounty program: higher payouts, ‘dev’ devices, Mac support – 9to5 Mac
- Affinity 1.7.2 updates available now – Affinity Spotlight
- Ashley Hewson will be on the show recording 15th Sept to talk to us about all that and more… Don’t miss it!
- Cerebras reveals world’s ‘largest computer chip’ for AI tasks – BBC
SECURITY & PRIVACY
- New Attack exploiting serious Bluetooth weakness can intercept sensitive data — Ars Technica
JUST A SNIPPET
For things that are not worth more than a flypast
- Flyboard inventor Franky Zapata crossed channel on second go – ABC News
- Don’t fall for this ‘Steve Jobs is alive’ Reddit conspiracy photo – iMore
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