Essential Apple Podcast 80: And Bob’s your uncle!

Recorded 18th March 2018

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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On this week’s show:


  • Apple Hosting ‘Let’s take a field trip’ Media Event March 27th – Mac Observer
  • Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference begins June 4 – Ars Technica
  • Audit of supply chain partners finds increased labor violations but overall improvements – ARS Technica
  • Apple Patent Reveals Dust and Spill-Proof Keyboard To Keep You Typing Fast – Inverse
  • Refurbished, high-end iPhones are suffocating the growth of cheap new Androids – Mac Daily News


  • World’s first rechargeable proton battery requires zero lithium – Inhabitat


  • This is the ‘GrayKey’ box used by law enforcement to unlock iPhones 9to5 Mac
  • 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach – The Guardian
  • Cyber criminals only honour half of ransomware payments – IT Pro
    • Wait! Criminals aren’t always honest and trustworthy or true to their word? Whoever would have thought it?


  • Give your Finder windows superpowers – Cult of Mac

Nemo’s Hardware Store (31:58)

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  • 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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