Essential Apple Podcast 99: Robots Good, Robots Bad

Recorded 5th August 2018 This week our guest is John Martellaro of The Mac Observer, writer of the Particle Debris column and host of the Background Mode Podcast. In the news Apple topped $1trillion market cap, Uncle Tim said that’s not the only measure of success and, well that’s about it really… Not quite, but we decide to take the “and anything else that catches our eye” part of the intro to heart and just wander around a few topics that intrigued us. Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter! Also Essential Apple Podcast is now available on Spotify and Soundcloud!

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On this week’s show:



  • Apple is first public company worth $1 trillion – BBC News
  • Tim Cook thanks employees in memo following record-setting $1 trillion market cap 9to5 Mac
  • How to get Low Power Mode on your Mac right now – Cult of Mac
    • Allister Jenks says I guess someone there reads Marco’s blog
    • The tool for doing “power saving mode” on the Mac is here
  • Re the discussion last week about Apple Watch and Fitbit
    • Fitbit gives Apple Watch its only real competition – Cult of Mac
    • Interesting comment from Om Malik: Time is on Apple’s side – Om on Tech



  • CCleaner v5.45 Introduces Data Collection with No Way to Opt-Out – Sensortech
  • Malwarebytes comes to iOS w/ scam call blocking, spam text filtering, web protection and more – 9to5 Mac



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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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