Essential Apple Podcast 116: “Simply having a wonderful Christmas time…”

Recorded 16th December 2018

This week Apple Music started working on Amazon Echo devices (well if you live in the US anyway). Apple Pay arrived in Germany, and Apple announced a $1 billion investment in Austin, Texas, for a new campus (plus a lot of other US expansion). App developers got some extra analytics from the Mac App Store and Apple backed a move for a US Digital Privacy Law. Meanwhile I am joined by Oliver Breidenbach of Boinx Software and Nick Riley to talk about all that and more as we decide we’re “simply having a wonderful Christmas time…”


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On this week’s show:


  • Boinx Makers of cool photo and video software for Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
  • On Twitter as @boinxsoftware
  • Oliver is on Twitter as @obreidenbach




  • Intel unveils new 10nm Sunny Cove CPUs, possibly destined for future Macs – 9to5 Mac


  • Logitech app security flaw allowed keystroke injection attacks – ZDNet
  • Australia’s vague anti-encryption law sets a dangerous new precedent – ProtonMail Blog
  • The digital privacy tools you need to be using now – Fast Company
  • 2018 saw people use eleven new dumb passwords – including ‘Donald’ – 9to5 Mac


  • Satechi’s Aluminum Keyboard is a great alternative to Apple’s more expensive space gray option – 9to5 Mac
  • NVIDIA Shield Streaming & Game Device
  • 12 Star Apps promotion (should be starting 20th December)

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