Essential Apple Podcast 120: The Bob is back in town

Recorded 20th January 2019

This week Slackers everywhere lost their collective cool over a new Slack logo, Apple put some iPhone SE’s on clearance for $249 and they sold out almost instantly, a huge cache of email addresses and passwords got put online and Duck Duck Go moved over to Apple Maps. Here to talk with me about all of that, plus woodworking, a great computer cutting machine he discovered and much more is the always effervescent Bob “Dr Mac” LeVitus.


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On this week’s show:



  • Amadine Beta: Vector Graphic Design Software for Mac and iOS from BeLight – (
  • Popular VLC video player is getting AirPlay support – Cult of Mac
  • DuckDuckGo Moves to Apple Maps for Mapping-Related Queries – iPad Insight
  • Watch Apple’s $249 iPhone SE clearance stock evaporate – Apple 3.0


  • 2FA codes can be phished by new pentest tool – Naked Security
  • Computer scientist David Magerman wants to build a more ethical internet – CBC News
    • The father of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee, has been trying to do the same with his Solid project
  • Troy Hunt: The 773 Million Record “Collection #1” Data Breach – Troy Hunt



For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Louis Vuitton wireless earbuds will cost you almost $1,000 – Engadget

Nemo’s Hardware Store ()

  • No hardware store this week as John is off travelling

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