Essential Apple Podcast 122: Sometimes bad news is all there is

Recorded 3rd February 2019

Somehow this show got stuck in draft on MyMac instead of getting published… Sorry – This week Simon had trouble with iCloud, Facebook and Google had trouble with Apple, and Apple had trouble with FaceTime. Serious criminals are tapping into the phone system backbone to attack banks, governments continue to try and get into everyones chats, and the Internet of Things may be an even worse security threat than you ever imagined. Meanwhile guest Guy Serle of the MyMac podcast has problems of his own with some shelves, Apple’s “awful terrible no good very bad quarter” might be down on estimates but is still the second biggest quarter they ever had… but over all bad news is all there is.

Somehow this show got stuck in draft on MyMac instead of getting published… This week Simon had trouble with iCloud, Facebook and Google had trouble with Apple, and Apple had trouble with FaceTime. Serious criminals are tapping into the phone system backbone to attack banks, governments continue to try and get into everyones chats, and the Internet of Things may be an even worse security threat than you ever imagined. Meanwhile guest Guy Serle of the MyMac podcast has problems of his own with some shelves, Apple’s “awful terrible no good very bad quarter” might be down on estimates but is still the second biggest quarter they ever had… but over all bad news is all there is.

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On this week’s show:

GUY SERLE

iCLOUD WOES

  • Big shout out to Monica and Terry in Apple Support
  • Simon and his iCloud issues

APPLE

  • Apple reports $84.3 billion revenue for Q1 2019 after historic downward revision – Venturebeat
  • Apple apologises for FaceTime bug – MacRumors
  • The Smartphone Market’s Tough Year – Tech.pinions
    • Samsung edges Apple as smartphone woes continue with worldwide shipments down 4.9% in holiday quarter IDC
  • Tim Cook Is Right: Why Differentiating Apple From Other Tech Giants Is Such A Smart Move – Forbes
    • What Tim Cook Knows That Facebook Doesn’t – Forbes
  • Apple have patented a revolutionary new type of ‘glass keyboard’ – ShortList

TECHNOLOGY

  • Facebook secretly pays users for complete access to their data – Engadget
  • Facebook to Shut Down Controversial iOS Market Research App MacRumors
  • Apple bans Facebook from running internal iOS apps following data misuse – Enadget
    • Chaos has reportedly erupted inside Facebook as employees find themselves unable to open the company’s apps on their iPhones – Business Insider
  • New report states Google also violated App Store privacy rules – iMore
  • Apple blocks Google from running its internal iOS apps – The Verge

SECURITY

  • ‘Internet of things’ or ‘vulnerability of everything’? Japan will hack its own citizens to find out – CNN
    • Cheap Internet of Things gadgets betray you even after you toss them in the trash – TechCrunch
    • Nightmare on Connected Home Street – Wired
  • Criminals Are Tapping into the Phone Network Backbone to Empty Bank Accounts – Motherboard
  • Collections #2-5 unearthed with 2.2 billion unique records now exposed online IT Pro

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Author

  • 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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