Essential Apple Podcast 126: The Tucson MUG Takeover

Recorded 3rd March

The Tucson Mac User Group rounded up a posse of MyMac contributors and sent them to take over the show… I am joined by Bob Wood, Curt Blanchard, David Acklam and Roger Harmon to take a ramble around the stories that caught our attention over the last week or so, including the Apple Shareholder Meeting, Tim Cook making his position on privacy pretty clear to all, hacking tools available for $100 and a daft smartphone/cuff/watch thing… With 5 of us on the line I think we pulled the string a bit tight and in places the bandwidth was struggling so apologies for the occasional distorted audio.


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On this week’s show:


  • Apple investors debate political diversity at annual shareholder meeting: CEO Tim Cook takes questions from investors about privacy, politics and new products – CNet
    • In Steve Jobs Theater, Apple shareholders eat the air, promise-crammed – Apple 3.0
    • Apple Shareholder Meeting – Hunter S
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook hit out at companies like Facebook again: Anything that collects personal data and uses it against customers ‘should not exist’ – Business Insider
  • Tim Cook Talks Privacy and Health in Interview – The Mac Observer
  • The old guard of Mac indy apps has thrived for more than 25 years – Macworld
  • Vinyl and CDs now more popular than iTunes music downloads, new data shows – 9to5 Mac


  • Nubia’s Alpha watch phone is the most ridiculous gadget at MWC 2019 – Mashable
    • Nubia’s new wearable puts a 4-inch flexible smartphone on your wrist – The Verge
  • EU copyright rules threaten the Internet creators – BBC News


  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Echos Tim Cook on Privacy – The Mac Observer
  • iPhone and Android hacking tool used by FBI and DHS on sale on eBay for as little as $100 – 9to5 Mac
  • EFF launches ‘Fix It Already’ initiative to push Apple and other tech companies for change– 9to5 Mac
    • Fix It Already – EFF
  • Xfinity Mobile PINs were left as ‘0000’ by default – Engadget

Nemo’s Hardware Store

  • No hardware store this week, John is otherwise engaged.

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