Essential Apple Podcast 130: So that Showtime event… Hot or not?

Recorded 31st March 2019

This week, in the wake of the Apple “It’s Showtime” keynote, and with the luxury of a few days to mull it all over, I am joined by very special guest Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies and Tech.pinions to examine what was hot and what was not… and consider why so much of it felt like it wasn’t fully baked yet. Plus, as always, a few other stories from the tech sphere.

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On this week’s show:



  • Apple announce News+, Arcade, Card, TV+ and original content – Apple
    • Readly offers almost 4000 titles for a similar price and also offers family sharing.
    • Carolina’s take – Tech.pinions
    • Apple’s Services event: What the indie analysts are saying – Apple 3.0
  • Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat officially canceled – Cnet
    • Steven Sinofsky @stevesi – Twiter
  • Apple hires Tesla’s head of electric powertrains in effort to bring electric car to market – electrek


  • Tough cookies: MEPs call for EU websites to be scrubbed of trackers – The Register
  • Article 13: EU passes copyright directive which will lead to a more censored internet – Private Internet Access
  • Facebook’s Zuckerberg Calls for Global Internet Regulations – Bloomberg
    • Yet ironically – US charges Facebook with high-tech housing discrimination – ABC News


  • Cardhop for iOS makes contact management quick and simple – Cult of Mac
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