Essential Apple Podcast 132: Down the rabbit hole with Simon & Nick…

Recorded 14th April 2019

This week there didn’t seem to be a great deal of Apple news, not so much a “quiet week that wasn’t” as a “quiet week that was”… So expecting a relatively short show Nick and I sallied forth, only to go down a rabbit hole or two and end up with a show so long it had to be cut back (and still ended up extra long – and it could have been longer believe me…)
Anyway – it’s Easter next week so we will be taking a break for a week… and thus this somewhat longer than usual edition is now officially dubbed “Bumper Easter Edition”

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On this week’s show:

NICK RILEY

APPLE

  • Apple now offering data migrations for free with new Mac purchases and repairs – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple adds new ‘Confirm Subscription’ step for in-app subscription signups on iOS – 9to5 Mac
  • How AirPods and Shortcuts shifted Apple’s Siri story and blunted Amazon’s Alexa Echo threat – Apple Insider
  • An Apple Podcasts+ service could be a hit with listeners and creators – 9to5 mac
  • Cardbox for iOS reimagines contact management with social features, more – 9to5 Mac

TECHNOLOGY

  • Space X Falcon Heavy Launch and booster landing – YouTube
  • UK’s Sabre space plane engine tech in new milestone – BBC News
  • World’s biggest airplane takes flight for the first time ever – The Verge
  • Flickr Teams Up with Pixsy for the First End-to-End Photo Theft Solution – PetaPixel
  • UK train passengers offered smart tickets – BBC News

SECURITY & PRIVACY

WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

  • Byte Magazine July 1989 – Vintage Apple 360 pages of Byte Magazine – from the days when half the page count was adverts… and a lot of those double page spreads to boot (via Steven Sinofsky on Twitter) If you’re young enough to have missed it first time, find out what it used to be like, and if you are not then revel in the nostalgia

Nemo’s Hardware Store (1:12:33)

  • AudioEngine A2+BT Amazon – $269 US
  • Audio Engine 512 Portable Amazon – $169 US It is in the UK store but at the extortionate rate of £599 UK – save your money and buy from the US (circa $50 US shipping and customs depost) – yes there may be extra UK customs & excise duties but they sure as hell won’t be £300 UK!!!!!!

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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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