Recorded 22nd September 2019
After a couple of weeks or more of guests and not bothering to look at the news Simon is joined by Bart Busschots of the Letâ€™s Talk podcasts, Taming the Terminal, Programming by Stealth, Nosillacast and more, to poke a stick at a few things that caught their interest over the last couple of weeks. Including the Checkm8 vulnerability, and a video from the Apple archive that is an absolute gem.
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On this weekâ€™s show:
- Find all his stuff at bartb.ie
- The Letâ€™s Talk Apple and Letâ€™s Talk Photography podcasts are at Letâ€™s-Talk.ie and also of course on the MyMac page
- Follow him on Twitter @bbusschots
- A regular contributor to the NosillaCast
- Apple Arcade goes live and Donny started a Twitter account to do mini game reviews as he tests them out. @AarcadeReviews and a website Aarcade Reviews
- Apple lets you extend your iPhone warranty forever â€“ Mashable
- Apple just turned its extended warranty for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch into a monthly subscription â€“ The Verge
- Allister Jenks (@zkarj) decided to start a new â€œquick takeâ€ series on (one of) his blog(s), inspired by Scott Willseyâ€™s WTF Weekly. And I quote â€œsometimes I will think of Mark when having a good old rantâ€ and it will go by the name of Echoes
- Windows 10 problems are ruining Microsoftâ€™s reputation â€“ and the damage canâ€™t be underestimated â€” TechRadar
- Pocket Casts is making its podcast app free and launching a subscription service â€“ The Verge
- Amazon stuff â€“ The Verge [I still say it should have been the Echo Microdot!!!! – Simon]
SECURITY & PRIVACY
- New Checkm8 jailbreak released for all iOS devices running A5 to A11 chips â€“ ZDNet
- At least it is a â€œhands onâ€ vulnerability and according to ZDNet it isnâ€™t persistent –
- Cloudflareâ€™s free Warp VPN now available for all users â€“ 9to5 Mac
- Cloudflare explained. Not a true VPN but will protect you on public WiFi â€“ Cloudflare
- Ghostery Midnight – Giving you control of trackers at the device level. Coming Fall 2019 â€“ Ghostery
- Firefox is testing a VPN, and you can try it right now â€“ The Verge
WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS
- This is worth the watchâ€¦ you wonâ€™t see Tim Cook doing this on the stageâ€¦ The Macintosh Portable Introduction – September 20, 1989
JUST A SNIPPET
For things that are not worth more than a flypast
- Gruber on the Samuel L Jackson voice for the Amazon Echo Celebrity Voices Coming to Alexa: Replacing Alexaâ€™s voice with Samuel L. Jacksonâ€™s? With an explicit option? Hell yes, sign me up â€“ The Verge
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