Essential Apple Podcast 159: Merry Christmas Everyone!

Recorded 22nd December 2019

Donny is (mostly) recovered from the ‘flu, MacJim braves another appearance and Suffolk Pete pitches in so we can have a “proper show”. Unsurprisingly news is thin on the ground on the whole with the blogs and such being full of “year in review” and “best of the decade” stuff. However we found a few stories to talk about including a “secret Apple satellite team”, more info on the Blue membrane, a Cobalt free EV battery and Zuck wanting to make a Facebook OS…


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On this week’s show:


  • New book – Kindergarten Zoo
  • ( for apple arcade reviews and more
  • @rtteachr ( on Twitter
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  • Find his stuff in iBooks, a load of sticker packs in the App Store under Donny Yankellow and as Skrbly
  • Skrbly Studio on YouTube
  • Skrbly Store
  • Skrbly Studio (Anyone can Draw) – App Store
  • Kiddims on Graphite Comics
  • Life is Random on Graphite Comics
  • 2FunDads
  • Search for Yankellow on the App Store/Books for Stickers and other work


  • On the Twitter a occasionally as @hermboy mostly about beer and footie


  • Apple Has Secret Team Working on Satellites to Beam Data to Devices — Bloomberg
  • Apple opens public bug bounty program, publishes official rules — ZDNet
  • Apple Platform Security Manual – Apple
  • Phil Schiller Talks About the Development of the Original iPad in New Interview – MacRumors


  • Online bulletin board inventor Randy Suess dies at 74 — Engadget
  • DriveDx – the most advanced drive health diagnostics and monitoring utility – Binary Fruit
  • Apple, Google and Amazon decide to ‘play nice’ over smart home tech – BBC News
  • IBM’s cobalt-free EV battery uses materials extracted from seawater – Engadget
  • Electric oceans: membrane creates energy from seawater — BBC Science Focus Magazine
  • Facebook wants to take on Google by creating its own Android alternative – Android Central


  • -Mac threat detections on the rise in 2019 – Malwarebytes Labs – Malwarebytes Labs
  • New “uncrackable” security system may make your VPN obsolete – TechRadar
  • Protect your online privacy easily with Winston – Geeky Gadgets


  • TOP TIP from @zkarj in the Slack –
    • Did you know the Recovery partition can restore several OS’s:
      • Cmd-R: Reinstall the latest macOS that was installed on your Mac
      • Cmd-Alt-R: Upgrade to the latest macOS that is compatible with your Mac
      • Cmd-Shift-Alt-R: Reinstall the macOS that came with your Mac, or the closest version still available

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