Essential Apple Podcast 166: A show with no notes?

Recorded 8th March 2020

Not a great deal of Apple News, except the growing expectation Apple might not be able to do WWDC in the same way as previous years, and a free fix for owners of iPad Air 3s with troublesome screens. Meanwhile Intel reveal that there is a dangerous flaw in their chip management module that can’t be fixed, Virgin Media might be in hot water with the GDPR, Microsoft say 99.9% of hacked accounts make the same mistake, and TCL showed off an interesting “rollable extendable phone concept”. Simon and Nick consider these and wander off into a few other bits and pieces as well (as they often do).


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On this week’s show:



  • WWDC on Verge of Being Canceled Following New #COVID19 Guidance From Santa Clara County – Mac Observer
  • Apple’s new App Store policies fight spam and abuse but also allow ads in notifications — Ars Technica
  • Apple offers free repair for third-generation iPad Air models facing blank screen issues — 9to5 Mac


  • Intel ‘unable to fix’ critical hardware-encoded CPU flaw – IT Pro
  • TCL reveals extending smartphone concept and tri-fold tablet – BBC News
    • TCL’s rollable phone concept is wild and a wayyy better idea than screens that bend in half with ugly creases and half-baked hinges – Input Magazine
  • Sonos kills its device-bricking ‘recycle mode’ – Engadget
  • Electric cars may not get cuter than the Microlino 2.0 — CNET


  • Don’t be fooled, experts warn, America’s anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground — The Register
  • Virgin Media ‘likely to face maximum GDPR fine’ following data leak – IT Pro
  • 1.2 Million Microsoft Accounts Hacked, Made The “Same” Mistake — Fossbytes
  • Boots halts Advantage Card payments after cyber-attack – BBC News
  • Amazon’s Ring logs every doorbell press and app action – BBC News


  • DuckDuckGo Open-Sources New ‘Tracker Radar’ To Fight Online Tracking — Fossbytes
  • Fully Charged Show – YouTube


  • Nemo will be back as soon as the trucks can get to him…

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