Recorded 3rd May 2020
This week I am joined again by MacJim and Mark to talk about Jimâ€™s new microphone, the iOS 13.5 beta, Apple bugs, Appleâ€™s earnings report, the NHS contact tracing app, and more.
GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS
- Glenn Fleishmanâ€™s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here
- Steve at Geeks Corner will be having more giveaways including Luminar 4 and Affinity softwares in the near future. Keep an eye on the site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk
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- Apple 13.4.5 Beta… becomes 13.5 â€“ Forbes
- â€˜Psychic Paperâ€™, an Extraordinarily Powerful But Easily Understood iOS Exploit â€“ Daring Fireball
- Luckily it seems this bug wasnâ€™t widely known and is patched in 13.5 currently in Beta – but is/was a hell of a security miss!
- macOS bug fills your MacBook storage with blank files â€“ Laptop Mag
- macOS JPG File -Truncation- Bug More Pervasive Than Originally Thought â€” One News Page
- Valve’s SteamVR ends support for macOS after being introduced at WWDC 2017 â€“ 9to5 Mac
- Apple is Making Face ID Unlock Easier While Wearing a Maskâ€“ iPhone Canada
- Total Revenue Grows, Services Revenue Reaches New All-Time High of $13.3 Billion â€“ Apple
- Apple CEO Tim Cook says company saw an â€˜uptick across the boardâ€™ in late April thanks to stimulus and work from home â€“ CNBC
- Apple Q2 2020 Results – $58.3 Billion Revenue â€“ Mac Stories
- NHS rejects Apple-Google coronavirus app plan â€“ BBC News
- Disappointing to say the least – but unfortunately (in my view) unsurprising as the British government seem to have a dangerously high desire to know what and who we all interact with.
- Contact tracing app trial on Isle of Wight â€“ BBC
- Cliqz closes areas for browser and search technologies â€“ Hubert Burda Media
SECURITY & PRIVACY
- Europe’s GDPR legislation is proving worryingly toothless â€” Input Mag
WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS
- Darkroom 4.6 Adds Video to Its Excellent Photo Editing Workflow â€“ MacStories
- Google Meet will soon be free for anyone with a Gmail account â€“ Engadget
- Apple MagSafe 1 to MagSafe 2 adapter Â£9 GBP on Amazon
- New Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera with interchangeable lens launches from $50 â€“ Geeky Gadgets
NEMOâ€™S HARDWARE STORE
- Nemoâ€™s daughter Sheba reports on her new iPhone SE 2020.
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- Pixel Privacy â€“ a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
- Doug.ee Blog for Andy Jâ€™s security tips.
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- Fake Name Generator â€“ so much more than names! Create whole identities (for free) with all the information you could ever need.
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NO link for the microphone?
Unfortunately the Mic is now currently unavailable from Amazon UK but the link was https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0828G6ZD8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00 Moclever Professional Condenser Microphone Studio Recording Cardioid Microphone w/180Â° Tripods Pop Filter USB Plug for Podcasting Gaming Chatting – may well be sold under other names I suspect