Essential Apple Podcast 187: Lights, camera, action!

Recorded 23rd July 2020

Simon, Jim and Nick get together once again to talk about the week in Apple and tech, including public betas, Slack v Microsoft, Nick’s PTZ camera, the new PlexTV (which we were a bit dismissive of but actually may be worth a look – just don’t expect a new Netflix!), and more.


  • Glenn Fleishman’s Working From Home book is completely FREE and can be downloaded here and now he has also released Take Control of Zoom and Take Control of Slack too.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has restarted his podcast which is a 5-15 min show of his thoughts on tech. Also keep an eye on his site or follow him on Twitter @GeekCorner_uk to watch for regular giveaways.

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On this week’s show:


  • @spligosh on Twitter very occasionally.
  • Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots’ Let’s Talk Apple
  • Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube



  • Apple’s 2030 carbon-neutral pledge covers itself and suppliers – BBC
  • Apple releases iOS 13.6, iPadOS 13.6, tvOS 13.5, watchOS 6.2.9 – Apple World Today
    • Apple Releases iOS 13.6 with Expanded Local News Coverage – Mac Stories
      • Sigh. A few cities in the US. Nothing at all for most of the world still.
  • Public Betas – seems there is not yet a public beta of Big Sur or the Watch OS… Developer beta 3 of iOS 14 and macOS 11 released though – Apple Insider and
  • The Mac is moving to Apple Silicon — not ARM – iMore
  • Apple held early conversations about buying Arm, but ultimately declined – Cult of Mac
  • Apple has fixed the USB 2.0 connection bug in Catalina, but not in Big Sur yet – Apple Insider


  • Slack Accuses Microsoft of Illegally Crushing Competition – New York Times
  • BT and TalkTalk internet down: Users unable to connect to broadband across UK – Independent
  • Plex launches free Live TV on iPhone, Apple TV, web without a tuner or antenna – 9to5 Mac
  • Spotify launches Video Podcasts worldwide starting with select creators – Techcrunch
  • Pan Tilt Zoom cameras – PTZ Optics and Nick’s was from Minrray and is the UV510A


  • Apple Will Start Sending Special Devices to iPhone Hackers – Vice



For things that are not worth more than a flypast


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  • Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
  • Blog for Andy J’s security tips.
  • Ghostery – protect yourself from trackers, scripts and ads while browsing.
  • Simple Login – Email anonymisation and disposable emails for login/registering with
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  • AnonAddy – Disposable email addresses
  • Sudo – get up to 9 “avatars” with email addresses, phone numbers and more to mask your online identity. Free for the first year and priced from $0.99 US / £2.50 UK per month thereafter… You get to keep 2 free avatars though.
  • ProtonMail – end to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE… what more can you ask?
  • ProtonVPN – a VPN to go with it perhaps? Prices also starting from nothing!
  • Comparitech DNS Leak Test – simple to use and understand VPN leak test.
  • Fake Name Generator – so much more than names! Create whole identities (for free) with all the information you could ever need.
  • Wire – free for personal use, open source and end to end encryted messenger and VoIP.
  • Pinecast – a fabulous podcast hosting service with costs that start from nothing.

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