Essential Apple Podcast 226: More News than you’d think

Recorded 27th June 2021

Simon, Steve and Nick get together again to take a look at rather more stories than they thought they had including Amazon sending tens of thousands of items a week to landfill, Safari Technology Preview, the death of John McAffee, Hubble’s broken computers, the MyBook Live story and more.


  • Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
  • Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually 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
  • Nick’s church stream videos – You Tube



  • Runs the Geeks Corner website
  • Produces the Geeks Corner podcast
  • @GeekCorner_uk on Twitter


  • Russia votes to force U.S. tech giants to open local offices – AppleInsider
  • Apple Shares List of Products to Keep Safe Distance Away From Pacemakers – MacRumors
  • Apps can request access to more RAM with iOS 15 entitlement, exceeding normal system memory limits – 9to5Mac
  • Safari Technology Preview – Safari – Apple Developer
  • Adobe Removing Photoshop Sketch and Illustrator Draw From App Store in July – MacRumors
  • Running Low on iCloud Storage? Heres How to Make Room for the Things You need – iDropNews
    • How to delete Time Machine local snapshots in macOS – AppleInsider
  • Hotspot connections will be safer in iOS 15 thanks to WPA3 security protocol – 9to5Mac
  • You Don’t Need iCloud+ for ‘Hide My Email’ in iOS 15 | How to Set It Up Now – iDrop News
  • Final Cut Pro 10.5.3, Compressor 4.5.3, and Motion 5.5.2 – TidBITS
  • The Real System Requirements for Apple’s 2021 Operating Systems – TidBITS


  • Amazon Is Destroying Thousands of Unsold AirPods, iPads, and MacBooks According to New Investigation – iDrop News
    • Revealed: Amazon destroying millions of items of unsold stock in UK every year – ITV
    • The ex-Amazon worker who helped expose scale of unwanted stock being destroyed – ITV
    • Second Amazon whistleblower claims brand new goods being binned – ITV
  • John McAfee, Antivirus Software Creator, Found Dead In Spanish Prison Cell – HuffPost
  • NASA is pulling out all the stops to fix the Hubble Space Telescope – SlashGear
  • Podcasts | Everything Technology – Bob O’Donnell
  • Microsoft releases Windows 11 for free – but most computers will not be able to run it – Independent
    • Microsoft wont allow Windows 11 on many older Surface devices – PC World


  • “I’m totally screwed.” WD My Book Live users wake up to find their data deleted – Ars Technica
    • Western Digital drives remotely wiped: What experts say to do now – SlashGear


  • All Things Secured | Online Security Made Simple – Josh Summers
  • This app lets you download full macOS Big Sur installer pkgs with one click – 9to5Mac


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • River Runner – Watch the path of a raindrop from anywhere in the contiguous United States
  • Somebody put a Raspberry Pi inside a G5 iMac because why the heck not? – iMore

Essential Apple Recommended Services:

  • All Things Secured – Online security made simple by Josh Summers.
  • 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
  • – Never give out your real email address online again.
  • 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.
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  • 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 and on the App Stores – 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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