Essential Apple Podcast 231: Think of the children

Nick and Simon get together once again to consider Apple’s “child safety initiative” which has blown up a huge debate this week, scratch their heads over what Microsoft’s 365 Cloud PCs actually offer and general wander around the stories that caught their eye over the last week or so.

Sorry there are no chapter markers this week, the morning after we recorded I opened up the M1 MBA to do the edit and it was black screen and unresponsive (again)… It’s back off to Apple once more (sad face).


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  • 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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Recorded 8th August 2021

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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


  • Apple’s New ‘Child Safety’ Initiatives, and the Slippery Slope – Daring Fireball
    • Apple will scan photos stored on iPhones and iCloud for child abuse images – The Verge
    • Apple Addresses CSAM Detection Concerns, Will Consider Expanding System on Per-Country Basis – MacRumors
    • FAQ about Apples Expanded Protections for Children – TidBITS
    • Apple’s Plan to “Think Different” About Encryption Opens a Backdoor to… – EFF
  • Apple successfully overturns $300 million patent infringement case – 9to5Mac
  • Apple mistakenly promotes scam apps in App Store feature – 9to5Mac
  • Apple Arcade hits 200 games with original and classic titles in its catalog – 9to5Mac
  • You Can Now Buy That Touch ID Magic Keyboard Separately – The Mac Observer


  • Seminal mobile phone scientist Ken Cattermole who turned analogue waves into digital code – The Independent
  • Affinity Creative Apps Gain Memory Optimization Update Making Some Tasks Up to 10 Times Quicker – Mac Rumors
  • This in-browser ‘Kid Pix 1.0’ is the perfect bump of internet nostalgia – Input
  • Twitter Partnering With AP And Reuters to Tackle Misinformation – The Mac Observer
  • Microsoft suspends Windows 365 trials – IT PRO
    • Microsoft shut down its browser-based Windows PC trial after one day – The Independent
    • Allister – I was thinking Windows 365 may be an answer to replacing my wife’s Mac as she needs one Windows app so is stuck on Intel. Then I saw the pricing! For a few months worth of rental you can buy a bloody PC!
    • Donny – “The virtual computer does not support apps, but can let users log remotely into any compatible application on Windows 10 or the upcoming Windows 11 operating systems.” So you have to be able to access a machine running windows with the apps?
  • Corsair Says New DDR5 RAM Will Require Much Better Cooling – Digital Trends
  • Keeping old computers going costs government £2.3bn a year, says report – BBC
  • Amazon makes amends after backlash for destroying millions of unsold products – Android Authority
  • Yikes, Firefox Lost 46 Million Users in the Last Three Years – Gizmodo


  • Three random words better than more complex passwords – GCHQ – Evening Standard
  • iMazing app updated with tool to easily detect Pegasus spyware on iPhone – 9to5Mac



For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • How to set NASA mission audio as your iPhone ringtone – 9to5Mac

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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