Essential Apple Podcast 250: Runaway vacuums and more

We’re back! There’s not a huge amount of Apple news but some tech stuff did catch our eye. Lawmakers gonna legislate, UK Gov plans anti encryption PR and the Data Watchdog says that’s stupid. A couple of stories literally arrive while record… and a cheeky little robot vacuum cleaner makes a break for fresh pastures! Meanwhile Nick and Simon try and make sense of it.


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Recorded 23rd January 2022

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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 on You Tube


  • T-Mobile begins blocking iPhone users from enabling iCloud Private Relay in the US – 9to5Mac
    • T-Mobile says it has not broadly blocked iCloud Private Relay – 9to5Mac
  • Woman sentenced to prison for stealing 3,000 iPods intended for studen… – Engadget
  • Possibility of huge changes to App Store as US antitrust bill proceeds to committee – 9to5Mac
  • Apple’s US Education Store Now Requires Institution Verification to Buy Discounted Products – MacRumors
    • Apple Walks Back UNiDAYS Verification Requirement for U.S. Education Store – MacRumors
  • Safari bug leaks your browsing activity and Google account detailsSafari bug leaks your browsing activity and Google account details ( – Cult of Mac
    • Apple is fixing the dangerous Safari bug that can leak your history – Mashable


  • Gran becomes first patient to be fitted with bionic eye in science breakthrough – The Mirror
  • Man gets genetically-modified pig heart in world-first transplant – BBC


  • macOS, Windows, Linux all targeted by new cross-platform exploit – AppleInsider
    • “SysJoker” backdoor revealed after going undetected on Windows, Linux, and macOS for several months – Wccftech
  • UK Government Readies Anti-Encryption Publicity Campaign to ‘Keep Children Safe’ Online – MacRumors
    • Encryption: UK data watchdog criticises government campaign – BBC
  • Democrats unveil bill to ban online ‘surveillance advertising’ ( – The Verge
  • European data regulators issued €1.1 billion in GDPR fines in 2021 – ITPro


  • Making Digital Confetti Accessible – Rogue Amoeba
  • UK businesses urged to join four-day working week trial – ITPro


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Robot vacuum cleaner escapes from Cambridge Travelodge – BBC


Scoshe chargers – some are or aren’t available on Amazon UK/US depending…

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