Essential Apple Podcast 292: AI image search with CYME

This week Simon and Nick are joined by Mattieu Kopp co-founder and CTO of, makers of Avalanche (a tool for migrating photo libraries from App to App), plus Peakto, Find My Snaps, and since we recorded this Peakto for Lightroom, which are amazing AI/ML powered tools for searching and organising your photos in clever and interesting ways. After discussing that they all take a wander through some of the news from the week, including an M series chip flaw and a medical world’s first.


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Recorded 10th March 2024

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On this week’s show


  • Spligosh in the Slack
  • Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube
  • Nick’s church stream videos on You Tube


  • Links to all their product info, socials and blog at


  • United States v. Apple (Complaint) – Hardcore Software
  • Here’s why Apple is negotiating with Google on AI partnership – iMore
  • Apple ‘accidentally’ updates every AirTag in the world at the same time – iMore
  • Entertainment expert claims “nobody’s watching Apple TV Plus” – [iMore]
  • What’s a Steve Jobs signed business card worth? How about $181,183 – 9to5Mac


  • Pig kidney transplanted into living person for first time – CNN
  • Watch This Humanoid Robot Talk and Complete Tasks Thanks to OpenAI Tech – PC Mag


  • Vulnerability found in Apples Silicon M-series chips – and it cant be fixed – Mashable
    • There’s a vulnerability in Apple’s Mac chips –and the fix might be as bad as the flaw – MSN
    • Unpatchable vulnerability discovered in Apple M1, M2 and M3 chips – Tom’s Guide


For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • Check Out This Functional 3D Printed Macintosh – MacRumors

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