S1E197 - Essential Apple Podcast 197: TheMacMommy Returns

Recorded 6th November 2020

This week Nick and Simon are joined by Melissa “TheMacMommy” Davis from Geekiest Show Ever with a view to talking about the forthcoming event... buuuut that’s not exactly how it panned out as we go off down our own own rabbit hole!

GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

  • 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 Essentials free as well.
  • 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.

Why not come and join the Slack community? You can now just click on this Slackroom Link to sign up and join in the chatter!

Slacker @MacJim has a family friendly Flickr group for listeners to share photos because the Darkroom channel in the Slack has become so popular - if you're interested head over to to the Essential Apple Flickr and request an invitation.

On this week’s show:

MELISSA DAVIS – TheMacMommy

NICK RILEY

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

APPLE

  • Developers on who can move to Apple Silicon - and who should wait – Apple Insider
  • MagSafe Duo Charger, iPhone leather sleeve cost $129, and are 'coming soon' – Apple Insider
  • Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program temporarily unavailable in England due to COVID-19 lockdown – Apple World Today
  • Microsoft Office for Mac Beta Highlights Coming Support for Apple Silicon – iPhone in Canada
  • Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.7 supplemental update with security fixes – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple patches iOS against 3 actively exploited 0-days found by Google – Ars Technica
  • Apple seeds macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 Release Candidate ahead of Apple Silicon event – 9to5 Mac

TECHNOLOGY

  • The Raspberry Pi 400 is a $70 keyboard that's also a computer – Engadget

WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

  • macOS Big Sur and Carbon Copy Cloner backups – Mike Bombich

JUST A SNIPPET

For things that are not worth more than a flypast

NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE – SPECIAL ON LOCATION INTERVIEW

  • Nemo talks with Don Ketcham out on the trail about his Lectric e-bike

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