S1E164 - Essential Apple Podcast 164: Back from the dead

Recorded 23rd February 2020

After two weeks “down and out” due to my MacBook Pro charger unexpectedly failing on me literally a couple of hours before the recording time on the 9th (and the replacement I ordered failing to show in time for the following week) the show is back from the dead. Lessons to be learned there I think... ) All the usual crew are otherwise engaged', so it’s just me mulling over a few things that caught my attention over the last couple of weeks

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APPLE

  • Larry Tesler: Computer scientist behind cut, copy and paste dies aged 74 – BBC
  • Apple adds ability for developers to sell Mac and iOS apps as a single purchase – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple’s ‘CarKey’ might let you unlock your car with your iPhone – The Verge
  • Big macOS leak hints at future switch to AMD chips – Cult of Mac
  • Apple Just Made A Striking New Security Move That Could Impact All Users – Forbes

TECHNOLOGY

  • Bill Gates orders £500m hydrogen-powered superyacht – Mashable
    • EXCEPT it wasn’t true! – BBC
  • IBM picks Slack over Microsoft Teams for its 350,000 employees – The Verge
  • Android cofounder's phone startup Essential shuts down after launching one product – Mashable

SECURITY & PRIVACY

  • Popular iOS and Mac email apps scrape inboxes to profit from personal data, report finds – 9to5Mac
  • Another little security gem! Comparitech DNS Leak Test
  • ‘Lockdown’ open source firewall app leaps from iOS to Mac, blocks app and website trackers for free – 9to5 Mac
  • AZORult spreads as a fake ProtonVPN installer – Securelist

WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

  • The doqo case turns your iPad Pro into a MacBook… with a trackpad and multiple ports! – Yanko Design
  • Bring back your Mac's startup chime with this simple terminal command — 9to5 Mac
    • sudo nvram StartupMute=%00 turns it on and sudo nvram StartupMute=%01 turns it off again
      • I didn't have any luck with this - fwiw!

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