S1E194 - Essential Apple Podcast 194: Anticipating Hi, Speed

Recorded 11th October 2020

This week Mark and Jim join me to talk about the possibilities of the upcoming event… and take a quick gander at the news of the week.

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.

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On this week’s show:

JAMES ORMISTON

MARK CHAPPELL

  • @oceanspeed, @essentialapple and @essentialmac on Twitter
  • Puts Essential Apple related stuff on YouTube
  • Co-host of the The Watching Men Podcast with Karl Madden

APPLE

  • Apple’s next iPhone will be announced on October 13th – The Verge
  • Apple's T2 Chip Has Unpatchable Security Flaw, Claims Researcher – Mac Rumors

    • Apple’s T2 security chip has an unfixable flaw – Ars Technica
    • More Details on the Mac T2 Security Chip Jailbreak – The Mac Observer
    • Comment from @Dougee: “My thoughts on this after reading the articles is that it’s been blown out of all proportion and mostly click bait headlines as usual.If you are a high value target then you may have an issue. But as you have said you need physical access to the device with enough time to brute force the users password. The vulnerability is not persistent so for long term attack you would need multiple access to the device.A good strong login password would protect most users and if you have a high valuable data it would be best to use another encryption to protect the data, use file vault to do full disk encryption and then use something like Veracrypt to protect sensitive data.Where I think it will be used is in stolen devices as now there is a way to brute force the user login to wipe the device and then resell.When out and about always keep your device with you if you are a high value target.”
  • Apple made ProtonMail add in-app purchases, even though it had been free for years – The Verge

  • iOS 14 icon set nets designer six figures in six days – 9to5 Mac
  • PSA: No, iOS 14 widgets can’t secretly steal private info with your keyboard – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple to extend Apple TV+ free year trials through February 2021 – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple’s Internal Networks Were Hacked for Three Months – The Mac Observer
  • Judge denies preliminary injunction to Epic and Fortnite will remain banned from App Store – 9to5 Mac
  • Apple using retail stores as distribution centers to speed up new product deliveries – 9to5 Mac

TECHNOLOGY

  • House Democrats push Congress to break up Big Tech monopolies – Engadget
    • Needham: There's no real threat to Apple from regulators – CNBC
  • Microsoft thumbs its nose at Apple with new “app fairness” policy – Ars Technica
    • Microsoft digs at Apple with 10 principles for app store fairness, but they won’t apply to Xbox – Geekwire
    • My take is this is BS - The Mac is no less open than Windows and developers can be in the MAS or not. NOTE that Microsoft isn’t including Xbox in this - that’s a closed market just like iOS... There MS take 30% just like all the others...

SECURITY & PRIVACY

  • UK 'mass surveillance' regime is illegal, EU court declares – IT Pro
  • Wi-Fi security risks during pandemic – FBI warning – 9to5 Mac

WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

  • Sketchpad 5.1 - Draw, Create, Share! Sketchpad: Free online drawing application for all ages. Create digital artwork to share online and export to popular image formats JPEG, PNG, SVG, and PDF.
  • Chairman of our MUG sent this to everyone as an interesting find maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side Mostly covers the UK but there are a couple of world atlases… The side by side bit is what makes it special

JUST A SNIPPET

For things that are not worth more than a flypast

  • @Dougee says of the Blacklight tool: “Blacklight is an awesome tool as you can check the website without actually visiting it. When you visit a site with an ad blocker you don’t know beforehand if the blocker can fully protect your browser, you still leave a fingerprint or get tracked. Blacklight does all this for you.”

NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE (1:23:16)


Essential Apple Recommended Services:

  • Pixel Privacy – a fabulous resource full of excellent articles and advice on how to protect yourself online.
  • Doug.ee 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
  • 33mail.com – 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.
  • ProtonMail – end to end encrypted, open source, based in Switzerland. Prices start from FREE... what more can you ask?
  • 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 – 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.

Essential Apple is not affiliated with or paid to promote any of these services... We recommend services that we use ourselves and feel are either unique or outstanding in their field, or in some cases are just the best value for money in our opinion.


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