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An Apple based podcast covering the last 7 - 10 days in the world of Apple news, reviews, rumours, roundups, guides and anything else that catches our eyes in the world of tech.

The Essential Apple Podcas‪t‬ Essential Apple Crew

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An Apple based podcast covering the last 7 - 10 days in the world of Apple news, reviews, rumours, roundups, guides and anything else that catches our eyes in the world of tech.

    Essential Apple Podcast 211: Steve Jobs’ 66th Birthday and we chat with Adam Engst of TidBITS

    Essential Apple Podcast 211: Steve Jobs’ 66th Birthday and we chat with Adam Engst of TidBITS

    Recorded 28th February 2021

    Nick and Simon get together again with guest Adam Engst of TidBits to talk about a variety of things that came up as they chatted because to be fair there really was very little news of note except the fact that Steve Jobs would have been 66.

    Also a couple of apologies - sorry this episode is really late being released - quite a lot of “real life stuff” happened this week that got in the way. Also sorry that this week’s audio isn’t up to the usual standard, due to a “cock up on the recording front” (totally my fault) everyone ended up on the same track and Adam was a little hot - I have done what I can to level it out but it isn’t as good as usual.

    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

    Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
    Steve at Geeks Corner has a podcast which is usually 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:
    ADAM ENGST

    tidbits.com
    tcn.tidbits.com
    @adamengst on Twitter

    NICK RILEY

    @spligosh (https://twitter.com/spligosh) on Twitter very occasionally.
    Sometimes appears on Bart Busschots' Let's Talk Apple
    Sutton Park Circuit church worship on YouTube

    APPLE

    Steve would have been 66
    Apple says it has already beaten new M1 Mac malware – Tech Radar
    Chrome uses 10x more RAM than Safari on macOS – iMore
    Developers have until March 31 to return DTK Mac mini to Apple and get $500 credit – 9to5Mac
    Apple's latest macOS Big Sur update stops cheapo USB-C hubs bricking your machine – the Register

    TECHNOLOGY

    Scottish invention does 'impossible' and gives people eyes on back on head – The National

    SECURITY & PRIVACY

    Mozilla launches 'Total Cookie Protection' with Firefox 86 for Mac – 9to5Mac
    Security researcher recommends against LastPass after detailing 7 trackers – The Verge
    How to leave LastPass and move to another password manager – The Verge


    Clubhouse Is Recording Your Conversations. That’s Not Even Its Worst Privacy Problem – Inc

    WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

    Hush Nag Blocker – App Stores

    NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE (48:45)

    AX6600 SURFboard mAX® Mesh Wi-Fi® 6 System – Router $250, Router with extender $400. Amazon US Not currently in the UK store.

    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 u

    Essential Apple Podcast 210: Glenn Fleishman (and miserable malware news)

    Essential Apple Podcast 210: Glenn Fleishman (and miserable malware news)

    Recorded 21st February 2021

    Glenn Fleishmann joins Simon and Steve from Geeks Corner to talk about his new book Take Control of Securing Your Mac, Macs, Malware, Betas, Bugs and more.

    GIVEAWAYS & OFFERS

    Glenn Fleishman’s book Take Control of Securing Your Mac can be found at takecontrolbooks.com along with many other titles by him, Joe Kissell, Jeff Carlson and others.
    Steve at Geeks Corner has a 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
    GLENN FLEISHMAN

    Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, Fast Company, and Increment. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. He is currently building 100 tiny type museums full of real printing artifacts.
    Glenn’s Tiny Type Museum (https://tinytypemuseum.com/)
    @GlennF (https://twitter.com/GlennF) on Twitter

    STEVE DURBIN

    Runs the Geeks Corner website
    Produces the Geeks Corner podcast
    @GeekCorner_uk on Twitter

    APPLE

    Apple fixes macOS Big Sur bug that caused irretrievable data loss – IT Pro
    Apple’s M1 is already the target of Apple Silicon malware – Slash Gear
    Apple to support winter storm relief efforts in Texas, other US states – Apple Insider
    New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped — Ars Technica
    Chromecast with Google TV now supports Apple TV app, Apple TV+ – Apple Insider
    annoying bug in my Safari Technology Preview - it doesn’t retain the pinned tabs, every time I close the window or quit the browser my pinned tabs vanish - I don’t have loads thankfully but even so
    the update of the Parallels Tech Preview (or whtever they call it - Beta anyway) broke my VM - the VM runs fine but now it can’t see any network (I tried all the modes)
    @Dougee sent me a terminal command 'sudo netplan set ethernets.eth0.dhcp4=true' ran it in Terminal, restarted the VM and ran it again, changed the network to bridged and then back to Shared and that did the trick.


    Apple Issues Bold Blow To Google With This Brilliant New Security Move – Forbes
    Lily Hay Newman on the Security Guide - Wired



    TECHNOLOGY

    The Bizarre Reaction To Facebook's Decision To Get Out Of The News Business In Australia – Tech Dirt

    SECURITY & PRIVACY

    LastPass free restricts users to one device type in March – 9to5Google
    Six free alternatives to the LastPass password manager – The Verge


    'Spy pixels in emails have become endemic' — BBC News
    New browser-tracking hack works even when you flush caches or go incognito – Ars Technica

    WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

    OWC unveils truly universal Thunderbolt 4/USB-C cable – Apple Insider

    NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE (48:39)

    Tribit Quiet Plus 78 ANC Headphones $80 US direct– Amazon £70 UKP / Currently unavailable via Amazon US


    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 an

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Essential Apple Podcast 209: Unacceptable???

    Essential Apple Podcast 209: Unacceptable???

    Recorded 14th February 2021

    Nick and Simon get together again to take a look at the news stories that caught their eye this week, including an insane looking 7 screen laptop, some disappointing aspects of the App Stores, and Nick has an interesting discovery about his Alexa...

    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
    NICK RILEY

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

    APPLE

    Apple Adds Activation Lock Webpage With Tools for Users – The Mac Observer
    Anyone can hack your Mac unless you patch it now — here's how – Toms Guide
    New Study Suggests Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor Can Predict COVID-19 Up to a Week Before a Swab Test – Mac Rumors
    A European company is pioneering diabetes monitoring without the needle – Axios


    Apple offering free battery replacement for 2016/2017 MacBook Pro that won’t charge past 1% – 9to5 Mac
    Apple and Prepear reach an agreement on pear-shaped logo trademark – 9to5 Mac
    Scam iOS Apps Still Raking in Millions in Revenue on App Store – Mac Rumors
    Developer reveals how fake reviews and ratings play a major role in App Store scam apps – 9to5 Mac


    Introducing the first extensible iOS browser – Insight
    Stop using Safari and try this breakthrough iPhone browser instead – Fast Company


    Security researcher hacks Apple, Tesla, Paypal, more, in clever open-source software attack – 9to5 Mac

    TECHNOLOGY

    Welcome to Affinity 1.9 – Serif
    It's No Surprise This Obscene 7-Screen Laptop Has 1-Hour Battery Life – Gizmodo
    Facebook Working on Smart Watch to Compete With Apple Watch – Mac Rumors

    SECURITY & PRIVACY

    Barcode Scanner app w/ 10M installs turns out to be adware – 9to5 Google
    Browsers are rushing to stop shadowy ‘supercookies’ that spy on your activity – Fast Company

    WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

    Hubble for iPad – Fledgling


    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 th

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Essential Apple Podcast 208: TravelPod and other rumours

    Essential Apple Podcast 208: TravelPod and other rumours

    Recorded 7th February 2021

    We are back - sorry there wasn’t a show last week but I hurt my back and was laid up... Anyway we are back again and Nick and I go over some of the stories of the last week or so, including the array of rumours about Apple’s alleged car, Apple wanting their DTKs back, a newly discovered iMessage security feature and more...

    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
    NICK RILEY

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

    APPLE

    New Betas 11.3, 14.5 and 7.4 for Mac, iOS and Watch
    iOS 14.5 adds support for unlocking your iPhone with Apple Watch while wearing a face mask – 9to5Mac
    What's new in iOS 14.5? Podcasts app redesign, Reminders sorting features, more – 9to5Mac


    Apple requests return of Apple Silicon Developer Transition Kits, offers $200 toward purchase of M1 Mac – AppleInsider
    Apple increases Apple Silicon DTK return credit from $200 to $500 – 9to5Mac


    Researcher discovers hidden iOS 14 ‘BlastDoor’ security mechanism – IT Pro
    Apple hardware boss steps down to focus on mysterious, secret project – The Independent
    Apple launches iCloud Passwords extension for Chrome on Windows – iMore
    Here's why you can't trust App Store 'nutrition labels' ... yet – Cult of Mac
    Hyundai Executives Said to Be 'Divided' Over Prospect of Apple Car Partnership – MacRumors
    Apple to Invest $3.6 Billion in Kia Motors for Apple Car Production – Mac Rumors


    Apple poaches Porsche VP of chassis development for Apple Car development – AppleInsider

    SECURITY & PRIVACY

    Lawmakers take aim at insidious digital “dark patterns” – Ars Technica
    Chrome for Mac security flaw: You'll want to update today – 9to5Mac

    NEMO’S HARDWARE STORE (36:02)

    Sketchboard Pro 18“ x 17.5” iPad Holder/Easel - 30 different iPad models supported – $119 direct

    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

    • 1 hr
    Essential Apple Podcast 207: Not THAT CSI:

    Essential Apple Podcast 207: Not THAT CSI:

    Recorded 22nd January 2021

    This week Nick and I have another guest - this time it is Nick Furneaux of CSI Tech a specialist in investigating crimes involving cryptocurrrency and author of the only book on the subject Investigating Cryptocurrencies. After that we wander off into a bit of reminiscing and after Nick has to leave @spligosh and I ramble on a bit about messaging apps...

    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
    NICK FURNEAUX

    @NickFX on Twitter
    Web: csitech.co.uk (https://www.csitech.co.uk/)
    Nick’s Book Investigating Cryptocurrencies on Amazon
    Christopher Hadnagy - Social Engineer

    NICK RILEY

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

    MENTIONS

    Signal Vs Telegram—3 Things You Need To Know Before You Quit WhatsApp
    Sinclair ZX81
    Oric 1
    Dragon 32
    Raspberry Pi
    Software Fix for M1 Mac Bluetooth Connectivity Issues Reportedly On the Way

    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.

    Social Media and Slack
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    Also a big SHOUT OUT to the members of the Slack room without whom we wouldn't have half the stories we actually do – we thank you all for your contributions and engagement.
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    And a HUGE thank you to the patrons who already

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Essential Apple Podcast 206: Simple photo and video adjustments with Darkroom

    Essential Apple Podcast 206: Simple photo and video adjustments with Darkroom

    Recorded 17th January 2021

    This week there was a virtual CES, somewhat reduced in size but still with its array of prototypes, new products and as ever a few oddities. Apple announced what it is actually doing with its REJI and is apparently going to extend free Apple TV+ again. Also today we are joined by Jasper Hauser of Darkroom photo and video editor for Mac and iOS (the winner of an Apple Design Award in 2020).

    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
    JASPER HAUSER

    Web
    @usedarkroom on Twitter
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Reddit

    APPLE

    M1 Mac Bluetooth problems finally set to be resolved, says Apple – 9to5Mac
    Apple begins blocking M1 Mac users from side loading iPhone and iPad applications – 9to5Mac
    Apple Launches New Nationwide Racial Equity and Justice Initiative Projects – Mac Rumors
    Apple suspends Parler from App Store – CNN
    Apple CEO Tim Cook Says Parler Can Return to App Store If It Ups Moderation – Newsweek


    Apple is extending Apple TV+ trials again — TechCrunch

    TECHNOLOGY / CES

    The LG Rollable phone with expandable display is real, and coming in 2021 – CNet
    LG's transparent TV concept rolls up from foot of bed – Mashable UK
    Video of the transparent TV – Digital Trends


    The best foldables (and rollables) of CES 2021 – Digital Trends
    Masks, sanitizers, and social distancing gadgets: The COVID tech that dominated CES 2021 – Mashable
    Accessibility devices at CES 2021 reflect growing focus on inclusive tech – CNet

    SECURITY & PRIVACY

    Google Analytics opt out browser extension – Google
    Available for Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera.


    Son from Simple Login replied to my suggestion of a Menubar App – go upvote it if you would like to see this (you have to register to vote)
    That's a good idea indeed! (and I would use it personally obviously :)). Just created https://trello.com/c/6S3WmqLP/152-create-mac-menubar-for-simplelogin, feel free to upvote it to make it happen sooner!


    Encrypted Messaging App Signal Sees Surge in Popularity Following WhatsApp Privacy Policy Update – Ultimate Pocket
    WhatsApp's New Privacy Policy Is Exactly Why No One Trusts Facebook – Inc


    Johns Hopkins security researchers 'shocked' at Android and iOS vulnerabilities – 9to5Mac

    WORTH A CHIRP / ESSENTIAL TIPS

    Fonts: Install New Fonts – App Shopper
    App Store


    Bufferi.ng: Create lag and buffering on video chats like Zoom, Skype and Microsoft teams

    JUST A SNIPPET
    For things that are not worth more than a flypast


    SmartDot radiation-protection phone stickers 'have no effect' — BBC News
    “They are supposed to use “scalar energy” (aka Undetectable Magic Powers) - brought to you by the same loons who will sell you a Faraday cage for your router… “ – Simon




    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 o

    • 1 hr 3 min

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Funny, entertaining, and positive

I live in the US and found your show through Apple News. I now listen to your show every week and enjoy its nice blend of funny moments with current events in technology. I also want to point out the positive nature of the show, since many others don't have the jovial feel as this one does on Apple Podcasts. I find myself smiling at the overall happy nature of the show, and I feel well informed by the end. I have been listening since August, and I look forward to hear what you have to say this September and onward.

teresahummel ,

So glad the crew is back

I was sorely missing the Mac and Forth show when Mark agreed to change from his Rampant Mumblings to Essential Apple. (thanks Mark!) It's great fun to hear you all talking Apple stuff again. The humor is greatly appreciated as I sit in traffic on my way to and from work. One of my favorite podcasts.

Ron.P ,

the new mac and forth show

This show is a great place to find out what is going on in the world of apple. With almost the entire crew from the mac and forth show there it was great. Even the same sound board. Great job.

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