Katie's Week in Review: April 2, 2017

Not too slow a news week in the tech world. Here are the links of note for the week ending April 2, 2017:

Mac Power Users #370: Automation with Sal Soghoian

This week we released a very special episode of Mac Power Users. Sal Soghoian, the father of automation on the Mac, joined David and me to discuss the state of Mac an iOS automation. Sal discusses the history of Automation on the Mac, the possibilities for Automation on iOS and the tools and languages available to put the power in the hands of the user.

This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by:

  • 1Password Have you ever forgotten a password? Now you don't have to worry about that anymore. Save up to 20% using this link.
  • The Omni Group We're passionate about productivity for Mac, iPhone and iPad. 
  • Fujitsu ScanSnap ScanSnap Helps You Live a More Productive, Efficient, Paperless Life. 
  • Squarespace: Make your next move. Enter offer code MPU at checkout to get 10% off your first purchase.

Katie's Week in Review: March 26, 2017

It’s been a very crazy couple of weeks for me, please forgive me if I’m a little lax on these week and review post. However there is a quite a bit of news to report, so here are the highlights for the week ending March 26, 2017, and perhaps a few links I’ve missed form the weeks past:

On the Alleged Apple ID Breaches

News broke earlier this week that “hackers” were trying to extort Apple for $150,000 in Bitcoin or they would reset the iCloud accounts and remotely wipe somewhere between 300 - 600 million iCloud users.

Whether or not the allegations are true are highly suspect. However, given recent major security breaches at other cloud service providers, people who use the same compromised username and password for their Apple ID are at risk.

Apple has refused to pay the ransom, a move which I personally applaud them for. Apple issued a statement to Fortune stating:

There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID,…the alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.

Protecting yourself from a breach like this is not difficult.

  • Do not reuse passwords across services
  • Consider using a password manager to ensure that you have strong unique passwords across all your various accounts
  • Turn on two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and other services that support it
  • Have good local backups of your devices so you can recover data in the event of a loss.
  • Help your friends and family implement these procedures as well

I can recommend a good podcast on the subject…

Mac Power Users #369: Workflows with Composer Michael Whalen

This week on Mac Power Users, David and I are joined by Emmy award winning composer and artist Michael Whalen joins us to talk about his 68+ Macs and how he's been making music with Apple technology since 1984.

This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by:

  • TextExpander from Smile Type more with less effort! Expand short abbreviations into longer bits of text, even fill-ins, with TextExpander from Smile.
  • Gazelle Sell your iPhone for cash at Gazelle! 
  • Marketcircle We help small business grow with great Mac, iPhone and iPad apps including Daylight and Billings Pro.
  • Sanebox Stop drowning in email!

Mac Power Users #368: Living in a Tin Foil Hat World - Relay FM

This week on Mac Power Users, David and I put on our tin foil hats for this episode and discuss security, privacy and some of the best practices that can be implemented today for protecting your data from prying eyes. 

This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by:

  • 1Password Have you ever forgotten a password? Now you don't have to worry about that anymore. Save up to 20% using this link.
  • The Omni Group We're passionate about productivity for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. 
  • MindNode MindNode makes mind mapping easy.
  • Eero: Blanket your home in fast, reliable WiFi. Use code MPU for free overnight shipping.

Mac Power Users #367: Getting Productive with Michael Hyatt - Relay FM

This week on Mac Power Users we are joined New York Times best-selling author Michael Hyatt to share some ideas about technology and productivity. I've long been a fan and follower of Michael and am very pleased with the way this episode turned out. It probably rates as one of my all time favorites.

This episode of Mac Power Users is sponsored by:

  • Squarespace: Make your next move. Enter offer code MPU at checkout to get 10% off your first purchase.
  • TextExpander from Smile Type more with less effort! Expand short abbreviations into longer bits of text, even fill-ins, with TextExpander from Smile.
  • 1Password Have you ever forgotten a password? Now you don't have to worry about that anymore. 
  • Pixelmator Powerful image editing that gives you everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images, now on iPad and Mac.

Katie's Week in Review: March 5, 2017

To USB-C or not to USB-C, that and other questions are raised along with other links of note for the week ending March 5, 2017: