NC #552 iPad Pro, Taking Charge of My Life, Cute Address Labels, Apple Watch Troubleshooting Guide, Security Lite

I’ll give you my assessment of the iPad Pro after a few weeks (and the gushing has worn off), then I talk about how in the old days the only battery I owned was the one that started my car. Learn how to make cute address labels for your holiday cards – new and improved for this year. I’ll tell you about my troubleshooting steps for Apple Watch charging problems. Don’t forget to use the Amazon Affiliate link for your holiday shopping. Bart Busschots joins us for Security Lite.


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Hi this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast, hosted at Podfeet.com, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Macintosh bias. Today is Sunday December 6, 2015 and this is show number 552.

Before we kick into the show, Bart and I did Chit Chat Across the Pond this week and it wasn’t a traditional episode. Instead of programming or terminal taming, Bart ponders the mystery of the Christmas star and walks through what we know about history and what we know about the Bible and then searches what we know about the cosmos to see if we can identify the actual “star”. Remember you have to subscribe to Chit Chat Across the Pond separately – just search your favorite podcatcher!

I was on the Daily Tech News Show with Tom Merritt this week, check it out at dailytechnewsshow.com/dtns-2636-honey-whats-this-letter-from-the-city/.

Blog Posts

iPad Pro After a Few Weeks

Taking Charge of My Life

Create Cute Address Labels on the Mac – New and Improved

Troubleshooting Guide for Apple Watch Charging Problems

Amazon Affiliate link

Your’e still shopping for the holidays, right? I sure am. Here’s how you can get ‘er done and help the NosillaCast at the same time. You think of something you want to buy, like say that really nice rubbermaid bucket your wife has been wanting or the popourri your husband really liked at your friend Sally’s house. Now instead of going to amazon.com, go to podfeet.com (it’s probably your home page anyway) and click on the Amazon image in the upper left. Now search for the bucket and the potpourri on Amazon and anything you buy in that session will send a small percentage to help the show and not cost you a penny more.

I really appreciate the help! I wish I could do my own purchases this way but since I can’t, I do it through the SMR Podcast Amazon Affiliate link.

Security Lite with Bart Busschots

Important Security News
  • Facebook have complied with Belgian order to stop tracking users who are not signed in, but only in Belgium. It has done so by blocking all public content from users who are not logged in – nakedsecurity.sophos.com/…
  • A study by the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen has found that leaving Facebook makes you happier and less stressed – www.huhmagazine.co.uk/…
  • NSA ends bulk phone record collection – will not request warrants from the FISA court for targeted monitoring – www.macobserver.com/…
  • LA City Council is considering a very controversial (ab)use of automated licence plate readers in order to sort-of tackle prostitution. Rather than doing actual on-the-ground police work, automated license plate readers will be used to track down people who park or drive slowly in places where prostitutes hang out, and they will be sent letters with advice on safe sex in the hope that they will get in trouble with their wives/mothers – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/12/04/using-license-plate-readers-to-shame-men-suspected-of-soliciting-prostitutes/
  • A new even more vicious strain of ransomware first steals all your passwords, then encrypts your files to extort you – arstechnica.com/…
  • The EFF have filed a complaint against Google with the US FTC – The EFF claim Google are continuing to spy on students who use their products targeted at schools and education – nakedsecurity.sophos.com/…
  • IRS will get warrants before using it's controversial Sting Ray devices – nakedsecurity.sophos.com/…
  • Blackberry pulls out of India to avoid complying with government demands for full access to all BBM traffic – arstechnica.com/…
  • Flash moves a little closer to obsolescence – Adobe have re-named what was Flash Professional CC to Animate CC, and are advising people use the tool to create HTML5 apps with it rather than Flash apps – www.theverge.com/…
  • Just another reminder that all parts of the web are dangerous – Readers Digest hosted malware for days – arstechnica.com/…
Notable Breaches
  • China treating OPM hack as a criminal case – arrests have been made – arstechnica.com/…
  • VTech breached – data on parents and kids compromised including: names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, secret questions and answers for password retrieval, IP addresses, mailing addresses and download histories, first names, genders and birthdays of kids, pictures of parents and kids, a year’s worth of chat logs, and audio recordings, some of which are of kids’ voices – nakedsecurity.sophos.com/…
  • Hilton Hotels acknowledges credit card breach – krebsonsecurity.com/…
  • Starwood Hotels warns of credit card breach – krebsonsecurity.com/…
Suggested reading

That’s going to wind this up for this week. Don’t forget to send in your Dumb Questions, comments and suggestions by emailing me at allison@podfeet.com, follow me on twitter @podfeet. Check out the NosillaCast Google Plus Community too – lots of fun over there! If you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to podfeet.com/live on Sunday nights at 5pm Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways. Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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