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NC #998 Making Physics Shorts, Ice to Replace Bartender, Sony Hearing Aids, Security Bits

Hi, this is Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Apple Podcast, hosted at, a technology geek podcast with an EVER so slight Apple bias. Today is Sunday, June 23, 2024, and this is show number 998. Before I get started, I want to remind the live audience that there will be no live show on Sunday June 30th!

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Don’t forget about TouchRetouch for Photos

Listener Kim wrote in this fun little contribution:

I was listening to your recent podcast as you discussed the upcoming iOS 18 features.

Like you, Allison, I take many photographs a week and I often edit them to get rid of trash cans, telephone lines, waiters heads over my front shoulder, etc. I’ve been using this app, Touch Retouch, for many years now and I’ve recommended it to all of my friends. It’s even got a tab especially for removing lines and it does an awesome job. It’s inexpensive, and it fits itself right into my edit tab in my photos.

Until Apple comes out with their version, this is a great solution.

Thanks for all the great info on your podcast, Kim

Thanks so much for the kind words, Kim, and the great tip. I am a huge fan of TouchRetouch for exactly this use case. I live where power lines are above ground, so nearly every photo I take on my long walks are marred by them. I’ve used TouchRetouch to remove them and it works as well as you say.

I immediately thought of the TouchRetouch folks when I saw the improvements in Photos announced at WWDC. I suspect the dedicated app will still excel at some things better than Photos. Normal people don’t want to launch a helper app (or even know how) so the Photos implementation will be more useful to the masses. I also hope that the ability to autofill backgrounds will be better accomplished with Apple Intelligence.

Thanks again for reminding people about TouchRetouch, Kim, and I put a link in the shownotes to an article I wrote about it in September.

Notability Foundation Tutorial on ScreenCastsONLINE

MacVoices #24165: Road to Macstock – Allison Sheridan of The NosillaCast – MacVoices

This week, Chuck Joiner of MacVoices asked me to come on his show for a series he does every year called “Road to Macstock”. He interviews all of the presenters about their upcoming talks, I think as a teaser to convince you to come to the show. A few years ago when he had me on, I was not very enthusiastic about my topic as I described it to him.

As we talked about it, I explained my process of using mind mapping to storyboard my talks. Chuck observed that I was a lot more excited about mind mapping than the topic I’d chosen and suggested I talk about that instead. He was right – I changed topics and it came out great. Mike Potter, the fine gentleman who runs Macstock, was not quite as pleased since it was just a couple weeks before the show and he’d already printed up programs!

This year Chuck and I had a lovely chat where I explained both my presentation on the main stage during the show, and the workshop I’m going to conduct on Friday.

You can check out the video of Chuck and me chatting at… or of course subscribe in your podcatcher of choice. If it gets you excited for Macstock, remember to use my coupon code PODFEET to sign up and you’ll get $30 off the price of a weekend pass or the full 3-day pass including the workshops. (I get $30 back too!) On the Mac Geek Gab, Dave Hamilton described it as being like camp, and I think that’s a perfect description – Macstock is Summer Camp for Apple Nerds! Hope to see you there.

CCATP #796 – Bart Busschots on PBS 168 – Introduction to YAML


Making Physics Shorts – by Physics Nerd Graeme

Ice is a Strong Contender to Replace Bartender App

CSUN 2024: Sony OTC Hearing Aids

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Security Bits – 2024-06-23

After Bart and I finished recording, I did a screen share with him where I showed how borked up trying to use a passkey was, using GitHub as the example. Bart noticed that the 1Password icon had a lock on it, even though I had unlocked the 1Password app. He said they should stay in sync (and I agreed that they should!) I had noticed this problem quite a while ago but didn’t realize it was related to the problem with Passkeys. I also demonstrated the popup asking me to scan a barcode and he said that was Safari itself trying to help.

I quit Safari, deleted 1Password for Safari, and then downloaded a fresh copy from the App Store and now Passkeys work flawlessly! Remember I said they used to work, so this explains why they stopped working. I’m so happy now, that I had to share the solution.

Transcript of NC_2024_06_23

That’s going to wind this up for this week. Did you know you can email me at [email protected] any time you like? If you have a question or a suggestion just send it on over. Remember, everything good starts with You can follow me on Mastodon at If you want to listen to the podcasts on YouTube, you can go to If you want to join the conversation, you can join our Slack community at where you can talk to me and all of the other lovely NosillaCastaways. You can support the show at or with a one-time donation at  And if you want to join in the fun of the live show, head on over to on Sunday nights at 5 PM Pacific Time and join the friendly and enthusiastic NosillaCastaways.   Thanks for listening, and stay subscribed.

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