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NC #620 Apple Watch Swimming, Standard Mac Apps, BrainPort Visualization Through the Tongue, eSight Low Vision Glasses, Non-tech Podcasts, GhostReader, BeatsX

Allister here standing in for Allison this week. I have a miniature review of using the Apple Watch Series 2 for swim workouts, I’ll quickly review 26 Mac Apps you didn’t know you already had, Allison will pop by with two more videos from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, I’ll make some recommendations for podcasts you might want to listen to that aren’t about technology, Terry delivers on his callout from Allison with a review of GhostReader text to speech software, and I’ll finish up with a review of the BeatsX Bluetooth earbuds with Apple W1 chip.


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26 Mac Apps You Didn’t Know You Had

macOS Launchpad – Other folderOften when Allison puts out a call for material for the show, I’ll take a look at my installed Mac apps via Launchpad to see if there’s anything relatively new that’s worth a review. Faced with the prospect of sourcing an entire show, I did the same thing, but what I noticed was not something new. In fact, it’s a whole lot of somethings and they’re all quite old.

There’s a folder on the default Launchpad configuration called “Other” which contains all 17 applications from the Utility folder that lives inside your Applications folder, plus 9 other applications that aren’t usually featured in Apple promotional materials.

I thought it might be useful to listeners if I quickly ran through what’s in there and maybe you’ll discover something useful you didn’t know you had. Continue reading “26 Mac Apps You Didn’t Know You Had”

Dumb Question Corner – Can Older Hardware Stay Secure?

This week’s Dumb Question comes from Steve Ladhams and it’s a fantastic question. He wrote:

Dear Allison

Love the show. You bring tech knowledge to the masses. Well done.

I have a question about MacOS security as my first Mac, an early 2009 24″ iMac and my son’s Mac Mini from 2009 (second hand from eBay last year) will not be supported on Sierra. Both machines work ok, the iMac is very quick given its age, so I have no wish to replace either of them but am concerned that I will fall behind on security updates if I cannot get onto 10.12.

Can you let me and your other listeners know if my older macs will become vulnerable from October or if  still issues security updates for older OSs and based on current update available how far back this might stretch.

Thanks for your time. Yours sincerely, Steve Ladhams

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