Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #134: It’s World Password Day; Why do we still use passwords?

Passwords are easy to implement, but keeping them secure is not that simple. On World Password Day, Josh and Kirk discuss how passwords might be replaced by other means of authentication. And they discuss the UK’s covid-19 contact tracing app which raises privacy concerns, a Facebook bug that caused lots of apps to fail, why you should always check that auto-completed email address, and more.

Check out The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

The Next Track, Episode #181 – Classical Music Critic Anne Midgette

Anne Midgette resigned as classical music critic for the Washington Post a few months ago, but she is well placed to discuss the dangers facing live performances of classical music in The After. And she tells us about the historical novel she’s writing about the woman who built pianos for Beethoven.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #133: Don’t Share Your Apple ID (so a Friend Can Watch Apple TV+)

Getting a text message on an iOS device can crash your iPhone or iPad; but it can’t do any more harm than that. Apple has released a beta version of iOS with its coronavirus notification API, but Americans don’t trust tech companies. And we talk about Apple TV+, and how you should never share your Apple ID so friends can watch shows with your account.

Check out The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

The Next Track, Episode #180 – Harpsichordist and Conductor Richard Egarr

We talk with harpsichordist, conductor, and “general music addict” Richard Egarr, about original performance practice in early music.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #132: Zero Day, Compromised Ad Servers, and the New iPad Magic Keyboard

Every day is zero day in the security world. Researchers have found some serious vulnerabilities in iOS that affect the Mail app, and a fix is coming. Compromised ad servers allow cybercriminals to serve malware on respected websites. And we discuss the new Magic Keyboard for iPad, which turns the iPad into a new computing device.

Check out The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 66: Manual Focus Lenses and Jeff’s New Luminar Book

The autofocus capabilities in today’s cameras are amazing, so why would anyone buy a lens that offers only manual focus? Jeff and Kirk talk about situations where autofocus isn’t a consideration, such as buying inexpensive fast lenses or using an adapter to mount one brand’s lenses on another brand’s camera (like Nikon lenses on a Fujifilm body). We also chat about Jeff’s just-released book, The Photographer’s Guide to Luminar 4. We’ll be giving away a few copies to subscribers of the PhotoActive mailing list, and we also have a 40% discount code to share.

Find out more, and subscribe to the podcast, at the PhotoActive website. You can follow The PhotoActive on Twitter at @PhotoActiveCast to keep up to date with new episodes, and join our Facebook group to chat with other listeners and participate in photo challenges and more.

The Next Track, Episode #179 – Pianist Marc-André Hamelin

We talk with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, whose repertoire, in more than 60 recordings, covers many little-known composers, as well as a number of twentieth-century works, by composers such as Ives, Rzewski, and Feldman.

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Intego Mac Podcast, Episode #131: Contact Tracing, Phishing, and a New iPhone

Apple has announced a new iPhone SE, a low-priced phone that’s really the iPhone for everyone. Google and Apple are working on a contract tracing app, to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. And Apple users are among those most targeted by phishing. And we inaugurate our new segment, Zoom Zinger, where we highlight security and privacy issues with the Zoom videoconferencing software. (Sorry about the audio; Josh’s recording software crashed, and we had to fall back on our backup Skype recording.)

Check out The Intego Mac Podcast, which I co-host with Josh Long. We talk about Macs and iOS devices, and how to keep them secure.

The Next Track, Episode #178 – Lieder and Opera Singer Ian Bostridge

We talk with Ian Bostridge, Kirk’s second-favorite lieder singer, about life in lockdown, and about Schubert’s Winterreise, the song cycle that Bostridge is best known for, through his many performances, recordings, films, and a book he wrote about it.

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