Co-Host of Intego Mac Podcast
Kirk McElhearn writes about Macs, iPods, iTunes, books, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He is a regular contributor to The Mac Security Blog, TidBITS, and several other websites and publications. Kirk has written more than twenty books, including Take Control books about iTunes, LaunchBar, and Scrivener.
Kirk McElhearn has hosted 284 Episodes.
Episode 252: Google Begs Apple to Replace iMessage with RCS
August 11th, 2022 | 30 mins 48 secs
Google has launched a campaign to try to pressure Apple to adopt a messaging standard that is more amenable to Android users, but this is far more self-serving than it first appears. Also, we look at how Amazon wants to map your home with Roomba robot vacuum cleaners.
Episode 251: Tom Cruise and the Leap Second
August 4th, 2022 | 29 mins 23 secs
Tom Cruise is showing up everywhere: landing his helicopter in an English family's garden; interrupting hikers and leaping off a cliff; and even in deepfake videos. We also look at crypto apps on Apple's App Store, and we discuss the leap second, and how taking away one second in time could wreak havoc on computers.
Episode 250: Is Your Car the Next Security Risk?
July 28th, 2022 | 29 mins 20 secs
Cars are the next target for hackers; we look at vulnerabilities in standalone GPS devices, and we also discuss how Honda shrugged when presented with security vulnerabilities. We also go over the recent Apple operating system updates, and look at how Content Caching on a Mac may prevent security updates from being installed automatically.
Episode 249: Apple's New M2 MacBook Air
July 21st, 2022 | 28 mins 26 secs
Apple's new M2 MacBook Air is the first change in the popular laptop's form factor since its introduction in 2008. We also look at a change in Facebook's tracking URLs, and how running ChromeOS could bring an old Mac back to life.
Episode 248: Lockdown Mode
July 14th, 2022 | 28 mins 22 secs
Apple has announced a new extra-protection security feature called Lockdown Mode, which will protect those at high risk from hackers. We explain why this is a great bundle of security features that you can enable with a single click.
Episode 247: Prime Day Shopping Safety Tips
July 7th, 2022 | 25 mins 38 secs
Amazon Prime Day is next week, and we offer some tips on buying securely. We also explain how you can run Windows 11 on your Mac for free.
Episode 246: The iPhone at 15
June 30th, 2022 | 28 mins 3 secs
We look at this week's security news, then we reminisce about 15 years of the iPhone, which went on sale on June 29, 2007. It's been an interesting ride so far.
Episode 245: Everything You Can Do with iCloud
June 23rd, 2022 | 27 mins 31 secs
We also talk about a new phishing scam, how the Strava fitness app is causing problems for the Israeli military, some new Windows feature that copy Apple, and the end of captchas. Then we take a deep dive into iCloud, looking at the many features available with your iCloud account.
Episode 244: Apple's Planned Obsolescence
June 16th, 2022 | 27 mins 26 secs
We look at how Apple's planned obsolescence means that many devices won't be compatible with this fall's new operating systems; even devices that are being sold right now.
Episode 243: Apple's New Operating Systems: macOS Ventura, iOS 16, & iPadOS 16
June 9th, 2022 | 31 mins 37 secs
Apple presented this year's operating systems at the Worldwide Developer Conference. We take a look at the key features, and especially at the security and privacy features that will be available this fall, and discuss the two new Apple laptops that are coming next month.
Episode 242: Waiting for WWDC
June 2nd, 2022 | 26 mins 18 secs
As we await next week's Worldwide Developer Conference, we discuss what Apple may present. We also look at a clever method hackers are using to steal WhatsApp accounts, remind users to update Zoom, and examine why Apple has earned the third-highest gaming revenue in 2021.
Episode 241: Ellie’s Data Auction
May 26th, 2022 | 26 mins 45 secs
Apple's recent iPhone privacy ad features an auction of Ellie's data. We look at the ad and discuss the points Apple makes, and explains how they matter, and when they aren't enough. We also talk about Apple's home repair program, new app subscription rules, and an Instagram account hack.
Episode 240: The Pros and Cons of Sideloading Apps on iOS
May 19th, 2022 | 29 mins 31 secs
Apple claims that they need the App Store to ensure that iOS devices are safe. The company claims that sideloading, or installing apps from other sources, is dangerous. Yet this is what we have always done on the Mac. We take a deep dive into the pros and cons of sideloading on iPhones and iPads.
Episode 239: Requiem for the iPod
May 12th, 2022 | 27 mins 2 secs
Apple has discontinued the last iPod, the iPod touch. We discuss some of the history of the iPod, and look at 17 reasons who you should use an iPod touch. We also look at the new FIDO initiative, which allows your phone to replace passwords, and we discuss AirTag false alarms.
Episode 238: Apple AirTags: One Year On
May 5th, 2022 | 26 mins 45 secs
Apple has provided some clarification to its plan to remove old and in the way apps from the App Store. Microsoft has been working on a VPN that isn't a VPN it works a little differently from Apple's VPN that isn't a VPN. And it's been a year since Apple released AirTags... It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing, but if third-party accessories are an indication, AirTags are doing pretty well.
Episode 237: Get Ready to Repair Your Own iPhone!
April 28th, 2022 | 29 mins 58 secs
Apple is making the tools and documents needed for iPhone repairs available to users in the US. Are you ready to repair your own iPhone? Removing outdated apps is now a trend as Apple joins Google and begins removing older software from the app store. Apple may be forced by EU regulators to open up iMessage. And we'll discuss understanding USB-C and Thunderbolt ports and cables for Macs and iPads.