The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 318, With Matthew Panzarino

The Talk Show

‘Holes in the Blast Door’, With Matthew Panzarino

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Matthew Panzarino returns to the show. Topics include: Apple’s new MagSafe Battery Pack, the Amnesty-International-Led exposé of NSO Group’s state-sponsored phone hacking, the Safari 15’s controversial new UI and Apple’s response, and a look back at year one of Apple Silicon for Macs. Also: pizza.

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Battery Packs:

Apple’s $99 MagSafe Battery Pack

Anker’s $46 PowerCore Magnetic 5K MagSafe-compatible battery pack

Rene Ritchie’s first-look at Apple’s new battery pack

The Amnesty-International-led exposé of NSO Group’s Pegasus phone-hacking capabilities and abuse:

Amnesty’s report

Tweet thread from Citizen Lab’s Bill Marczak

The Washington Post’s report with a clickbait headline

The Guardian’s report

Google’s Project Zero on Apple’s “BlastDoor” sandboxing protection for iMessage introduced in iOS 14

Safari 15’s much-criticized new UIs and Apple’s seeming “we’re listening” reaction:

My take on Safari 15 for iOS and Mac

And a follow-up

Me, on Rene Ritchie’s YouTube show

Jason Snell’s take for Macworld: “a self-inflicted wound but first aid may be on the way”


Valve’s upcoming Steam Deck, a Switch-inspired handheld gaming PC

Brian Heater on Steam Deck for TechCrunch

Moft’s $29 MagSafe credit-card-sized foldable iPhone stand

Ooni gas pizza ovens

Una Pizza Napoletana — the heavenly formerly-in-San-Francisco pizza restaurant where every single pie was made by owner Anthony Mangieri

Una Pizza is now in New Jersey and Mangieri now makes pepperoni pies that sound amazing

This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.