Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 137 [updated]

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

The Verge reports ~ Apple says it has the ‘most effective security organisation in the world’

Apple said in a press briefing earlier today that it has the “most effective security organisation in the world,” and discussed multiple layers of iPhone security on both the hardware and software side to underscore this point.

The press briefing with Apple engineers was highly technical, including details that were previously undisclosed and in some cases might require deep knowledge of security protocol to understand. But it doesn’t take a degree in Computer Science to understand the timing and relevance of the briefing: Apple is currently at odds with the U.S. government over the issue of encryption. While the government is exerting pressure on Apple to make the iPhone less secure and to cooperate when it comes to obtaining crucial digital information, the company is adamant that doing so would compromise the privacy and security of consumers.

“THE CHANCES OF A BUG DEEP WITHIN THE IPHONE ARE VERY, VERY LOW, APPLE SAYS”

full story

http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/15/11438778/apple-iphone-engineers-security-briefing-FBI-government-hackers

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Story 2

Apple recovered nearly $40 million in gold through its recycling program last year

And $6 million in copper

Apple’s recycling program is doing very well. As part of its annual environmental report that the company released yesterday, Apple declared that it had recovered nearly 90 million pounds of materials from Apple devices recycled through is program in 2015. Sixty-one million pounds of those materials are reusable in future products, including 2,204 pounds of gold, which Business Insider calculates is worth nearly $40 million. Apparently that iPhone disassembling robot was a good investment.

If you’re wondering where the gold is coming from — no, your rose gold iPhone isn’t painted with real gold — the average smartphone contains around 30 milligrams of gold used in internal components like circuit boards, according to Fairphone. Although $40 million in gold (plus another $6 million in copper according to 9to5Mac) is chump change for Apple, those kinds of numbers may spur other companies to start promoting their own recycling programs and help keep some of these old gadgets from ending up in a floating landfill somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

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Story 3

Siri announces WWDC 2016 will be held June 13th through June 17th in San Francisco

9to5Mac version ~ Apple has confirmed what Siri told us earlier today. The company has now issued a press release in which it says that WWDC will be held from June 13th through June 17th in San Francisco. The same lottery process applies to getting tickets this year as in previous years. Developers can apply for tickets via the WWDC website now through Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

In a change from traditional years, the Monday keynote will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, not Moscone West. All other conference sessions will take place at Moscone, though. The annual Bash will also be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

In an unusual chain of events, it appears Apple is announcing the WWDC dates through Siri. Although the Apple website has not been updated with any new info, Siri is proudly proclaiming that WWDC 2016 will indeed be held in San Francisco from June 13th to June 17th. Although Siri didn’t explicitly say, it is almost certain that WWDC will once again be held at Moscone West, simply because it’s the best choice of venue for an event like this in San Francisco. This is an unusual announcement nonetheless, it being the first time Apple has used Siri as the primary announcement vehicle for one of its events. WWDC is expected to feature the unveiling of iOS 10, OS X 10.12 and more …

 

To try this out for yourself, ask Siri: ‘When is WWDC?’. Siri will helpfully reveal the date and location. The Siri comment does not seem like a mere typo or mistake. Earlier in the day, Siri was saying ‘WWDC is not yet announced’ — it now seems to have been intentionally updated with information ahead of any official announcement on Apple’s website

http://9to5mac.com/2016/04/18/siri-announces-wwdc-2016-will-be-held-june-13th-through-june-17th-in-san-francisco/

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Story 4

Apple’s Apps for Earth will send proceeds from 27 apps to the WWF

For the next 10 days, Apple will send proceeds from 27 popular apps in the App Store to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of what it’s calling “Apps for Earth.” The list includes mobile games like Angry Birds 2 and SimCity BuildIt, camera app VSCO, and messaging service Line. Some apps on the list are free, so Apple says the WWF will also receive proceeds from in-app purchases as well.

The environmental initiative builds on the iPhone maker’s commitment to causes like climate change and conservation. CEO Tim Cook has become more vocal about those issues and other social and policy causes over the past few years as he’s taken on a more outspoken advocacy role as chief executive.

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Story 5

venture beat had a good story on the ~ 21 tiny design features that show Apple’s incredible attention to detail

Apple is known for its insane attention to detail. Often times, it’s what sets Apple’s products apart from the competition.

Some of these features are incredibly useful and make the products more enjoyable, while others are purely cosmetic. Regardless of the value they add to the overall experience, it’s fascinating to learn about the lengths Apple goes to when it comes to design and product development.

A “breathing” sleep light

Apple has a patent dating back to 2002 for a “Breathing Status LED Indicator.” The patent describes a “blinking effect of the sleep-mode indicator [that] mimics the rhythm of breathing which is psychologically appealing.”

A smart fan that listens:

When engaging the voice dictation feature on newer Mac laptops, Apple automatically slows the internal fan speed to better hear your voice.

Watch the light travel in Maps:

If you select the satellite view in Apple’s Maps app and zoom far enough out, you’ll be able to see the sun’s light as it moves in real time across the Earth.

The blooming flowers on your Apple Watch:

The animated wallpapers on the Apple Watch aren’t computer generated — they’re actual photographs. The company spent hundreds of hours filming flowers blooming over time to create its motion watch face for the Apple Watch.

“I think the longest one took us 285 hours, and over 24,000 shots,” Alan Dye, Apple’s chief of human interface design, told Wired.

full list

21 tiny design features that show Apple’s incredible attention to detail

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Story 6

There was a  good interview on ABC last night with Steve Wozniak

He did not only talk about Apples 40 years but his thoughts on Artificial Intelligence and robots wiping us out and also tech in education over the past 40 years and the future

there is a link on our website

http://aussiemaczone.com.au/abc-week-interview-steve-wozniak/

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How to 2

Running out of space on your Time Machine Backup and want to upgrade

Time Machine: How to transfer backups from a current backup drive to a new backup drive

Learn how to transfer your existing Time Machine backups to a new drive to use for your Time Machine backups.

If you want to switch to a different Time Machine backup drive, use these steps to move your existing backups.

Check the format of your new backup drive

1 Connect the new backup drive to your Mac.

2 Open Disk Utility (located in the Utilities folder).

3 In Disk Utility, select the new drive’s icon to make sure it has a GUID partition and is formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). You can check this from the “Format:” line at the bottom of the Disk Utility window. If your new backup drive is not formatted this way, reformat it, selecting the option for Mac OS Extended (Journaled) with a GUID partition. Back up

any important data from your new drive before you format it.

Set permissions on your new backup drive

1 Open a new Finder window.

2 In the sidebar of the Finder window, click the icon of the new backup drive.

3 Choose Get Info from the File menu.

4 Make sure “Ignore ownership on this volume” at the bottom of the “Sharing & Permissions” section of the Get Info window is deselected (unchecked).

Temporarily turn Time Machine off

1 Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.

2 Click the Time Machine icon in the System Preferences window.

3 Slide the Time Machine switch to Off.

Copy your backup data from your original drive to your new drive

1 Open a new Finder window. In the Finder sidebar, click the icon of the original backup drive.

2 Open a new Finder window. In the Finder sidebar, click the icon of the new backup drive.

3 Drag the folder “Backups.backupdb” from the original backup drive to the top level of the new backup drive.

4 Enter an administrator name and password, then click OK to start the copying process.

Copying your backup data might take some time to complete, depending on the size of your backup.

Set Time Machine to use your new drive

1 After the copy has finished, open Time Machine preferences from System Preferences.

2 Click Select Disk in the Time Machine preferences window.

3 Select the new backup drive, then click Use Disk.

Your Time Machine backups are now be saved on your new backup drive.

Last Modified: Mar 22, 2016

 

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