Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 149

sorry about my coughing – MS

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

New Mac malware in the wild

9TO5Mac reports after the first ever example of Mac ransomware was found in the wild earlier this year, Bitdefender Labs has found what it tells us is only the second example of true Mac malware to enter circulation this year, which it has dubbed Backdoor.MAC.Elanor. The malware application was available on a number of (formerly?) reputable download sites such as MacUpdate.

The good news is that the malicious app is not signed by an Apple Developer ID, so as long as you have your Mac set only to open apps from the Mac App Store or known developers, it won’t open. It does, though, emphasise the importance of exercising caution even when downloading apps from reputable sites.

http://9to5mac.com/2016/07/06/backdoor-mac-elanor-mac-malware/

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Story 2

iOS10 beta.

So I loaded iOS10 on my old iPhone a 5.

Love it.

Seeing notifications on the lock screen

Swipe right more info like – news, how long to get home or next appointment from maps, apps I’ve searched for recently.

Swipe left for the camera.

Swipe up, swipe right to control your audio and to easily AirPlay on other devices.

Messages

Super easy to add those tricks they showed at WWDC.

9TO5Mac has an excellent video on 50 new features in iOS 10 beta 2

http://9to5mac.com/2016/07/06/50-new-ios-10-beta-2-features-video/

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Story 3

Telstra slams Choice’s mobile plans comparison as ‘flawed’

Telstra has claimed Choice’s recent analysis of selected mobile and internet plans offered by the telco giant and the industry is “flawed”.

In a blog post, Stuart Bird, Telstra fixed products and services executive director, said Choice’s analysis only takes into consideration a handful of Telstra’s plans and ignores the rest, including the breadth, speeds, and availability of Telstra’s network, and its free offerings available on many of its plans such as unlimited access to AFL and NRL season passes, home broadband and mobile security, and Apple Music.

“It’s a misleading back-of-the-envelope exercise from Choice and frankly we think consumers deserve better,” he said.

The analysis by Choice examined the so-called “Telstra tax” consumers were paying for their services, disclosing that Telstra customers were

paying up to 92 percent more for their broadband service and up to 35 percent for their mobile plans compared to customers on equivalent products offered by Vodafone, Optus, Virgin Mobile, TPG, and iiNet.

However, Choice did point out “to be fair” that Telstra does offer its mobile customers an extra 10GB to use at its Telstra Air Wi-Fi hotspots, and the company recently reconfigured its mobile broadband plans by increasing data allowances or decreasing prices to make them more competitive.

Choice said it analysed over 280 products offered by Australia’s telcos, and to ensure it was making like-for-like comparisons, it took products from the other telcos that were at least on par with Telstra’s by examining features including data allowance, mobile call allowance, NBN speed tier, contract type, inclusion of a TV streaming device, and whether local and mobile calls are included in the cost, or charged on top of the bill.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/telstra-slams-choices-mobile-plans-comparison-as-flawed/

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Reminder about the Aussie Mac Zone Group page on facebook – join the Group in preparation of Show #150 surprises

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Story 4 a & b

Barista shuts down Tim Cook’s request to use Apple Pay

Apple CEO Tim Cook has spent the past few days hanging out with the biggest figures in tech and media during the Sun Valley Idaho conference, but apparently not everyone in town has heard of Tim’s preferred way to pay for coffee.

“‘Do you take Apple Pay?’ Cook asked as he was buying coffee at a quaint German restaurant called Konditorei. The barista said no.”

 

Man potentially facing charges for using gun-shaped iPhone case in London airport

Sorry, IDIOT. Put him on the “no fly” list!

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Story 5

Blind Apple engineer speaks on the company’s deep commitment to accessibility features

Apple has always been vocal about its commitment to accessibility features for its products, and now a member of the company’s accessibility design and quality team is speaking up on just how committed Apple is. A new profile from Mashable details Jordyn Castor, a 22-year-old, blind engineer.

Castor, blind since birth, attended Michigan State University and first was given an internship at Apple after speaking to representatives at a job fair. After her internship was up, she was hired as a full-time employee.

Castor told Apple reps how amazed she was by the iPad she received as a gift for her 17th birthday just a few years earlier. It raised her passion for tech to another level — mainly due to the iPad’s immediate accessibility.

“Everything just worked and was accessible just right out of the box,” Castor tells Mashable. “That was something I had never experienced before.”

http://9to5mac.com/2016/07/10/apple-accessibility-team-interview/

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How To 1

Pano in the other direction

Before you start shooting in Pano mode, tap the arrow to reverse the direction. To stop shooting, start moving the camera the other way.

Adjust Camera’s exposure

Tap where you want to set automatic exposure and focus. Then slide your finger up or down to manually adjust the exposure.

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How to 2

 

Everything you need to know about Google’s My Activity page

Does Google know everything about me??

Seriously — everything. Especially if you frequently use Google’s many products, such as Android, Gmail, Drive, Google Maps, or YouTube. Or, you know, Google Search.

But there’s some good news, sort of. Google has introduced a new data dashboard called the My Activity page where you can see just about every single piece of data that Google has collected about you over the better part of the past two decades. Every website you’ve visited, every image you’ve viewed, every search term you’ve typed into the Google Search box.

It’s terrifying. But it’s also pretty useful, because, as evidenced by the mountain of data Google has stored on you, knowledge is power. From the My Activity page you not only see what Google is tracking, you can also take steps to delete data and prevent future collection.

What is the My Activity page?

The My Activity page is a hub where you can see all of the key information that Google has been collecting about you over the years. You can find this page by going to myactivity.google.com (you’ll need to sign into your account). On the My Activity page, you’ll see activity from a variety of Google products, including Search, Image Search, Maps, Play, Shopping, YouTube, and even Help — that’s right, any time you visit a Google Help page, Google records that visit.

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/everything-you-need-to-know-about-googles-my-activity-page/

How To 3

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How To 4

Pokemon Go

Nintendo and Google Have a hit on their hands.

But “end user agreement strange”

  • They have your email address and password
  • They can look at the last thing you searched for on google
  • And what a brilliant way of mapping the inside of buildings because they have your location data

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