Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 182

Show 182 – March 21, 2017

Run Sheet ~ Glenn & Michael & Nick

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

A former Google and Apple exec says most great employees are either ‘rock stars’ or ‘superstars’ — and you can’t manage them the same way

BusinessInsider says, “Promotions are awesome”. Even beyond compensation, they generally come with more power and prestige and, if you’re really lucky, a “congratulations” cake.

But here’s the thing. Not everyone wants a promotion.

Some people are perfectly content doing what they do best — whether that’s writing, coding, or selling products — and giving them a new and different role wouldn’t be especially helpful to either the person or the organisation.

That’s according to Kim Scott, a former Google and Apple exec and CEO coach, who recently founded a company called Radical Candor and published a book by the same name.

Scott says most great employees can be divided into two categories: rock stars and superstars.

Rock stars are all about stability (hence the “rock” in their name) — so they’re the ones who wouldn’t especially benefit from a promotion. Superstars are all about upward growth, and promotions may be exactly what they’re looking for.

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Story 2

Apple inventions again point to work on health-tracking AirPods

AppleInsider reports a trio of Apple patent applications published on Thursday detail the inner workings of a wireless earbud system packed with sensors for taking biometric readings, suggesting the company is developing an advanced set of AirPods.

Apple’s patents are titled “Earbuds with biometric sensing” and contain common language describing a wireless earbud device configured with at least one biometric sensor.

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Story 3

A nice feature

I was travelling to Melbourne last week and the iPad said Public Transport Transit Maps downloaded

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Story 4

Australia Needs More Kerbside NBN Connections

Lifehacker Australia reports, The latest complaints about the National Broadband Network (NBN), including concerns about slow download speeds and frequent dropouts, show that all is not well with the NBN.

A recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) also flags Australia’s broadband speeds as among the worst in the OECD, beating only Mexico, Chile and Greece in terms of internet speed and penetration. This raises questions on NBN’s continued use of fibre to the node (FTTN) over a large proportion of the total NBN footprint.

When the coalition government came to power in 2013, it instructed a new NBN management team to stop rolling out fibre to the premises (FTTP) and instead build a multi-technology-mix (MTM) version of the NBN.

But, as predicted, it is becoming clear that the FTTN component of the network is inadequate for Australia’s future needs

Just as an aside to the story, companies offering FTTN can’t offer static IP addresses.  This is a big problem for companies needing or wanting to take control their data, website, email, etc!

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Story 5

Apple gives indie gamers a permanent home on the App Store

Tech Crunch and others report, breaking into the App Store can be difficult enough, but for small-time mobile game developers it’s even more of a challenge as they go up against billion-dollar, global publishers that dominate the top charts, like Supercell, Activision Blizzard, Niantic, EA, Tencent and others that can afford to invest millions in marketing budgets and advertising. Apple is now hoping to level the playing field a bit by giving indie games a new and highly visible home on the App Store.

Throughout the week, Apple has been highlighting indie gamer content in a dedicated section on the App Store’s home page, where it often features new releases, favorites, staff picks and other recommendations.

This hub, dubbed “Celebrating Indie Games,” includes a number of new releases and debuts from independent game developers, but also some of the best, all-time titles for iOS gaming. Further down the page, indie games are further broken down into category spotlights — like lists of those with “incredible sound design” or “unforgettable stories,” for example.

The selections were chosen by the App Store’s Editorial team, and include a mix of both paid and free-to-play titles.

Initially, this collection appeared to be just another promotion meant to give indie titles a push. Apple often hosts featured collections like this on its App Store in order to showcase new releases, interesting apps and other exclusive content.

The launch of the hub was preceded by other promotions of indie games, including discounts and other prominent placements for new, indie releases. Apple said it would be highlighting indie titles throughout the month, from March 9th through 20th.

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This Weeks Discussion

Apple, Education and large installs

    • Is Apple still the company for education
    • Device deployment software
      • – saves time, but choose to suit your needs
    • Should I install a Mac or Windows server in a mixed environment

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How To sort of

Netflix to Replace Star Ratings With Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down

Netflix announced yesterday that it will replace star-based user reviews in its content library with binary thumbs up and thumbs down ratings over the coming weeks.

Previous star ratings given by users will be used to personalise their Netflix profiles, but the ability to rate a TV series or movie by awarding stars is set to disappear altogether, according to Variety.

According to Netflix, at one point subscribers had awarded over 10 billion 5-star ratings and more than half op-f all members had rated more than 50 titles. However, the company eventually concluded that star ratings had become less relevant, with some users giving documentaries 5 stars and silly movies just 3 stars, even though they would watch the silly movies more often than the highly rated documentaries

https://www.macrumors.com/2017/03/17/netflix-star-ratings-thumbs-up-down/

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