Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 217

Show 217 – November 27, 2017

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Story 1

Apple Chadstone re-vamped store opens

Victoria’s Chadstone Apple store has been moved, upgraded to triple the size, and is now Australia’s flagship store.

It already was a busy store averaging 3500 customers DAILY.

It features an area called “The Boardroom” for business customers, app devs and entrepreneurs to hold meetings or get hands-on training or advice.

A 6K video wall is the heart of “The Forum” area where 60 hours+ of free educational and creative sessions will be available.

Included is the “Genius Grove” with native Ficus Flash trees bathed in natural light from a skylight 7.6M up.

And starts with “The Avenue” described as a faux boulevard showcasing Apple products.

This is all reached by entering through 4.2M tall bronze pivot doors!


Story 2

Apple research paper details LiDAR-based 3D object recognition for autonomous vehicle navigation

Apple researchers are pushing forward with efforts to bring autonomous vehicle systems to public roads, and last week published an academic paper outlining a method of detecting objects in 3D point clouds using trainable neural networks. While still in its early stages, the technology could mature to improve accuracy in LiDAR navigation solutions.

Like other recent scholarly articles published by Apple engineers, the latest entry, “VoxelNet: End-to-End Learning for Point Cloud Based 3D Object Detection” by AI researcher Yin Zhou and machine learning specialist Oncel Tuzel, was made public (PDF link) through the arXiv archive of scientific papers.

In its article, Apple notes accurate detection of objects in 3D point clouds, like those generated by LiDAR arrays, is a sticking point in a number of burgeoning real-world applications. From autonomous cars to robotic vacuums, machines that navigate the world around them without the assistance of human operators need to detect critical object with speed and precision.

Compared to 2D image-based detection, LiDAR technology proves to be a more reliable alternative as it provides depth information to better localise objects in space, Apple says. However, LiDAR point clouds, generated by emitting laser pulses and logging the time it takes for the light to return after bouncing off a solid surface, are sparse and have highly variable point density, thus causing a host of problems


Story 3

Gift Guide / Wish List


Komplete Kontrol Ultimate 11


Apple TV 4K.

It’s great because I can link my Apple Music, iTunes and game apps on to my TV  through my Surroundsound for fantastic sound quality and  I don’t need an Android TV because I’ve got Apple TV.


Apple AirPods


QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Smart Headphones


iPad mini 4.

This is more for my son than me but he loves to be able to watch his favourite programs and play with learning apps, he’s just learning to read so the iPad mini is a great size has the power he needs to stream or play.


Luxury Leather Band Strap Bracelet Watchband For Apple Watch


iMac Pro – when released


iPhone X

What can I say this phone is so very cool from face recognition the new cameras the new design you know what I’m getting at it’s the new iPhone and I want it.


For Apple Watch Band Wrist Strap Adapter Stainless Steel Buckle Accessory EU

(these are just the part that holds the straps to you Apple Watch)



Standard Apple EarPods

Lightening to 3.5mm adapters

iPhone X – Silver 256GB

My Tesla to arrive early.


Bose soundsport wireless earphones

These are definitely for me I love the sound Quality that Bose bring to the table. I would use these for my commute to work and know I’m not going to disturb anyone or be disturb from outside noise.


Beats Pill Speaker

Again this is more for my boys than me, but it would be great to have music in the playroom for them because they love to dance and jump around.


Story 4

Correction to what I said last week

Apple Maps does have a switch, in settings, for speed limit notifications to be displayed – BUT ONLY IN SOME AREAS.  I have had maps on all week and so far I have not seen any in the Sydney area.


Story 5

Apple discloses illegal student labour in iPhone plant

Apple and its biggest manufacturing partner has said that a small number of students were discovered working overtime in its Chinese factory, violating local labour laws.

The students worked voluntarily in the factory for more than 11 hours a day as part of a school internship programme at a plant run by Hon Hai Precision, also known as Foxconn, the manufacturer confirmed.


Story 6

Apple’s holiday ad shows off wireless AirPods and a stunning dance performance in the snow


Also if you missed it, Taylor v Treadmill is excellent


Story 7

Apple offers gift cards with iPhone, Mac purchases in Australia and New Zealand for Black Friday

Apple has commenced its Black Friday shopping deals in Australia and New Zealand, providing customers with gift cards if they purchase Apple products through the online and retail Apple Stores during November 24, with similar deals likely to be offered in a number of other regions when each country reaches midnight.

Described on both the Australia and New Zealand Apple websites as a “One-day shopping event,” visitors are advised they can receive a gift card worth up to NZ$210 ($144) or A$210 ($160) with the purchase of “selected Apple gifts.” According to the terms and conditions, customers are limited to a maximum of two gift cards under the promotion, making the maximum combined value of gift cards attainable in the offer NZ$420 ($289) or A$420 ($320) for each respective region.



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Story 8

Time Magazine’s Top 10 Gadgets of 2017

  1. Nintendo Switch
  2. Apple iPhone X
  3. Microsoft Surface Laptop
  4. DJI Spark Drone
  5. Samsung Galaxy S8
  6. Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) Classic
  7. Amazon Echo (second generation)
  8. Xbox One X
  9. Apple Watch Series 3
  10. Sony Alpha A7R III Camera


Update from last week

My Photos now are in a numbered sequence when I AirDrop them from my iPhone X to my Mac


How To 1


Meant to type “pick” and your iPhone autocorrected to “lick”? Don’t worry — we’ve all been there. However, you shouldn’t let autocorrect embarrass you anymore. Of course, you don’t want to turn it completely off and risk accidentally hitting the wrong buttons yourself with nobody else to blame. Instead, go into your “Text Replacement” in your “Keyboard” settings and add in words that you use often, which Apple autocorrects to something else. For example, when you type the acronym “OMW,” the phone defaults to “On my way!” You can text replace “OMW” so it says “OMW.”


How To 2


Not sure why your phone’s battery is dying so quickly? Finding out is easy. Go into “Settings,” and click “Battery,” and you’ll be presented with a list of all of your apps and exactly how much battery they’re sucking up. On the “Battery page,” you can also switch your phone to “Power Saving Mode,” which will extend your iPhone’s battery life.

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