Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 314

Show 314 – December 09, 2019                 



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Firstly again a BIG THANKS to all the firefighters across Australia and all the visiting ones from overseas.  THANKS


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Im dying from embarrassment over last weeks show.  Due to the audio and video issues.  I re-recorded the show because of the audio issue when we did the Facebook live.  Then I had 2 calls during the recording.  This then made the video be out of sync.  So here we go after a iMac rebuild.

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Clips now features Memoji and Animoji, new stickers and more

The Clips app can now features Memoji and Animoji. Also new stickers and more.

Today’s update to Clips, Apple’s free video creation app for iPhone and iPad, allows users to tap into the fun and creativity of Memoji and Animoji characters. Users can now easily share personal video messages, slideshows, school projects and mini movies with more personality than ever. Animated stickers and emoji can now follow the movements of a user’s face for fun selfie videos using the front-facing camera on iPhone and iPad. The update also brings all-new stickers featuring Disney’s Mickey and Minnie Mouse and a new winter-themed poster just in time for the holidays.

With this update, Memoji created and customised in the Messages app on iOS will automatically appear in Clips. Users can also layer their Animoji and Memoji video clips with all their favourite existing features in Clips like artistic filters, animated text, music, stickers and more. Animoji characters can even be changed in a video after it’s already recorded. And with the wider field of view included with the new front-facing camera on iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, users can fit more in the frame when recording selfie videos.

Animated stickers and emoji can now follow the movements of a user’s face when using the front-facing camera on iPhone and iPad — so whether users are moving up and down, left and right, or towards and away from the camera, fun objects like sunglasses and speech bubbles stay connected to their face for an even more interactive video experience.

Clips 2.1 also includes:

A “Let it Snow” poster that beautifully captures the feeling of winter weather.

Seven new Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse stickers.

Support for right-to-left languages including Arabic and Hebrew.


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Google Can Track Packages In Australia Now

Google can now track packages in Australia

Gizmodo’s Australian sites reports ~ This week Google revealed a new tracking feature that will allow you to easily track your packages via its platform. This is what we know so far.

Google dropped the news on its Webmaster Central Blog, stating how users often come to Search to find package status information.

It will essentially allow shopping companies to feed delivery info into Google so you can easily access and track it through Chrome.

So hopefully some smart sellers will introduce this ASAP  ~  so if you get it to work let us know and we will pass it on!


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Coca-Cola’s Glowing Lightsaber Bottles Are The First Flexible OLED Tech I’m Willing To Pay For

Coca-Cola’s Glowing Lightsaber Bottles Are The First Flexible OLED Tech I’m Willing To Pay For

Gizmodo Australia also reports ~ I’m one hundred per cent in support of a future where screens are flexible and foldable instead of fragile and easily shatter-able. I’m just not willing to spend $3,000 on a folding phone or $15,000+ on a rollable TV. I will, however, happily drop $3 or $4 on a plastic bottle with a glowing lightsaber on the label.

As the marketing machine for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker slowly but surely kicks into hyperdrive ahead of the film’s mid-December release, every section of every store is slowly being taken over by Star Wars-branded merchandise—in addition to a monsoon of toys. But it seems like Singapore is the place to be if you want to snag one of the most interesting pieces of The Rise of Skywalker merchandising: Coca-Cola has wrapped its bottles in a thin flexible OLED panel and electronics, including a battery, allowing images of Rey’s and Kylo Ren’s lightsabers to actually glow.


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Apple Celebrates Best Games of 2019 — Aussie Mac Zone

Apple Celebrates Best Games of 2019

Apple revealed the best apps and games and the most powerful trends that drove app culture in 2019. Apps help simplify our lives and express our creativity, connect us to friends, family and the world beyond, and of course, have fun. In 2019, apps made their mark by reflecting the zeitgeist of our society and sitting at the nexus of digital and pop culture.

“Developers around the world inspire us all with innovative apps that have the power to influence culture and change our lives, and this year that is as true as ever. The 2019 App Store Best Apps and Games winners reflect our global desire for connection, creativity and fun,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We are excited to announce such a diverse group of 2019 App Store winners, showing that great design and creativity comes from developers large and small, and from every corner of the world. We congratulate all the winners and thank them for making 2019 the best year yet for the App Store.”

Best Games of 2019

iPhone Game of the Year: “Sky: Children of the Light” (thatgamecompany)

Fly across sweeping landscapes to help celestial beings find their way back to the heavens in this groundbreaking social quest.

iPad Game of the Year: “Hyper Light Drifter” (Abylight S.L.)

A dazzling, action-packed reimagining of classic 16-bit adventure games, “Hyper Light Drifter” blends dreamlike exploration with fight-for-your-life survival.

Mac Game of the Year: “GRIS” (Devolver / Nomada Studio)

This spectacularly satisfying puzzle-platformer is a soul-stirring work of digital art — one that explores hope, grief and the triumph of piecing a life back together after tragic loss.

Apple TV Game of the Year: “Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap” (DotEmu)

Developed by Lizardcube with the cooperation of series creator Ryuichi Nishizawa, “Wonder Boy” — the beloved game from the ’80s, in which a lone half-lizard adventurer sets off on the challenge of a lifetime — gets a reboot with hand-drawn animation and a re-orchestrated soundtrack.


Apple Celebrates Best Apps of 2019 — Aussie Mac Zone

Apple Celebrates Best Apps of 2019

Best Apps of 2019

iPhone App of the Year: Spectre Camera (Lux Optics)

This AI-powered app leverages a dizzying amount of tech to let anyone take stunning long-exposure photos.

iPad App of the Year: Flow by Moleskine (Moleskine)

Draw and sketch in this elegant digital notebook app, whose graphite pencils, chisel-tipped markers and more have been meticulously tuned to mimic the real thing.

Mac App of the Year: Affinity Publisher (Serif Labs)

With its elegant user experience and remarkably reasonable price point, Affinity Publisher makes pro-level design accessible to everyone, whether you’re creating a photo-rich coffee table book or a flyer for your second grader’s play.

Apple TV App of the Year: The Explorers (The Explorers Network)

This groundbreaking app was designed to support the community of explorers, scientists and artists working toward a common goal: To create a comprehensive “visual inventory” of the natural world through photo and video.



Apple Music Awards 2019 — Aussie Mac Zone

Apple Music Awards 2019

A celebration of the best and boldest musicians of 2019 and the enormous impact they have had on global culture this year. The Apple Music Awards honour achievements in music across five distinct categories and winners are chosen through a process that reflects the service’s editorial perspective, combined with what customers around the world are loving most.

The winners for Global Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year were hand-selected by Apple Music’s global editorial team of experts and tastemakers and given to artists who have true passion for their craft, who boldly defy conventions in the category and who embody a sense of humanity, where listeners are drawn as much to who they are as to their music.

The awards for Album of the Year and Song of the Year are based on streaming data and reflective of what Apple Music customers have been listening to (on repeat) this year.

“The Apple Music Awards are designed to recognise the passion, energy and creativity of the world’s favourite artists,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and International Content. “The musically diverse group of inaugural winners have sparked deep social conversation, influenced culture and inspired our customers around the world. We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate them.” 

And the winners are…

Artist of the Year: Billie Eilish

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Lizzo

Song of the Year: “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus

Songwriter of the Year: Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas


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Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR orders start December 10

Content creators and professional Mac users will be able to start placing orders for the new modular Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR from Tuesday, December 10.


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Hello Steve overseas

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I went to an Apple Store this week and did a coding course

It was a simple course about how to code a Sphero Ball to navigate a course laid out on the floor of the store.

It is a Kids course, BUT all a welcome and I was the only person in the course.

I have a Sphero BB-8 and wanted to understand the basics of how to make it do things, to entertain the Grandkids

It was excellent, easy to follow and the instructor made it fun!

He also recommended Design Lab:Drawing Treehouses ( read from the Apple Store app ) which I am looking forward to


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Keep your messages private on a shared iPad

How to keep personal messages from showing up on a shared iPad

iMore reminds us ~ Here are your options for stopping personal messages from going to a shared iPad.

Sharing an iPad with a spouse or family member is a common occurrence. Maybe you have a common iPad in your kitchen, or use it in the living room to read the news or check email while you watch TV. If you used an Apple ID to set up the iPad initially, you might find that personal iMessages are unintentionally ending up on your shared device.

Here’s what you can do if personal messages are showing up on a shared iPad.

        1. How to deactivate iMessage on iPad.
        2. How to exclude a phone number from iMessage.
        3. Add another email address.

How to deactivate iMessage on iPad

        1. Open Settings on the shared iPad.
        2. Tap Messages.
        3. Turn the iMessage switch to the off position.

How to exclude a phone number from iMessage

You can also exclude a specific phone number from iMessage on your iPad, so you no longer receive messages sent to it.

        1. Open Settings on the shared iPad.
        2. Tap Messages.
        3. Tap Send & Receive
        4. Tap on the phone number that you want to exclude to uncheck it under You Can Be Reached By iMessage At. This should also cause the phone number under Start New Conversations From to disappear.
        5. Open Settings on the iPhone with the number that you want to exclude.
        6. Tap Messages.
        7. Tap Send & Receive.
        8. Tap on the email addresses under You Can Be Reached By iMessage At to uncheck them so the phone only sends and receives iMessages using its phone number.
        9. Make sure the phone number is checked under Start New Conversations From.

How to exclude a phone number from iMessage

You can add a new email address at which you can be reached using iMessage, and have it active only on your iPad.

        1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
        2. Tap on the Apple ID banner.
        3. Tap Name, Phone Numbers, Email.
        4. Tap Edit at the top of the Reachable At list.
        5. Tap Add email or Phone Number.
        6. Tap Add an Email Address.
        7. Enter the email address.
        8. Tap Next.
        9. Enter the verification code that was sent to your email address.


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