Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 304

Show 304 – September 30, 2019

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Woolworths are trialling a scan as you shop service in various stores around Sydney!

You scan your goods as you put them in your trolley and Apple Pay when you’re finished.  No lining up!!

Cant wait till it gets near me!!


Story 2

iPadOS 13.1.1

  • Fixes issue that could prevent iPhone from restoring from a back-up
  • Addresses an issue that could cause battery to drain more quickly 
  • Resolves a problem where Safari search suggestions may re-enable after turning them off
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Reminders to sync slowly
  • Fixes a security issue for third-party keyboard apps

iOS 13.1.1

  • Fixes issue that could prevent iPad from restoring from a back-up
  • Addresses an issue that could cause battery to drain more quickly 
  • Fixes an issue that could impact recognition of Siri requests on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Resolves a problem where Safari search suggestions may re-enable after turning them off
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Reminders to sync slowly
  • Fixes a security issue for third-party keyboard apps


Story 3 ~ pic

tvOS 13 now available

New Home screen

Apple has redesigned the Home screen with a focus on discovery in tvOS 13. One example is apps now have the ability to play full-screen previews on the Home screen for a more seamless experience enjoying movies, TV shows, games, and music.

Multi-user support

tvOS 13 brings multi-user support with the Apple TV Control Center that allows family members to easily switch between their personalised user accounts. This will include a unique Up Next list and movie and TV recommendations.

Apple Music

Along with the multi-user support, Apple Music on Apple TV will offer users personalised playlists and recommendations. The new Apple TV Control Center also includes access to onscreen lyrics and a currently playing interface.

Apple Arcade

The Apple Arcade subscription gives families of up to six people unlimited access to over 100 new and exclusive games, without ads or in-app purchases. Apple says many of the titles will offer support for game controllers. Apple Arcade is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV.

Xbox and PlayStation game controllers

Alongside iOS 13 gaining the same support, tvOS 13 now also works with two of the most popular options, the Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth and PlayStation DualShock 4.

New screen savers

Here’s how Apple describes the new underwater screen savers:

Apple is expanding the stunning collection of 4K HDR screen savers available on Apple TV 4K by taking viewers under the sea. Filmed in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit, the team behind “Blue Planet,” these immersive videos captured from the depths of oceans around the world showcase mesmerising creatures and scenes.


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Stranded Sails explorers of the Cursed Islands

Stranded Sails is an open world exploration farming adventure full of discoveries and quests! Along with your crew you are ship-wrecked on a mysterious archipelago. Now it’s up to you to secure your survival and solve the mysteries deep in the heart of the islands – and finally escape.

I spent a little bit of time playing it this week just checking it out and sort of get a feel for it.

These sort of games are good time wasters that I have a soft spot for. 



#2 ~ pic

Projection: First Light

This game is just fascinating!

using light and shadow your character who happens to be a little girl switching lights on and off to create things to climb also to block things.

This game… I could play it forever I just think it’s wonderful. 


#3S ~ pic

Mario Kart Tour just smoked Pokémon GO in day-one downloads

On a none apple arcade game Mario is great but we all already knew it would be. 

The app, released on September 25 and  according to mobile data firm Sensor Tower, it has the highest number of day-one downloads out of any of Nintendo‘s six mobile games, with none of the others even coming close. Data-tracking site Apptopia reports that the day-one downloads surpass those of Pokémon GO, Clash Royale, and the mobile version of Fortnite.


Story 4

NBN Internet Speeds

You’ll probably know that there are four NBN speed ‘tiers’ available. However, what you may not know is that the way speeds are advertised has changed recently. Below is a short brief on what the company responsible for rolling out the NBN – creatively named NBN Co – calls the speeds.

Tier 1 – Basic – Maximum download speed of 12Mbps

Tier 2 – Standard – Maximum download speed of 25Mbps

Tier 3 – Standard Plus – Maximum download speed of 50Mbps

Tier 4 – Premium – Maximum download speed of 100Mbps

Away from the NBN is good old ADSL. If you’re still connected to ADSL, the fastest speed you can hope you achieve is 24Mbps, and that’s for ADSL2+. For simple ADSL, the fastest you can expect to achieve is 8Mbps.

It’s all well and good knowing what the NBN speed tiers are called at a wholesale level, but what do the NBN providers actually call their speed tiers? And how are you supposed to know which is best for you?

Marketing is one thing – but which provider actually delivers the fastest NBN speeds?

It’s all well and good placing trust in the provider to accurately represent their max evening speeds, but what are you actually going to get in the real world?

In August 2019, the ACCC released its fourth report on the state of telco services and the speeds of their NBN plans. The ACCC found that in peak periods (7pm to 11pm):

TPG performed at 86.7% of its maximum plan speed

Optus performed at 85.5% of its maximum plan speed

Aussie Broadband performed at 85.3% of its maximum plan speed

MyRepublic performed at 84.8% of its maximum plan speed

iiNet performed at 84.2% of its maximum plan speed

Telstra performed at 83.1% of its maximum plan speed

Exetel performed at 82.8% of its maximum plan speed

Dodo & Primus performed at 80.4% of its maximum plan speed

This in effect means that out of the ‘big four’ providers, TPG was technically rated ‘the best’, as its plans were more likely to achieve their maximum download speeds.

That is to say, on a 100Mbps max speed NBN plan, TPG’s plans were, on average, performing at 86Mbps – or roughly 86%.

While this is a general guide only, it does serve those looking for a new provider a benchmark on which to base the large telcos on.


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Story 5

Apple makes groundbreaking deal with TuneIn to expand radio offerings

Apple has taken a major step into voice-activated radio with the announcement that they are teaming up with TuneIn.

This will offer listeners access to TuneIn’s 100,000-plus global radio stations on all Siri-enabled devices and Apple Music, and all they have to do to hear their favourite stations is just give a simple voice command.

In addition to the radio stations TuneIn offers, there is access to more than 5.7 million podcasts, and it is available for free across 200 platforms and connected devices.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Apple and be a part of the company’s ecosystem on a global scale,” said Tony Archibong, TuneIn’s Vice President of Distribution & Business Development. 

“As our 75 million users around the world can attest, radio is one of the most popular categories of audio listening on connected devices, and this important partnership serves to heighten our user experience and be everywhere our listener is.” 

Lastly, when making a request through Siri, be very specific about what you want to listen to. It will then use its radio partners – in addition to TuneIn, Apple works with and iHeart Radio – to find the right match.

The complete features that TuneIn will be rolling out to Apple Music – and all Siri-enabled devices – will debut in various stages this week.


Story 6 ~ pic – 1

Three of little stories

My iPhone 10 v 11 photos

I took some photos at a car show on Saturday night.  The iPhone 10 shots were a lot yellower compared to the iPhone 11, especially on the iPhone 10!

McDonald’s enlists Alexa and Google to help with its hiring

Want a job at McDonald’s? Just ask your smartphone.

Starting Wednesday, McDonald’s Corp. will let job seekers start an application by using voice commands with Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant.

If users say, “Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald’s,” Alexa will ask which country they want to work in and play McDonald’s catchy “I’m lovin’ it” jingle. After that, users can share their phone number and get a link to continue the application process. Alexa also shares some facts about working for the company, such as how it can lead to jobs in other fields.

The function is available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. McDonald’s is also exploring adding the feature in other markets. It’s not yet available through Apple’s Siri.

Applications by voice — dubbed McDonald’s Apply Thru — are also part of a broader effort to use technology to streamline every part of the restaurant, said David Fairhurst, McDonald’s executive vice president and chief people officer. For customers, that means digital ordering kiosks and mobile ordering; for employees, it means online scheduling and virtual reality games to train store managers.

Apple Music for Android gets dark mode and more in big update

The update adds a new dark mode, Chromecast support, and more.

The latest release brings the Android version of the app in line with its counterpart on iOS. Here’s what you have to look forward to.

Apple has been doing a great job of ensuring Apple Music subscribers on Android don’t have to wait too long for new features that debut on iOS.

Just days after making big improvements to Music in iOS 13, a new release brings much of the same treatment to the Android version of the app.

Finally, this update brings timed lyrics — one of the biggest changes in iOS 13. It shows you the words to your favourite songs, which move along as the track is playing.


Story 7

How To Block Unwanted Emails, Phone Calls And Messages In iOS 13

Blocking unwanted email

First, you can block specific contacts from the iOS Mail app by opening a message and tapping the sender’s email address. Tap “Block This Contact” button.

Next, go to Settings > Mail and turn on “Ignore Blocked Senders.”

You can also go to Settings > Mail > Blocked to add to/manage your list of blocked contacts.

Blocking unknown callers

Go to Settings > phone and turn on “Silence Unknown Callers.” This disables ringing and notifications for calls from unknown numbers which should cut down on spam and robocalls, but be aware this could also block important calls from numbers you don’t have saved. It would be smart to turn this off if you’re expecting an important phone call from a number you don’t know or don’t have saved.


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