Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 310

Show 310 – November 11, 2019

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


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Green power supplies more than half of Australia’s biggest energy grid for first time — ABC News

Renewable energy supplies more than half of Australia’s national electricity market for first time

A major milestone was reached in Australia’s biggest electricity market this week when renewable energy supplied more than half of the grid’s power.

Key points:

Clean energy sources met most of the demand on Australia’s biggest grid for 10 minutes on Wednesday

Ideal weather made the milestone possible: strong winds, clear skies and relatively cool temperatures

Observers say the industry is changing rapidly and urge governments to reform the “outdated” energy market

Green energy sources — mostly solar and wind — met most of the demand for the national electricity market (NEM) just before lunchtime on Wednesday, surpassing 50 per cent of supply for the first time.

The NEM provides power to all jurisdictions except Western Australia and the Northern Territory, which have separate grids.

Angus Gemmell, the founder and head of renewable energy firm Solar Choice, hailed the achievement, saying it showed Australia was rapidly reducing its reliance on fossil fuels such as coal.


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Mac Pro spotted in DJ Calvin Harris’ studio ahead of launch

appleinsider reported ~ While we still don’t have any hard dates on the release of the Mac Pro, there has been one spotted in the wild —at the studio of DJ and producer Calvin Harris.

On November 9, Scottish DJ Calvin Harris showed off his studio in an Instagram story. The video featured some of Harris’ music, alongside shots of various things in his studio. While the video is intentionally shot erratically, at several points it is possible to see a Mac Pro sitting on the floor. 

Harris is known for collaborating with artists such as Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, and Snoop Dogg, as well as a prolific career as a solo artist.

Apple has announced that the Mac Pro will release “this fall,” with many speculating about what the release window may be. The Mac Pro already has FCC approval, and that generally means preorders will start fairly quickly. That doesn’t mean anything about shipments, unfortunately. 


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Apple Renews ‘The Morning Show’, ‘See’, ‘For All Mankind’, and ‘Dickinson’ for Second Seasons

Cynthia Littleton, reporting for Variety:

Apple TV Plus has given second season orders to the four scripted drama series that launched the streaming service last week.

Dramas “See,” “For All Mankind,” “Dickinson” and “The Morning Show” have been greenlit for sophomore seasons. “Morning Show,” led by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, already had a two-season order and is already at work on its next season of 10 episodes.

Apple has yet to release any specific details about subscribers or viewership activity on the service, which bowed Nov. 1. Sources close to Apple say the service to date has drawn millions of users who are spending on average more than an hour on the Apple TV Plus platform. It’s unclear how many of those are paying subscribers rather than those taking advantage of the service’s seven-day free trial. A knowledgeable source said Apple insiders were impressed by the volume of activity on the platform, which spiked by triple digits this past weekend after the fanfare for the Nov. 1 debut.


Apple Releases Trailer for The Banker Arriving in Theatres December 6th and Streaming on Apple TV+ in January 2020

Based on a true story, “The Banker” centres on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racially oppressive establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream.

Along with Garrett’s wife Eunice (Nia Long), they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire – while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur.

Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built.


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I fitted an Apple CarPlay head unit to my old PT Cruiser on the weekend






#2Apple Arcade has 5 new games to play: Monomals, Mosaic, Star Fetched and more

Players can now check out Mega Mini Party, Monomals, Mosaic, Jumper Jon and Star Fetched as part of Apple Arcade’s growing catalog of games. The games are available on iPad, iPhone and Apple TV to start, with content slowly coming to the Mac as well.

Apple Arcade has 5 new games to play: Monomals, Mosaic, Star Fetched, Jumper Jon and Super Mega Mini Party

The first we’ll talk about is


In this colourful, family-friendly game, you play as an animal DJ — a Retro Rabbit, Funky Frog or Techno Tiger — whose goal is to catch underwater creatures called Monomals by playing music into the ocean. Use your deep water fishing gear, create your own music and listen to your playlists during your fishing adventures. Play 21 courses with dozens of challenges, collectibles and power-ups. 


Star Fetched

Star Fetched is about Rhys Randall, a young space-adventurer who’s teleported to a distant solar system to help defend against an oncoming alien invasion. Equipped with only his spacesuit and low-powered gun, Rhys must devise a plan to build a ship, explore nearby planets and help save the solar system in danger. This adventure sci-fi includes elements of exploration and RPG.




More than 200 teams have battled it out in a marathon e-sports tournament over three weeks that culminated in a grand final in Sydney on Saturday night in front of hundreds of fans and millions more watching from home.

The final battle came down to Team Immunity going up against Team Justice, with the event — held at Carriageworks in Redfern — featuring some of the nation’s best PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gamers (PUBG).

Despite a big win for Team Justice in the first game, Team Immunity eventually came out on top, with the four-person squad taking home a prize valued at $30,000 — which included an all-expenses paid trip to the PUBG Global Championship Grand Finals in California later this month.

OK ha ha ha ha ha ha Hundreds of spectators watched the teams go head-to-head in the arena and according to Twitch TV, more than 33 million viewed a live stream of the PUBG tournament online, and numbers like that is no laughing matter!


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Apple Watch calls cops for unconscious driver after car crash — Cult of Mac

Apple Watch calls cops for unconscious driver after car crash

Police in England responded to a car accident after an Apple Watch on the wrist of an unconscious man sent a request for help.

Details on the crash, including the victim’s condition, were not available. But the emergency SOS may have been a first for police in Surrey, who enthusiastically posted it on Twitter and tagged Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

The tweet also included a string of emoji showing a watch, satellite and rescue vehicles.


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Apple is now presenting its privacy policy as if it were another product — Engadget

Apple is now presenting its privacy policy as if it were another product 

Engadget reports ~ It’s not uncommon for users to skip reading an app’s privacy policy because it’s too long and jumbled. Apparently, Apple wants to change that. Today, it released a new privacy page that makes its privacy policy easier to read and understand. The new privacy page looks more like a product page than your standard screen of black and white text.

The refreshed page uses just a few words to describe how each app protects your privacy. If you want to know more, you can click the + icon and you’ll get a two-paragraph explanation. Head over to the features tab, and Apple provides even more info on privacy related to Safari, Maps, Photos, Messages, Siri, Apple News, Wallet and Health. All of the info is broken down into digestible pieces.

The new page brings in Apple’s design aesthetic, so it’s not just full of text. Most importantly, the update does make Apple’s privacy policies easier to read or skim. The policies themselves have not changed.

Last week, Facebook launched a new section of to provide clear, visually appealing info on Messenger’s privacy, safety and security features. And last year, Google updated its privacy policy to make it easier to understand. As privacy and security become, understandably, more of a focus, perhaps Apple, Google and Facebook can encourage others to make their privacy policies less of a bore.


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When Apple Says The iPhone, iPad And Mac Are Built For Privacy, They Are Not Kidding

When Apple Says The iPhone, iPad And Mac Are Built For Privacy, They Are Not Kidding

Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention, for instance, has thrown Facebook and Instagram adverts completely off my scent.

News18 tells us ~ At a time when a lot of tech companies are playing fast and loose with our data on their platforms, as users we really are at a loss to find what can possibly be classified as a mirage. Which is why when Apple says that it makes the software and the hardware products with user data privacy in mind, they are actually not kidding. Across the board, the company has made a lot of improvements and additions to the whole privacy aspect, be it iOS 13, macOS Catalina, the Safari web browser as well as a bunch of its own apps including Photos, Find My and the Health data that the iPhone and the Apple Watch may generate. At the same time, Apple has also updated its privacy website.

Apple is betting heavily on what it calls Private Federated Learning. The simple idea behind this is to not only obscure and scramble a user’s personal and private information from the depths of the world wide web-based apps and services, but to also localise the customisation of the experience by learning and analysing the user data, but locally and on the device. The way Apple deploys this is that all of the processing happens on your iPhone itself, for instance, with no data ever being uploaded to a server or shared with Apple or any other app developer. The Hey Siri personalisation and the artificial intelligence-based features in the Photos app are two examples of that. “The Apple Neural Engine in the A13 chip performs over 100 billion operations per photo to recognise faces and places without ever leaving your device,” says Apple.


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How to import music without iTunes in MacOS Catalina

Sync your music onto your device in a few easy steps

Digitrends reports ~ When Apple launched MacOS Catalina, it killed off iTunes for good, replacing it with Apple Music, Apple TV and Apple Podcasts. One consequence is you can no longer use iTunes to sync your music to and from your Mac. But don’t worry, the feature isn’t gone — it’s just been moved.

Instead of in iTunes, you now use Finder to import music in MacOS Catalina. With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to sync all your music, movies, audiobooks and more.

Step 1: Connect your device

Step 2: Choose your device in Finder

Now, you should be presented with a page of details for your device, including its name, how much space it has available and its battery charge level. Below this is a list of tabs, such as General, Music, Movies and more. Click Music.

Step 3: Decide what to sync

Step 4: Only sync selected content

Step 5: Click Sync


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