Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 325

Show 325 – March 09, 2020

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The Pineapple Project Podcast

Worth a listen. This season is about what to do to prepare for your death so as not to burden your family OR so who you want to get your millions, does. Even down to letting your friends what you want removed before your family start “ tidying up ”


Story 2

Apple offers free repair for third-generation iPad Air models facing blank screen issues

9to5Mac reports ~ Apple today announced a new recall and replacement program for the third-generation iPad Air, launched in 2019. The company says that a limited number of units manufactured between March 2019 and October 2019 have a problem that causes the display to turn white permanently.

According to Apple, the screen of affected models may flicker a few times unexpectedly before it becomes irreversible. Affected customers can have their display replaced by Apple free of charge.

Apple has determined that, under certain circumstances, the screen on a limited number of iPad Air (3rd generation) devices may go blank permanently. A brief flicker or flash may appear before the screen goes blank.

The company notes that the free replacement program is only available to the third-generation iPad Air models manufactured between March 2019 and October 2019, as no other iPad models are part of this program.

You can contact Apple or take it directly to an Apple Store or authorized repair center to find out if your iPad is eligible for a free replacement. The program covers affected devices for two years after the first retail sale of the unit.


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Apple now allows push notification advertising, updates dating app review guidelines and more

9to5Mac reports ~ Apple this week updated its App Store review guidelines regarding some of the features introduced with iOS 13, besides the compatibility of apps with the latest iPhone and iPad models, and more.

The company notes that 77% of all Apple devices shipped in the last four years are running iOS 13, the latest version of the operating system. On iPad, the number rises to 79% with iPadOS 13. That means it’s important for developers to update their apps with the latest technologies available.

Apple says all new apps and app updates will be required to be built with the iOS 13 SDK starting April 30, 2020. That enables apps to offer features such as Dark Mode, ARKit 3, Core ML 3, and more. Apple also requires developers to prepare their apps to be fully compatible with all currently supported devices, including the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the new 7th generation iPad.

Sign In with Apple, which allows users to access applications with their Apple ID credentials, also needs to be implemented by April 30, 2020, in apps that already offer other ways to connect, such as through Facebook and Google accounts. There are new resources available for developers to properly implement that feature, including new downloadable logos and buttons.

The new review guidelines also point out that Apple will be stricter when reviewing apps categorized as “dating” and “fortune telling”. “We will reject these apps unless they provide a unique, high-quality experience” says the company.

Push notifications can now be used for marketing purposes, as long as the user authorizes it. Developers must also provide a method in the app to allow users to opt-out of receiving such messages.

Finally, developers will also no longer be able to prompt users with custom review notifications, as they’re now required to use the official API provided by Apple.


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This is a cool driving game with a twist.

Because not only are you driving cool cars you are fighting bad guys, flying planes, and driving speed boats. Well that’s what I’ve done so far.

You area secret agent with awesome toys and a license to kill! Lol. 

All in all this was cool I liked it. I really want to play it on Apple TV for that big screen feel, but it’s just as fun on your hand held device. 

3.7 out of 5 apples. 





This game was ok I would have liked it better if the screen actually followed behind the ball.

At some points in the game you just can’t see where you are going and you really need to.

Hopefully they fix these little problems so this game can be all it should be. 

2 apples out of 5


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How To 1

How to clean your phone to help stop the spread of germs

cnbc advises ~ The World Health Organisation has plenty of details on how you should properly wash your hands to protect yourself against infection and to prevent the spread of flu and coronavirus. But if we wash our hands and then suddenly switch back to our phone, we’re exposing ourselves to germs all over again.

Several studies, including one published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine in 2017, have suggested phones can contain lots of germs. So if you’re washing your hands, you should probably also keep your phone clean.

Here’s what you should do.

      • Turn off your phone before you start to clean it.
      • Apple recommends using a lens cloth, the sort you might use to clean your glasses. If you have an iPhone 7 or higher, which are more water resistant, you can also use a cloth with a small amount of warm soapy water, as long as you avoid getting that water into openings on the phone. Other phone makers don’t specifically say that this works, though you should generally be safe with most modern phones released in the past several years that have some sort of water resistance.
      • Apple and Samsung advise against using cleaning products, since they can damage the fingerprint-resistant coatings on the screens. But desperate times call for desperate measures and I’ve found I’m more worried about germs than fingerprints on the screen. For years I’ve gently wiped down the screen with a Clorox wipe, or diluted rubbing alcohol against recommendations without any issues. Just be careful and, again, try to avoid getting them in the ports.
      • If you are worried about damaging the screen, consider buying a cheap screen protector and just using Clorox or Lysol wipes to clean it. You can always replace the screen protector with a new one. Gently wipe down the back and sides of the phone, too.
      • On older phones, you should just use a soft, lint-free cloth, since those phones aren’t resistant to liquid.

In general, you should probably just wash your hands before using your phone, and then use a hand sanitiser like Purell after you use it and before you touch your face.

If you’re speaking on the phone a lot, consider using headphones to avoid bringing your phone up to your face as frequently. While headphones like AirPods aren’t germ-free either, you can clean the outside with isopropyl alcohol, making sure not to get any inside the AirPods. It’s important not to use household cleaners, however, since they’ll go back inside your ears.


How To 2

How to Disinfect an Apple Keyboard, Trackpad, and Mouse

MacRumors also advises ~ Regularly disinfecting your Apple keyboard, trackpad, and/or mouse is the best way to sterilise these devices and remove any nasties, and it only takes five minutes to do. Keep reading to learn how. 

To follow the steps below, you’ll need some bleach-free disinfectant wipes – Apple specifically recommends Lysol Wipes for the job.

      • Before you do anything else, shut down your Mac and unplug the power adapter.
      • Take one of the wipes and squeeze it to remove any excess dampness, then gently clean your Mac’s trackpad, keyboard, and/or mouse. Keep your pressure light to prevent any excess liquid from escaping onto the surfaces.
      • Next, use a water-dampened microfiber or lint-free cloth and wipe the areas again.
      • Take a dry microfiber or lint-free cloth and wipe over the keyboard and trackpad one last time.

Apple has a support document that includes some important “don’ts” when it comes to disinfecting keyboards, trackpads, and mice, so it’s worth reiterating them here:

      • Do not use disinfectant wipes containing bleach or disinfectant sprays in general.
      • Do not use an extremely damp disinfectant wipe to clean the area. If you encounter a very damp wipe it may need to be squeezed to remove some of the excess liquid before use.
      • Do not allow the liquid from the disinfectant wipe to sit or pool on the area being disinfected for a long amount of time.
      • Do not use rough towels or cloths to dry the area.
      • Do not use excess force when disinfecting the area around the keyboard; this could damage the keys.


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Laurene Powell Jobs reveals the Steve Jobs quote that we all got wrong

The Ladders shares ~ You can scour the internet and find pages and pages of Steve Jobs quotes,  but specific lessons that come directly from the source are a bit harder to come by on the web.

Even rarer is a lesson from the former Apple CEO that comes directly from his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.

Powell Jobs, who remained an extremely private person after Steve Jobs’ death in 2011, recently opened up in an interview with The New York Times to discuss subjects ranging from her childhood, her current work, and a lesson that Steve taught her during their marriage.

“I can talk about him for hours. I met Steve when I was 25 years old. And from the day we met, we were together for 22 years,” Powell Jobs told The Times. “So he influenced everything. I grew up with him. Just like anyone that you share your life with, there’s an exchange and a robustness. We had a very, very beautiful and rich connection. We talked a lot, for hours every day. To pull out any one way in which he affected my worldview is impossible, because I have integrated so much of him.”

Steve Jobs, while obviously a technology mogul, is also well known for his thought-provoking and inspirational quotes. But according to Powell Jobs, there is one Steve Jobs quote that the public has interpreted wrong for years.

“People love to quote him saying, ‘Put a dent in the universe.,’” Powell Jobs said. “But that’s too flippant. It’s too cavalier. He was thinking of it as ‘We are able, each of us, to manipulate the circumstances.’”

“I think about it as looking at the design of the structures and systems that govern our society, and changing those structures,” she continued. “Because those structures, when they’re elegantly designed, should be frictionless for people. They shouldn’t require you to make huge course corrections that impede your ability to live a productive and fulfilling life.”

Powell Jobs has brought this belief into her social and professional work.

It took me a while to understand that was truly possible. But that’s at the core of everything we do at Emerson Collective. We all believe that it’s truly possible.”

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The original Philips Hue Bridge hub is losing all internet connectivity on April 30th

The Verge reports ~ Philips’ original model Hue Bridge — used by the company’s popular Hue bulbs to interface with smartphones and digital assistants — is losing support for all internet connected services on April 30th, 2020, including Google Assistant and Alexa.

Once that date passes, customers will still be able to use the Hue Bridge v1, but only when connected to the same local network using the legacy Philips Hue Bridge v1 app. However, Philips won’t be offering any new software updates for the app, including security patches. Due to those security concerns, Philips recommends that customers upgrade to the v2 model of the Bridge rather than continue using the limited functionality of the v1.

The company actually announced that the v1 Bridge would be losing support last year, but the move is still significant: most Hue products aren’t functional without the Bridge to serve as a hub, and it’s the first major deprecation of any Hue products since the company first started selling them in October 2012.

MS So early adopters watch out!


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