Aussie MacZone ~ Episode 326

Show 326 – March 17, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael



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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Apple close all stores, worldwide, except in Greater China until March 27. To start!

Apple Inc is closing all its retail stores, except those in Greater China, for the next two weeks to minimise the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Apple reopened all 42 of its branded stores in China last Friday as the number of new cases fell in the country where the coronavirus outbreak originated.

Apple’s hourly workers will continue to receive pay in alignment with business as usual operation, Cook said, and online sales will continue as usual.

“In all of our offices, we are moving to flexible work arrangements worldwide outside of Greater China,” he added. “That means team members should work remotely if their job allows.”

The company’s donations to the global coronavirus response, to help treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community impacts, reached $A24 million on Friday, Cook wrote in the letter.


Story 2

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 kicks off in June with an all-new online format

WWDC 2020 to Feature an Online Format with a Keynote and Sessions Connecting Millions of Developers Around the World

Apple has announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Now in its 31st year, WWDC 2020 will take on an entirely new online format packed with content for consumers, press and developers alike. The online event will be an opportunity for millions of creative and innovative developers to get early access to the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, and engage with Apple engineers as they work to build app experiences that enrich the lives of Apple customers around the globe.

“We are delivering WWDC 2020 this June in an innovative way to millions of developers around the world, bringing the entire developer community together with a new experience,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format that delivers a full program with an online keynote and sessions, offering a great learning experience for our entire developer community, all around the world. We will be sharing all of the details in the weeks ahead.”

“With all of the new products and technologies we’ve been working on, WWDC 2020 is going to be big,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “I look forward to our developers getting their hands on the new code and interacting in entirely new ways with the Apple engineers building the technologies and frameworks that will shape the future across all Apple platforms.”

The WWDC 2020 program will provide Apple’s entire global developer community — which now includes more than 23 million registered developers in more than 155 countries and regions — and the next generation of app developers with the insights and tools needed to turn their ideas into a reality.

Additional program information will be shared between now and June by email, in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website.

Apple also announced it will commit $1 million to local San Jose organisations to offset associated revenue loss as a result of WWDC 2020’s new online format.

The App Store is the world’s safest and most vibrant app marketplace, with over half a billion people visiting each week. It remains the safest place for users to find software and provides developers of all sizes access to customers in 155 countries and regions. 

Developers have earned over $155 billion since the App Store launched in 2008. With an active installed base of more than 1.5 billion Apple devices, WWDC 2020 will allow developers to learn about the new technologies and frameworks they rely on as they create new app experiences in areas including augmented reality, machine learning, health and fitness, home automation and more.


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Don’t bug me

This game has simple graphics and is easy to play. But it wasn’t my thing I just couldn’t get into game play. 

Maybe if the storyline was a little more with it. 

Overall I got board fast and lost interest so I give it 2 apples out of 5




So by now we all know I love a platformer game. And Dodo peak is no exception to this fact. I loved this game and had a great time playing it. Your out there to save your babies while avoiding obstacles and your enemies. 

Like any good platform game from the past this also has awesome levels to select from. 

So I’m giving this one a 3.8 out of 5 apples


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How To 1

How to set up hourly reminders on iPhone and Apple Watch to wash your hands and stop touching your face

9to5Mac helps us with ~ With the coronavirus outbreak becoming more serious in the US and around the world, you’ve likely heard many times about the important steps to stay healthy and curb the spread of the virus, like washing your hands often (and well) and not touching your face. However, those can be tough habits to change. Let’s look at how to set up hourly reminders to wash your hands and stop touching your face on iPhone and Apple Watch.

iPhone and Apple Watch can be great tools to help stay healthy and flatten the curve of the coronavirus outbreak. Just like the hourly stand reminder Apple Watch users get, we’ll look at a couple of options including Apple’s Reminders app and third-party app Due that can really make sure you stay on top of washing your hands regularly and change your habit of touching your face by creating a new feedback loop.

Research shows that it often takes up to two months to make a new habit stick (not touching your face is probably more difficult to change than adjusting your handwashing routine), but constant reminders on your iPhone or Apple Watch could significantly shorten that timeframe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially recommends washing your hands with soap thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, while other resources recommend 30 seconds.

How to set up hourly reminders to wash your hands on iPhone and Apple Watch

Option 1

Open the Reminders app on iPhone and create a new reminder

 Tap the “i” to the right of your reminder

 Tap the toggle next to Remind me on a day

 Tap the toggle next to Remind me at a time

 Choose Repeat and choose Hourly (or choose Custom)

 Tap Done in the top right corner

Pro tip: Skip the manual set up and use a Siri command to set up hourly reminders. Something like “Remind me to wash hands every hour starting at 3 o’clock.”


How To 2

How to deal with movies that bounce from too quiet to too loud

I have included this because we may be spending a lot more time isolated in the near future

Popular Science advises ~ I love big movie explosions as much as anyone, but I have a bone to pick with movie studios: It feels like every time I watch an action movie, I have to turn the volume way up just to hear the characters speak, then quickly turn it down every time something explodes. And when I’m not quick enough on the draw, my sleeping wife gets very angry.

Why do movies do this?

It all has to do with dynamic range—the difference between the loudest and softest parts of a soundtrack. The wider the range, the larger the dramatic impact, explains Scott Wilkinson, audiovisual technology journalist and consultant (and the “Home Theater Geek” on In other words, they mix it that way so when that explosion finally happens, it kicks you in the gut and rocks your world.

The problem is, sometimes you don’t want your world rocked. Sometimes you just want to relax while watching superheroes punch each other in the face, without waking the neighbors through your paper-thin walls—and that dynamic range becomes a lot less desirable.

“This is generally not a problem in commercial cinemas, which have high-quality sound systems and good acoustics,” Wilkinson says. “So you can hear and understand quiet dialogue in one scene without lessening the impact of loud explosions in another scene.” Even if these movies get remastered for home viewing, most people are using weak TV speakers in a less-than-ideal room with the air conditioner running in the background. It’s a recipe for unintelligible dialogue and constant volume tweaking.

On you Apple TV

 Go to Settings

 Video and Audio

 Set Reduce Loud Sounds to On


Story 3 

Bill Gates leaves Microsoft board

 Bill Gates is leaving Microsoft’s board, the company announced on Friday.

 Gates co-founded Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen, who died in 2018.

 Gates is among Microsoft’s top shareholders, owning 1.36% of shares, according to FactSet

Microsoft announced on Friday that Bill Gates is leaving the board, effective Friday. Gates is also stepping down from his position on the board of Berkshire Hathaway.

“I have made the decision to step down from both of the public boards on which I serve – Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway – to dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities including global health and development, education, and my increasing engagement in tackling climate change,” Gates said on LinkedIn. “The leadership at the Berkshire companies and Microsoft has never been stronger, so the time is right to take this step.”

“With respect to Microsoft, stepping down from the board in no way means stepping away from the company,” Gates said. “Microsoft will always be an important part of my life’s work and I will continue to be engaged with Satya and the technical leadership to help shape the vision and achieve the company’s ambitious goals. I feel more optimistic than ever about the progress the company is making and how it can continue to benefit the world.”

Gates was CEO until 2000 when Steve Ballmer took over the role. Microsoft’s current CEO, Satya Nadella, took over in 2014. Gates was director of the board at Microsoft until 2014 but began dedicating more of his time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2008.


Story 4 

Mum’s iPad stolen while she was saving man’s life

Yahoo reports ~ A Good Samaritan was robbed when she stopped on the side of the road to save an elderly man who had no pulse.

Mother of three Latara Ogle was flagged down by a woman while she was driving in Perth on Wednesday.

Ms Ogle told WA Today she could see the woman was quite distressed and she pulled over to see what was wrong only to find an elderly gentleman who had stopped breathing.

In a statement to Yahoo News Australia, WA Police Force confirmed at 3.15pm on Wednesday, a woman pulled over to assist a man on the side of the road with a medical emergency.

Due to her daughter’s medical condition, Ms Ogle is trained in CPR and was able to revive the man. She is also studying health science at university.

She turned to a bystander and asked them to retrieve a resuscitation mask from her car, but the man never returned with the mask.

After saving the man’s life, Ms Ogle jumped in her car and made her way home.

It wasn’t until later she realised her iPad was missing. While she was performing CPR it was sitting in the passenger seat of her car.

“The car was locked before that, the iPad was in it and when I got home it was gone,” she told 9News.

“Whilst providing medical assistance, the woman asked a male bystander to get a first aid kit out of the glovebox of her vehicle and he didn’t return,” a WA Police Force spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.

“It is unknown if this male went to her vehicle.”

The iPad not only included photos of her children, but her thesis for university, she told WA Today.

Some of the most recent edits were not yet backed up and the device itself is disabled, so it is of no use to the person who took it.

Nine News reported the man who she saved was in a stable condition on Thursday night.

Although Ms Ogle does want her iPad back, she does appreciate there are more important things.

“I think materialistic things can be replaced, but people’s lives, they can’t,” she told Nine News.

“There’s no price on that.”


Story 5 

Australia sues Facebook for $529 billion. That’s more than the government makes in a year.

Mashable reports ~ Facebook is being sued by the Australian government for allegedly violating the country’s privacy laws, with requested damages potentially reaching $529 billion. The Cambridge Analytica data scandal may have been years ago now, but its effects still linger on.

According to the suit filed to the Australian Federal Court on Monday, Facebook violated the privacy of approximately 311,127 Australians by disclosing their personal information to the This is Your Digital Life app between March 2014 and May 2015. The developers of the app sold personal information to Cambridge Analytica, which used it for political profiling.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner alleges that Facebook “failed to take reasonable steps to protect those individuals’ personal information from unauthorised disclosure,” and further disclosed said information for a purpose other than that for which it had been collected. Both are violations of Australia’s Privacy Act 1988.

“We consider the design of the Facebook platform meant that users were unable to exercise reasonable choice and control about how their personal information was disclosed,” Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk said in a press release.

“Facebook’s default settings facilitated the disclosure of personal information, including sensitive information, at the expense of privacy.”

The suit alleged the majority of the affected Australians didn’t actually install the app themselves. Instead, their data was collected after their Facebook friends downloaded the app, giving them no reasonable opportunity to opt out. The OAIC claims only 53 people in Australia downloaded the This is Your Digital Life app.

Each alleged violation carries a maximum penalty of $1.7 million, which is a significant mountain of cash by itself. But when multiplied by the 311,127 cases alleged by the OAIC, it grows to the almost comical sum of $529 billion. For comparison, the Australian government’s total revenue in 2019-20 is estimated to be $513.7 billion.

However, the OAIC told the Australian Financial Review that the court could potentially consolidate all these cases into a single breach, which would reduce potential damages back down to $1.7 million.


Story 6 

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