Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 332

Show 332 – April 27, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Again this week a VERY BIG THANK YOU to all the people around Australia and the globe keeping us going!!!

Don’t forget to say Thank You to the cleaners and the Posties and the delivery guys just to name a few!

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Congratulations to on their 15th Anniversary 

To give you a little background, quoting Leo

Fifteen years ago, I Skyped three of my good friends — all former co-workers at TechTV — to shoot the breeze.

We decided to start a new show “The Revenge of the Screen Savers” – with the unfortunate acronym of TROTSS – but the new owners of TechTV didn’t like that much, so the show became the first of 767 This Week In Tech episodes, and TWiT was born. Another great acronym.

Podcasting was only a few months old. None of us really knew what to call what we were doing. Mostly it was just a chat between friends. And it still is. The audio quality is better these days, we’re in a bigger studio, we have video now, and our shows are a little bit longer, but the friendship and tech lives on.

Leo Laporte and his team deserve a Big Thanks


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Apple Music now available in your browser

So for some reason you have an Android phone or a Windows or Unix computer.

No worries Apple Music is there for you!!

Just out of beta and waiting to give you listening pleasure!

Also sneaking in is an app for Samsung Smart TVs



Good Products for when were Stuck Indoors


Gaming #1 ~ Pic Outlanders 

Pomelo games are the ones responsible for this little gem. 

If you liked FarmVille and Simms then think about putting those two together. 

Put some lovely relaxing music to it and give it that caring you’re part of the family Apple feels. 

I’m a huge fan of these sim like games and this one is no exception. 

Playability is off the scale

You could get lost in this virus free existence. building your own huts, growing your own food. Sharing this life with the rest of the little community. 

Pomelo I think you have done a fantastic job with this game. 3.8 apples. 

I just want to add there is no design aspect to the houses or buildings. 

But you do get to place them where you want. 

Colour is also missing. Graphics are adorably simple but are still simple. On that note it is a keeper so that’s the third game out of all the ones I’ve reviewed to stay in my play list. 


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I want to start by saying don’t forget we have Australias ABC iView or Ten Play or 7 or 9 or SBS for great free streaming.

Netflix has uploaded a handful of its documentary series, shorts, and feature films free, and accessing them is as simply as opening the YouTube app on your phone.

Now Home on Apple TV+

A new documentary series that offers viewers a never-before-seen look inside the world’s most innovative homes. Each episode in the nine-episode first season unveils the boundary-pushing imagination of the visionaries who dared to dream and build them.

This documentary series on Homes is interesting. The first episode is on a house inside a greenhouse in Sweden. Which is not uncommon it appears in the very northern hemisphere. But the story is about what makes a house a home.

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Fraggle Rock: Rock On!

We all remember Fraggle Rock from earlier times. Its Back Baby.

The beloved stars of the classic ’80s series — Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and Uncle Traveling Matt — join together again for new stories and classic Fraggle songs that show everyone how we are all connected through friendship. 

While the Fraggles might be in different parts of the Fraggle Rock caves, they can still find ways to have fun together, with music, silliness, special guests, and of course the help of devices created by the industrious Doozers — lovingly called the Doozertubes!

In accordance with the Covid-19 “Safer at Home” guidelines, “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” is all shot on iPhone 11 phones from the homes of the production team and individual artists from all over the US. New mini-episodes premiere globally for free on Apple TV+, every Tuesday.

Get that, for free


Entertainment #3 ~ Pic

Trying on Apple TV+

All Jason and Nikki want is a baby. But it’s the one thing they just can’t have.

Starring Rafe Spall and Esther Smith, “Trying” is a new comedy series about growing up, settling down and finding someone to love.

BAFTA Award winner Imelda Staunton also stars. The series, featuring eight half-hour episodes, hails from BBC Studios and is written by Andy Wolton.

MS I love British Humour and Drama so am really looking forward to this show starting May 2 Australian time



How To #1

How to turn your iPhone into a web cam for Zoom, Skype, Hangouts, and more

Now that a lot of people are working from home, more people need to use their webcams during meetings, conferences, or even just to chat with friends and family. While programs like Skype, Google Meet, Zoom, and others are great for connecting, the built-in webcam on your laptop might be lacking a good picture.

You could always get a dedicated external webcam. Still, if you don’t want to shell out any money or use up a precious port on your computer, with the help of EpocCam Webcam for Mac and PC and a little know-how, you can use your iPhone as a webcam.

There are a few different steps you’ll need to go through on both your iPhone and your Mac before you’ll be ready to load up your favourite video conferencing software. Plus, you need to ensure your iPhone and your Mac or both on the same Wi-Fi network before you get started.

Upgrade the app for additional features

While you can use the free version of EpocCam (as I did above), it does have its limitations. The free version has ads, only shoots in 720p, and only uses video from your iPhone.

If you want to dish out US$7.99 for the upgraded version of EpocCam, you’ll be able to replace the background, remove the ads, shoot in full HD (1080p), and use the audio from your iPhone as well.

Follow the steps here


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Triple Eight Racing Ventilator reports ~ Supercars team Triple Eight Race Engineering has revealed the second iteration of its emergency medical ventilator prototype.

The team has also released a behind-the-scenes mini-documentary detailing the development of the ventilator, dubbed The Conrod Project.

After the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, the team refocused its efforts into designing and prototyping an emergency ventilator.

Triple Eight Race Engineering team owner Roland Dane challenged his engineers to prototype a fully functioning emergency ventilator, which was revealed in late March.

Since then the team has developed a new version of the fully-functioning prototype that could go into production.

The project has been supported by Queensland-based cooling solutions and manufacturing outfit PWR.

The second prototype is a significant step forward on the first version and is built to the latest requirements published by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

The TGA is a division of the Australian Department of Health that regulates goods to an acceptable standard.

Whilst not a requirement of the ventilator guidelines set by the TGA, the updated prototype features a large display that shows data in real-time.

It also features race-inspired functionality with the addition of 4G transmitted telemetry.

Much like the team’s telemetry systems used in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, data can be monitored in real-time and downloaded for analysis by medical professionals.

Triple Eight Race Engineering team manager Mark Dutto said the telemetry and alarm system allows for easier monitoring of patients.

“When we first looked at The Conrod Project and spoke with doctors, their initial worry in Australia was not a lack of ventilators but a lack of staff to operate the ventilators,” said Dutton.

“We’ve tackled that by installing onboard telemetry, like the race cars, so that means one specialist can be monitoring as many patients as they feel comfortable, whether that’s 10, 50 or 100.

“With the onboard alarms they can then direct the attention to the patient that needs it.

“Today’s ICU ventilators have big graphical screens to display information, which is not in the

document from the government,” Dutton said of the TGA guidelines.

“But when we spoke to doctors and ICU specialists, it was clear this was something we should incorporate so that we can aid medical professionals to deliver the best care for the patients.

“On top of that, it became apparent that it’s essential to have a machine that can automatically respond to the patient’s own breathing inputs and react to those positively.

“Achieving these and other goals for our machine has been a huge challenge but really satisfying.” 

read the whole story at

Triple Eight Race Engineering reveals updated ventilator

watch the mini doco


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iOS vulnerability let hackers attack devices through Mail app

San Francisco-based cybersecurity company ZecOps says that iPhones and iPads may be vulnerable to a flaw involving the Mail app, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Unlike most email-based phone hacks, which involve making someone click a link or visit a website, this exploit does not require victims to do anything other than download (although not necessarily open) an email. It nonetheless could let hackers install malicious software on their devices.

A ZecOps blog post on the topic says that the vulnerability has existed in Apple’s mobile software as far back as iOS 6

How to disable iOS & iPad OS mail app


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Australian COVIDSafe app

The Australian COVIDSafe app was released last night.

I have installed it and asked my family to install it. And I ask you to install it.

All the screen shots at our Aussie Mac Zone Apple News page, if you want to see without downloading or going through the process


Lastly there are more How to videos up on Apples Today at Apple at Home site we talked about last week

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