Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 334

Show 334 – May 11, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Welcome back to the Apple staff that have returned to the stores last week 

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Please help your Friends and Family avoid Scam

I got an Australian Government Services Australia form to fill out.

Subsidy benefit allocation

It asked for

Name, Address, DOB, Tax File Number, Complete Address, Notice of Assessment, Superannuation Fund Details.

Also copy of Valid Drivers License or Passport and a Clear copy of your Medicare Card.

That means they get your $10 grand Super withdrawn NOT you or your friend or Family member.

It is up to us to KEEP REMINDING them!!!!


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Apple to host virtual Worldwide Developers Conference beginning 22 June

Also Submissions for the Swift Student Challenge Are Now Open Through 17 May PDT

Apple Press tells us ~ Apple last Wednesday announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference virtually, beginning 22 June, in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website for free for all developers. 

The company also announced the Swift Student Challenge, an opportunity for student developers to showcase their love of coding by creating their own Swift playground. Now in its 31st year, WWDC20 will be an opportunity for millions of creative and innovative developers around the world to get early access to the future of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and to learn from Apple engineers as they work to build app experiences that enrich the lives of Apple customers around the globe.

“WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way for a week in June to learn about the future of Apple platforms,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. 

“We can’t wait to meet online in June with the global developer community and share with them all of the new tools we’ve been working on to help them create even more incredible apps and services. We look forward to sharing more details about WWDC20 with everyone as we get closer to this exciting event.”

“Students are an integral part of the Apple developer community, and last year WWDC saw attendance from more than 350 student developers spanning 37 different countries,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “As we look forward to WWDC20, although our gathering will be virtual this year, we want to recognise and celebrate the creative contributions of our young developers from around the world.

We can’t wait to see this next generation of innovative thinkers turn their ideas into a reality through the Swift Student Challenge.”

Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app for iPad and Mac that makes learning the Swift programming language interactive and fun. Now through 11:59 p.m. US PDT on 17 May, student developers from all over the world can submit to the Swift Student Challenge by creating an interactive scene in a Swift playground that can be experienced within three minutes. Winners will receive an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and pin set. For more information, visit

Developers are encouraged to download the Apple Developer app, formerly the WWDC app, where additional WWDC20 program information — including keynote and Platforms State of the Union details, session and lab schedules, and more — will be shared in June. Information will also be made available on the Apple Developer website and by email.


Gaming #1 ~


So we are back and talking about Neversong.

Serenity Forge quickly responded to the problems brought to their attention and gave us the game we wanted to play. Congratulations to Serenity Forge for a such quick response.

Now game play is awesome the sound and music / voices are great and visually it is stunning.

This game is getting 4.3 Apples. 


Apple Arcade’s new Neversong game was inspired by developer’s near-death experience. reminds us ~ “The goal of the game is to make sure you know that you are valuable and loved,” studio founder Zhenghua Yang said.

For Yang, Neversong is more than just a game: It’s based on a true story. While in college, an illness made his platelet count drop drastically, and doctors all but gave up hope. But Yang miraculously survived. While he recovered for two years in a hospital, he battled loneliness — losing contact with his friends and being away from college.

To cope, he turned to video games like League of Legends and Final Fantasy. There, Yang found a whole new support community online. 

The friends Yang made through video games while recovering are still in his life today. He still chats with many of them on Facebook and when playing video games, and a few attended his wedding two years ago. 

After he healed and went back to his normal life, he couldn’t stop thinking about the role video games had played in his recovery. Yang said he believes video games are no longer just distractions for kids, but can inspire and teach practical skills to people of all ages. 

“They can advance science. They can heal trauma. They can solve conflicts,” he said. 


Gaming #2 ~ 

This Neat Trick Lets You Play Google Stadia On An iPad

Reported by ~ Google Stadia is now free for everyone, but there are still strict limits on the devices you’re allowed to use Google’s games streaming service with. Apple iPhones and iPads remain officially off limits, but a clever workaround allows you to play Stadia games completely wirelessly on an iPad, using the Stadia controller.

Earlier this week, Google finally delivered on one of its pre-launch promises, namely the ability to use the Stadia controller wirelessly with any computer.

That facility, combined with Apple’s Sidecar technology, means Mac owners can now play Stadia on an iPad with the wireless controller, as first spotted by alochner on Reddit.

Sidecar allows Mac owners to use their iPad as a secondary display. If you drag the Chrome browser window onto the iPad and maximise the browser window, you have full-screen Stadia on your iPad – albeit one with black bars at the top and bottom of the display, as the iPad’s aspect ratio doesn’t neatly fit with most games.

You might imagine the latency caused by using a cloud gaming service on a wireless display with a wireless controller would be chronic, but in my tests with a 2018 iPad Pro it worked remarkably smoothly in even fast-moving racing games such as DIRT. It would be a brave choice for games where latency is absolutely critical, such as Destiny 2, but for most games the lag would barely be noticeable.

The bigger question is: why? Why use an iPad’s display when you’ve surely got a bigger Mac display to hand? Well, if that Mac is fixed to a desk, for example, you might want to enjoy a more leisurely gaming session with the iPad on the sofa.

Perhaps more importantly, it’s a proof of concept that Stadia works smoothly on the iPad, begging the question: how long will it be before Stadia is officially supported on Apple’s mobile devices? To be clear, there is already a Stadia app for iOS, but it’s only a store front, you cannot play games via the app.

Google has begun broadening the number of mobile devices that are Stadia compatible, although adding iOS support is likely to be more of a political problem than a technical one. Will Apple demand a cut on any games Stadia players purchase via an iOS device, for instance? That’s a cut Google is unlikely to want to hand to a rival.

However, the presence of rival streaming games services such as Shadow in the App Store will give Stadia players hope that full iOS/iPadOS support is not a pipe dream.


How To #1

How to Stop MacOS Catalina Showing in Software Update on Mac

      1. Quit out of System Preferences
      2. Launch the Terminal application on the Mac, found in /Applications/Utilities/ folder
      3. Enter the following command at the Terminal command line:
        sudo softwareupdate –ignore “MacOS Catalina”
      4. Hit return then enter the admin password * and hit return again to execute the command with super user privileges
      5. Re-open System Preferences, the “MacOS Catalina” update will no longer show as available.

Now MacOS Catalina update will remain hidden from Software Update on the Mac until this setting has been changed, which we’ll discuss further below.

With MacOS Catalina no longer taking up the primary “Software Update” screen, you’ll continue to be informed of incoming software updates for Security Updates, Safari Updates, iTunes updates, and any other software releases for the currently running MacOS version.

If you have ignored the MacOS Catalina upgrade you can also continue to selectively install specific software updates via Mac Software Update.

Any future software updates that are not Catalina will continue to be available, or install automatically if you have that feature enabled.

MS Now when I did this the Red1 circle remained on the System Preferences in the Dock. 

Follow the steps, with images, here


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How to Enable Startup Boot Sound Chime on Newer Macs

Want to re-enable the startup boot chime sound effect on a new Mac? You can do that with a command line string entered into the Macs Terminal. As you may know, new Macs default to not making a startup boot chime sound effect, this is in contrast to every prior Mac model which included a boot sound effect.

  1. Open the “Terminal” application on the Mac through Spotlight, Launchpad, or the Utilities folder
  2. At the command line prompt, enter the following:
    sudo nvram StartupMute=%00
  3. Hit the Return key to execute the command, then provide admin credentials when requested as necessary to use sudo
  4. Enable the boot chime on newer Macs with a terminal command
  5. To confirm the startup boot chime is working, restart the Mac as usual or turn it on from an off state

Follow the steps, with images, here


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ABC Australia “Your Money Explained” newsletter

Helping you to navigate the coronavirus financial crisis

Welcome to the ABC’s new newsletter all about money: We’re here to help

It’s fair to say that 2020 will go down in history for millions of Australians as a huge blow to our personal and collective financial security.

We understand this is a frightening and uncertain time for most of us when it comes to money, so we’re here to help you get through this.

This newsletter is aimed at helping you and your loved ones with all aspects of managing your money right now, as well as in the months and years ahead.

Each edition of this newsletter will be packed with timely, practical stories from our experienced economics and finance reporters across the ABC and include plenty of information from experts.
We’re also taking your questions.

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Please tell us what you need to know about managing your money and we’ll do our best to help: just visit and use the form to submit your question.

In the meantime, hang in there and keep in touch,

Emily Stewart (aka “Sensible Emily”)


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Apple releases support advice for AirPods Pro users with crackling audio and noise cancellation issues

9to5Mac reports ~ There has been a recent upswell in complaints from AirPods Pro owners that their earphones aren’t quite working as well as they did when they first got them. One such issue making waves on the Apple forums is that users are noticing crackling noises coming from their earbuds.

This week, Apple has released a couple of support articles that specifically mention troubleshooting steps to try, for users experiencing issues with Active Noise Cancellation or if they are hearing crackling/static noises.


If you are having issues with your AirPods Pro, try these remedies first. If the product continues to misbehave, we recommend contacting Apple Support online and pursuing device repair / replacement. The AirPods Pro launched in October 2019 and are therefore still covered under Apple’s manufacturer warranty.

In the first support article, Apple suggests steps if your AirPods Pro are making crackling or static sounds. Firstly, you should check that your connected iOS device or Mac is up to date.

Apple recently released new firmware for the AirPods Pro themselves, which will be automatically downloaded and installed when the AirPods are left connected to an Apple product for a little while.

Then, Apple suggests isolating problems relating to audio interference in the environment and trying out a different audio app. If problems persist, Apple says to contact their support teams — especially if the issues arise in “loud environments, with exercise, or while talking on the phone”. Based on the forum replies, Apple Support is liberally sending out replacement AirPod units which do not exhibit the issue.

For Active Noise Cancellation assistance, Apple again recommends updating your operating system to the latest version. Then, clean the mesh on the top of the AirPods Pro using a dry cotton swab. Apple says noise cancellation performance can be impacted if the mesh gets gummed up with earwax or other debris.

The cleaning steps should be useful if you have noticed a loss of bass response, or an increase in the amount of background noise (e.g. airplane sounds) that the Active Noise Cancellation setting fails to remove. If you clean the product and you still think you are experiencing worse than normal ANC, contact Apple Support.


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Samsung Confirms Critical Security Issue For Millions: Every Galaxy After 2014 Affected again ~ The monthly security updates from Samsung have started rolling out. If you own a Samsung smartphone that was sold from late 2014 onward, you’d better hope that update hits your device soon. Why so? Only the small matter of a “perfect 10” critical security vulnerability that can enable arbitrary remote code execution (RCE) if exploited. Oh yes, and that arbitrary RCE can happen without any user interaction needed, as this is a “zero-click” vulnerability. And if you think that sounds pretty serious, and it is, there’s more to come: the vulnerability affects every Galaxy smartphone that Samsung has made from late 2014 onward.

This is not a pick on Samsung message. This is so you can warn your friends that have a Samsung.–2014-affected/#bf37b773af71


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Zoom finally solves ‘Zoombombing’ issue — adds killer new feature for pros reports ~ We are about a third of the way through Zoom’s 90-day feature freeze, implemented to enhance the security and privacy of the service. The 5.0 update released at the end of April took some major strides in that regard, but the service still have a ways to go to clear up every concern.

Zoom announced today that a May 9 update will enable a number of features to help free account users combat “Zoombombing” and, even more surprising given the aforementioned feature freeze, the service is adding a new transcription tool, according to TechRadar.

Zoom May 9 Security Update

Let’s tackle the security feature update first, as the offensive and troubling drop-ins to Zoom calls, called “Zoombombing,” have been one of the more attention-grabbing problems for the video chat service of late. They’ve especially caused problems with so many schools turning to it as the best video conferencing app solution for teachers to keep in contact with students.

What Zoom is implementing on May 9 is simply defaulting free or basic accounts to security features that were previously available. The primary example is requiring passwords for all meetings, but it is also instituting waiting rooms and host-only screen sharing as the default as well. As “Zoombombing” appears to be mostly people simply taking advantage of the relatively predictable room codes, these steps should largely eliminate it.

Zoom transcription

So what’s the explanation for the new feature during the supposed feature freeze? This is actually an integration with an existing service called, which allows users to transcribe meetings in real-time.

So in order to make use of the functionality in Zoom, you will need both a subscription to Zoom Pro or higher as well as a subscription to Otter for Teams.

In your Zoom meeting, you will now see an “ Live Transcript” button in your chat window. Clicking it will take you over to a Live Video Meeting Notes page on the website where you can view, highlight, comment and add photos to the live meeting transcription, which can be shared with others.

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