Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 337

Show 337 – June 1, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael                  


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

A quick shout out to Aussie Steve in Thailand, a long time listener.

Glad to hear your still battling along!

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Sydney’s flagship Apple Store reopened May 28 following renovations

9to5Mac ~ Apple’s flagship store on George St. in Sydney reopens following renovations that began in early January. The store is Apple’s only location in Australia that did not reopen on May 7 after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted temporary store closures across the world.

Apple Sydney closed on January 5 for upgrades to include a Today at Apple Forum with a video wall for creative sessions. While the pandemic has disrupted community events for the foreseeable future, the redesign will be put to good use when live events can begin again. Other changes to the store include new fixtures and design elements like Avenue shelving and a Boardroom. Similar redesigned stores like Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay added indoor trees.

Apple Sydney will operate with limited hours and new safety procedures already witnessed at Australia’s 21 other Apple Store locations. The new measures were documented by Apple in an open letter to customers last week, and we investigated how they compare to other leading retailers.

The reveal of Apple Sydney’s new look will mark its first redesign since opening in 2008. An upgraded store will be an exciting improvement for customers who frequent the flagship location, but keep in mind that social distancing measures and safety precautions are still paramount at this time. You may experience a delay entering the store to browse without an appointment.


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Puppy Scams

ABC’s “Your Money explained” Newsletter we talked about a couple of weeks ago has this tidbit.


If you can’t hug your mum right now, a cuddle with your dog or cat (or rabbit, snake or ferret – your choice!) is a pretty good alternative.


You’ve probably heard that many people have been panic buying pets to help get them through these tough times of social distancing.


And of course, this is great news for pounds and shelters.


But sadly, in the rush to get a pet, many people are falling for puppy scams. 


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says in April, reports of these scams were five times higher than average and collectively people lost nearly $300,000 this year alone.


And the most common breeds? Cavoodles and French bulldogs.  


The scammers typically set up fake websites or ads on online classifieds and social media and take advantage of the fact you can’t travel in person to meet the puppy. 


After insisting on upfront payments via money transfer, the scammer will cease all contact – and the buyer is left with no puppy and less money. ☹ 


If you’re still keen to get a pet, there are some steps you can take to try and protect yourself.


“Research the seller by running an internet search using the exact wording in the ad,” suggests ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard.


“Do a reverse image search for pictures of the specific puppy, as you’re likely to be dealing with a scammer if you find matching images or text on multiple websites.”


Of course, the safest option is to only buy or adopt a pet you can meet in real life (if you can do that and still follow your state’s COVID-19 regulations).


I just hope that all these pets don’t get dumped when life gets back to a more normal routine.


Good Products for when were Stuck Indoors

Apple have another update to Today @ Apple @ Home

This time on the Clips app.

And it is in sign language with Voiceover


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The Gates Foundation bought half a million AAPL shares last quarter

9to5Mac again ~ The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation bought 501,044 shares in Apple during the first quarter of the year, reveals an SEC filing.

The investment will already have been profitable. The exact gain made would depend on when the shares were purchased, as AAPL dropped 15% in the course of the quarter but then gained 25% in value …

That’s a substantial win even if the shares were bought at their Q1 high, and an even bigger one if they were bought close to the low point.


Gaming #1 ~ 

SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit.


This game was FLIPPIN!! ( crabby patty ) AWSOME!!!! 

It feels like it’s 1992 and I’m on my super Nes. 

This is the best game I’ve played so far. 

I know there are some great original games on arcade but this game just took me home.

Chasing coins, beaten up baddies fighting boss!! 

I just need a hyper colour T-shirt, Kappas, and a pair of Rebook pumps.

6 apples out of 5. I haven’t even played this on my Apple TV yet by the way. 


Gaming #2 ~ 

Round guard, 

I have to admit I haven’t had much time to play this game. But what I have it seems like a fun little time waster. On the train or waiting for the bus. 

I’m not going to give it any apples until I’ve played it for a bit longer. 


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Apple orders “Hedy Lamarr,” starring and executive produced by Gal Gadot

Apple has given a straight-to-series order to “Hedy Lamarr,” a new eight-episode limited series starring and executive produced by Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman” franchise), and written and executive produced by Golden Globe Award winner Sarah Treem (“The Affair,” “House of Cards,” “In Treatment”).

Hailed as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Hedy Lamarr was first exalted and iconised, then destroyed and eventually forgotten by American audiences, all the while keeping her brilliant mind active through a series of inventions, one of which became the basis for the spread spectrum technology we use today. The series will follow the incredible life story of the Hollywood glamour girl, spanning 30 years from Hedy’s daring escape from prewar Vienna, to her meteoric rise in the Golden Age of Hollywood, to her fall and eventual disgrace at the dawn of the Cold War. An epic tale of an immigrant woman both ahead of her time and very much a victim to it.

Hedy Lamarr’s children Anthony Loder and Denise Deluca consulting on the series.


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Apple TV+ now includes all classic Fraggle Rock episodes, orders full season reboot

more from 9to5Mac ~ Apple TV+ is said to have bought rights to the full back catalog of Fraggle Rock, comprising about 100 episodes of the live action puppet show originally owned by HBO.

Apple has already funded a short set of ‘Fraggle Rock On’ shorts, and is now taking that relationship further. In addition to the full back catalog of Fraggle Rock, Apple is ordering a season reboot of the show with full-length episodes.

Vulture says the newly-acquired Fraggle Rock episodes will start streaming on Apple TV+ as soon as this week.

The news comes on the heels of Bloomberg reporting that Apple was buying up a back catalog of content to support its previously ‘all originals’ streaming service.

However, Vulture reports that Apple’s programming strategy remains largely unchanged from the all originals premise. Apple is supposedly not looking to buy up reams of content, and is only making select deals where it makes sense — like getting the back catalog of a show when they order a reboot.

Apple TV+ now includes all classic Fraggle Rock episodes, orders full season reboot [update: official]


Entertainment #3 ~ 

GoNoodle for Apple TV, iOS and iPad

GoNoodle provides dance-alongs, yoga videos, mindfulness activities, and other awesomely active and fun ways to move.

Zarn raved about how much fun he and the family are having with this app.


How To #1 ~ 

How to update the firmware on your AirPods

Apple has released a new firmware version for the AirPods Pro. The company doesn’t currently offer a list of changes present in the firmware. It also doesn’t currently provide a way to manually update the firmware on AirPods or AirPods Pro, opting instead for an automatic update process.

But Apple won’t just install the firmware update willy-nilly (if your AirPods died mid-update it could cause all sorts of problems); you’ll need to make sure of the following:

1. Use the AirPods to listen to music or a Podcast for at least 30 seconds.

2. Put the AirPods into the charging case and close the lid. Important: The lid of the AirPods case must be closed during the entire process. If it’s opened at any time, it interrupts the update and it will start over.

3. Use the Lightning cable to connect the charging case to power. Wait 30 minutes.

4. Reconnect the AirPods to the iOS or iPad device that they are paired with.

5. Check the firmware version again. Go to Settings > General > About > AirPods. If the version shown still isn’t the latest version listed above, then repeat these steps.


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Mail Rules

Help Mail help you

Mail rules can handle many of your email messages before you ever see them: automatically file newsletters to read later. Archive messages you don’t need to review but want to keep. All without lifting a finger!

To get started, open the Rules screen of Mail preferences and click Add Rule.

Make the rules

Every Mail rule has two parts: the conditions when the rule should apply and the actions the rule takes.

Create a condition for a particular person (like your boss), only people in your contacts or messages with a PDF attached.

This is the first time I have seen this in the App Store and it is great!!

more ~ Full App Store Preview


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update ~ ‘This App is No Longer Shared’ iOS Bug Preventing Some Apps From Opening 

We reported last week an app bug is causing some iOS users to be unable to open their apps, with affected iPhone and iPad users seeing the message “This app is no longer shared with you” when attempting to access an app.

Forbes reports ~ Apple took action on Sunday, May 24 and as Forbes Contributor Kate O’Flaherty reported, another mysterious set of circumstances arose. Many Apple users suddenly noticed that apps were updating on their iPhone in far larger numbers than usual. Scores, sometimes hundreds of apps were updating at once. That’s only if they had set their device to automatically update apps. Those who didn’t instead saw a clutch of apps suddenly showing as pending.

Essentially, what Apple was doing was the same as those users who had deleted and re-installed the app: the update was over-writing the previous version with no discernible difference or improvement apart from the fact that the clash with the Family Sharing system was now resolved. Not an update, then, more a repeat install.

The cause is still unclear, though as 9to5Mac pointed out, it was likely down to a signing issue which made the apps behave as though they were paid downloads which had suddenly lost the right to be shared.

Now, TechCrunch says that the issue has now been resolved for all affected customers. No more details have been shared, but the fast action was necessary so users didn’t blame the app developers for a problem for which they were blameless.

If you’re still getting the issue and the disturbing “no longer shared” message, the solution is straightforward enough. Go to the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad, tap the Apple ID icon in the top right that leads you to your account and check out if you have any pending updates. Scroll through the list – there may be more than you’d expect.

Then, just click Update All, and you’re golden.


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iPhone 11 now ‘the world’s most popular smartphone’ as it surpasses iPhone XR

9to5Mac ~ New data released by Omdia today says that the iPhone 11 has usurped the crown of being the “world’s most popular smartphone” from the iPhone XR. According to data, Apple shipped 19.5 million iPhone 11 units during the first quarter of this year.

usurped ~ to seize and hold a position, office, power, etc. by force.

The report explains that despite the impact of COVID-19, Q1 2020 iPhone 11 shipments were 6 million units higher than Q1 2019 shipments of the iPhone XR:

iPhone 11 now ‘the world’s most popular smartphone’ as it surpasses iPhone XR


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Grandmother ordered to delete Facebook photos under GDPR, the European Privacy Laws

A woman must delete photographs of her grandchildren that she posted on Facebook and Pinterest without their parents’ permission, a court in the Netherlands has ruled.

It ended up in court after a falling-out between the woman and her daughter.

The judge ruled the matter was within the scope of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

One expert said the ruling reflected the “position that the European Court has taken over many years”.

The case went to court after the woman refused to delete photographs of her grandchildren which she had posted on social media.

The mother of the children had asked several times for the pictures to be deleted.

The GDPR does not apply to the “purely personal” or “household” processing of data.

However, that exemption did not apply because posting photographs on social media made them available to a wider audience, the ruling said.

“With Facebook, it cannot be ruled out that placed photos may be distributed and may end up in the hands of third parties,” it said.

The woman must remove the photos or pay a fine of €50 (£45) for every day that she fails to comply with the order, up to a maximum fine of €1,000.

If she posts more images of the children in the future, she will be fined an extra €50 a day.

“I think the ruling will surprise a lot of people who probably don’t think too much before they tweet or post photos,” said Neil Brown, a technology lawyer at Decoded Legal.

“Irrespective of the legal position, would it be reasonable for the people who’ve posted those photos to think, ‘Well, he or she doesn’t want them out there anymore’?”


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Twitter labels Trump’s tweets with a fact check for the first time

The action comes after years of criticism that social media companies have allowed the president to push misinformation unchecked

Twitter on Tuesday slapped a fact-check label on President Trump’s tweets for the first time, a response to long-standing criticism that the company is too hands-off when it comes to policing misinformation and falsehoods from world leaders.

The move, which escalates tensions between Washington and Silicon Valley in an election year, was made in response to two Trump tweets over the past 24 hours. The tweets falsely claimed that mail-in ballots are fraudulent. Twitter’s label says, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” and redirects users to news articles about Trump’s unsubstantiated claim.

The tweets, said Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough, “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”

The label directs users to articles by CNN, The Washington Post and The Hill, along with selections from the articles and a page summarising the findings of fact-checkers.

Twitter’s action quickly drew backlash from Trump and his supporters. Twitter “is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election,” the president tweeted. “They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and Amazon’s Washington Post.”


For its 14-year existence, Twitter has allowed misinformation by world leaders and everyday citizens to spread virtually unchecked. Its leaders have long said users would engage in debate on the platform and correct false information on their own.

But Trump has made many false claims on social media, particularly on his preferred medium of Twitter, and has also attacked people in ways that critics have argued could violate company policies on harassment and bullying.



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Apple releases macOS Catalina 10.15.5 with new Battery Health Management feature

9to5Mac again ~ Apple last week released macOS Catalina 10.15.5. This update brings a new feature to improve the lifespan of Mac notebook’s battery, besides bug fixes and performance improvements.

The biggest change in macOS 10.15.5 is a new Battery Health Management feature. The goal of the change is to reduce the chemical ageing of a MacBook’s battery and extend its lifespan, but without comprising battery life.

Here’s how Apple describes the feature:

The battery health management feature in macOS 10.15.5 is designed to improve your battery’s lifespan by reducing the rate at which it chemically ages. The feature does this by monitoring your battery’s temperature history and its charging patterns.

Based on the measurements that it collects, battery health management may reduce your battery’s maximum charge when in this mode. This happens as needed to ensure that your battery charges to a level that’s optimised for your usage — reducing wear on the battery, and slowing its chemical ageing.

Today’s update also fixes an issue where large data transfers to RAID volumes could cause Finder to become unresponsive.

Like iOS, a FaceTime Prominence Preference

An option to control automatic prominence on Group FaceTime calls so video tiles do not change size when a participant speaks.


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