Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 350

Show 350 – August 31, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael & Glenn            


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Story 1

Apple wants to stop advertisers from following you around the web. Facebook has other ideas.

Recode reports ~ Apple and Facebook are fighting again. This time it’s about ads and privacy.

Sometime next month, iPhone users will start seeing a new question when they use many of the apps on their devices: Do they want the app to follow them around the internet, tracking their behaviour?

It’s a simple query, with potentially significant consequences. Apple is trying to single-handedly change the way internet advertising works.

That will affect everyone, from Apple’s giant tech rivals — most notably, Facebook, which announced today that it’s fighting back against Apple’s move — to any developer or publisher that uses ad technology to monitor what their app users are doing on the internet.

And it affects you, the person reading this story. At stake is your online privacy — and the advertising system that underwrites an endless supply of free content.

It’s a fascinating battle because there aren’t clear-cut winners and losers. And multiple players have more than one motivation.

        • Apple is in a position to attack intrusive advertising tech because it has consistently argued that it values privacy — and because the company doesn’t have much of an ad business of its own.
        • Facebook and other big ad players make billions of dollars tracing the detailed digital footprints their users leave — but they can also argue that ad money they generate allows people to consume news, entertainment, and the rest of the internet for free.
        • Meanwhile, ordinary internet users may say they value privacy — but it’s unlikely they have any idea how much personal data they give up when they skim a story or click on a link.

The battle may also generate collateral damage, according to one news publisher, who says Apple’s move will cut into its business at a time when it’s already struggling to hang onto any ad revenue it can find.

“It makes it much harder for us to monetise our Apple app users, who are an incredibly loyal readership. And quite frankly, it puts at risk our ability to provide an Apple app,” says Martin Clarke, publisher of DMG Media, which owns the UK’s Daily Mail and other publications; the company says its MailOnline iOS app attracts 1.2 million users per day. 

“There’s no point in providing an app for a platform that monetises less well than other platforms.”


Story 2 ~ 

Apple shares star-studded ‘Worldwide’ video promoting Apple Music

9TO5Mac reports ~ On the heels of launching Apple Music Radio last week, Apple has now shared a star-studded video promoting its streaming music service. The new Apple Music Worldwide video promotes the wide-array of genres and artists available through the service.

The video features a star-studded lineup of artists, including Billie Eilish, Anderson .Paak, Megan Thee Stallion, and others. The video is set to the song “Nvdity Worldwide” by NVDES & Khadyak and even offers a humorous inside look at Zane Lowe’s office.

Apple says:

Apple Music brings you closer than ever to iconic artists, rising stars, new discoveries, and legendary entertainers. An expertly curated, all-access pass to a world of music.

Apple Music lets you listen to millions of songs, online or off, totally ad-free. Plus create and share your own playlists, get exclusive content and personalised recommendations, and stream radio stations with unlimited skips. Listen to your favourite artists 24/7, right at your fingertips.

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Gaming #1 ~ 

So to start with I want to talk about the year past, it’s almost been exactly 12 months to the day. And We have enjoyed every moment.

We have been able to play some fantastic games from arcade, 

on multiple Devices. 

Without losing any saved Data.

We are going to look at some of the great games we have reviewed & played. 


Gaming #2 ~ 

Apple v Epic Games

The Court ruling last week.

So far it is a draw, with more on September 28.

Epic was unable to demonstrate that Apple’s blocking of Fortnite will case irreparable harm as, as the ruling says, “the current predicament appears of Epic’s own making.” Epic was, however, able to demonstrate a “preliminary showing of irreparable harm” related to the revocation of Apple’s developer tools for the Unreal Engine.

Under the terms of the ruling, Apple is temporarily restrained from taking adverse action against Epic Games with respect to restricting, suspending, or terminating any affiliate of Epic Games, such as Epic International, from Apple’s Developer Program, which mean Epic can continue to work on and distribute the Unreal Engine. The restraining order goes into effect immediately and will remain in force until the court issues an order on the motion for preliminary injunction.



Entertainment #1 ~ 

Apple’s breakout hit comedy “Ted Lasso” scores season two pick up

On the heels of the premiere of Apple’s buzzworthy hit series “Ted Lasso,” the acclaimed comedy watched by fans around the world has scored a 10-episode second season set to debut next year.


Entertainment #2 –

Apple TV+ unveils first look at fall slate of new documentary series narrated by Olivia Colman, Tom Hiddleston and Paul Rudd

“Tiny World,” “Becoming You” and “Earth At Night In Colour” to reveal the wonders of the natural world and human development this fall 2020, exclusively on Apple TV+

Apple TV+ today unveiled a first look at a trio of documentary series that celebrate humanity and the wonder of the natural world, premiering globally this fall.

Led by a star-studded lineup of narrators, including Oscar and Golden Globe winner Olivia Colman, Golden Globe winner Tom Hiddleston and Golden Globe nominee Paul Rudd, each new Apple Original will showcase never-before-seen footage, groundbreaking technology and dynamic storytelling.

The new series set to premiere globally in more than 100 countries on Apple TV+ this fall, starting with: Tiny World

Narrated by Paul Rudd, “Tiny World” takes a unique perspective on the natural world, exploring the ingenuity and resilience of the smallest animals on the planet. Brand new camera technology allows us, for the very first time, to see the world through the eyes of the tiniest creatures and witness the extraordinary things they do to survive. “Tiny World” is produced by Plimsoll Productions, and written and executive produced by Tom Hugh Jones. Dr. Martha Holmes and Grant Mansfield also serve as executive producers on behalf of Plimsoll Productions.

The first six episodes of “Tiny World” will make their global debut on Friday, October 2, exclusively on Apple TV+.

Followed by Becoming You then Earth At Night In Colour



Entertainment #3 ~ 

Apple orders “My Kind of Country” competition series from Hello Sunshine, Jason Owen and Izzie Pick Ibarra


Apple has ordered its first competition series, “My Kind of Country,” a groundbreaking global search for unconventional and extraordinary country music talent that will be produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Emmy-nominated Hello Sunshine, Jason Owen and Emmy Award nominee Izzie Pick Ibarra. 

Emmy Award-nominated Adam Blackstone will serve as musical director of the series, which will be executive produced by Done + Dusted.

“My Kind of Country” will revolutionise the music competition genre with a fresh, new documentary sensibility. The hybrid series will break down cultural and musical barriers in the country music space, inviting innovative musicians to unleash their authentic voices and take centre stage. 



Things coming in new OS’ ~ 

Users can now create Shortcuts to switch accounts on Apple TV with iOS 14 and tvOS 14

Again 9TO5Mac ~ Apple announced some great new features for the Shortcuts app with iOS 14, including new trigger types, an Apple Watch app, and a redesigned interface for the iPad. Today, with the sixth beta release of iOS 14, Apple has added a new option in the Shortcuts app that allows Apple TV users to easily switch accounts on tvOS 14.

In order to use the new Shortcuts option, users must have an iPhone or iPad running the latest beta version of iOS 14 and also an Apple TV with the latest beta of tvOS 14.

The “Switch user account” option can be used as part of an automation shortcut, so you can do things like set up your Apple TV to switch accounts at a certain time of day or even associate your account with a command to open an app.

Multi-user support was added last year with tvOS 13, and it allows each user to have their own profile on the same Apple TV. Each profile can be set up with a different Apple ID to provide personal movie and song suggestions.

With tvOS 14, Apple is also introducing enhanced multi-user support for Apple Arcade subscribers. That means each account will have access to its own game progress and achievements, which will be synchronised with other devices registered with the same Apple ID.

MS You will also be able to switch between apps, ie change channels, using Siri voice control or Shortcuts.

Like, Hey lady, change to 9Gem or Hey lady, change to iView


How To #1 ~ 

See your Apple Pay spending history

Did you know you can easily view your Apple Pay spending transactions?

1/ Open the Wallet app

Not just Double Tap

2/ Tap the Card in question

If you have multiple cards

3/ Seems to go back about a week


Story 3 ~ 

NSW pledges AU$60m to create cyber ‘army’

ZDNet reports ~ The New South Wales government has announced an investment into the state’s cybersecurity capabilities, hoping to use AU$60 million to create an “army” of cyber experts.

With the funding to be spread over three years, Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the creation of a cyber army would see the scope of Cyber Security NSW broadened to incorporate small agencies and councils.

Cyber Security NSW was started in mid-2019 to consolidate and lift the cyber capability of state entities.

“The AU$60 million is not only a four-fold increase in spending on cybersecurity but allows Cyber Security NSW to quadruple the size of its team in the battle against cyber-crime,” Dominello said.

“Cyber Security NSW will train the next generation of cybersecurity experts and ensure there is a cross-government coordinated response, including advance threat intelligence sharing, cybersecurity training, and capability development.”

The funding was made available through a AU$240 million commitment made in June to improve NSW’s cybersecurity capabilities, which included investments towards protecting existing systems, deploying new technologies, and increasing the cyber workforce.

Under that commitment, Dominello previously announced starting a cybersecurity vulnerability management centre in Bathurst, 200km west of Sydney.



Good Things for when were Stuck Indoors


Story 4 ~

Final Cut Pro X updated with significant workflow improvements

Last week Apple is updated Final Cut Pro X with powerful new features designed to enhance remote workflows and speed up editing for content creators.

Improvements in creating and managing proxy media provide editors with portability and performance when working with large resolution formats, or when collaborating remotely.

New social media tools automate video cropping in square, vertical, and other custom sizes for popular social media platforms, and new workflow improvements enhance the versatility and performance of Final Cut Pro — making the Mac stronger than ever for all video editors and motion graphics artists.



Story 5 ~ 

Microsoft once owned a chunk of Apple, here’s what it would have been worth today

This little Tid Bit from The Next Web ~ Back in 1997, Apple wasn’t as shiny as we know it today. It was actually a little bit rotten.

It was the year they asked Steve Jobs to return to save the company, as it was struggling to keep up with the competition, Microsoft in particular. In just two years, its sales had fallen from $11 billion to just $7 billion.

To survive, the company had to determine what its core assets were, where it was most relevant, and what it should focus on more. And it had to forge new partnerships, even if that meant cutting a deal with the ‘devil.’ And so, in that year, out of all companies, it was its biggest competitor Microsoft that threw out a lifeline.

So, what ever happened to Microsoft’s $150 million worth of Apple shares?

Well, as of the terms of the deal, Microsoft had to hold on to the shares for at least three years. Then, in 2002, it started selling its Apple stock again, and got rid of its entire stake by the middle of 2003. In total, it netted Microsoft around $550 million. That’s a healthy 260% gain in just six years.

But what if Microsoft kept its Apple stock till today?

Microsoft held approximately 18.1 million shares in Apple at the time it started selling them. 

Since then, multiple stock splits have taken place: one on a 2-for-1 basis on February 28, 2005, and one on a 7-for-1 basis on June 9, 2014.

This means those 18.1 million shares would have been 253.4 million shares as of today. 

Multiply that by the current stock price of $503,43, and the result is a whopping $127.5 billion stake.

That’s 5.9% of Apple’s total value, a market capitalisation of $2.1 trillion.

So there you have it. Microsoft’s $150 million would’ve been worth 850 times more today.



Story 6 ~ 

Tim Cook receives $278M stock payout, donates $5M of it to charity

MS Glenn,Tim is slowly catching up to you!

9TO5Mac again ~ Tim Cook received his annual stock payout yesterday, the value of which is based on both continued service as CEO and the performance of AAPL against comparable stocks.

With AAPL trading at record highs, that entitled him to 560,000 shares with a value yesterday of around $278M …

Cook will receive 560,000 shares […] worth a combined US$278.6 million as of Friday’s close — his annual haul from an award he got nine years ago after succeeding Steve Jobs.

It’s the latest in a string of victories for Cook, who was named chief executive officer of the iPhone-maker nine years ago. In late July, the company reported a record third quarter. The firm’s stock soared, pushing his net worth above US$1 billion less than two weeks later. And, last week, Apple’s market value eclipsed US$2 trillion […]

His annual payouts are partly tied to continued service, while the remainder pays out in relation to how well Apple’s stock does relative to other companies in the S&P 500 index over three years.

As of Friday, the company’s return over that period, including reinvested dividends, was roughly 225 per cent, better than the vast majority of firms in the index, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.




Wearable fitness devices deliver early warning of possible COVID-19 infection

So far 1 study has found that a wearable like a Fitbit or Apple Watch can detect whether you have COVID 1 day prior to the symptoms that cause you to be told to go for a test.

It has to do with resting heart rate, etc.

This has proven to be 75% accurate.

So some good news looking towards the future!


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