Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 352

Show 352 – September 14, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Michael                 


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Story 1

My Apple Watch saved my life: 5 people share their stories

Cnet reported ~ With its fall detection feature, heart rate notifications, exercise tracking and even the ability to make a call from your wrist, the Apple Watch has made a mark in each one of these stories.

No one noticed Toralv Østvang fall and hit his head on the bathroom floor that night, except for his Apple Watch.

Kacie Anderson used her watch to get out of her car after a near fatal accident left her and her 9-month-old baby trapped inside.

The only warning sign Heather Hendershot had that something was seriously wrong with her body came from her wrist.

These stories and more have one common thread. In September of 2014, when Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the first Apple Watch, he didn’t exaggerate when he said it was the most personal device the company had ever created.

Since its launch, the Apple Watch has become a fitness coach, a health monitor and a constant way to stay connected (Apple is rumoured to be unveiling the Apple Watch Series 6 very soon). And for some users, it has been much more.

read their individual stories


Story 2 ~ 

Apple have announced an event for September 16 Australian Time

Starting at 3.00 a.m. Sydney time.

Whats actually going to be discussed. Very few actually know. But supposedly not the new iPhones.

The timing of the next event / release will be interesting with the US Presidential election coming up and that will be getting heaps of air time before and after the actual election with rumours the current president may not step down if out voted!

So how Apple slips its products out and gets the reporting it expects will be interesting.



Gaming #1 ~ pic

As expected, the Company of Heroes iPhone app is now available. It follows the release of the iPad version earlier this year.

9TO5Mac reports ~ The WWII strategy game runs on the iPhone 6S and later …

The app costs AU$21.99, with all subsequent downloadable content included. These include extra missions and maps. 

As always with Feral games, the iPhone app is free if you already own the iPad one. A separate Android version is available for selected smartphones.

Feral Interactive says that Company of Heroes is a fast-moving tactical combat game, and that the mobile version is faithful to the original desktop one, with ‘no compromises’ in adapting it for the small screen.

Company of Heroes is the critically acclaimed and enduringly popular World War II game that redefined real-time strategy with a compelling combination of fast-moving campaigns, dynamic combat environments, and advanced squad-based tactics.

Command two crack companies of American soldiers and direct an intense campaign in the European Theater of Operations starting with the D-Day Invasion of Normandy.

Tailored to and optimised for iPad, Company of Heroes features an intuitive user interface for rapid execution of advanced real-time tactics in the heat of battle.

Direct squads of US troops against the mighty German Wehrmacht through 15 gritty missions based on some of the most challenging fighting of World War II.

Destructible environments let you exploit the battlefield to your best advantage.

Company of Heroes offers players an epic WWII campaign, with gameplay comprised of intense squad-based battles that progress from the D-Day landings through to the liberation of Normandy. Designed for phones, this version of the game allows mobile gamers to direct all the action from a user interface highly tailored to touch controls. 




MS Still enjoying Ted Lasso


Things coming in new OS’ ~ Pic S0

iOS 14: How to use burst mode with your iPhone volume button

9TO5Mac tells us ~ Apple changed how burst mode works with the iPhone 11 cameras in iOS 13 that made things a bit more complicated. With iOS 14, there’s a new option to make things simpler and faster to access the feature. Follow along for how to use burst mode with the iPhone volume button.

iOS 13 brought a host of new camera features along with the new camera hardware with the iPhone 11 lineup. However, as Apple figured out how to implement all the new features, the very well-known press and hold of the on-screen shutter button or one of the physical volume buttons for burst mode was gone as the QuickTake video feature replaced those methods.

Now with iOS 14, Apple has brought back an option to enable the iPhone volume up button to act as a Burst Mode shutter button.

how to


Things coming in new OS’ ~ 

iOS 14: How to set Google Chrome as your default browser on iPhone

9TO5Mac tells us ~ iOS 14 allows for third-party web browsers and email clients to become the default, so if you really don’t like Safari and Apple Mail, you now have other options.

With the latest update to Google Chrome, now available on the App Store, you can change your default browser from Safari to Google Chrome, on iPhone and iPad. Here’s how to do it ….

With iOS 14, Apple has added system support for third-party web browsers and email apps. In the future, they may open even more categories.

The default web browser will be used when tapping on a link in any application. Until iOS 14, you could have an alternative browser like Google Chrome but link actions would always open in Safari.

      • Download the latest version of Google Chrome from the App Store.
      • Open the Settings app and open the settings page for Google Chrome.
      • Tap ‘Default Browser App’.
      • Tap ‘Chrome’.

how to


How To #1 ~ 

Google Maps is back on Apple Watch — how to get it now

Tom’s guide tells us ~ Google Maps is once again usable on Apple’s wearables.

The return to watchOS was announced on August 10 in a Google blog post, along with new interaction with CarPlay.

However, as 9to5Google observed, the rollout of Google Maps for Apple Watch has only begun alongside the release of Google Maps iOS app’s version 5.52

You need to have the main app updated before you can use the watchOS version of Google Maps.

You also need an Apple Watch running watchOS 5 or later, meaning that original Apple Watch users are left out in the cold.



Story 3 ~ 

IBM back pays AU$12m to over 1,600 Australian employees

After Big Blue entered into an enforceable undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Individual back-payments range from less than AU$1 to over AU$145,000. IBM Australia told ZDNet that many of the payments were less than AU$1,000 and related mainly to motor vehicle usage. 

Further underpayments to be made are expected by the FWO to be “significant in size”. The ombudsman said the enforceable undertaking requires IBM to calculate and pay outstanding amounts to every affected employee by 16 October 2020.

“Under the enforceable undertaking, IBM has committed to stringent measures to comply with the law and protect its workforce. This includes engaging, at its own cost, an expert auditing firm to conduct an independent assessment of the outcomes of its rectification program and to audit its compliance with workplace laws over the next two to three years,” ombudsman Sandra Parker said.

“This matter serves as a warning to all employers that if you don’t prioritise workplace compliance, you risk underpaying staff on a large scale. Any employers who need help meeting their lawful workplace obligations should contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for free advice.”

The undertaking, which Parker labelled “appropriate”, commits IBM to make two contrition payments to the Commonwealth’s Consolidated Revenue Fund by 27 November 2020. In total, the two contrition payments will be equal to 5.25% of the underpayments IBM identifies for all employees.



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