Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 357

Show 357 – October 19, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

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MS Apple has started shipping iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders ahead of Friday release

9TO5Mac reports ~ The first iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders have started shipping out to early buyers. As usual, this doesn’t mean you should expect your iPhone 12 order to arrive any earlier than the October 23 release date.


Apple begins shipping first iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro pre-orders ahead of Friday release


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ZK If Facebook and Google limit services in Australia, could the ABC run a social network?

The Guardian reports ~ A new paper suggests a publicly funded replacement could be form part of the government’s response if the tech giants limit access.

A publicly funded social network run by the ABC has been proposed as one possible response if Facebook and Google limit services in Australia when the mandatory news code becomes law this year.

Facebook has warned it will block Australians from sharing news if the landmark plan to make digital platforms pay for news content becomes law.

Google has been running a public campaign against the code and launched an international campaign targeting YouTube users when the government announced it would force the company to pay news publishers for content.

Google’s public campaign has included videos using a comedian in an attempt to simplify the issues.


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MS Sony cameras gain Mac webcam support with Imaging Edge software

9TO5Mac reports ~ This year we’ve seen a host of camera manufacturers release support for using their hardware as a Mac webcam. Now Sony is the latest to debut support.

So far we’ve seen Mac webcam software arrive from Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, and also the handy Reincubate Camo that lets you use your iPhone as your Mac’s camera. Thats what I’m is using tonight with my iPhone 11.

It’s of course a handy way to improve your Mac’s camera for video calls without having to buy a dedicated webcam with prices going up to $200 for 4K ones.

After previously launching for Windows in August, Sony has joined the Mac party today (via MacRumors) making its Imaging Edge Webcam software available for Apple’s desktops and notebooks

The Imaging Edge Webcam software for Mac supports over 30 of Sony’s cameras. It requires at least macOS 10.13 and supports macOS Catalina (10.15) but notably doesn’t mention compatibility with macOS Big Sur for now.



Gaming #1 ~

No Way Home

So a cartoon try shooter game based in the future when a ship gets lost in space and want to get home to earth as soon as they can find their way.

I haven’t played any of the space fighter games apple had to offer and now I don’t know why? 

What a fun game the interactive part of the game is funny and delightful. 

I really thing apple are trying their hardest to get not the market full time. 

This wasn’t just a half baked idea they had think they just might make it. 

Every game I have played so far has been well thought out well animated funny friendly and aimed at all ages. I can’t speak highly en about this platform. 


Entertainment #1 ~

MS On the Rocks to debut this Friday October 23

I know we have mentioned this previously BUT it is on from Friday, and has Bill Murray!

The story ~ 

A young New York mother faced with sudden doubts about her marriage teams up with her larger-than-life playboy father to tail her husband. What follows is a sparkling comic adventure across the city – drawing father and daughter closer together despite one detour after another.

Acclaimed filmmaker Sofia Coppola brings a light touch to this blend of an exuberant love letter to New York, a generation-clash comedy about how we see relationships differently from our parents, and a funny celebration of the complications that bind modern families even as they tie us in crazy knots.

Laura (Rashida Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new co-worker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Bill Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship.


Entertainment #2 –

Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You to debut October 23

“Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You” captures Bruce Springsteen recording his new album “Letter To You” live with the full E Street Band, and includes final take performances of 10 originals from the new record.

The feature-length vérité documentary features full performances from the E Street Band, in-studio footage, never-before-seen archival material, and a deeper look into “Letter To You” from Springsteen himself.

Written by Springsteen and directed by his frequent collaborator Thom Zimny, the film is a tribute to the E Street Band, to rock music itself, and to the role it has played in Springsteen’s life.


Things here in the new OS’ ~ 

MS How to use Back Tap to trigger specific actions on your iPhone

TechRepublic reminds us ~ By tapping the back of your iPhone two or three times, you can launch different actions and commands when running iOS 14 or higher.

Normally you perform specific actions on an iPhone by pressing physical buttons or tapping the front screen. But with iOS 14, Apple has introduced a new and innovative way to trigger an action, command, or shortcut just by tapping the back of your phone.

You can now set your iPhone to react to a double or triple tap on its back. That tapping can lead to a variety of actions, such as opening the Home screen, taking a screenshot, muting your phone, or calling upon Siri.

It can also turn on certain accessibility features, such as the Magnifier or Voice Control. And it can enable any Siri Shortcut you’ve created on your iPhone. The back tapping is sensitive enough that it even works through a case.

how to in the show notes


How To #1 ~ 

ZK How to Use Effect Suggestions in the Photos App in iOS 14

iPhone Life tells us ~ In iOS 14, the Photos App has some great new features. One of the new features is Effect Suggestions, and it uses intelligent suggestions to improve the quality of the photos you took with the iPhone Camera.

This new iOS feature will help you edit your photos to be the best possible.

Effect Suggestions selects photos that could be improved by adding a filter, adjusting the light, creating a loop, or by utilising other effects available on your iPhone. 

1/  Open the Photos app on your iPhone.

2/  Tap on the For You tab at the bottom of your screen.

3/  Scroll down to until you see Effect Suggestions.

4/  You will see several photos to look through by swiping left or right.

5/  Once you have selected a photo, you can see what type of effect has been applied to the photo. The effect suggestion is not permanent yet, but if you like the effect, you can choose to apply it.

6/  To apply the suggested effect to that photo, tap Apply to Original at the bottom of the screen.  



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MS Apple’s HomePod will soon support Dolby Atmos with the Apple TV 4K

The Verge reports ~ Apple’s HomePod is getting a lot more useful as a home cinema speaker for Apple TV 4K owners. Apple has confirmed to The Verge that an upcoming software update will let the speaker output Dolby Atmos audio as well as 5.1 and 7.1 channel audio from Apple’s streaming box.

The feature will work best when you have two HomePod speakers paired up, but also works with just one. The new $99 HomePod mini, though, will not support the new home cinema functionality.

Dolby Atmos support arrives as Apple is overhauling how the HomePod works with its streaming box. For starters, tvOS 14.2 beta 3 allows Apple TV 4K owners to set the HomePod as their streaming box’s default speaker output, according to 9to5Mac, meaning it shouldn’t constantly force users to reselect it as their audio output as it previously did when connected over AirPlay 2. For now, this functionality appears to require access to a non-public beta version of the HomePod’s operating system, however.



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ZK The Apple TV app comes to Sony’s Android TVs

It will be available on most of the company’s 2019 and 2020 models.

You can add Sony TVs to the growing list of places where you can download and use Apple’s redesigned TV app. Sony has begun rolling out the software to its lineup of recent smart TVs, starting with the X900H. It plans to follow with select 2018 sets and most 2019 and 2020 models by the end of the year.

As with the Apple TV app on other platforms, you can use the software to access TV+ and watch Apple’s slate of original content, including Greyhound and The Morning Show. The Channels feature allows you to subscribe to networks like Showtime and Starz. With Apple’s family sharing feature, up to six people in your household can split a single channel subscription. And if all you want to do is find a specific movie or series to rent or watch, you can do that too.


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MS YouTube Music App for Apple Watch Launched Ahead of Wear OS by Google Version

Gadgets360 informs us ~ Users are required to have an Apple Watch that is Series 3 or above and runs on watchOS 6 or above to use the app.

YouTube Music app is now available for Apple Watch. Users can browse music collections, control playback, and select casting options directly using the app on their Apple Watch. In order to use the app, users are required to have the latest version of YouTube Music, an Apple Watch that is Series 3 or above (running watchOS 6 or above), a YouTube Premium subscription, and of course, an iPhone. As Google prepares to shut down Google Play Music later this month to focus on only one music streaming platform, it has been introducing new features for YouTube Music. Notabily, the launch of the YouTube Music app on the Apple Watch comes ahead of a launch on the Wear OS by Google wearable platform.

YouTube announced that the app will come with a complication (a term for a watch function apart from telling time) – a customisation feature on the Apple Watch that lets users display relevant information directly on the watch face. The YouTube Music complication will give users direct access to playback controls, as well as recommendations for new songs based on their listening habits. They can also cast music from their iPhone directly to their speaker, with the press of a button.

“Whether you’re out for a run, riding your bike or just walking around the house — YouTube Music for Apple Watch puts playback controls within easy reach,” said the YouTube Music team in a blog post. You can download it on your Apple Watch from the App Store.


ZK Put Bluetooth in the heart! British female firefighter successfully undergoes surgery and can view data with her mobile phone

Internet reports ~ a British firefighter became one of the first people in Europe to implant a Bluetooth device in the body. 

Doctors can monitor her heartbeat from a distance. This week, 34-year-old Sean Jones underwent a 10-minute operation at Southampton University Hospital to install the Bluetooth device on the heart. 

The new device will record her heart activity and send it to a smartphone, which can upload and view data through the MyCareLink app.


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