Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 365

Show 365 – December 15, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

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Story 1 ~ 

MS Apple CEO Tim Cook says this is a ‘moment of historic urgency’ regarding climate change

AppleWorld Today reports Cook’s speech: Thank you to all the advocates and leaders becoming a member of us at present. This is a vital gathering, and we at Apple do not take our presence on this group frivolously. We put on it as a badge of responsibility. 

At this second of historic urgency, each chief of countries, of corporations, and of communities has a selected burden to behave. This 12 months, Apple has accelerated our progress. We turned carbon impartial for our worldwide company emissions. Already, we’re serving to 95 of our suppliers transition to 100% renewable power, a quantity we proceed to develop. 

We’ve unveiled a plan, unrivalled in its ambition, to realise carbon neutrality for our total provide chain and product utilisation by 2030 — 20 years earlier than the aim set by the United Nations. We see each a part of our machine lifecycle, from design, to manufacturing, to sturdiness and restore, to recycling, as a possibility for environmental innovation, transferring us in the direction of our aim of a closed-loop provide chain. 

The selection between the underside line and the way forward for our planet is a false one, and every new inexperienced innovation provides the proof. This is not any time for modifications of the margins. Together, we are able to transition to a carbon-neutral financial system and usher in a brand new period of inclusive alternative. 

This is a second for ambition, cooperation, and management. We at Apple are proud to be your associate, and we name on corporations and governments world wide to do all we are able to to make 2021 the 12 months we flip the nook for good.

The 2020 Climate Ambition Summit is co-hosted by the United Nations, United Kingdom, and France.



Story 2 ~ Pic

ZK AirPods Max Released

Apple introduces AirPods Max, the magic of AirPods in a stunning over-ear design.

AirPods Max feature incredible high-fidelity audio, Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, and spatial audio.

Apple last week announced AirPods Max, innovative wireless headphones that bring the magic of AirPods to an over-ear design with high-fidelity sound.

AirPods Max combine a custom acoustic design, H1 chips, and advanced software to power computational audio for a breakthrough listening experience with Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode, and spatial audio.

AirPods Max come in five gorgeous colours, including space grey, silver, sky blue, green, and pink, and are available to order, with availability beginning Tuesday, 15 December. 

“AirPods are the most popular headphones in the world, beloved for their effortless setup, incredible sound quality, and iconic design. With AirPods Max, we are bringing that magical AirPods experience to a stunning over-ear design with high-fidelity audio,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“The custom acoustic design, combined with powerful H1 chips, and advanced software enable AirPods Max to use computational audio to wirelessly deliver the ultimate personal listening experience.”

a lot more


Story 3 ~ 

MS NBN over-provisioning makes lowest two speed tiers faster than advertised

ZDNet Australia ~ Thanks to the National Broadband Network (NBN) over-provisioning its plans by between 10% and 15%, it is very likely that customers on NBN’s lowest two fixed-line speed tiers — 12Mbps and 25Mbps — are getting speeds faster than what is on the label.


Gaming #1 ~ Pic

Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes

I had a great time playing this game. Shooting flaming pinballs at attacking Zombies then using the bumpers to strike back until you either lose your balls ( pinballs that is ) or beat the zombies. 

It’s got great graphics and sounds. I loved each level I played. It’s made by firefly and zing games so we know it’s good. It’s not the first time any of us have played one of there games. 4 apples

For bring pinball into the 21 century.



Gaming #2 ~ Pic

Microsoft confirms Xbox cloud gaming is coming to iOS in Aussie autumn 2021

9TO5Mac ~ Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox cloud gaming is coming to iOS in 2021. In a new blog post today, the company says that cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will come to iOS via web browser in spring of 2021.

This was first rumoured in October. Microsoft had decided not to launch its game streaming service on iOS because of the App Store guidelines. Bringing cloud gaming to the iPhone and iPad via the web browser will allow Microsoft to skirt the App Store guidelines altogether.

Expanding Xbox to new players is central to our ambition of helping games and developers find an easy path to the world’s 3 billion gamers. We are doing this by embracing multiple devices and providing a consistent Xbox experience wherever you log in, whether that’s on your Xbox Series X|S, PC, Xbox One, Android device or — starting in Aussie autumn 2021 — your Windows PC and iOS device from the cloud

Microsoft does note that cloud gaming on iOS via the web will technically be a “beta” at first, but no further details are provided. Note that this is also different than what’s available in the Xbox app, which allows Xbox console owners to stream games directly from their personal console.

For what it’s worth, Apple announced new App Store guidelines this year addressing game streaming services. The guidelines say that streaming game services are now allowed, but developers must submit each game to the App Store as separate apps in compliance with all guidelines.

Microsoft is the only the latest company to announce that its streaming game service will come to iOS via the web. Amazon announced recently that its Luna cloud gaming service will also be available on iOS via the web, while Google made similar promises for Stadia.


Microsoft confirms Xbox cloud gaming is coming to iOS in spring 2021


Entertainment #1 – Pic

ZK Apple Fitness+: The future of fitness launches 15 December

Apple today announced Fitness+, the first fitness experience built around Apple Watch, is launching Tuesday 15 December. Apple Fitness+ brings studio-style workouts to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, intelligently incorporating workout metrics from Apple Watch for a first-of-its-kind personalised and immersive experience users can complete wherever and whenever is convenient for them. Apple Fitness+ will launch with 10 of the most popular workout types, including High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength, Yoga, Dance, Core, Cycling, Treadmill (for running and walking), Rowing, and Mindful Cooldown, led by a phenomenal team of trainers whose approach is welcoming to all. The workouts are fuelled by inspiring music from today’s top artists designed to keep users motivated from start to finish.

“Being more active is one of the most important things we can do for our health, but we know choosing to work out can often be a challenge whether you’re very active or just getting started,” said Jay Blahnik, Apple’s senior director of Fitness Technologies. “We’re excited for Apple Fitness+ to bring together the metrics from Apple Watch, great music, and a diverse and inspiring trainer team — in a uniquely simple, easy-to-access way across Apple devices — to encourage our users to get fit and stay healthy.”


Things in the new OS’ ~ Pic

MS iOS 14.3

When you run a Shortcut it won’t open shortcuts and then the app it will just open the app


How To #1 ~ 

ZK Not get scammed this Christmas 

There has been a 45% increase over last year. 

Watch out for fake sellers and web sites giving you unbelievable bargains. 

Check the history of the seller on eBay for example. And check reviews of the website you are thinking of buying from!


Good Things for when were Stuck Indoors

Dr Who on ABC iView


Story 4 ~

MS AGL makes its move into reselling NBN services

ZDNet again ~ Gas and energy giant has begun to sell broadband under its own name.

After looking at which telco it wanted to buy in 2019, and eventually settling on Southern Phone in a AU$27.5 million deal, AGL has entered the NBN reselling market under its own brand.

The company is opening with a trio of unlimited plans, and offering AU$15 off a month if energy is bundled in.

The smallest plan is a AU$75 per month 25Mbps plan that has typical evening speeds of 19Mbps. There’s also a 50Mbps plan for AU$80 per month that has typical evening speeds of 38Mbps and a 100Mbps plan that has typical evening speeds between 7pm and 11pm of 76Mbps.

By way of comparison, Telstra is currently selling its plans based on serving up the rated speed during evenings, so hitting 100Mbps during busy evening periods for its 100Mbps plan.

In announcing its restructure yesterday, Telstra also revealed it was looking to enter the energy market.

“Recognising the growing convergence of energy and data, it’s becoming more important to meet the needs of our connected customers by providing the essential services of the future,” AGL chief customer officer Christine Corbett said.



Story 5 ~ 

ZK NSW and NT miss out on new NBN disaster services sites in 2020

ZDNet again ~ The company responsible for the National Broadband Network (NBN) has taken the wraps off its first disaster satellite service at Namadgi in the Australian Capital Territory.

NBN has been handed AU$7 million to provide “designated emergency management sites and evacuation centres” with satellite connectivity. The company is aiming to have around 95 sites up and running by the end of 2020.

ACT will have 12 sites 

Queensland will have 14 sites 

South Australia is set to have eight sites

Tasmania’s 16 sites in 2020

Victoria will also have 18 sites ready this year

Western Australia will have seven sites

Site Locations are available in the Show Notes 

Missing from the list of sites are locations in New South Wales and the Northern Territory, which are set to be completed next year, with NSW, in particular, having non-standard installations.

NBN said the installation dates were agreed upon by federal and state-level governments.

NBN also received AU$1.7 million to buy five more Muster trucks and 12 portable satellite kits, which will be delivered this year.

“This equipment can be rapidly mobilised to support communities with Wi-Fi connectivity when they are most in need and are strategically placed around the country so they can be deployed as soon as it is safe to do so,” the company said.

more including site locations


Story 6 ~ 

MS Google adds Apple Music support to Assistant smart speakers and displays

THE VERGE reports ~ Stream Apple Music on a Nest Audio

Google has announced that Apple Music is now available on smart speakers and displays that use the Google Assistant, including Google’s own line of Nest products, such as the new Nest Audio. Owners of Assistant smart speakers or displays will be able to set Apple Music as the default service on the speakers and use their voice to play songs, albums, or playlists from it, much like they can do with Spotify, Pandora, or YouTube Premium.

This addition broadens the appeal of Assistant smart speakers and displays to a wider market, and it catches Google’s smart speaker line up to Amazon’s, which has supported Apple Music through Alexa on Echo smart speakers since 2018. As with the other services available on Google smart speakers, you can play Apple Music on multiple speakers at the same time for whole home audio.

With Apple Music on board, the only major services left that aren’t full supported on Google’s smart speakers are Amazon Music and Tidal, both of which are compatible with Echo speakers (which don’t support Google’s YouTube Music service). Apple’s HomePod smart speakers are in a distant last place here, with support for just Apple Music and Pandora at the time of this writing.

So far we don’t have a date for roll out to Australia.



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