Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 366

Show 366 – December 21, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael               


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Story 1 ~ A few quick stories before we discuss 2020 favourites

MS Binary Security. A cybersecurity startup run out of Darwin

ZDNet reports ~ Stewart Stacey is putting the Northern Territory on the Australian cybersecurity map.

Stewart Stacey has an extensive CV. He took a scholarship with the Department of Defence instead of finishing year 12, spent a number of years with government in “pseudo IT guy” roles, including at ATSIC, which prior to abolition, was the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Commission.

Stacey then opened Darwin’s first internet cafes and started his own internet company, Territory Internet Services. At the same time, he consulted with the Northern Territory government, acting as a “drop in IT manager” at multiple agencies.

He was then appointed to lead the build of the United Nations (UN) network in Darwin, which Stacey described as a fairly large network across five different buildings. The project began after the East Timorese voted for independence in 1999 and the subsequent retaliation from Indonesia-aligned militia, with Stacey heading over to Dili while Australian troops were still on the ground to perform work for NGOs, like the World Health Organization, World Food Program, and the UN directly.

He said his experience left him capable of not only “all things IT” but also gave him the skills to run the operational and business side of tech. But to him, starting up Binary Security was about much more.

“Through dealing with the Northern Territory government, and all of my suppliers, all the key contracts that I had, I never once came across another Indigenous person, not once,” he said. “When you work for the government, you don’t have the ability — unless you work in HR, or you’re a decision maker for the enterprise — I didn’t have the ability to put on Indigenous trainees or do anything to sort of promote Indigenous participation in IT.”

Going out on his own gave Stacey that ability.

We wish him well in his endeavours!!



Story 2 ~ 

ZK You’ll soon be able to ask Siri to play sounds of animals, vehicles, and more

9TO5Mac reports ~ Apple claims it has enhanced Siri with 20 times more facts for answers in general with iOS 14, and now the company’s virtual assistant is about to learn a few more tricks. You’ll soon be able to ask Siri to play sounds of animals, vehicles, instruments, and more.

As reported by CNBC, Apple is adding several new sounds to Siri for whenever users ask how something sounds. The company said there are hundreds of sound options that can be played by Siri on the iPhone, iPad, and even HomePod.

Once this feature goes live, you’ll be able to ask Siri to hear a duck, a humpback whale, or even a train. Siri will play the requested sound and also show some interesting facts about that animal, vehicle, or instrument from Wikipedia.

These are some of the questions users can ask Siri with this update:

“Hey Siri, what does a humpback whale sound like?”

“Hey Siri, what does a toy poodle sound like?

“Hey Siri, what does a harp sound like?”

“Hey Siri, what do firetrucks sound like?”

Have fun pranking your friends over the break!!



Story 3 ~ 

MS Thousands of iPhones looted in riots at Wistron factory in India

Cult of Mac reports ~ Riots broke out over the weekend at a Wistron factory in southern India that produces iPhones, resulting in around 100 people being arrested. Thousands of iPhones were stolen during the incident.

Made in India iPhones

Apple started producing iPhones in India in 2017. It began with the iPhone SE, then expanded to the iPhone 6s, and beyond. Wistron was one of the first manufacturers Apple started working in India. Since then, however, others have joined — like Foxconn and Pegatron. Apple started selling its Indian iPhones in the local market under the “Made in India” tagline. It is part of Apple’s quest to expand its supply chain outside China.

The Wistron factory where the riot broke out employs around 15,000 workers.

BUT be aware of cheap iPhones on eBay for example



Gaming #1 ~

So this year has been crazy! To say the least a few things have kept my sanity in check. 

1, family 

2, work

3, video games. 

So I want to talk about the important things for a moment….


This is the list of some of the great Apple Arcade games I have played over this crazy covid period. 

So in no particular order here we go. 


Mini Motorways was one of the first games I played and I still play it. It’s great fun and I love buildings the cities and watching them grow.


Skate city 

I liked this game, I just wish there was more to it. 

But as for skateboarding games for your phone this one is definitely the best. 



This is one of my favourite games that arcade brought out.. great story, great graphics great sound we should all be playing it.