Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 384

Show 384 – June 01, 2021

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael            


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Story 1 ~  

MS Reply to an email I sent to the ABC Australia asking why I will HAVE to sign into a service I currently DO NOT have to sign into!

ABC Audience Support (ABC Help)

May 28, 2021, 1:26 PM GMT+10

Hi Michael

Thank you for contacting the ABC and thank you for your feedback.

Requiring audiences to log in to an ABC Account helps us continue to improve our services for all Australians. It means that we can understand what people are engaging with and we can make sure we are providing content and features for everyone. 

It also enables us to provide all the great features people expect from video streaming services, like saving your favourite programs to a Watchlist, and Continue Watching where you left off.

The ABC conducted Video On Demand research last year with a nationally representative sample of over 1500 people. 95% of ABC iview audiences claimed to want features that make up a personalised experience (e.g. add favourite programs to a watchlist, pick up where they left off across devices, and notifications of new episodes of favourite programs). Requiring audiences to log in allows us to provide these services.

This decision to require audiences to log in is not a commercial one, but one that will ensure our content and products remain relevant into the future.

You may be able to continue using ABC iview without logging in to your ABC Account. If you follow this link, you will find a list of devices and TVs that can log in to ABC iview. If your model of TV or your device cannot log in to ABC iview, you will not need to log in to watch programs on ABC iview. You can also watch programs on ABC iview on your Smart TV via Freeview Plus without logging in. 

You will of course also be able to continue to watch our free to air television channels as well as access other ABC websites and apps including ABC News.

For more information, please read the article, Why will I have to log in to watch ABC iview?


Story 2 ~

ZK iOS 14.6 released with new features and bug fixes

mac prices reports ~ Apple has today released iOS 14.6, the newest software update for iPhone with new features and bug fixes. While iPad also receives the same with the release of iPadOS 14.6.

The release does bring several new features, the support for subscriptions to Podcasts and more. For Apple Podcasts, channels and individual shows can now choose to implement an ad-free subscription model for their listeners.

Recently released AirTag iPhone accessories also gain some new refinements. It is now possible to add an email address, rather than a phone number, to an AirTag. So when put in ‘lost mode’, a person can scan the AirTag. They can then make contact via the email address listed. It is still possible to add a phone number.

Apple Music also gains support for Spatial Audio and Lossless audio, announced just a couple of weeks ago. While it brings support, it won’t be possible to access the new audio formats until June.

Other fixes and refinements also include:

      • Unlock with Apple Watch may not work after using Lock iPhone on Apple Watch
      • Reminders may appear as blank lines
      • Call blocking extensions may not appear in Settings
      • Bluetooth devices could sometimes disconnect or send audio to a different device during an active call
      • iPhone may experience reduced performance during startup 



Story 3 ~

MS Dug Technology sets sight on building carbon-free data centre in WA’s Geraldton

ZDNet reports ~ Dug Technology said its Geraldton-based HPC campus will be completely powered by solar and wind. Plans to install an onsite hydrogen battery system are also being investigated.

Software firm Dug Technology has revealed plans to build a carbon-free high-performance computing (HPC) campus powered by renewable energy in Western Australia’s coastal city of Geraldton.

The facility will be situated on 45 hectares of land, and will feature an initial six-megawatt data hall and a capacity of more than 200 petaflops. The company said there are plans to expand the campus to multi-exaflop scale once its proposed 10 data halls are commissioned.

The company further added the campus would utilise Dug’s patented immersion-cooling technology, with the plan to ultimately power the site using solar and wind. The installation of an onsite hydrogen battery system is also being investigated, the company said.

“The majority of our clients are very concerned about climate change. This often manifests itself as questions asked about our carbon footprint in project discussions and tenders. Oil and gas companies are keen to maintain their ‘social license to operate’ and want this to be a part of their future,” the company told ZDNet.

“The focus of our clients outside of the oil and gas industry is equally often on the carbon footprint of HPC … the cost of power generated by renewables in the Geraldton region is also less than the cost of power off the grid. This decision is very good for business and the planet.”

According to the company, the appeal to build in Geraldton is because the city is considered to be “one of the world’s premier renewable energy regions”, plus the site will be close to the city’s TAFE, which has an AARNET fibre connection and latency is only 3.5 milliseconds from Geraldton to Perth.



Story 4 ~

ZK South Australia to get new AU$70m data centre from DCI

ZDNet again ~ Boosting DCI’s load in Adelaide’s Kidman Park to 5.4MW by mid-2022.

DCI Data Centers last week announced plans for what it has called the state’s “most energy-efficient secure data centre facility”.

With a AU$70 million investment, DCI said the new facility is in response to the growing needs of local business and government.

“Demand for data centre capacity and secure cloud edge services are rapidly increasing across Australia. Our customers are seeking certainty, flexibility, and sustainability; all critical for them to scale and rapidly respond to market demand — this facility has all three,” DCI Australia and New Zealand CEO Malcolm Roe said.

“This new data centre will be the first of its kind in South Australia. It will provide mission-critical support to some of the State’s priority growth sectors including the local Defence, space and hi-tech industries, offering the highest levels of security so they can conduct business with certainty, using local infrastructure.”

The company currently boasts two data centres in Australia, one in Eastern Creek in Sydney’s west and the other in Adelaide’s western suburb of Kidman Park.

Site capacity at Kidman Park will be increased by 4MW, taking it up to 5.4MW total IT load, with SCEC Zone 3 up to SCEC Zone 5 physical security options.

It’s hoping the facility will set industry benchmarks for water and energy efficiency.



Story 5 ~ 

MS This Was Steve Jobs’s Most Important Observation When He Returned to Apple. It Changed Everything reports ~ It had nothing to do with the products.

The return of Steve Jobs to the role of Apple’s CEO in 1997, it could be argued, was one of the most important moments in the history of business.

At the time, it would have been hard to foresee just how influential Apple would become. It’s not an overstatement to say the company was in pretty rough shape. 

It was in 1997 that Jobs stood onstage and told the company’s loyal fans that the company had taken a $150 million investment from Microsoft, one of its most fierce rivals. It was the same year that Dell’s CEO, Michael Dell, said that if he were leading the company, he would shut it down and give the money back to shareholders. 

Obviously, Jobs didn’t shut the company down. Instead, he began working on a string of iconic products like the iMac, the iPod, and what would become macOS X. 

But there was another move Jobs made in that first year back at Apple that might have been just as important. 

For context, this came up during the testimony of the current CEO, Tim Cook, in the trial over Epic’s lawsuit against Apple.

Cook was explaining that it was impossible to fully paint a picture of the App Store’s profitability, because the company doesn’t track every expense that way. Cook said this was because he didn’t want various divisions arguing about where costs should be allocated because that would be unproductive. He went on to say that it was Jobs’s idea.  

At the time, every business unit had its own profit and loss statement (P&L), and the divisions regularly fought over where to allocate costs. Each manager was primarily concerned with whether their unit showed a profit, regardless of whether the company itself was healthy or profitable.

The company was losing $1 billion a year at the time, but every division was reporting that they were profitable.

Jobs not only eliminated every general manager but also put the entire company on a single P&L. 

To Cook’s point, there are costs that are shared among different areas of the business, and there’s nothing productive about having them arguing and fighting over where the costs should be attributed.

Maybe more important, the fact that Apple isn’t organised by business unit, but rather by function, helps insulate those teams from financial pressures, freeing them to think in terms of what is best for the product and ultimately the customer. 



Story 6 ~

MS Apple Entrepreneur Camp participants break barriers on their coding journeys

One story from the Camp ~ Hopscotch founder Samantha John wanted to create an app that ignited the imaginations of young girl coders. Hopscotch is a code-learning app that enables kids to learn to think creatively and learn the fundamentals of code by building their own games, art, and stories.

Kids and teens can publish their creations to Hopscotch’s fully moderated community where they can can play and learn together. John first learned the power of code through her coursework in college, but she noticed that a lot of her male friends had learned coding much earlier.

“I wanted to make something for little me!” says John. “All my male coder friends had learned when they were kids, and it had not been something on my radar. I wanted to change that for the next generation.”

To further develop their apps and learn more about powerful new tools and resources for their businesses, both Garrison and John attended Apple Entrepreneur Camp.

Launched in 2019, the Apple Entrepreneur Camp is an immersive tech lab designed to for app-driven companies founded and led by developers from underrepresented backgrounds in the field.

Initial cohorts included 100 women innovators and their teams from 42 countries. As part of the company’s Racial Equity & Justice Initiative, Apple welcomed the program’s first cohort of Black founders and developers earlier this year.  

“It was amazing getting to work at the new Apple campus and having access to all the resources there,” says John. “I think my favourite part was when I got to work on a bug in web GL with the actual engineer who maintains it for Apple.”

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