Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 386

Show 386 – June 15, 2021

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael              


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Story 1 ~  

MS Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge join forces to improve browser extensions

cnet reports ~ Customising your browser should be easier and safer.

The teams behind the Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge browsers have banded together to improve extensions, the add-ons you can download to customise the software. That should mean your extensions will work better and come with a better security foundation to protect you from malware.

Last week, the teams unveiled a discussion and development forum at the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, dedicated to developing standards for extensions. The forum, the WebExtensions Community Group, gives engineers a place to build a unified and more secure core foundation for extensions.

The group also hopes to make it easier for developers to write extensions because a shared standard will help bridge differences between browsers.

“We aim to identify common ground, bring our browsers into closer alignment, and chart a course for future evolution,” community group members said of their goals. There’s not yet a public timeline for publishing a draft of the standard or building it into browsers.

Extensions are crucial to browsers on PCs. The bits of software can block ads, integrate with password managers, strip out code that tracks you on the internet and find coupons as you put items into your shopping cart. One extension lets users replace photos of Donald Trump with cats.

Google’s Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world. But differences among browsers mean it’s less likely that an extension developer will support other browsers. Standardisation should align browsers to reduce developers’ difficulties. There will still be differences among browsers, but the community group plans to ensure a common core of abilities.



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ZK Apple hosts Today at Apple sessions for Black Music Month

Apple reports ~ Songwriters Willie Jones and Valerie June share details on their creative process.

In celebration of Black Music Month, Apple’s newest US store in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, has teamed up with the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) to host virtual Today at Apple sessions with country artists Willie Jones and Valerie June. Attendees learn music-making skills from these incredible songwriters as they explore the rich history of music, story, and culture.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with our next-door neighbour, the National Museum of African American Music, to celebrate Black Music Month and bring Today at Apple programming to the Nashville community,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People.

“Our Today at Apple sessions aim to inspire creativity, and with sessions led by incredible artists like Willie Jones and Valerie June, we are excited to hear what our attendees create.”

Hosted by Apple Music’s Rissi Palmer, the Today at Apple sessions feature Jones and June leading participants through songwriting skills. In Jones’s session on June 8, he shared his songwriting process, which begins when he pulls out his iPhone to capture the spark of a melody in the Voice Memos app.

Once he has the basis of his melody, he takes it to the studio, where he pulls inspiration for lyrics from the Notes app — his preferred method for getting out his ideas.

He often works collaboratively with co-writers in Pages, using different fonts and colours just to “make it fun” before building out the track in Logic Pro.

On June 15, singer-songwriter Valerie June will explore mindfulness and creativity, and will teach participants how to draw inspiration from the rich history of African American culture.

Together with Palmer and NMAAM Vice President of Brand and Partnerships Tuwisha D. Rogers-Simpson, June will then lead a creative exercise to explore gratitude, courage, and joy using the Notes app on iPhone.

“Here at NMAAM, our main focus is to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans have played in creating the American Soundtrack,” said Rogers-Simpson.

“Today at Apple shares that focus of educating and inspiring others through the power of music and creativity, and we look forward to working together on many more sessions in the future.” 



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MS Spatial Audio on Apple Devices

Many podcasts have been discussing the Spatial Audio experience this last week.

There are good and bad releases out there of track that have had Spatial Audio applied.

Apple Music has Zane Lowe explaining the differences of various tracks with different audio styles.

One of the best is a track by Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On.

Because the track was originally recorded in mono, then re-mastered to stereo and now Spatial Audio it is a great example of the sound differences.



G#1 ~ ZK


This is a choose your own adventure game by swiping left or right you get to choose how to run your kingdom but know this each choice has its own advantages and disadvantage. This means death could be one wrong flick away. 

4/5 apples.

MS totally unrelated I swear I saw the logo on a car the other day!  I was trying to figure out what it was!



#1 ~ MS

Home Before Dark is Back

This is the show where a School Girl whose Dad is a reporter starts to report on things in her School and Neighbourhood.

And a good series grows form there!

Will be watching the Series 2 Episode 1 tonight as we have been away.

#2 ~ MS

This weeks Mythic Quest

A few more twists and sharp turns.



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ZK Apple Batteries will be replaceable for 10 years to help reduce environmental impact

In Apple’s continued efforts to reduce environmental impact and improve repairability of our products, Mac notebook computers may be eligible for a battery repair for up to ten years after end of production.

This initiative supports Apple’s ongoing commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of every product we sell. In 2019 Apple diverted more than 47,000 metric tons of electronic waste from landfills. This longer repair period for a battery component in notebooks is a great way that we can contribute to Apple’s ongoing work to prolong the life of our products.

Only battery repairs are eligible and service is based on inventory availability. Any non-battery related issues follow the standard service strategy. 



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MS Apple Design Awards 2021

The link below goes to Apples Design Awards Page and list all Finalists and Winners in each Category.

Two that caught my eye are

In the Innovation Section

Winners in this category provide a state-of-the-art experience through novel use of Apple technologies that set them apart in their genre.

App: NaadSadhana

Developer: Sandeep Ranade (India)

NaadSadhana is an all-in-one, studio-quality music app that helps musicians of all genres and any expertise perform and publish their music without boundaries.

After first finding its tune as an app for practicing Indian classical singing, NaadSadhana has expanded to support seven different genres of music.

And with the help of artificial intelligence and Core ML, the app listens as a singer improvises a vocal line, provides instant feedback on the accuracy of notes, and generates a backing track to match, all in real time.

And in the Social Impact Section

Winners in this category improve lives in a meaningful way and shine a light on crucial issues.

App: Be My Eyes

Developer: S/I Be My Eyes (Denmark)

Be My Eyes enables people who are blind and low vision to identify objects by pairing them with volunteers from around the world using their camera.

The app supports more than 300,000 blind and low-vision users and more than 4.5 million volunteers, across 150+ countries and 180+ languages.



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MS This Month in Apple History 

Because there are only a few news stories re Apple this week here’s a look back, thanks to

June 1, 1999: The Blue Power Mac G3/450, the fastest Apple G3 tower.

June 7, 2010: The groundbreaking iPhone 4.

June 15, 2010: The first aluminium Mac mini.

June 23, 2003: The original “cheese grater” Power Mac G5 models.

June 28, 1993: The LC 520, the first all-in-one LC model.

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