Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 391

Show 391 – Aug 23, 2021

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael                    


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Story 1 ~  

MS iCloud for Windows updated with new password manager app

9TO5Mac reports ~ Apple has updated its iCloud app for Windows users, finally bringing a new password manager app.

This new password manager app is available with this update and allows users to access and manage their iCloud passwords on their Windows computers. They can add, edit, copy and paste, delete, or look up any usernames or passwords saved to their iCloud Keychain.

View and manage your saved passwords on your Windows PC with the new iCloud Passwords app

Sync your passwords across devices and PC in Edge using the iCloud Passwords Extension

With the app, users can keep their photos up to date across all devices, including their PCs. They can also create Shared Albums and invite others to add their own photos, videos, and comments.

To install iCloud for Windows, users need Windows 10 version 18362.145 or higher, and Windows 10 version 18362.145 or higher.

Overall, iCloud for Windows includes:

      • iCloud Photos
      • iCloud Drive
      • iCloud Passwords
      • iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Bookmarks

Although it’s in version 12.5, the iCloud for Windows app has only been available for three years on the Microsoft App Store. At that time, Apple wrote:

The new iCloud for Windows app introduces a new iCloud Drive experience for Windows 10 users powered by the same Windows technology that also powers OneDrive’s Files On-Demand feature, enabling users to be more productive offline on mobile devices and quickly share files on iOS.

Download iCloud for Windows via the Microsoft Store for free.



Story 2 ~

ZK Apple debuts ‘Play, Pause, Delete’ game show on YouTube, first episode with Coi Leray.

9TO5Mac again ~ Apple has launched a fun new game show series on its YouTube channel today called “Play, Pause, Delete.” It features popular artists sharing about themselves when it comes to their perspective on music, culture, and “everything in between.” The first episode is with rapper Coi Leray.

Here’s how Apple describes the new micro game show:

This is Play, Pause, Delete. A game show where we ask your favourite artists to make the tough decisions about music, culture, and everything in between. The rules are simple: We’ll give them three options from a series of personalised categories and watch as they select one to play, one to pause on, and one to delete.

The first episode with rapper Coi Leray aka Big Trend Setter is about 6 minutes long and covers everything from what music she’s listening to, thoughts on birthday gifts, favorite venues, superpowers, and more.


the video


Story 3 ~

MS Why Tim Cook thinks Australia is a perfect tech breeding ground

Australian Financial Review reports ~ Having reinvented personal computers, tablets and phones, Apple has arguably done more than any other company to shape the present. Its CEO is now trying to reframe how you engage with the internet. From AFR’s Platinum 70 Magazine out on Friday, August 20.

Having reinvented personal computers, tablets and phones, Apple has arguably done more than any other company to shape the present. Its CEO is now trying to reframe how you engage with the internet. From our Platinum 70 Magazine out on Friday, August 20.

When Tim Cook took over as CEO of Apple, almost exactly 10 years to this very day, it was akin to following on from Jesus Christ.

The iPhone, unveiled in 2008 by Cook’s predecessor, Steve Jobs, had been dubbed the “Jesus phone” due to the religious-like fervour it stirred up in fans. And the saviour moniker rubbed off onto the boss. Upon the release of the iPad in 2010, The Economist depicted Jobs as Christ on its cover. More direct story if you have a subscription.

Now 9TO5Mac quotes from the article

Tim Cook’s 4 a.m. starts are the stuff of legend. A new interview with Apple’s CEO opens with his explanation of why he’s at his desk by this time.

Cook says 4 a.m. is the one time of the day when he’s in control.

I do that because I can control the morning better than the evening and through the day. Things happen through the day that kind of blow you off course. The morning is yours. Or should I say, the early morning is yours.

He then gives the usual spiel about using a chunk of this time to read hundreds of customer emails.

“I cannot read all of them, no. I’d not admit to doing that. But I read an extraordinary number of them. It keeps my hands on the pulse of what customers are feeling and thinking and doing.”

He forwards them around the company, to whichever team he thinks needs the feedback. It’s a randomised way of keeping in touch with the various corners of the Apple empire.

He’s a great believer in augmented reality. Tech can be used for good or bad. Apple makes tech designed to enrich people’s lives. The company thinks very carefully about everything it does. Apple is driven by its values. Privacy is a human right. He welcomes competition. Apple only has customer interests at heart in things like App Store control. Apple has enabled $600 billion worth of revenue for developers.

Another thing now becoming a standard part of a Cook interview is that it’s right that Apple’s actions should come under regulatory scrutiny, but the company doesn’t think it’s doing anything wrong.

The technology industry has become such a big piece of the economy, it’s natural that it would be looked at.  Any kind of regulation should be justified by being great for the user. Regulation needs to improve someone’s life. Just like an invention or a technology needs to improve someone’s life.

Cook said that taking over from Jobs wasn’t his greatest challenge: the pandemic was.

A huge challenge is losing total control. And so all of a sudden you know that you’re no longer in control over your destiny, that this pandemic had a strange way of shaking us all and reminding us that we are not the ones deciding.


9TO5 Mac article in full


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ZK Handcuffed woman uses Apple Watch to summon help during a home invasion

iMore reports ~ Apple Watch to the rescue once more.

We’ve heard tons of stories about Apple Watches saving lives, but they usually involve the wearable’s health-related features. This time an Apple Watch helped a handcuffed woman contact her mum while a home invader rummaged through her belongings.

According to local reports, the West Milford, NJ woman came home to find a man in her room. After demanding money, the man handcuffed the woman to a bed at which point she was able to use her Apple Watch to text her mother. Police later arrived just as the man was leaving.

After being held captive for more than an hour, the victim complained she was cold sitting on the floor, according to her statements to police.

This led Canning to handcuff her to a bed, leaving one of her hands free, the affidavit states, and allowed the daughter to text her mother using her watch and told her to call the police.

Amazingly, the woman’s mother was upstairs throughout — seemingly unaware of what was going on.

The mother came downstairs to check on her daughter, unsure whether the message was serious. She was met by Canning who pointed the airsoft gun ( MS I think this is a Gel Blaster ), which she and her daughter believed to be a lethal firearm, at her and again demanded money, records claim.

Thankfully the police were able to apprehend the man, at which point they also found car keys belonging to the woman’s neighbour.

While these stories tend to involve features like the ECG app found on Apple Watch Series 6, the woman’s quick thinking was enough to outsmart the home invader and save the day.

Sending and receiving messages is one of the best Apple Watch features that most people don’t make enough use of. Thankfully that wasn’t the case here!



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MS Exhibition Web@30 celebrates 30 years of the web with 30 key moments

The Drum reports ~ Web@30 is a brand-new exhibition, brought together by The Centre for Computing History, with support from Raspberry Pi and Receptional.

It builds on the success of 64 Bits – an acclaimed digital archaeology exhibition, which has popped up at digital festivals in London and New York over the last decade.

This new show will celebrate 30 years since the first website was launched – by Sir Tim Berners-Lee at CERN on August 6 1991. On display will be 30 pieces of hardware and software, which either made the world wide web possible or have contributed to internet culture and commerce ever since.

Jason Fitzpatrick, chief executive officer and founder of The Centre for Computing History, said: “This exhibition is a vital curation of web history. With a generation now born connected, it is imperative that we show how we arrived at the web we know today. This interactive display is a great way to show just how much things have changed in a very short time.”

Visitors will be able to get hands-on with the first browser, webcam and affordable modem, as well as see examples of early digital art, comics, games, memes and zines. They will also find free, beginner-friendly workshops run by Raspberry Pi, where kids and adults can get creative with coding and simple electronics.

Jim Boulton, founder and curator of 64 Bits and Digital Archaeology, added: “The last 30 years have seen the birth of the information age, equal in magnitude to the transition to the modern world from the Middle Ages. Web@30 is vital to ensuring that future generations know as much about the recent history of the web as they do about the early history of books.”

Gordon Hollingworth, chief product officer at Raspberry Pi, commented: “Computing is for everyone. We’re looking forward to showing people how they can get creative with code, making games and building simple electronic devices. We encourage everyone to come and get hands-on with the digital technology that shapes our world.”

The Centre for Computing History is also seeking corporate sponsors to support the Web@30 archive after the event and bring it to more cities across the UK and the world.

Dean Rowland, director of Receptional, concluded: “Our company wouldn’t exist without the advent of the digital age, the launch of the very first website or the rise of Google, Facebook and our other partners. We get so much from helping businesses achieve their goals through digital, so we’re proud to support Web@30 and inspire the next generation.”

The exhibition will take place at the Grand Arcade in Cambridge from July 26 until September 3 2021.

more in the link


How To ~ 

ZK  How-to: Bring an old Mac back to life by installing Chrome OS on it for free

Is there an old out-of-date Mac that you desperately miss using? Well, you’re in luck because it’s incredibly easy to install a modern version of Chrome OS on old Intel Macs for free. CloudReady isn’t a new product by any stretch, but I had always been itching to try it out. Just last year, Google acquired Neverware, the company behind CloudReady. This means that Google offers an officially sanctioned way of reviving old computers with Chrome OS. Here’s how to get CloudReady up and running on an old Mac.

9TO5 was able to get CloudReady running on a 2014 Mac mini and a 2012 13″ MacBook Pro. Both of these machines have run-of-the-mill specs for their time. Each of these Macs had 4GB of RAM and much older Intel processors. Neither run recent versions of macOS particularly well, and they certainly aren’t good for power-hungry tasks.

The MacBook Pro model that I used for this experiment only runs macOS up to Catalina, so it’s already out-of-date. The Mac mini that I used can run Big Sur, but it’s severely underpowered, being seven years old and not physically upgradeable.

Limitations of Neverware’s version of Chrome OS

Neverware’s variant of Chrome OS has a few limitations that you should keep in mind. It is based on Chromium rather than Chrome. That’s why you’ll see blue icons rather than Googley multi-coloured ones.

You cannot install Android apps on CloudReady like you can on an official Chrome OS computer. It can only run Chrome apps, progressive web apps, and websites.

CloudReady does come with a few other native apps like a simple files app and wallpaper picker, but that’s about it. Another thing to keep in mind is how often you’ll get updates. 

CloudReady doesn’t get updated in tandem with the shipping version of Chrome OS. However, it does get regular updates and runs a secure version of Chrome OS that supports the modern web.

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