Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 400

Show 400 – Jan 21, 2022

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael       


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

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Don’t plug Random stuff in

MacGeek reports ~ Baddies have been sending out USB drives to people.

They hope some people will just plug them into their computer.

This then will install some software while you are watching the movie or waiting for the PDF to load.

This also applies to some drives that you buy on the net.

They might be cheap, but maybe there is a reason they are  So Cheap.

Also when buying from Amazon. Buy from the Manufacturer NOT the cheapest vendor of the same  supposed  drive.

This also applies to SD cards, remember they are drives as well!



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Coles to sell refurbished iPhones from $279 in back to school push

9News reported ~ Coles’ ultra-popular refurbished Apple iPhone sale will return as the grocer looks to capitalise on parents looking to send their kids back to school with a smartphone.

From next Wednesday, January 26, the supermarket will offer refurbished iPhone 8 (64GB) from $279 and iPhone XR (64GB) from $499.

The phones will be unlocked, but will come with a Boost Mobile starter SIM and discounted phone plans for customers who purchase an iPhone from Coles.

Coles has been running its refurbished iPhone sale in partnership with Boost Mobile since November 2020, each time selling out all stock.

“We have seen such a fantastic response from our customers every time we have offered refurbished smartphones through Boost Mobile and we anticipate this drop, just in time for back to school, to be no different,” Coles business category manager Richard Jenkins said.

“We’re proud to offer our customers a high-quality, well-priced mobile offering through refurbished iPhone 8 and iPhone XR at a time when household expenses are typically higher.

Despite being second head, each iPhone has been refurbished using a 72-point inspection process to ensure each device is “genuine and in excellent aesthetic and functional condition”.

All phones are Australian compliant, have been data-wiped, and are crosschecked against a national police lost and stolen database.

Boost Mobile’s general manager, Jason Haynes, said refurbished models available at the supermarket present great value for families looking to give children their first phone.



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Apple Unseats Samsung As World’s Top Smartphone Vendor In Q4; Is Cupertino Priming For A Bumper Quarter?

Benzinga reported, Apple has taken the pole position in global smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter, confirming the current strength of the iPhone cycle.

Apple Reigns Supreme: Cupertino’s share of worldwide smartphone shipments stood at 22% in the fourth quarter, according to a preliminary report from Canalys. That’s an increase from the 14% market share the iPhone held in the third quarter, and reclaims Apple’s top spot in terms of smartphone shipments after a 3-year hiatus.

Apple’s performance was driven by stellar iPhone 13 shipments, the firm said. “Apple saw unprecedented iPhone performance in Mainland China, with aggressive pricing for its flagship devices keeping the value proposition strong,” Canalys analyst Sanyam Chaurasia noted.

The company was forced to cut production in the quarter due to shortages of key components and could not make enough iPhones to meet demand, the analyst added. In prioritised markets, it maintained adequate delivery times, but in some regions its customers had to wait to get their hands on the latest iPhones, he added.



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Using Gmail on iPhone should now finally be a lot easier

New updates and features arrive for Google Meet and Gmail on iPhone

techradar reports ~ Google has unveiled a number of updates and upgrades for Apple devices, including a selection of new tools for Google Meet and Gmail on iPhone and iPad.

The new Google Workspace additions include a homescreen widget for Gmail, which means users will be quickly able to view, edit and reply to emails when on the move.

Rolling out now having first been announced back in November 2021, Gmail version 6.0.211226 now includes a new “Email updates” widget that gives speedy access to your messages without needing to open up the full app – useful if you’re dashing to a meeting or hopping on a train. 

Gmail on the go

Google notes that the new widget will give users access to the senders and subject lines of your most recent emails right on your Home Screen.

It joins the existing “Quick email actions” homescreen item, and will also allow users the option to compose new messages immediately – and even be available in dark mode.

The other significant addition is picture-in-picture mode for Google Meet, allowing users to have multiple apps open and displaying when on a video conferencing call, which could be extremely useful for workplace users.

Going forward, iPhone and iPad users can dial in to a meeting on their device, but also be able to forward an email, share a document or just do some extra research whilst the call is continuing. Navigating outside of Google Meet will minimise the app, which can be resized or moved around the Home Screen however you like. 

“If you use Google apps to get work done on your iPhone or iPad, we’re making some improvements to help you stay organised and productive,” Luke Wroblewski, Director, iOS at Google, wrote in a blog post.

“We hope you enjoy these new features…and that they help make it easier to get your work done on iOS devices.”



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Apple says Adele’s ’30’ has become Apple Music’s most pre-added album ever

9TO5Mac reported  ~ A couple of weeks since Adele launched her new single “Easy on Me” and opened pre-orders for her new album 30, Apple Music has announced that both of them have broken records on the platform.

According to Apple Music on Twitter, 30 is now the most pre-added album ever on the streaming platform. Not only that, but it has also broken the record for the largest single-day pre-add in the platform’s history.

Adele’s 30 has also broken records on Spotify. As reported by Billboard, “Easy On Me” was the most-streamed Spotify song within a single day as of October 15. Back then, the singer shared details on Twitter on how it was for her to record this new album:

“I was certainly nowhere near where I’d hoped to be when I first started it 3 years ago. Quite the opposite actually. I rely on routine and consistency to feel safe, I always have. And yet there I was knowingly — willingly even, throwing myself into a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil!” she wrote in the sentimental note.

“I’ve learned a lot of blistering truths about myself along the way. I’ve shed many layers but also wrapped myself in new ones.” According to Adele, “I’ve finally found my feeling again. I’d go as far as to say that I’ve never felt more peaceful in my life.”

Billboard also reported that “listeners that pre-add albums listen to those releases an average of 4.2 times more than users who do not; for pop albums, that number rises to 5.6 times during an album’s initial week of release. Two-thirds of those users who pre-added an album also return to it again during its first week.”

According to Billboard, Adele’s “Easy on Me” hit number one on Apple Music’s daily top 100 charts in 89 countries and 79 cities, “while topping the top 100 global chart each day since its release.”



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This iPhone setting stops ads from following you across the web

Boost your privacy and throw ad-trackers off your trail with Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature.

CNet reports ~ We’ve all had the creepy experience where a brief moment of online shoe shopping turns into weeks of being followed around by ads for that same footwear on every site you visit.

But there’s a feature on your iPhone that can help you boost your online privacy by giving you the option to easily disable ad tracking within the apps you use.  

Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature gives you more control over which apps can track you on your iPhone, and how.

Unless you give an app explicit permission to track you (including those made by Apple), it can’t use your data for targeted ads, share your location data with advertisers or share your advertising ID or any other identifiers with third parties.

This change — first unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June 2020 and rolled out with the iOS 14.5 update — drew support from privacy advocates and criticism from companies such as Facebook, which said it will hurt its ad business. 

How to turn off app tracking on new apps

When you download and open a new app, you’ll get a notification that asks if you want to let the app track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites. You’ll also see information about what the app would track. You can tap Ask App not to Track to block that activity or Allow.

You can also opt out of app tracking across every app you download by going to Settings > Privacy > Tracking, and toggling off Allow Apps to Request to Track.

This means any app that tries to ask for your permission will be automatically blocked from asking and informed that you have requested not to be tracked.

And all apps (other than those you’ve given permission to track in the past) will be blocked from accessing your device’s information used for advertising, according to Apple. 

It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean ads will disappear. It just means that you’ll be more likely to see generic ads, not one for that pair of shoes you clicked on one time. 


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Wet iPhone? Use This Shortcut to Eject Water From the Speakers and Microphones

If your iPhone gets wet, you might need to eject water from the speakers and microphones to get them working properly again.

make use of reports ~ Despite your iPhone being water resistant, water can still get into the charger port and speaker if you take your device in the shower or for a short swim.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to immediately try to dry it out. Your iPhone can get the water out for you with a free shortcut.

There’s a shortcut for the Shortcuts app that gets the water in out in less than a minute. Let’s take a look at how to download and use it.

How to Download the Water Eject Shortcut

This shortcut is pretty easy to download and activate, and it barely takes a minute. Before you begin, make sure you have the Shortcuts (Free) app downloaded on your iPhone. You’ll also need to ensure you’ve got an internet connection and that iOS is updated to the latest version.

Then follow these steps to download and use the Water Eject shortcut:

  1. Since this is a third-party shortcut, you will have to download it from the Shortcuts Gallery website.
  2. A popup will appear. Press Open to begin downloading the shortcut.
  3. Press Add Shortcut.
  4. Your shortcut will be added to the My Shortcuts screen in the Shortcuts app.

If you have not updated to iOS 15, you will have to Allow Untrusted Shortcuts in Settings > Shortcuts before you begin.

How to Run the Water Eject Shortcut

Now that you have successfully added the Shortcut, here are the steps to use it:

  1. Open Shortcuts and go to the My Shortcuts screen.
  2. Tap the Water Eject shortcut to run it.
  3. Press Start.
  4. You will be asked to Select Intensity Level. Choose what you see fit according to how much water might have gotten into your iPhone. The maximum intensity gives better results.
  5. You will then see your volume sidebar appear on the side of your screen. The volume will be at a 100% and your iPhone will begin vibrating at a specific frequency. Once it is done, you will hear a sound.
  6. You will then be asked to be allowed to connect to a particular website. It’s fine to tap Don’t Allow.

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How To ~ MS

This hidden MacOS feature lets you use your voice to quickly type on your Mac

Unlike Siri, you can use this voice-to-text feature to write an essay in Microsoft Word or send a response on Facebook.

CNet again ~ I use Siri on my Mac more than I do on my iPhone or any of my other Apple devices. With just my voice, I can search through my hundreds of documents for a certain file or check for free disk space if I’m running out of storage, but the intelligent personal assistant does have its limitations. Conveniently, Mac has another voice feature that fills in some of the holes that Siri leaves behind.

The tool, known as Dictation, lets you use your voice to type pretty much anywhere on your computer — which Siri can’t do. Siri works great with native applications such as Mail and Messages, but if third-party apps don’t have support, you’re out of luck.

Dictation works in pretty much any app or service on your Mac, meaning you could write an essay in Microsoft Word or leave a comment on YouTube in Safari — with only your voice.

If you’re always multitasking and need something to help you write up long emails or leave quick comments, use Dictation. In this guide we’ll show you two different ways to enable voice dictation on your Mac: from the menu bar at the top of your screen and with a keyboard shortcut of your choice.

Use Dictation from the menu bar

To use Dictation from the menu bar at the top of your screen. 

  1. To start, open up your application of choice — such an email or word processor — and click anywhere where you want to input text.
  2. Next, navigate to the menu bar and click Edit > Start Dictation. As soon as you do, a small microphone icon next to your cursor will appear.
    As you speak, you’ll see the volume control in the microphone go up and down, indicating the strength of your voice. You should also see text populating the area where your cursor is, after you speak.
  3. Once you’re finished dictating, click Done.




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