Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 406

Show 406 – Mar 08, 2022

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael       


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings 

Shout Out to

Glenn & Flooded Listeners

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Apple opens donations to Ukraine UNICEF aid relief fund through App Store and website

9TO5Mac reports ~ Apple has made it simpler to support the citizens of Ukraine. There is now a banner at the top of its website with a donation button that directs you to the Music or iTunes app. You can even donate in the App Store or Apple News app through the banners there. 

Apple lets you donate between $5 to $200, and all of the proceeds go directly to UNICEF USA to help families affected by the war in Ukraine. Donations go through your Apple ID, and you’ll use whichever payment method is attached to your account.


Apple opens donations to Ukraine UNICEF aid relief fund through App Store and website


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Australian man plunged into never-ending nightmare as Apple 

workers make a chilling discovery on his phone that forces him to quit his job and move in with his MUM.

Daily Mail reports ~ An Australian man has been trapped in a nightmare never-ending cyber hack for two years that cost him his job, home, and whole identity.

Simon Edwards, 44, replaced all his devices multiple times, spent $10,000 on tech support and moved back in with his mother in a desperate effort to expel the intruder – all to no avail.

The hack was so widespread that his TV, car, security cameras, social media accounts, and even his tax return were taken over by a mysterious outsider.

He has to carry around a Commonwealth Victims Certificate to prove his identity and get help from government agencies and financial institutions.

Mr Edwards’ nightmare started with a trip to an Apple store in Melbourne in late 2019 after his iPhone and laptop started behaving strangely.

His browsers were plagued with pop-ups, emails refused to send, and he received dozens of scam calls a week. 

Tech staff told him the results of their analysis were inconclusive, but six months later called him back with a creepy discovery.

‘You’re the child and there’s a parent,’ he was told, despite being a single man who lived alone. 

The employee was referring to parental controls that were activated on his devices without his knowledge, locking him out of apps and monitoring his every move. 

All of Mr Edwards’ devices were linked through bluetooth, allowing the hacker to install a family sharing network with themselves as overlord.

The system is be used to share books and music or to set time limits on children’s devices and restrict access to websites and applications. 

His devices would lock him out of apps, the screens would shake and purchases he didn’t recognise were made. 

The ‘screen mirroring’ feature on his devices was also constantly turned on, streaming his laptop and phone screens to the invisible third party. 

‘This has completely ruined my life,’ Mr Edwards told News Corp.

‘Every shred of personal data is gone. I can’t change my date of birth,” he said. “I can’t claw back what’s happened. I have to live with it.’ 



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‘Hacktivists’ have declared a cyber war against Russia

CNBC reports ~Global hacking group Anonymous has declared a “cyber war” against Russia, and has claimed responsibility for disrupting the websites of an oil giant, a state-controlled media agency, and a number of websites affiliated with the Russian and Belarusian governments, reports CNBC’s Monica Pitrelli.

Are Technica reports ~ On Thursday, hackers defaced a Russian Space Research Institute website and leaked files that they allege are stolen from Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. Their message? “Leave Ukraine alone else Anonymous will f*ck you up even more.” Meanwhile a DDoS attack pummelled Russia’s .ru “top level domain,” with the aim of essentially cutting off access to all URLs that end in .ru. These are just the latest incidents in a surge of hacktivism in support of Ukraine.

Protests against Russia’s war of choice with Ukraine have been held around the world, including in 48 Russian cities. The global community has raised millions of dollars for Ukraine through cryptocurrency donations, and private companies from Shell and BP to Apple have temporarily or permanently pulled out of the Russian market. Amidst the havoc, hacktivists are joining the cacophony in an attempt to make a statement and advance their cause.



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Dropbox releases official update for its macOS app with M1 support

9TO5Mac again ~ Earlier this year, Dropbox announced a new beta version of its macOS app with native support for the Apple Silicon platform. Now the long-awaited update with optimisations for the M1 chip is finally available for all Mac users.

As we previously reported, Dropbox took more than a year to confirm that it was working on a version of its app compatible with the M1 chip. Even so, the first beta release fully compatible with Apple Silicon Macs wasn’t released until January 2022 – three months after the report.

Version 143.4.4161 of Dropbox for macOS comes with support for the Apple Silicon platform, which is the basis of the M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips. According to the company (via MacOtakara), users will get the update automatically, so there’s no need to reinstall the app.

Dropbox natively supports Mac computers with Apple silicon (M1), leveraging its improved performance and efficiency to run seamlessly on your Mac device. All users with Apple silicon devices will receive the native version of Dropbox automatically.

Apps that run natively on Apple Silicon can take full advantage of the M1 chip and its variants. For MacBook users, this means that the software will use less power, resulting in longer battery life. Earlier this week, Microsoft also updated OneDrive with Apple Silicon support.

You can download the latest version of the Dropbox app from its official website.



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Wylde Flowers

This game did blow my mind! 

I absolutely love this game!~

As we all know I like farming and sim games, I also love a fantasy game. 

If you are the same let me introduce you to Wylde Flowers I can’t get enough of this game! From farming, mining, cooking, fishing and socialising.

This would be an amazing game but wait there is still more! There is also an Element of magic and mystery. 

To say I’m obsessed with this game would down play how much I’m obsessed with this game: 


I’m giving it 5 apples out of 5


Game play is awesome the Visual elements is amazing, NPC interaction is just so good.  I could talk about it for hours.


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Disney+ is adding a cheaper subscription tier

CNN Business reports ~ Disney+ is creating an ad-supported tier for its streaming service to ramp up its growing subscriber base.

Though Disney (DIS) shared that the new ads tier will join the subscription option in the United States sometime later this year, details are scant. The exact launch date and pricing will be “announced at a later time,” the company said, with an international expansion in 2023.

“Expanding access to Disney+ to a broader audience at a lower price point is a win for everyone,” Kareem Daniel, the chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, said in a statement.

“More consumers will be able to access our amazing content. Advertisers will be able to reach a wider audience, and our storytellers will be able to share their incredible work with more fans and families.”


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So I’m watching Celebrity Gogglebox USA and who is one of the families on the show? 



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You’ll Want to Unlock This Hidden Trackpad on Your iPhone

It makes typing and editing text easier than before.

CNet helps us ~ Whether you have an iPhone or iPad, your Apple device is stuffed with neat features.

There’s SharePlay, which lets you watch movies with friends over FaceTime, and Focus, which mutes notifications to help you concentrate, just to name a couple.

Although some features are easy to find in your settings app, other cool iOS tricks are hidden — like the secret trackpad in your keyboard. 

Usually when you’re writing a long text message or an email, you’ll hold your finger down on the screen to move the cursor to any area of text you want to delete, rewrite or edit.

A magnifying bubble appears underneath your fingertip when you do, enlarging the text so that it’s easier to navigate.

However, if you find it difficult to move your cursor so precisely with your finger, iOS offers another option. 

In this guide, we’ll show you how to access the trackpad that’s hidden in your keyboard, which makes it much easier to move your cursor and make edits to your text on your iPhone or iPad.

How to unlock your iPhone and iPad’s hidden trackpad

Here’s how to discover the hidden iOS trackpad.

1. Anywhere you’ve written a block of text, bring up your keyboard and press and hold your finger down on the space key until the keyboard goes blank.

You should feel a bit of haptic feedback and see the cursor enlarge for a second, which means you can now use the keyboard as a trackpad.

2. With your finger still pressed down, move it around the entire keyboard to move your cursor, just like you would on your Mac’s trackpad.

3. To place the cursor, simply lift your finger off the screen. You can then use any of the other keys, like delete, to make any edits in the text.

If you want to move the cursor once again, press your finger down on the space key to bring up the hidden trackpad.

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How to tell if someone is using your iPhone to spy on you (and how to put a stop to it)

It’s hard for someone to get access to your iPhone, but it’s not impossible.

ZDNet helps us ~ Smartphones like the iPhone  are home to so much information.

Texts, emails, financial, medical. Then on top of that, smartphones can be used to track our movements and what we do online.

It’s vital to keep them secured.

But what do you do if someone has figured out a way into your iPhone? How do you even know if someone has found a way into your iPhone?

Here’s the process that I follow for securing an iPhone that someone might have gained access to:

Yeah, scary, isn’t it.

      • Reboot
      • Change Your Passcode
      • Check for Rogue Face ID or Fingerprints
      • Run an Anti-Spyware Scan
      • Do Not Hand your Phone to Other People

Note: If someone does have access to your iPhone, either because they’ve guessed your passcode, or by another means, remember that making changes to revoke that access will be noticeable to them.



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How to have Siri read your messages aloud on your Apple Watch

Allow Siri to dictate new messages and push notifications received through compatible headphones on your Apple Watch. You can even respond without touching a thing.

TechRepublic helps us ~ 

How to turn on Announce Messages and limit apps on your Apple Watch

Before you can turn on Announce Messages with Siri, it’s important to note that you have your AirPods or Beats-compatible headphones connected to your Apple Watch.

To have messages read aloud, you must also have a compatible pair of headphones connected.

At the time of this writing, the compatible list of devices that support this feature are:

AirPods Max

AirPods (second generation or later)

AirPods Pro

Beats Fit Pro


Powerbeats Pro

Beats Solo Pro

In addition to those headphones, your iOS or watchOS device will need to be running iOS 15 and watchOS 8.

To enable this feature, navigate to the following on your Apple Watch:

Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.

Tap Siri | Announce Notifications.

Turn on the Announce Notifications toggle

By default, apps will be disabled for Announce Messages. Scroll below where the feature was enabled to see a list of apps installed on your device that send push notifications.

Enable the toggle beside each app for which you’d like its push notification read through Siri

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iPhone or iPad stopped connecting to WiFi?

iDROPNEWS helps ~ Whenever your iPhone or iPad can’t connect to your Wi-Fi, and it isn’t your router or network’s fault, you can try to fix it yourself. 

Make sure everything’s connected properly. That means your iPhone’s connected to your network, Airplane mode isn’t on, and your connection is stable enough. 

You can try to restart your iPhone/ iPad and see if that fixes the problem.

If not, you can go to the Wi-Fi settings, forget your network and try connecting your iPhone again. 

If all that fails, you can go to

Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

This will delete all your settings, and you can start from scratch.



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