Show 409 – Apr 1, 2022
Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael
Our Aussie Apple Ramblings
Happy Birthday Apple 46 years old today
1 April 1976, Los Altos, California, United States
Apple Computers, Inc. was founded on April 1, 1976, by college dropouts Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, who brought to the new company a vision of changing the way people viewed computers. Jobs and Wozniak wanted to make computers small enough for people to have them in their homes or offices.
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Apple’s Latest Update Can Brick Your Mac
Apple’s macOS 12.3 update is bricking Macs across the board.
Lifehacker reports ~ When it comes to updates, especially from Apple, I’m usually one to say install it ASAP.
After all, these updates usually go through weeks, if not months, of beta testing—plenty of time to find and weed out the big bugs.
However, even with fun new features like Universal Control, you should be warned about macOS 12.3. Depending on its repair history, installing this latest update could brick your Mac.
macOS 12.3 is a safe update for most Macs
It’s possible you already updated to macOS 12.3 and didn’t run into any issues. I can say the same, since both my iMac and MacBook Pro are running just fine after I installed the latest update.
I’m happily using Universal Control, sending new emoji, and generally enjoying the other fresh features the update has to offer.
However, if you’ve ever had your Mac’s logic board replaced, do not download and install the update.
According to MacRumors, macOS 12.3 does not play nice with machines with new logic boards. When you attempt to update one of these computers to 12.3, you’ll see anything from error messages to endless restarts to the worst-case scenario, a bricked Mac.
MS 12.3.1 came out today
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Apple Music faces second outage in two days, currently down for many users
First responders found an unidentified substance at Apple Park.
9TO5Mac reports ~ Users of Apple’s services on Monday experienced several issues as the company’s servers were completely down for a few hours. After just one day, Apple Music is currently down for several users around the world.
It’s unclear what’s causing today’s outage, as Apple has yet to confirm that Apple Music is down on its System Status webpage. On Twitter, multiple users have been reporting in the last hour that they are unable to use Apple Music. DownDetector indicates that the problems may also be affecting other Apple platforms, such as the App Store.
9to5Mac was able to confirm that Apple Music has indeed been slow or even not working at all at the moment.
During yesterday’s outage, nearly all of Apple’s services were down, including Apple Music, App Store, iMessage, and iCloud. Even internal Apple platforms used by employees were down, which affected the operation of Apple Retail Stores around the world.
Update: Apple has now confirmed the outage on its website. According to the company, App Store, Apple Books, Apple Music, and Apple Podcasts are currently down to some users. Apple says it is now investigating the outage.
Update 2: Apple says the outage has now been fixed.
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Apple’s US$4.7B in Green Bonds supports innovative green technology
The company plans to use the world’s first commercial-purity low-carbon aluminium from ELYSIS in the iPhone SE
Investments from Apple’s US$4.7 billion in Green Bonds have helped jump-start the development of new low-carbon manufacturing and recycling technologies, the company announced today.
Apple has issued three Green Bonds since 2016, with projects showcasing how the investments can reduce global emissions and bring clean power to communities around the world.
As part of this work, Apple is purchasing direct carbon-free aluminium following a major advancement in smelting technology to reduce emissions.
The aluminium is the first to be manufactured at industrial scale outside of a laboratory without creating any direct carbon emissions during the smelting process.
The company intends for the material to be introduced in the iPhone SE.
“Apple is committed to leaving the planet better than we found it, and our Green Bonds are a key tool to drive our environmental efforts forward,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.
“Our investments are advancing the breakthrough technologies needed to reduce the carbon footprint of the materials we use, even as we move to using only recyclable and renewable materials across our products to conserve the earth’s finite resources.”
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Apple-owned Shazam updated with in-depth concert and tour information
9TO5Mac again ~ Apple-owned Shazam is rolling out a handful of new features centred around concerts.
With the latest version of the Shazam app for iOS, users can “explore upcoming live music shows” thanks to integration with Bandsintown.
Apple and Shazam also tout that this new feature will help increase exposure for artists.
With Bandsintown integration, Shazam will now show you concert information and ticket information when you search for a song or Shazam a song.
Here are the details on how this feature will work:
By simply Shazaming a song, searching for it in the Shazam app or on the Shazam website, users can find concert information and tickets on sale for upcoming shows nearby.
They can also launch a Shazam Artist page to explore dates, times and locations of upcoming live shows, tap on any concert to view additional tour information, share show details, and add events to their calendar.
The entire experience is seamless and secure.
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Apple’s “CODA” wins historic Oscar for Best Picture at the Academy Awards
“CODA” becomes the first film with a predominantly Deaf cast to win Best Picture, star Troy Kotsur is the first Deaf male actor to win an Oscar, Siân Heder wins Best Adapted Screenplay, and Apple becomes the first streaming service honoured with Best Picture at the Academy Awards
Apple this week made history after “CODA” landed three Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with wins for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Siân Heder. The winners were revealed at the 94th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
“CODA” is the first motion picture starring a predominantly Deaf cast in leading roles to win Best Picture; Troy Kotsur is the first Deaf male actor to win Best Supporting Actor; and writer-director Siân Heder earned her first-ever Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
“On behalf of everyone at Apple, we are so grateful to the Academy for the honors bestowed on ‘CODA’ this evening,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “We join our teams all over the world in celebrating Siân, Troy, the producers, and the entire cast and crew for bringing such a powerful representation of the Deaf community to audiences, and breaking so many barriers in the process.
It has been so rewarding to share this life-affirming, vibrant story, which reminds us of the power of film to bring the world together.”
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Apple and Major League Baseball announce first 12 weeks of “Friday Night Baseball” double-header schedule beginning 8 April (US Eastern Daylight Time)
Scheduled games are free and available to anyone with internet access via Apple TV+ for a limited time
Apple and Major League Baseball (MLB) today announced the first half of the 2022 “Friday Night Baseball” schedule. These scheduled games are available to anyone with internet access, for free, on Apple TV+.
“Friday Night Baseball” will premiere on 8 April (US Eastern Daylight Time) with two marquee games: the New York Mets versus the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros versus the Los Angeles Angels.
On 15 April, MLB will commemorate Jackie Robinson Day, marking the 75th anniversary of the Hall of Famer’s historic Major League debut. On that night, “Friday Night Baseball” will be there to celebrate this special occasion by featuring coverage of the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago White Sox. Robinson’s MLB franchise, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium.
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How to (Finally) Switch to a Chronological Feed on Instagram
See everything—instead of just what Instagram thinks you want to see.
Lifehacker helps us ~ Instagram has finally brought back the ability to view your feed in chronological order.
The default feed on Instagram mixes recent posts with older ones, which makes it hard to tell which posts are actually new.
The app also adds clutter to your feed in the form of “suggested” posts, from accounts you do not follow. But now, you have the option to switch to the good old days of a chronological feed.
How to switch to Instagram’s chronological feed
To bring back the chronological feed on Instagram, follow these steps:
- Make sure you’ve updated to the latest versions of Instagram on Android and iPhone.
- Open Instagram on your phone, and tap the Instagram logo in the top-left corner.
- This will reveal a drop-down menu with two options: Following and Favourites. Tap Following to switch to the chronological feed. The newest posts will show up at the top and the oldest ones will be at the bottom of your feed.
If nothing happens when you tap the Instagram logo, the feature has probably not been rolled out to your phone yet.
You can tell if you have access to the chronological feed on Instagram by looking for a small down arrow icon next to Instagram’s logo on the app’s home screen.
If you see the arrow, you have this feature.
If the down arrow doesn’t show up for you immediately, you can try tapping the Instagram logo a couple times to reveal it.
If it still doesn’t show up, you’ll have to wait for it to be rolled out to you.
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Play a recording in Voice Memos on iPhone
In the Voice Memos app , tap a recording and use the playback controls to listen to it.
Apple helps us ~ Just one of the features is
Skip over gaps when playing back a recording.
Voice Memos can analyse your audio and automatically skip over gaps when playing it.
- Tap the recording you want to play.
- Tap the Playback Settings button, then turn on Skip Silence.
- Tap the Close button, then tap the Play button to play the recording.
Note: Turning on Skip Silence doesn’t change the recording itself, only how it sounds when you play it.
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Apple quietly adds valuable new feature to Mac Voice Control, but more work needed
9TO5Mac again ~ Colin Hughes, a quadriplegic Apple user who often shares his experience of accessibility features on Apple devices, has reported that Apple has quietly added a valuable new Mac Voice Control feature.
Although it isn’t shown in the release notes, it appears to have been added in macOS Monterey 12.3
As the name suggests, Voice Control is designed to allow people to control their Mac using voice commands, rather than a mouse or trackpad.
Additionally, text can be dictated rather than typed. Both features are crucially important to those who don’t have full use of their arms.
A huge benefit of both Voice Control and dictation on Apple devices is that it works offline.
However, this poses an issue when you replace your Mac, as there was previously no way to transfer your custom commands and vocabulary. This feature has now been added.
In macOS 12.3 you can now import or export Vocabulary and Custom Commands in Accessibility on Mac from a new drop-down menu visible as soon as you open Voice Control.
Because Voice Control and everything you dictate stays on device, and not in the cloud, these new features will be helpful in transferring custom vocabulary and commands built up over time to a new Mac.
I have called for this functionality since Voice Control was launched three years ago and most recently last August 2021. It’s a long awaited improvement.
Hughes says that Voice Control is a great application, and it’s to the company’s immense credit that the tech is bundled in free with every Mac, iPad, or iPhone. He welcomes this latest development.
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Things You Never Knew iCloud Could Do
Directly share cloud files
Slash Gear helps with ~ iCloud is a great place to backup your files, which means it’s also a great way to share those files with other people.
Apple makes this possible with its iCloud Drive sharing feature — you can simply create a private link to a file and send it to the recipient.
Once they receive it, the recipient can tap the link to access the file.
As Apple explains on its support website, iCloud users can share links to both files and folders located within their Drive.
Depending on your goal, you can put on a limit that only allows the recipient to view the content, though when necessary, you can also share a file that they’re able to edit.
This can be used to, for example, provide a lab partner with access to notes or make it easy for a colleague to read and edit a report.
You can stop sharing content with others at any point by opening the document or folder in iCloud Drive (or an app that supports the iCloud sharing feature), tapping the “Share” button, and then tapping the “Manage” option to view and adjust the sharing permissions.
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