Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 005 – Show Notes

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Episode: 005

Title: Fast Five


Hosts: Glenn Goodman, Jayson Walmsley, Garth Humphreys, Jason Oakley (WauloK)


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 Apple ‘Aggressively’ Hiring for Smart Watch Project, Looking Toward Late 2014 Launch

Financial Times reports that Apple is “aggressively” hiring new employees to help with its smart watch effort, suggesting that the company needs additional expertise to tackle the project’s challenges. Sources also indicate that the “iWatch” may not appear until late next year, as has been previously rumored.


Microsoft Shifts Smart Watch Prototype Testing to Surface Hardware Team

Following last week’s management shuffle at Microsoft, the company’s Surface team has taken over testing its prototype smart watch, including variations with the sameconnector that Microsoft uses on its Surface tablets. According to The Verge, Microsoft’s smart watch prototypes were previously tested by the Xbox accessories team.

Apple Reportedly Buys Into a Chip Fab, Looking to Produce Its Own Chips

SemiAccurate reports that Apple is ramping up its efforts to control its own supply chain, seeking to produce its own chips and buying into a chip fabrication facility to accomplish that goal.


Apple has just done something that SemiAccurate has been expecting for months and entered the fab industry. No we are not joking, Apple just bought into a fab, and not in a trivial way either.


Apple Reportedly Signs Deal with Samsung for 14-nm A9 Chips Starting in 2015

The Korea Economic Daily reports that Apple and Samsung today officially signed an agreement that will see the two companies working together on future A-series chips for Apple’s iOS devices, with the deal specifically covering A9 chips based on a 14-nanometer process node starting in 2015. The claim comes just weeks after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) confirmed a deal with Apple to begin producing A-series chips in 2014.

Square Enix Reverses Course on ‘Deus Ex’ Anti-Jailbreak Code

It was reported that users who purchased the new game Deus Ex: The Fallwere unable to properly play the game on jailbroken devices because of an anti-piracy measure. Users were prevented from firing any guns, a key part of the game.

Square Enix has apologized for not properly communicating that the game would not work on jailbroken devices and has announced that it will rectify the issue in a future software update, Eurogamer reports.

Apple Investigating Indonesian Tin Production for Illegal Mining

Apple has updated the Supplier Responsibility page on its website addressing concerns over the illegal mining of tin in Indonesia. The company is funding a new task group with theElectronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) to determine if its suppliers are getting tin from illegal mining operations.


Listener Question


Tony from Newcastle:

I have a late 2010 iMac that has become noticeably sluggish since upgrading to Mountain Lion.

I considered selling my computer and upgrading to a brand new iMac, but my needs don’t presently require that, and I’d rather wait for the new product launches and upgrades coming late this year and in 2014.

So, I’m looking for some advice on a RAM upgrade to my current machine.  Are there any particular brands you folks recommend? Also, any pointers to useful how-to videos for my particular model would be much appreciated.



1. Find out the exact model of your mac: apple>about this mac.


Click MORE INFO (will give you model, ie. MacBook Air, 11 inch, late 2010).


If you click SYSTEM REPORT you will get the exact model identifier for your model, i.e. MacBookAir3,1.

2. A common goto site is in the US that will guide you through to the right RAM and also provide videos, etc.


But in Australia I have used and had good success with, they ask the model, provide some different options in relation to brand/sizes and in most cases I have received RAM the next day.


iFixit provide some good videos on getting into your mac, but on an imac it is pretty simple, normally one panel to open and you are in. You don’t have to pull out the screen or anything!

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