Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 006 – Show Notes

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Episode: 006

Title: City Under Seige


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


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New Details Emerge on Security Researcher Potentially Responsible for Dev Center Outage


Independent security researcher Ibrahim Balic speculated that he may responsible for the security breach that caused an extended outage of Apple’s Developer Center, which has been offline since late last week. Despite Balic’s claim that he reported his findings directly to Apple and did not intend to act maliciously, information that he gave in an interview with TechCrunch suggests somewhat questionable behavior. While Balic says that it was possible to access user data by exploiting the Dev Center issue, he claims that he did not do so. According to TechCrunch, Balic’s YouTube video (which has since been removed) contained full names and email addresses, and it is unclear where they originated.


In an email to developers, Apple revealed that its Developer Center website was breached by unknown hackers and was taken offline last Thursday as a precaution.


The company notes that sensitive personal information was “encrypted and cannot be accessed” but that Apple’s engineers “could not rule out the possibility” that developer names, mailing addresses and email addresses may have been accessed.


Apple says it is overhauling its developer systems.


Apple Testing Screens for a Larger iPhone and a 13-Inch iPad



The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple and its suppliers are testing larger screens for both the iPhone and iPad:


In recent months, Apple has asked for prototype smartphone screens larger than 4 inches and has also asked for screen designs for a new tablet device measuring slightly less than 13 inches diagonally, they said. The current iPhone 5 has a four-inch screen, while the iPad has a 9.7-inch screen. The iPad Mini, a stripped-down version of its tablet computer, has a 7.9-inch screen.


Reports of larger screen sizes for Apple’s iPhone model are not new. Multiple reports have already suggested that Apple has been experimenting with screen sizes as large as 5.7″ for the iPhone.


Low-Cost iPhone and iPad 5 to Ship in Early September with iPhone 5S Coming Later, No Retina iPad mini in 2013?


Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S is expected to retain the same form factor as the iPhone 5, but it is said to feature upgrades like a higher megapixel camera, a new slow motionvideo mode, and a fingerprint sensorreportedly the factor behind the production delays.



Apple Reaches Podcasting Milestone with 1 Billion Subscriptions

According the Podcasts section of the iTunes Store, Apple has just hit a milestone of one billion Podcast subscriptions. Originally introduced in 2005, Podcasts allow both individuals and major companies to broadcast episodic radio-style shows.


In honor of the one billion milestone, Apple has highlighted a number of its most popular podcasts over the years in a new iTunes section which offers up a number of classic Podcasts alongside New and Noteworthy content.


Apple’s Q3 2013 earnings call tomorrow

This quarter brought a wealth of Apple product announcements, many of them highly anticipated—iOS 7 and the completely redesigned Mac Pro are standouts. And while OS X 10.9 doesn’t look like as big of an overhaul, it does introduce quite a few new features. You can’t sell announcements, though, and the actual new products made available during this quarter—the new MacBook Air, a low-end iPod touch, and 802.11ac AirPort Extremes and Time Capsules—aren’t exactly huge growth drivers for the company.


As a result, many analysts are expecting Apple’s sales to stay even or drop slightly as high-profile products like the iPhone 5 and both iPads approach the end of their refresh cycles. Some also anticipate profits to drop even if sales stay the same, reflecting lower average selling prices for some products and lower profit margins on popular devices like the iPad mini.


FINALLY – Man views porn using Safari, files lawsuit against Apple

Sevier claims his porn addiction started because of a simple typo in Safari, he was trying to access “”, but  accidentally, he says — typed “F**,” an adult site that “appealed to his biological sensibilities as a male and led to an unwanted addiction with adverse consequences.” He alleges Apple’s porn offering led to unfair competition between his wife and porn stars, which ultimately caused a deteriorating relationship.


Above the Law notes in an update that the lawyer-plaintiff in this case was put on “inactive status” by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2011 due to “mental infirmity or illness.”



Listener Question


Greg from Melbourne:

I’m a big fan of using Siri for dictation on my iPhone, rarely typing in messages any more. I’d love the same capability on my Mac, but it’s not running iOS and doesn’t have Siri. Can I use voice dictation anyway on my Mac?




Siri on the Mac? Not yet. Coming some day, the rumours say, but when?


On the other hand there is a way of performing dictation on your Mac. It just won’t chat with you. It only listens and converts your words into text. To use it on your Mac, jump into TextEdit — though it works with any app once it’s enabled — and create a new document. Then look for “Start Dictation” on the Edit menu:



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