Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 021 – Show Notes

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Episode: 021

Title: Angry Birds…and Western Digital Drive owners


 Hosts: Glenn Goodman, Jayson Walmsley, Michael Seamons, Garth Humphreys


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Introduced at iPhone 5s event, M7-integrated Nike+ Move fitness app launches




Introduced by Apple at the September 10 iPhone 5s event, Nike has launched its Nike+ Move application for the iPhone 5s. The app was originally scheduled to arrive on November 6thalongside the new FuelBand SE hardware, but it appears that Nike unleashed the program a bit early.

The application requires an iPhone 5s as it is completely based off of the new iPhone’s M7 motion co-processor chipset. The M7 chip, which Apple plans to integrate with its own mapping software next year, works with the iPhone’s motion sensors (like the compass and accelerometer) to provide by reliable data while simultaneously improving the phone battery’s overall efficiency.


Apple finally updates Remote iPhone & iPad app for iOS 7


As one of the last of Apple’s own iOS apps to get updated for iOS 7, Apple has just updated its Remote app for iPhone and iPad with a redesign to match its new operating system.

Version 4.0 of Remote adds a completely revamped UI that matches Apple’s other updated iOS apps and UI elements standard in iOS 7. The update also adds support for iTunes 11.

Remote is designed to be in perfect sync with the new iTunes. It is simpler, easier, and gives you new ways to browse your library and see upcoming songs with Up Next. With just a few taps on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, you can add new songs to hear them next from iTunes on a Mac or PC, or an Apple TV. Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were in front of your computer or Apple TV. Or play them from iCloud with iTunes Match on Apple TV. Change a song, pick a playlist, or browse your entire library from anywhere in your home. Control your Apple TV with the flick of your finger or use the keyboard to quickly tap out a title instead of clicking letters on the Apple TV screen.

Other Apple iOS apps yet to get the iOS 7 update treatment include iTunes U, iBooks, and Find my Friends. Update: Apple has added 64-bit support to AirPort Utility.

Remote remains a free Universal download with iPhone and iPad compatibility. Screenshots of the redesigned app below:





Casual Games Collide: Angry Birds Slingshot Their Way To Puzzles & Dragons




Finnish developer and all-around success story Rovio Entertainment announced Monday a new cross-over collaboration with Korean-based GungHo Entertainment, the makers of the almost as highly successful match-three mobile game, Puzzles and Dragons.

The pissed-off avians will show up in the popular role-playing/color matching mashup as an Angry Birds-themed dungeon from November 18 through December 1 of this year. You’ll get to challenge the Angry Birds as enemies in the dungeon, in contrast to their hero role in the Rovio-produced titles.

“Angry Birds is one of the most recognizable entertainment franchises in the world,” said Puzzles & Dragons creator Daisuke Yamamoto in a statement, “and we are thrilled to be working alongside Rovio to give our fans a look at what it would be like if Angry Birds characters invaded the world ofPuzzle & Dragons.”

Both companies are raking in the cash via in-app purchases, game downloads, and associated licensed merchandising, a business model Rovio popularized early on. While Angry Birds still tops the list of most successful mobile games, GungHo’s Puzzle & Dragons is on its way to making $1 billion per year, with over 20 million downloads in Japan alone, though it hasn’t taken off quite as quickly here in the US.

In addition to this Angry Birds crossover, GungHo recently partnered with DC Comics to produce a similar limited-time themed dungeon for Batman: Arkham Origins. The publisher also teamed up with SuperCell in the past to provide Clash of Clans-themed dungeons, too.


Western Digital External Hard Drives Experiencing Data Loss On OS X Mavericks




Western Digital has been emailing customers and warning them about hard drives “experiencing data loss when updating to Apple’s OS X Mavericks.” The problem seems to effect multiple kinds of drives, including the company’s popular MyBook lineup.

According to Western Digital, the incompatibility with Mavericks isn’t a hardware-level issue, but something to do with the software that is shipped with the drives it sells.







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