Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 032 – Show Notes

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Episode: 032

Title: Jayson blacked out


 Hosts: Glenn Goodman, Michael Seamons, Garth Humphreys


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Apple has released a new ad celebrating the Macs 30 Years and a behind the scenes about how it was made.

Great ad

and the “behind the scenes” is definitely worth a look just to be aware how far Phone Cameras have come.

……On the 30th birthday of the Mac, apple directed 15 camera crews across 10 countries to capture the amazing things people are doing with the power of Apple technology. The ambitious film was shot in a single day, entirely on iPhone………


Apple Acknowledges Continuing Issues with OS X Mail, Offers Manual Workaround

Ever since OS X Mavericks was released, some customers using the built-in application have repeatedly had issues retrieving new mail messages, deleting or moving messages, and more. Some of the problems were fixed in an update released back in November, and then in OS X 10.9.1, but for some, the issues retrieving new messages persist.
Some users found that quitting and restarting Mail forced the application to download new messages, but Apple has now published an awkward workaround, which will be in the show notes, that allows the app to stay open while still forcing a download of new messages.
There is no indication of when the bugs with will be fixed, though beta releases of OS X 10.9.2 ask developers to test for issues.
OS X: New email messages not received until Mail is quit and reopened
Quitting and reopening Mail forces it to re-establish a connection to the email server. You can use these steps to receive new mail messages without quitting Mail:
1. Choose Mailbox > Take All Accounts Offline.
2. Choose Mailbox > Get All New Mail.
As a shortcut, you can also add the Take All Accounts Offline and Get Mail buttons to your Mail toolbar.
1. Choose View > Customize Toolbar.
2. Drag the Take All Accounts Offline button to the Toolbar if it is not there already.
3. Drag the Get Mail button to the Toolbar if it is not there already.
4. Click Done
To receive new mail messages, click the Take Offline button, then click the Check Mail button



In a blind camera test pictures from the iPhone 5s beat out ones from its five main competitors, which included a 20.7MP camera
PhoneArena .com did a blind test judged by readers which phone produced the best photos.

The following phones were used in their test: iPhone 5s, LG G2, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z1 and the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. PhoneArena took three sets of six photos using each of the six cameras. Readers were shown all three sets and asked which phone took the best photo, without knowing which camera was responsible.

Out of the six camera’s tested the iPhone 5s came out on top with 34.77 percent of voters choosing it as the superior device. Interestingly the second place and last place went to the Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact, respectively. Despite the gulf between their scores the two Sony phones have the same 20.7MP camera.
Apple Snaps Up Several ‘.Guru’ Domain Names on Launch Day
The first of hundreds of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) began rolling out this week, and it should be no surprise that Apple is looking to protect names related to its products and brands. Among this initial batch of gTLDs being released, Apple has already secured several domains in the “.guru” family, presumably due to its similarity to Apple’s “Genius” naming for the company’s in-store support staff and recommendation features in its digital stores.
Domains in the .guru family that have already been registered by Apple and pointed to the company’s name servers include:
Several others including,, and are currently blocked from registration, presumably at Apple’s request.


PayPay wants in with Apple mobile payments
PayPal wants to be a part of Apple’s mobile payment system and is willing to work closely with the Cupertino company to bring the initiative to fruition, claims a report from Re/code.
Three payments industry executives tell Re/code that eBay-owned PayPal has been pitching to Apple on helping the consumer electronics maker bring its long-rumored payments initiative to fruition.
North Korea’s Official Operating System Rips Off OS X
North Korea is a bizarre place, in which Democratic People’s Republic of Korea dictatorship denies its population any interaction with the West, even as the government’s elite drinks Cristal with Dennis Rodman. In such a regime, you might not be surprised to know that there’s not a lot of Mac users.
However, the North Korean government has released its own operating system, and the latest version looks decidedly familiar. It’s basically Linux skinned to look like OS X, reports Cult Of Mac!
We know from “Japanese, Russian & Chinese Experience” ~ to keep costs down you just copy. So you may as well copy the best, right?

Apple Starts Cracking Down On Apps That Don’t Show Ads (But Do Track Users)
Apple is starting to crack down on apps that request a user’s unique advertising identifier, but not actually show any ads within the app… and Apple may be doing it to put its own iAd network on better competitive footing.
Here’s the deal. Most apps that shows ads track users using a unique identifier called a Identifier for Advertisers, or IDFA. The way ad networks sell ads is by counting up how many unique IDFAs they have for any given app — in other words, the number of people who have installed the app and opened it once — and then charge would-be advertisers according to how many unique IDFAs they claim to have.
So far, so good. But some app developers are using the IDFA to track users for non-advertising purposes.







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