Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 129

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Story 1

Apple refuses FBI request to unlock iPhone

This story got all the news services going


Story 2

Apple pushes iOS patch to counter the dreaded ‘Error 53’

In light of the recent controversy, Apple issued the following statement to TechCrunch:

Some customers’ devices are showing ‘Connect to iTunes’ after attempting an iOS update or a restore from iTunes on a Mac or PC. This reports as an Error 53 in iTunes and appears when a device fails a security test. This test was designed to check whether Touch ID works properly before the device leaves the factory.

Today, Apple released a software update that allows customers who have encountered this error message to successfully restore their device using iTunes on a Mac or PC.

We apologise for any inconvenience, this was designed to be a factory test and was not intended to affect customers. Customers who paid for an out-of-warranty replacement of their device based on this issue should contact AppleCare about a reimbursement.

Those affected received an error message telling them to update via iTunes which caused their phone to stop working. If your phone is bricked, just plug it into iTunes and the patch should get everything working again.


Story 3

Garth explaining his RSS apps

Wikipedia  ~  RSS (Rich Site Summary; originally RDF Site Summary; often called Really Simple Syndication) uses a family of standard web feed formats[2] to publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video. An RSS document (called “feed”, “web feed”,[3] or “channel”) includes full or summarised text, and metadata, like publishing date and author’s name.

RSS feeds enable publishers to syndicate data automatically. A standard XML file format ensures compatibility with many different machines/programs. RSS feeds also benefit users who want to receive timely updates from favourite websites or to aggregate data from many sites.

Subscribing to a website RSS removes the need for the user to manually check the website for new content. Instead, their browser constantly monitors the site and informs the user of any updates. The browser can also be commanded to automatically download the new data for the user.

Software termed “RSS reader”, “aggregator”, or “feed reader”, which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based, presents RSS feed data to users. Users subscribe to feeds either by entering a feed’s URI into the reader or by clicking on the browser’s feed icon. The RSS reader checks the user’s feeds regularly for new information and can automatically download it, if that function is enabled. The reader also provides a user interface.

Garth’s app choices

Story 4

‘Pong’ comes to the Apple Watch

Old time game ‘Pong’ now available for your Apple Watch. You use your  Crown to move the paddle back and forth.

It has a $1.49 in app purchase for colours, etc

” A tiny game of pong ” is its App Store title

And thanks to Steve who listens to us in Thailand

Who sent us some youtube links of Apple Watch running Yosemite and then of the watch running iOS4


Story 5

Mother uses ‘Find My iPhone’ feature to track down her kidnapped daughter

In a story originally relayed by NBC News, a Pennsylvania woman recently used Apple’s phone tracking software to locate her kidnapped teenage daughter who had been taken more than 150 miles away from her home.

In a statement issued by the Pennsylvania State Police, “the victim’s mother related that she had been receiving text messages from her daughter requesting help. The mother was able to track the victim’s cellphone by utilising iCloud and the Find My iPhone app.”

As it turns out, the victim was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend who, it was later discovered, forcefully took her away after using duct tape to not only cover her mouth, but to bind her hands and feet together as well. Following that, the ex-boyfriend/kidnapper, a man named Joseph Boller put the victim in a trunk and started driving.

Boller is now in police custody


Story 6

Trump calls for a boycott of Apple

Just one day after taking on the pope, doughy presidential candidate Donald Trump has attacked yet another institution that inspires religious devotion from its followers: Apple. Reuters reports, Trump said that Americans should “boycott Apple” until the company agrees to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by one of the terrorists in last year’s San Bernardino massacre.

Earlier this week, Trump ripped Apple for refusing to comply with a court order mandating that it create software to disable its own passcode security protocols.

Last thing on this, Trump is still tweeting form an iPhone.


Story 7

Google Android: Xbot malware contains cocktail of data theft and ransomware

A fresh strain of Android malware called Xbot has been discovered by security researchers that boasts a vicious cocktail of banking Trojan, data theft capabilities and ransomware. Uncovered by the Unit42 security team at Palo Alto Networks, more than 20 Android applications have been found to be injected with the malware to date. While not yet “in the wild” research indicates the developer is rapidly enhancing its capabilities.

“The author appears to be putting considerable time and effort into making this Trojan more complex and harder to detect, it’s likely that its ability to infect users and remain hidden will only grow, and that the attacker will expand its target base to other regions around the world,” the Palo Alto researchers said in a blog post.




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How To 1

How to Check Lock Screen Notifications without Triggering Touch ID

Touch ID has seen some major improvements since the release of the iPhone 6s. It’s more accurate and works much more often than it used to. But now, I find Touch ID unlocks my iPhone before I have a chance to check the notification that has popped up. Or, if I’m driving and I just want to change the song from the Lock screen, sometimes Touch ID works too quickly and I end up unlocking my iPhone and having to take the extra step of opening the Music app. Well, here’s our trick to get around that.

We’re used to pressing the Home button to wake our phone up and check notifications that have come in. But if you have Touch ID, get into the habit of using your Wake/Sleep button instead. If you’re trying to access your phone, of course you want Touch ID to work wonderfully. However, if you’re just trying to see who recently sent you a text, use your Wake/Sleep button.

This tip was from the   website


How To 2

Reminder to undo typing on your iDevice

shake it – simple as that


How To 3

Also a reminder use Siri

“ add chocolate to shopping list ”

“ find local McDonalds ”

“ call Karen work OR iPhone on speaker ”

“ add office meeting (whatever the Event is) to   calendar for 9.30AM tomorrow ”

use AM or PM to save time and confusion

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