Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 131

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Story 1

Apple TV 4 gets Aussie ABC iView

Only ATV4 because it an app


Story 2

Ray Tomlinson, the man who put the @ in email, passes away


Tony Dyson, Creator of R2-D2, Has Passed Away


Story 3

The Donald Trump Factor

Tim cook and others have “secret meeting” to discuss how to halt Donald trump.


Story 4

500 rare Apple II programs and games are now preserved online at the Internet Archive

venturebeat reports ~ In an industry that constantly lusts toward the future, the Internet Archive has once again helped retain tech’s past by announcing that it has saved more than 500 Apple II programs.

The San Francisco-based non-profit has been doing yeoman’s work for years now, maintaining everything from historical copies of webpages to archiving sound and video to digitising out-of-copyright books. The program to preserve the catalogue of Apple II programs is yet another example of this work, and one that provides an important record of the dawn of the personal computing age.

The actual work of finding and uploading the programs is being done by a person (or possibly an anonymous collective) who goes under the name “4am.”

According to a post on the Internet Archive blog, the 4am collection now has passed the 500 program milestone. In fact, the 4am page now says it has 631 Apple II programs. These are part of a larger collection of Apple II programs that stands at 3,897 at the Internet Archive.

But the 4am set is focused on the rarest and hardest to find Apple II programs. As such, users can now experience games like Muppetville, Spy Hunter and Battlezone.

So get ready to relive your childhood or teenage years and watch hours of your adult life disappear into a black hole of nostalgic ecstasy.


Story 5

Apple users reportedly targeted in first known Mac ransomware campaign

venturebeat also reports ~ Apple customers were targeted by hackers over the weekend in the first campaign against Macintosh computers using a pernicious type of software known as ransomware, researchers with Palo Alto Networks told Reuters on Sunday.

Ransomware, one of the fastest-growing types of cyber threats, encrypts data on infected machines, then typically asks users to pay ransoms in hard-to-trace digital currencies to get an electronic key so they can retrieve their data.

Security experts estimate that ransoms total hundreds of millions of dollars a year from such cyber criminals, who typically target users of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

Palo Alto Threat Intelligence Director Ryan Olson said the “KeRanger” malware, which appeared on Friday, was the first functioning ransomware attacking Apple’s Mac computers.

“This is the first one in the wild that is definitely functional, encrypts your files and seeks a ransom,” Olson said in a telephone interview.

An Apple representative said the company had taken steps over the weekend to prevent attacks by revoking a digital certificate from a legitimate Apple developer that enabled the rogue software to install on Macs. The representative said he could not immediately provide other details.

The malware is programmed to encrypt files on an infected personal computer three days after the original infection, according to Olson.

The Transmission site offers the open source software that was infected with the ransomware.

Palo Alto said it planned to release a blog advising Mac users on ways to check to see if they were infected with the virus and steps they can take to protect against it harming their data, Olson said.

Transmission is one of the most popular Mac applications used to download software, videos, music and other data through the BitTorrent peer-to-peer information sharing network, according to Olson.

Representatives with Transmission could not be reached immediately for comment.

The project’s website,, on Sunday carried a warning saying that version 2.90 of its Mac software had been infected with malware.


Story 6

Crowd Sourced App to find cheaper petrol launches in Australia

Petrol stations around Australia will have to smarten up. Launching nationally in Australia Monday, the app GasBuddy allows users to report and compare petrol prices around their location, and hopefully, find a better deal.

Available free on iOS and Android, GasBuddy has joined apps like stock-trading platform Acorn in choosing Australia as its first launch market outside north America.



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How To 1

Cleaning your Apple products

The materials used to make Apple products vary; in some cases, each product might have specific cleaning requirements which vary by the part you’re cleaning. To get you started, here are some tips that apply to all products:

• Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, and similar items that might cause damage.

• Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.

• Keep liquids away from the product.

• Don’t get moisture into any openings.

• Don’t use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives.

• Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.


How to 2


Facedown for battery savings

Train yourself to leave your iPhone on your desk or bedside table so that it’s screen-down. This helps avoid liquid damage should you spill something but, more importantly, it tells the iPhone to not wake in order to show notification messages. Therefore your battery will last longer.

Putting the phone face down also deactivates Hey Siri, so that it no longer listens for the magic words that will cause it to respond (Hey Siri is always-on with the iPhone 6S – unless you turned it off in settings – but only responds if the Lightning cable is connected on the iPhone 5 and 6; putting the phone face down deactivates it regardless of model).

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