Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 132

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Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael

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Story 1

Finally Confirmed

Apple have changed their presentation day to suit Australian AussieMacZone listeners

Apple confirms 10:00 am Pacific Time March 21

The event will be live-streamed on, if you’re using a Mac with OS X 10.8.5 and Safari 6.0.5 or later, a PC with Microsoft’s Edge browser for Windows 10, or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 7 or later. It’ll also work on Apple TV, second-gen and up.


Story 2

Audiobooks Purchased From Apple Can Now Be Re-Downloaded Through iCloud

Apple recently updated its policy on audiobooks, allowing customers who have purchased audiobooks directly from Apple to re-download them using iTunes in the Cloud through iBooks on iOS devices or through iTunes on a Mac or PC. Audiobooks are now listed in a customer’s iBooks purchase history and can be re-downloaded just like standard e-books.

According to a support document on downloading past purchases, the change was made on March 3. Prior to that date, audiobooks could not be re-downloaded through iCloud and were only available if they were included in a backup made on a Mac or PC.


Story 3

Samsung is building a new social network called Waffle 

If you’re building a new social network likely to get battered in the marketplace, you may as well call it Waffle. The latest entry in the ever-expanding category of Weird Samsung Things allows you to post a photo that your friends can annotate by adding their own photos or drawings in a grid surrounding the original. It’s a product of the C-Lab, a skunkworks inside Samsung that develops and tests new products. “Waffle offers a new, differentiated service that illustrates multiple points of view to generate a collaborative story,” the company says. It’s currently in beta in Android.

Waffle was named after the grids of images that users create. A video about the app shows someone wishing a friend a happy birthday, and other friends chiming in with birthday wishes of their own in separate squares. The grids are technically infinite — users can continue expanding them in every direction. That gives them potential to be akin to “a communal graffiti wall,” the company says, with each user contributing a piece of a larger whole. In one

example, a user posts a photo of a rabbit sitting on a wall; other users fill in the surrounding pieces of the wall below and the sky above using drawings. “Waffle enables users to add their own perspective to someone else’s content, and vice versa,” says Joseph Kim, who’s heading up Waffle, in a statement.


Story 4

Personal Praise Here 

A close friend of mine talked at a UNESCO Symposium this week. The symposium was part of Mobile Learning Week, UNESCO’s  flagship ICT in education event.


Story 5

iOS 9.3 Beta 7

Nightshift is probably the biggest changer the average user of an iOS device.  It changes the colour of the backlighting of the display at night so as to NOT give your senses a rev just before your put down your device to go to sleep.

In the education market there should be the ability to have multiple user sign in for iPads allowing say different apps on who is signed in.

We will wait and see ~ maybe Tuesday our time?


Story 6

Microsoft announces Xbox Live cross-network support

Microsoft on Monday revealed a major shift in its console gaming strategy with the announcement of cross-network Xbox Live gameplay, and with seemingly open support for all comers, the feature could make its way to titles distributed through Apple’s iOS, Mac and tvOS App Stores.


Story 7

Apple Car

Analyst reports the Apple car will be $75,000 and be available in 2021.

Mind you his predictions have not been so good so far.


Story 8

2 iPhone users, who shouldn’t be.

Eric Schmidt former CEO of Google, and current executive chairman of its parent company Alphabet. Was photographed using an iPhone at an event in Korea recently. Why not an Android device?

Donald Trump is also still using an iPhone and his staff are also still tweeting from an iPhone. What happened to his boycott?


How To 1

Password Length

Garth suggests we should increase the length of our passwords to make it more difficult for the attempted intruders.

ie does not have to be harder JUST longer

(2016Michael2016) compared to Michael is 1,000s of times harder to crack




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How to 3

more Siri tips

Coin flips and die rolls

Ask Siri to flip a coin, and she’ll randomly tell you either heads or tails. Want to play a game of chance? Siri can roll the dice for you.

Plane spotting

Ask Siri “what planes are flying overhead,” and she will retrieve a list of planes currently flying over your location, complete with a direction to look for them.

Pronunciations – fix them

Siri without a clue how to pronounce certain names? Let her know. Say “learn how to pronounce…” and say the contact name. You’ll be able to walk her through the right pronunciation in under a minute.


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