Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 136

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Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

WhatsApp has enabled End-to-End Encryption

Continuing on from the Apple encryption stories of the last few weeks.

WhatsApp has started using full end-to-end encryption.

The idea is simple: when you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us. End-to-end encryption helps make communication via WhatsApp private – sort of like a face-to-face conversation.


Story 2

New Apple TV Ad ‘Father Time’ Released Starring Kobe Bryant

The one-minute spot centres upon Bryant and Jordan using the Apple TV and Siri Remote to open the NBA app, play a movie, and fast forward to a specific time in the movie. The ad uses the same trailer backdrop as the earlier “The Kiss” spot.

The underlying “Father Time” theme of the ad lightly pokes fun at how Bryant’s all-star career with the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he will played the last game of his 20-year career on Wednesday, is coming to an end due to his age.

Apple release 7 new Watch ads, 7


Story 3

Apple continues work to bring data centres in house

Apple is working with China-based server vendor Inspur as part of its ongoing plan to bring its iCloud data services in-house, according to a new report.

At the moment, Apple mainly uses Amazon Web Services for its cloud server needs.

Last month, it was reported that Apple is migrating some of its iCloud business from Amazon Web Services to Google’s Cloud Platform in a deal estimated to be worth between $400 and $600 million.

Today’s news — while not confirmed by either party — suggests that Apple is more than serious about handling its own iCloud data services in the near future.

Inspur currently has more than 60 percent share of China’s Internet service server market, and has previously formed partnerships with companies including Microsoft, LG Electronics, Ericsson, Intel, and IBM. It established an office in California last year, which includes both production labs and an R&D team.


Story 4

Apples Reply to our localisation question last week – the official quote is

“Siri is built in to every iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV, to help our customers find what they need and get things done quickly. Many of our users talk to Siri as they would a friend and sometimes that means asking for support or advice. For support in emergency situations, Siri can dial 000, find the closest hospital, recommend an appropriate hotline or suggest local services, and with “Hey Siri” customers can initiate these services without even touching iPhone.”

So we hope that localising situations that arise like “I was raped” and others that will crop up in the future will be taken on board and realised sooner rather than later.


Story 5

The Loop Magazine app is no longer

Jim Dalrymple, formerly of MacWorld, now of his own The Loop has pulled is app from the app store commenting

“When Apple started Newsstand, I thought it was a way to reach readers with unique content, pay writers well for their content, and create a great experience on an iOS app. I guess I should have realized when Apple killed Newsstand that it was over, but I pressed on. That was a mistake on my part.

Chris Harris and Mateusz Stawecki created what I believe to be the best publishing and reading experience on iOS, and I thank them for that. However, the App Store is not a place for independent publishers.

My struggles are no different from any other developer on the App Store. If you have a game or social media app, you’re golden in Apple’s eyes. Anything else, forget it. (Unless you’re a big publisher, then you’re golden too).

I hate failure, and this was a failure for me. I will learn from it and focus my attention back on The Loop website, where it belongs. I’m sorry to the subscribers of the magazine, and hope you enjoy the upcoming issues I have prepared for you.”


Story 6

Apple grows to 7.4% of worldwide PC market as Windows continues to cede share to the Mac

apple insider reports, Apple continued to grow overall Mac marketshare during the March quarter as most leading Windows PC makers suffered significant setbacks, according to the latest research data from Gartner and IDC.

Apple’s developer portal got a facelift, and it’s beautiful

If you login to your Apple developer account today, it may look a little different. It seems Apple has refreshed the page, though it’s not clear if the change affects everyone immediately.

The main portion of the screen has an iTunes Connect button as well as a direct link to manage Certificates, Identifies and Profiles standard. A new side.   panel gives you quick access to those features as well as CloudKit.



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How To 1

Enabling Apple Music to download songs to your iDevice for offline listening

expanded explanation here


How to 2

Share Mac screens in iMessage

Cult of Mac has an article on how to do it

1 Launch Messages and find the contact you want to share your screen with. Make sure that chat is selected.

2 In the top navigation, click on Buddies.

3 Choose Invite to Share My Screen or Ask to Share Screen, whichever option you want.

4 The person on the other end will get a request that they will have to accept.


How To 3

Nesting Folder in Notes 

So to nest folders for filing in the Notes app on iOS.

You have to do it in the iCloud section on the Notes app on the Mac ~ cant do it in iOS


How To 4

Michael’s Recording Studio


Zoom is our video phone system (less graphics intensive than Skype)

BoinxTV as our video recorder / switcher.

It is setup with the Lower Thirds data, i.e. our name & AMZ logo, the Ad page for athwebhosting, audio input from zoom & my mic, video inputs from zoom via screen grabs for Garth & Glenn, and camera input for me

Soundflower creates a software audio output from Zoom that then can be used in BoinxTV – because the macs audio is being used by my mic

And finally we have started using Piezo to record my audio only so I can send to Garth if there is a problem with the recoding at his end

I create the video file by importing the BoinxTV file, then edit that by removing the crap before and after the “show”. I then add the Intro and Outro files and Share the finished iMovie to YouTube and iTunes


iMac with 3TB drive

Audio Technica ATH 2500 USB mic

Was using Logitech C920 Webcam, but have gone back to my Canon DVC MD120 using Firewire to connect to the iMac

USB numerical keypad as a video switcher for BoinxTV, tried several bluetooth or wireless apps for the iPhone but had to much / or variable delay

A Yongnuo LED light on a tripod that also holds my iPad with the show notes

A mic stand with a clip on pop filter

Some photos will be on the web site in this weeks show notes at


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