Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 140

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Apple holds talks on the future of podcasts

Engadget reports Podcasts may not make Apple any direct revenue, but they’re still important in an era when Serial and other big shows are drawing in lots of listeners. And apparently, the company knows it. New York Times sources say that Apple recently held talks with seven “leading podcast professionals” at its headquarters. While the crew at 1 Infinite Loop didn’t vow to make any changes, they reportedly discussed “several pressing issues” in podcasting. The company’s internet software and services lead, Eddy Cue, came in afterwards to talk privately with staff.

There’s certainly pressure for Apple to do something. Spotify added podcast support last year, and Google finally brought podcasts to Android’s official music app last month. In other words, you no longer have to turn to the web or an indie developer’s app to listen when you can’t (or simply won’t) use Apple’s software. The tech giant may have to rethink its strategy if it wants to remain synonymous with a media format that it (and specifically, the iPod) popularised over a decade ago.


Story 2

Apple expands its Accessibility support


We’ve done everything possible

to make everything possible.

Apple products are intuitive and easy to use. And to help you do more in more ways, a variety of award-winning assistive technologies come standard. So every device not only has accessible features — but accessible principles — built right in.


Story 3

Apple VP of Online Retail Bob Kupbens leaves company

9to5Mac is reporting Bob Kupbens, the Vice President in charge of Apple’s growing online retail business, resigned from the company last week to take on a new position elsewhere, according to multiple sources. Kupbens joined Apple in 2014 and has been in charge of all online-based Apple retail initiatives, ranging from the recently redesigned online store, its integration into the main Apple website, the online iPhone upgrade program and newfound connectivity with Apple’s physical retail stores.

Shout Out to David from SA

Thanks for the emails this week suggesting we should get Eric from our sister podcast Aussie Tech Heads to come on explain why he thinks the Apple Watch is a sales disaster, especially as he appears to have a real perspective on other things Apple.

fyi We will be inviting him on!


Story 4

Apple And SAP Form Partnership For iPhone And iPad For Work

Apple has announced a new partnership with SAP for the iPhone and iPad for work, the two companies will work together to brings Apple’s iOS devices to SAP’s enterprise customers.

The partnership will also bring native apps to the iPhone and iPad and integrate with the SAP HANA platform, there will also be a new SDK for iOS and a training academy to help developers build native iOS apps for business.

With Cisco, IBM and now SAP on board, is Apple advancing in the enterprise?

Is this partnership further evidence of Apple strengthening its enterprise proposition for iOS devices?


Story 5

30 years of data shows no link between mobile phones and brain cancer

There is no causal link between mobile phone use and brain cancer, a new epidemiological study by some of Australia’s leading cancer specialists says.

The study looked for an association between data on 19,858 men and 14,222 women diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia between 1982 and 2012 and national mobile phone usage between 1987, when cellular phones were introduced to the country, and 2012. Australia is a particularly useful source for data of this kind, as all cancer diagnoses are formally registered by law, provided an extremely comprehensive data of nationwide cancer incidence.

“The expected number of cases in 2012 (had the phone hypothesis been true) was 1,866 cases, while the number recorded was 1,435.”



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How To 1

Siri read last message from ….

Your driving along and your Apple Watch informs you you have a message from ….

Simply say Hey Siri read me last message from ….

no hands off the wheel, no eyes off the road

Meet Viv, the new voice assistant from the creators of Siri

Viv is going to be a cross-platform assistant that replaces apps and chatbots with conversations.


How to 2

We should all be going to ANZ Bank and getting a VISA or MasterCard debit card

And start using ApplePay!start



How To 3

If you use a keyboard with your iPad or iPhone, you’ll find getting around is a lot easier.

It’s now possible to use a keyboard’s arrow keys to go through the Mail app, and using the spacebar to scroll through Safari is smoother than before.

Here’s another great new keyboard shortcut. If you want to go to the home screen on your iPad, the new shortcut is Command + H. Another recent addition is that you can use Cmd + Space (like on the Mac) to search using Spotlight, and if you just want to pick the top choice, hit enter.

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