Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 151

Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Stagefright-style vulnerability discovered in OS X and iOS, update for protection

Security researchers last year discovered what they described as ‘the worst Android vulnerability ever,’ able to infect a phone with malware simply by sending an MMS message to it. The vulnerability, dubbed Stagefright, didn’t even require people to open the message for their phone to be infected.

A Cisco researcher has now discovered a similar vulnerability in OS X and iOS, that could allow an attacker to gain access to your stored passwords and files simply by sending you a malicious image file.



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Story 2

The US Army is dumping Android for ‘fast, smoother’ iPhone 6s

The US Army has decided to stop using Android devices and has instead switched to iPhones for its special operations forces that engage in unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, direct action, foreign internal defence and counterterrorism missions.

Special forces make use of smartphones currently as a battlefield situational awareness tool. The USASOC has apparently become fed up with the Android because it often “freezes up” while performing tasks.


Story 3

BlackBerry CEO uses security summit to once more attack Apple’s use of strong encryption

There must be some kind of irony award for using a security summit to attack the use of strong encryption, and BlackBerry CEO John Chen seems determined to win it. Speaking at the BlackBerry Security Summit, Chen said that he is ‘disturbed’ by Apple’s decision to work hard to keep its devices and messaging services secure, reports Patently Apple.

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Story 4 a & b

Apple regains status as world’s favourite company

Each year, FutureBrand looks at the 100 biggest companies by market capitalisation, asks 3,000 consumers and industry professionals in 17 countries about them and produces a ranking of what it calls perception strength, rather than financial strength.

This year shows Apple regaining the top spot, after last year’s painfully abject slide into second place behind Google.

Apple is selling country-themed Apple Watch bands for the Olympics, but only 14 Countries

They will only be sold at the Apple Store in Barra da Tijuc, a neighbourhood in the west of Rio de Janeiro.

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Great Britain, the USA.


Story 5

App Store nets devs twice as much money as Google Play 

Android might have more apps and a lot more users than iOS these days, but it’s still trailing far behind when it comes to making money for developers. Last quarter, the App Store made twice as much money than Google Play for app makers.

Android has long had a problem generating good money for app developers. Many users would sooner look at ads than cough up for premium titles, and thanks to the ability to side-load software package, piracy is a massive issue.



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How To 1

A handy little camera trick

When using your BIG SLR camera total pictures of that lovely waterfall. Try to take a snap with your iPhone.

The GPS data is easy to transfer to all you pics when you get home.

So you can get to use all you best shots in your holiday snaps photo journal!


How To 2

A handy little camera trick

When using your BIG SLR camera total pictures of that lovely waterfall. Try to take a snap with your iPhone.

The GPS data is easy to transfer to all you pics when you get home.

So you can get to use all you best shots in your holiday snaps photo journal!


How To 3

Safari shortcuts

Opt+Cmd1  Favourite 1

Opt+Cmd2  Favourite 2

Opt+Cmd3  Favourite 3


Note – these were Cmd+1 BUT are now Opt+Cmd+1

Note2 – Cmd+1 will give you the current first tab Cmd+2 will give you the next tab to the right

Mail shortcuts

Cmd+1  Favourite Mailbox 1 ~ in my case Inbox

Cmd+2  Favourite Mailbox 2 ~ in my case VIPs

Cmd+3  Favourite Mailbox 3 ~ in my case Sent


As determined by the Mail menu Mailbox,

scroll down to Go to Favorite Mailbox


How to 4

Fix iPhone videos that are mistakenly started in portrait mode

How to fix vertical videos on iOS using iMovie

Step 1: Open iMovie.

Step 2: Tap the Videos tab and select the clip that you wish to fix.

Step 3: Tap the Share button and tap Create Movie → Create New Movie.

Step 4: Perform a rotate gesture on the viewer to rotate the video to the correct orientation.

Step 5: Tap Done in the upper left-hand corner.

Step 6: Tap the Share button and tap Save Video to save the fixed video back to the photo library.

How To 5

Another keyboard shortcut

Cmd+W then Cmd+delete or esc to cancel

Say your in the TextEdit app

Just wiped up a quick sign and printed it

Now Cmd+W to close the sign

the box comes up asking you if you want to save it

enter Cmd+delete to remove the box or esc if you really did not want to get rid of the sign



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(by Sunday August 7, 2016)

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