Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 167

Show 167 – Nov 14, 2016

Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

31 More Aussie Banks Just Signed Up To Apple Pay

Four million more Aussies will be able to use their banks’ credit cards on Apple Pay soon, with credit card processing giant Cuscal signing off a deal with Apple that sees Credit Union Australia, Police Bank, Bank Australia and dozens of other banks and credit unions added to the contactless payment app for iPhone and Apple Watch.

The 31 banks and credit unions listed on Cuscal’s website — including Credit Union Australia (CUA), Bank Australia, Teacher’s Mutual Bank and Police Bank — may be added to in the future, with Cuscal saying it expected more of its banking partners to come on board in the near future. Previously, Apple Pay support was limited to American Express and ANZ Bank.



Story 2

“Hey, Siri!” Sending & Receiving Money with PayPal is Now Easier

With so many P2P transactions happening during such a busy season, we’re excited to give our users an early holiday present: starting November 10, Siri will be integrated with PayPal. For iPhone and iPad users running iOS 10, making a payment has never been easier – PayPal users can now send and request money via a voice command with Siri. Simply say, “Hey Siri, send Bill $50 using PayPal.” Voila! One less thing to check off the to-do list this holiday season.


Stories 3 a & b

Apple holiday gift promotion

Instead of offering up last year’s categories, the 2016 guide highlights specific devices: the iPhone 7, Apple Watch, iPad Pro, 12-inch MacBook, and Apple TV. Each product except for the Apple TV is accompanied by a pair of suggested accessories, and a link to see more.

All other possible gift ideas are relegated to three categories at the bottom —Music, Photography, and Games & Toys —plus the suggestion of gift cards as an alternative.

Also I believe that the return period for items bought over the Christmas Break have until mid January to be returned / exchanged, instead of the normal 14 days


Customers will have more control over how, when and where they use their cards, thanks to NAB’s new Mobile Banking App to be launched later this year.

The new App will include world-leading card transaction controls, making it easier for customers to conveniently and instantly self-manage their personal Visa debit and credit cards through their mobile device.

And, in an Australian first, NAB customers will be able to instantly use newly approved personal Visa credit cards, with an innovative digital contract feature in the new App not seen anywhere else in the world.

This means customers will be able to instantly use their new credit card through NAB Pay for contactless transactions less than $100, without having to wait for their physical card to arrive in the mail.


Story 4


Google overhauls the iOS Gmail app for the first time in nearly four years

iMore reports, One thing I truly loved about Android was its Google Apps experience. The Gmail app for Android is intuitive, laid out nicely, and ultimately easy and convenient.

The latest update doesn’t just come with a facelift; the iOS Gmail app has a few new tricks up its sleeve.

Finally, swipe to delete

Faster search

Undo send

Google didn’t just overhaul the Gmail app; it added some shiny new features to Calendar to make things more Google-y as well!


Story 5

You can now buy Apple TV apps on iOS, macOS and PC

Apple is making it easier to purchase Apple TV apps by giving users the ability to download them remotely from iOS, macOS, and Windows.

Developers can now create iTunes links for these devices that take customers directly to the product page for their tvOS app.

To take advantage of these links, Apple TV users will need to have enabled automatic downloads on their set-top box. Titles can then be purchased just like those on iOS, and a notification will inform you the download has been sent to your Apple TV.


Story 6

iOS Is Creeping Up, But Aussies Still Love Android

Thanks to Oppo, ZTE, HTC, Sony and Huawei, Android share in Australia increased from 54.5 per cent to 58.2 per cent in the last year – not a bad little bump. But with the launch of the iPhone 7, iOS managed to claw back market share – from 33 per cent to 37.1 per cent since August this year.

And in the Australian Apple Vs Android race, Windows phone is still the banana. Only 2.3 per cent of Aussies use a Windows phone.

Research from Worldpanel ComTech shows iPhone 5s, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 hold three of the top five places in terms of model shares, with the iPhone SE having dropped to 6th place. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge hold the third and fourth positions. There was no mention of the Note 7.

For the month of September alone, however, the iPhone 7 holds the number one spot with its share double the share held by the iPhone 6s in September 2015. Based on those early sales, 80 per cent of iPhone 7 buyers previously owned an Apple device, with the majority upgrading from the iPhone 6.



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How To 1

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How To 2

Turn off auto-boot on the new MacBook Pros

open Terminal and enter

sudo nvram AutoBoot=%01

enter your password, done

want to turn it on again

open Terminal and enter

sudo nvram AutoBoot=%03


How To 3

Sometimes you need to do a clean install and create a new user, due to corrupt or damaged files, a simple migration does not work . So changes from Yosemite onwards to get mail to work you need to do this:-

These are the files you need to copy over from your user’s OLD Library folder:

for Internet Accounts

…/Accounts (folder)

for Mail

…/Mail (folder)

…/Mail Downloads (folder)

…/Containers/ (folder)

…/Preferences/ (file)

…/Preferences/ (file)

…/Preferences/ (file)

…/Preferences/ (file)

…/SyncedPreferences/ (file)

…/SyncedPreferences/ (file)

for Keychain

…/Keychains (folder)


Garth’s Roundup of the things Michael

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