Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 176

Show 176 – Jan 30, 2017

Run Sheet ~ Garth & Michael & Nick

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings
Story 1

Researchers Issue Security Warnings About Several Popular Android VPN Apps

A study by researchers from Data61/CSIRO, UC Berkeley, UNSW Sydney, and UCSI finds that several popular VPN services on Android open up a variety of security holes, including injecting JavaScript for ads and tracking services, traffic redirection to commerce sites, and more.

VPNs are useful for encrypting your web traffic or getting around regional restrictions. Most of these VPN services require a subscription, but many also offer free options. Researchers tested 283 different apps and found that many of those apps inject adware, trojans, malvertising, or spyware. What they found was not great:

18% do not encrypt traffic
84% leak user data
38% reveal malware or malvertising
80% request access to sensitive data like user accounts or text messages

Story 2

Just two weeks after not-so-quietly removing the Finder for AirPods app, which helped nervous AirPod owners locate their misplaced Bluetooth audio devices, Apple announced its own official Find My AirPods utility inside the already familiar Find My iPhone app.

Story 3

Fake News

Google has shut out nearly 200 websites from its advertising platform since announcing it would purge fake news publishers last November.

The search giant released the number as part of its annual fraudulent advertising report, in which the company recaps its efforts to fight scams, malware and other harmful ads over the course of the past year.

Story 4


Maps again reminded me of a traffic incident ahead, BUT I was still on the fastest route.

promote podcast awards

Also April 1st will be the first Australian Podcast awards. Will keep you all in the loop regarding news.

Story 5

AMZ get together

I’m planning a couple of Aussie Mac Zone get togethers in April. eMail Garth or myself your Suburb so we can figure out central locations.

The more people for each state will decide where we go.


Story 6

HP Recalls Over 100,000 Laptop Batteries, Here’s How to Check Yours

HP is recalling batteries used in a variety of the company’s laptops because of fire concerns. The affected models include the HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavillion laptops sold between March 2013 and October 2016.

To check if your laptop’s battery is recalled, head to HP’s recall site and follow the instructions. You can either download a utility that will check your system or you can check it manually yourself. If you battery is on the list, they recommend taking out the battery immediately and only working off external power until you get the replacement. Not all models are affected, but this is an expansion from an earlier recall back in June of 2016, so it’s worth checking again if you thought you were in the clear.



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How To 1

Create PDF

Also new in iOS 10, you’ll now be able to create a PDF from the print panel much like you have long been able to do on the Mac. After selecting Print, you can access the feature by pinching out from the print preview screen with two fingers and hitting the share menu in the upper right corner (or use peek and pop with 3D Touch instead of pinching). Any app that can accept PDF sharing will be under the share menu and you can send your newly created PDF from there.

How To 2

Facebook’s New Privacy Basics Page Is An Interactive Guide to Facebook’s Obtuse Privacy Settings

Facebook has been trying to simplify and help people understand its privacy settings for a while now, and today they’re launching a new interactive tool that functions as both a series of how-to guides and a checkup tool.

The new Privacy Basics page is essentially an interactive manual where you can dig into a variety of privacy and security settings. Every page has a series of frequently asked questions and you can access your own settings directly from the guide. You can also go through the Privacy Checkup to make sure all your settings are as dialed in as you think they are.

How To 3

ios safari request desktop site

Step 1: Open Safari on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad and visit any website that has both a mobile and a desktop version.

Step 2: Once the site loads, tap and hold on the refresh symbol located at the rightmost side within Safari’s current URL box.

Step 3: A menu will pop up with an option to see a desktop version of the website in its full glory. To cancel your request, tap once anywhere outside the prompt.


Garth’s Roundup of the things Michael missed or forgot

Garth’s suggested app

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