Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 181

Show 181 – March 13, 2017

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

FBI – wikileaks

US investigators looking for those responsible for the recent WikiLeaks release of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secret files are suspecting a small number of CIA contractors to be behind the leak, local media said.

The investigators have narrowed their search down to a team of software developer contractors in Virginia, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a source familiar with the investigation.

The contractors worked on developing tools used by the CIA to hack phones, computers and televisions connected to the internet. Several of the CIA Engineering Development Group contractors have already been questioned by no one has been detained so far, according to the source, who added that the investigation was unfolding rapidly.

In interpreting the leaked documents, WikiLeaks said that the CIA used the US consulate in Frankfurt as a covert base for its hackers covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The hackers operating out of the consulate were receiving diplomatic passports and cover from the US State Department, according to the leaked documents.

And this report is from a Moscow publication.

o read in it what you wish.


Story 2

FBI – wikileaks part 2 ~ How it directly effects us!

Apple and Google have both made statements saying “that many of the disclosed vulnerabilities have been patched and they are continuing to work rapidly to address others identified”


Story 3

It’s official we finally have a Apple NEWS Channel

I have two reviews you may have already seen.

More later in the How To’s


Story 4

New Zealand is offering free holidays to people who agree to a job interview

New Zealand will give you a free holiday — all you have to do is agree to a job interview in Wellington.

Known as the South Pacific’s tech and innovation capital, the city — through a campaign called LookSee Wellington — is inviting 100 people in to interview for 100 tech jobs with an all-expenses-paid trip to boot.

The visit will involve “four days of pre-arranged job interviews, meet-ups and exploration, with all flights and accommodation paid for,” according to the company.

Airport transport connections are also covered. Candidates will only need to pay for their food, drink, and entertainment.

The campaign is a partnership between the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) and Workhere New Zealand, a private sector business specialising in global recruitment marketing.

Keen to apply? These are the next steps:

Potential candidates must register their interest here before March 20.

Employers from “leading tech companies” will then review candidates’ profiles, and will “nominate” the best. The more nominations you get, the more likely you are to win.

The trip will take place from May 8 to 11. The companies will make offers to the best candidates after meeting with the candidates in Wellington.

registration link

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Story 5

Apple’s iPhone-destroying robots are ‘operating’ in California and Europe

Last spring, Apple introduced a new robot at its spring event, Liam, whose job it is to take apart iPhones so more of the valuable materials inside could be recovered and reused.

Liam “production line” systems are currently operating in California and the Netherlands, Apple said in a report published on February 21.

One Liam system can disassemble 1.2 million iPhone 6 units in a year, according to the report. The maximum 2.4 million phones the two systems can take apart per year are a fraction of the 211 million iPhones Apple sold in 2016.

Last spring, Apple said that its robot could take apart one iPhone 6 every 11 seconds.

Apple also revealed how much more materials Liam can save over shredding, which is how electronics are commonly destroyed.

“For every 10,000 phones that Liam disassembles, we have the potential to recover 190 kg of aluminium, 80 kg of copper, 0.13 kg of gold, 0.04 kg of platinum group metals, 0.70 kg of silver, 5.5 kg of tin, and 2.4 kg of rare earth elements,” Apple wrote.

The report was part of information that Apple provides on an annual basis because of “green bonds” worth $US1.5 billion that Apple issued in 2016. Green bonds are intended to make it easier for investors to identify environmentally friendly projects. Apple’s debt follows a set of voluntary guidelines called the Green Bond Principles.

Liam in action video

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This Weeks Discussion

Should we be worried about the government being able to tap our phones or does it only apply to baddies?

    • Do we need to speak out as the law slowly changes
    • How can you speak out
    • Is each election cycle to late
    • Will we ever know, like the US, whats happening in Australia
    • Why does it really matter



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How To 1

Apple News Channel

    • Open the Apple News app on your iPhone or iPad
    • Click Search
    • Search for Aussie Mac Zone
    • It will appear under Top Hit, Click the Heart Button
    • Click Done
    • the Aussie Mac Zone channel will now appear in the Favourites section at the bottom


How To 2

Night Shift Mode for Macs (is coming soon in 10.12.4 we hope)

Night shift mode, like on you iDevice changes the colour of the display depending on the day light outside.

Night Shift can be toggled on and off using the new Night Shift switch located in the Today section of the Notification Centre. (the stripe lines top right of your menu)

Or open System Preferences and select Display

Now Click the Night Shift Tab and make adjustments, if you like

Or you can use the Flux app  now


How To 3

Re-using your Apple Bags

  • Dirty Clothes Bag when travelling
  • Shoe Bag when travelling
  • Toiletries Bag when travelling
  • Simple Bag for carrying your headphones, charger and cable anytime
  • Gym Bag


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