Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 184

Show 184 – April 03, 2017

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Happy Birthday to Apple, April 1

Also congratulations to all the winners at the first Australian Podcast Awards last Saturday night.  What a good night out.

I will post the winners and finalists during the week


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

ACCC says Apple Pay will boost card competition

Apple Pay’s ability to toggle through different payment cards was seen as pro-competitive by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and became one of the key factors leading the regulator to favour Apple over the banks.

In an interview with The Australian Financial Review after the ACCC knocked back an application by the banks to collectively negotiate with Apple over access to the iPhone’s “near field communication” (NFC) controller, ACCC chairman Rod Sims said the banks’ arguments that such access could increase competition for digital wallets were “strong” – but the regulator always has to be cautious about intervening in markets.

At a time when the industry is looking for ways to encourage switching between banks to improve competition, Mr Sims said he was concerned the banks would attempt to create “such an attractive digital wallet that they would lock people into their services”.

It is likely proprietary bank digital wallets will only allow payments to be made with that bank’s own cards. In contrast, Apple Pay lets its flick between whatever payment cards have been loaded onto the wallet.

“Apple Pay is multi-card and it could reduce the lock-in effect that is a barrier to switching between banks,” Mr Sims said. “The whole switching argument is very big in terms of why there isn’t more competition in banking”. 


Story 2

Test finds Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro only laptops to match or beat advertised battery claims

The site used three different MacBook models including the 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro, and found that while Apple claimed 10 hours on average, the real-world figure was 10 hours and 15 minutes, easily outranking computers by Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba. A 13-inch MacBook Pro in fact lasted for 12 hours.

The evaluation process involved draining each laptop repeatedly in several different every-day tasks, such as watching movies, or loading websites over Wi-Fi.

In some cases there were major discrepancies between results and marketing. HP’s Pavilion 14-al115na, for instance, is claimed to run for 9 hours, but in practice lasted just 4 hours and 25 minutes. Similarly, the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 managed just 3 hours and 58 minutes despite nominally being capable of 7 hours.


Story 3

Turkish Crime Family hack

The Australian reports, A 20-year-old man has been arrested in London in connection with a shadowy hacker group that has threatened to remotely wipe hundreds of millions of Apple iPhones, Macs and iPads.

Last Tuesday, the National Crime Agency arrested a man in north London “in relation to suspected Computer Misuse Act and extortion offences”. The agency declined to confirm that the arrest was related to the Turkish Crime Family.

However, a spokesman for the hacker group sent The Sunday Times a picture of a search warrant and said the man was “just a friend”.

The spokesman added: “He’s not a member of our group. We just used his name on stuff and the [NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit] fell for it.”

The hacker group said one of its members was arrested in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Apple attempted this weekend to downplay the breach but did advise its users to turn on “two-factor verification”, which adds an extra layer of security at sign-in. “We’re actively monitoring to prevent unauthorised access to user accounts,” said Apple.

SO PLEASE RESET YOUR PASSWORDS AND ENABLE 2 FACTOR AUTHENTICATION ~ what will the wife say if you loose all the photos


Story 4

Speaking of loosing all the photos

An iPhone user rang me yesterday asking could I recover her data from her smashed iPhone.  Her child had put it on the roof of the car, got in and drove away.

Smashed screen, so could not enter, trust this computer when connected to a computer at the Apple store.

Away from the Apple store another screen was connected and her data recovered.

BUT Apple can’t do this service??

So please everybody stop this podcast, connect your iDevice to your computer and do an encrypted backup ~ making sure you remember the password!!

Also Friday was World Backup Day, so CATCH UP


Story 5

Apple closes WWDC 2017 registrations, notifies lottery winners

Following five days of submissions, Apple on Friday closed ticket lottery registrations for the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference and started the process of sending out email confirmations to those selected to attend.

Congrats to all those attending, especially the Aussies!


This Weeks Discussion

10.3 update connect power 

Do not do a find my air buds while in you ears

Podcast widget

Podcast sharing from iMessage

Theatre Mode on watch OS

Turn digital for brightness



Aussie Tech Radio @

Aussie Tech Security Podcast


Aussie Tech Heads Podcast


Apple News ~ Aussie Mac Zone

(how to Favourite)


How To 1

What to do before you die

  • Give someone, layer or family, your passwords or codes and maybe your iCloud key???


How To 2

WiFi Assist

  • Settings
  • Mobile
  • Right at the bottom is WiFi Assist
  • While there why not turn off mobile data on apps that don’t need it


How To 3 – this weeks email

Apple are about to stop 32 bit apps on my iPhone and iPad! How do I know witch apps are 32 bit?

To see if any of the apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch are 32-bit without a 64-bit update available do this:

  • Tap Settings
  • Tap General
  • Select About
  • Tap Applications

Lastly our thoughts are with all those struggling after the storms in Qld and NSW

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