Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 188

Show 188 – May 1, 2017

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Apple’s Stock Races Ahead as Investors Bet on New iPhones

A year ago, many investors had given up on Apple, whose stock price had fallen more than 30 percent from its 2015 peak. Apple’s once-unstoppable growth had come to a crashing halt: The number of iPhones sold was down 13 percent, and the company posted its first revenue decline in 13 years.

Today, Apple’s business remains sluggish, but that hasn’t stopped investors, including the famously tech-averse Warren E. Buffett, from falling in love with it again. Shares of the tech giant — the most valuable company in the United States by market value — have repeatedly hit new highs this year. On Friday, they closed at $143.65, up nearly 60 percent from last May’s trough.

What will they tell us on Wednesday our time, when they release their quarterly results.


Story 2

“Today at Apple” ~ launching world wide

“At the heart of every Apple Store is the desire to educate and inspire the communities we serve,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail. “‘Today at Apple’ is one of the ways we’re evolving our experience to better serve local customers and entrepreneurs. We’re creating a modern-day town square, where everyone is welcome in a space where the best of Apple comes together to connect with one another, discover a new passion, or take their skill to the next level. We think it will be a fun and enlightening experience for everyone who joins.”

The free programs focus on the features of Apple products customers love most, across all skill levels and ages. For example, an iPhone® user interested in photography can start with six How To sessions that cover shooting, organising, editing, and more. More advanced photographers can join experiential Photo Walks that leave the store to dive into techniques including light and shadow, portraits and storytelling. Going further, a Photo Lab features accomplished photographers on topics such as capturing candids, building a brand on social media or simply sharing their perspective.*

Apple will also offer special programs for families and educators. Teachers can come together for Teacher Tuesday to learn new ways to incorporate technology into their classrooms, or aspiring coders of all ages can learn how to code in Swift™, Apple’s programming language for iOS and Mac® apps.** Families can join weekend Kids Hour sessions ranging from music making to coding with robots. Small business owners can engage with global and local entrepreneurs in the new Business Circuits program.*


Story 3

Apple Delays Launch of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Series

This is a baffling one. Apple, I wouldn’t think had a staffing problem for this, because the show has been going for quit a while now.


Story 4

The Guardian pulls out of Apple News after ‘extensive trial’, also Facebook’s Instant Articles

This is another that baffles me. After being one of the original Facebook Instant Article pioneers back in 2015, the Guardian has pulled its content from both Apple News and Facebook’s Instant Articles format.

According to Digiday, the action may be a result of the large publisher not being content with the deals they’re being provided.

It appears readers are getting enough news with the snippets that they are not then going to read more of the story, therefore not letting The Guardian ask to pay for the more stories.

I’m baffled about pulling out because I see it as cheap advertising for them. Time will tell.


Story 5

Facebook Australia story 

Facebook has apologised for reportedly allowing advertisers to target emotionally vulnerable people as young as 14, as a 23-page leaked document obtained by The Australian revealed.

According to the news outlet, the document prepared by two top Australian Facebook executives uses algorithms to collect data (via posts, pictures, and reactions) on the emotional state of 6.4 million “high schoolers,” “tertiary students,” and “young Australians and New Zealanders … in the workforce,” indicating “moments when young people need a confidence boost.”

In other words, data says they feel “worthless” or “insecure” and are therefore well-positioned to receive an advertiser’s message.


Story 6

Apple reportedly adds second Apple Watch manufacturer to boost production capacity

Digitimes is reporting Apple has added Compal Electronics as a second Apple Watch manufacture.

The report acknowledges that increasing Apple’s bargaining power with Quanta is likely to be part of the motivation. A bigger factor is likely reducing risks: Apple likes to have multiple suppliers for its products so that it is not dependent on single sources of either components or assembly.


Story 7

A quick note

I believe that the Apple Self Driving Cars have had the steering wheel and pedals removed and replaced with Logitech Gaming wheel & pedals.

Does that mean now as well as a tyre jack and iron you also have a USB steering wheel & pedal kit in the boot somewhere?


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Apple News ~ Aussie Mac Zone

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How To 1

How to turn your old iPhone into your kid’s dream device

Got an old iPhone lying around? Make it kid-friendly with these helpful tips!

If you have an old iPhone lying around, chances are you’re not getting much use out of it. I still have my iPhone kicking around here somewhere, but does it ever get turned on anymore? Not when I’ve my trusty iPhone 7 close at hand. But if you have kids, there’s really no need to let a perfectly good device go to waste. They’re probably bugging you to play with your newer iPhone anyway, so give them a device of their own.

Just kid it up first. Here’s how.

    • Erase it
    • Grab a case for it
    • Load it with games
    • Organise the Home screen for a kid
    • Enable Restrictions
    • Create a child Apple ID
    • Set up FaceTime


How To 2

Unlocking FileCoder Ransomware encoded files.

You will need ~

    • A working computer
    • Xcode or TextWrangler
    • Xcode command-line tools
    • pkcrack source code
    • One unencrypted file and the corresponding encrypted file

Read on at the link to Lifehacker


How To 3 – this weeks email

Can I merge 2 Apple iTunes accounts?

Unfortunately I don’t think so. BUT you can setup Family Sharing with those 2 accounts and perhaps get a similar outcome.

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