Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 195

Show 195 – June 19, 2017

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings
Story 1

When is ‘not a backdoor’ just a backdoor? Australia’s struggle with encryption reported this week, The Australian government wants the ability to read messages kept secret by encryption in the name of aiding criminal investigations. But just how it proposes to do this is unclear.

Australian Attorney-General George Brandis recently told Fairfax:
At one point or more of that process, access to the encrypted communication is essential for intelligence and law enforcement.

In an interview with Sky News, he spoke favourably of controversial UK legal powers that seek to impose on device makers and social media companies “a greater obligation to work with authorities where a notice is given to them to assist in ‘breaking’ a communication”.

Brandis has insisted the government doesn’t want a “backdoor” in secure messaging apps. How, then, he expects companies to “break” them is unclear.

As many have pointed out, it’s hard to see any tool that gives law enforcement privileged access to otherwise encrypted messages as anything else but a “backdoor”.

But let us assume for a moment that the Australian government somehow forces users to use messaging apps that give the government access. While this would impose a minor inconvenience on those wishing to communicate securely, it would do little more.

It would be possible to develop a separate encryption app that encrypts the message. Using digital steganography, the encrypted message could be hidden within a photo or video file; this could then be sent as an attachment. The government’s access to the messaging app would then be moot.

While they may – with some effort – be able to discover the existence of the hidden messages in media file attachments, they would still be unable to decrypt the message.

To date, the ideas floated by the Australian and British governments on end-to-end encryption could most charitably be described as vague.

They would be wise to consult experts to come up with proposals grounded in technical reality if they wish to be taken seriously by the technology industry.

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Story 2

2 Articles were published this week in AMZ ’s channel in Apple News

The first is some basic information about Thunderbolt courtesy of Belkin’s website

The second was a link to the iOS today episode about Aussie Apps we talked about in last weeks AMZ Episode

Story 3

The making of the iPhone reports, APPLE co-founder and chairman Steve Jobs apparently didn’t want the company to make the iPhone before it completely revolutionised technology and life, an explosive new book reveals.

Mr Jobs, counted among the greatest American chief executives of his generation, was at the helm of Apple when it introduced the iPod, iPhone and iPad. All of the devices were major commercial successes that both reshaped daily life and swamped previous digital music players, smartphones and tablets.

But in Brian Merchant’s yet to-be released book, The One Device: The secret history of the iPhone, the author claims Mr Jobs was initially extremely reluctant for Apple to make phones.

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Story 4

Upcoming Apple Pay shopping event in San Francisco offers discounts for iPhone-based mobile payments

Apple is holding an event in San Francisco next weekend to promote the use of Apple Pay in stores and restaurants, with a number of merchants in two popular shopping areas offering exclusive discounts for customers using Apple’s mobile payment platform to pay for goods and services.


Story 5

Apple beefs up unique video content team with pair of Sony programming directors

Apple has hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, a pair of former Sony Pictures Television executives previously responsible for programming like “Breaking Bad” and “The Goldbergs.”

Also someone from YouTube

Thanks to Apple Penrith works who helped me with an iPhone repair last week

How to 1
Reminder ~ Emergency calls from the Apple Watch

When you hold the side button, not the crown, a countdown starts. If you keep pushing, a call starts and you can talk with the emergency services. The Apple Watch knows what country you’re in and will dial the right number.

Once you’re done with your call, the Apple Watch will send a message to your emergency contacts with a map of your location.

Apple is also turning the Apple Watch into a medical ID bracelet. After your SOS, your watch will automatically start displaying all the medical details you’ve entered in the Health app on your phone. HealthKit-enabled apps can also provide data for your medical details. This could be useful if you are unconscious or otherwise unable to tell emergency responders when they arrive.

How To 2 – this weeks email

Use Siri to change system settings on your Mac

If you don’t feel too much of a plonker talking to your Mac, you can use Siri to quickly make changes to your settings. Save time by using Siri rather than going though the System Preferences menus searching for the setting you require.

Activate Siri by pressing cmd+spacebar and then:

Say “increase brightness” and Siri will brighten up your display for you.

Or “turn on bluetooth” to switch on the bluetooth chip.

Try asking “how much space is left” to find out how much storage you still have available.

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