Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 198

Show 198 – July 10, 2017

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Choice rates Australian ISPs

“Satisfaction not guaranteed”

We understand that your internet connection is both a lifeline and a lifestyle, and we want to help you compare providers – and change providers if you’re looking for a new one. Our ISP satisfaction survey rates providers based on their own customers’ feedback on how they’re performing on key things such as network performance and customer service.

This year for the first time the CHOICE ISP satisfaction survey is a nationally representative snapshot of how our most popular internet providers are performing.

ISP satisfaction scores for all connection types



ADSL2+/cable satisfaction scores

NBN satisfaction scores


CHOICE is launching a broadband monitoring service to investigate whether real-world speeds measure up to the ISPs’ claims. Find out more and register to have your speed tested.

full story link


Story 2

NT Wikipedia Club

On the weekend the ABC reported ,a Darwin-based club has added about 100 new pages to Wikipedia to rectify what it says is a massive shortfall in articles showcasing the rich history of the Northern Territory.

As the fifth most viewed website on the internet, Wikipedia receives more than 18 billion visits every month.

It was for that reason Wiki Club NT founder Caddie Brain said she wanted to see more pages written that showcased the Northern Territory.

The Northern Territory has around 1,900 pages, whereas Western Australia has about 10,000.

“We develop a list of people we want to work on then dig through the library’s resources like old newspapers,” Ms Brain said.

“Then basically we just sit there and attempt to write the start of a page.

“And of course Wikipedia has life of its own — often you come back six months later and it’s doubled in size, and that’s really rewarding.

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Story 3

ACCC v Apple

The ACCC will be questioning Apple over its ban of the Westpac mobile payments keyboard, with the ACCC’s primary concern understood to be that Apple may be removing competitors in a bid to launch its own payments system. That’s kind of what they’re doing in iOS 11, but it won’t be available outside of the US. While security issues are a legitimate reason for the removal of the feature, Westpac argues that it previously addressed Apple’s concerns before submission.


Story 4

Tesla to install worlds biggest lithium battery in SA

The “world’s biggest” lithium ion battery is to be built in South Australia by Tesla and French company Neoen.

It is to be close to the French renewable energy company’s wind farm near Jamestown and ready by the start of summer.

The array will be capable of an output of 100 megawatts (MW) of power at a time and the huge battery will be able to store 129 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy so, if used at full capacity, it would be able to provide its maximum output for more than an hour.

It will be a modular network, with each Powerpack about the size of a large fridge at 2.1 metres tall, 1.3m long and 0.8m wide. They weigh in at 1,200 kilograms each.


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Apple News ~ Aussie Mac Zone

(remind ~ how to Favourite)

New Reviews this week


Story 5

Aussie Pocket Casts 6.8now available

Bringing with it an all-new Apple Watch app. It’s now a remote for the Pocket Casts player on your device. The actual app also includes improvements to the way Pocket Casts works within CarPlay, and automatically correcting labelling information for podcasts.

Pocket Casts


Story 6

Reminder we heading to our 200th episode so start sending in your email questions.

There will be iTunes vouchers and some secret prizes to given away.

Even if you live overseas!!


Story 7

Security Researchers Don’t Think Apple Pays Enough for Bug Bounties

Apple’s bug bounty program has been available to select security researchers for almost a year now, but according to a new report from Motherboard, most researchers prefer not to share bugs with Apple due to low payouts. More money can be obtained from third-party sources for bugs in Apple software.

Motherboard spoke to several members of Apple’s bug bounty program with the condition of anonymity. Every single one said they had yet to report a bug to Apple and did not know anyone who had. iOS bugs are “too valuable to report to Apple,” according to Patrick Wardle, a Synack researcher and former NSA hacker who was invited to the bug bounty program last year.

Apple first introduced its bug bounty program in August of 2016 at the Black Hat Conference, an annual global InfoSec event. Apple offers bounties of up to $200,000 depending on the vulnerability. Secure boot firmware components earn $200,000 at the high end, while smaller vulnerabilities, like access from a sandboxed process to user data outside of the sandbox, will earn $25,000.

full story on MacRumors


How to 1

Delete iOS Safari cache files on the iPhone or iPad

    • Open the Settings app, and scroll down to the fifth group of options (with Mail at the top). Tap Safari.
    • Scroll down and tap ‘Clear History and Website Data’.
    • Tap ‘Clear History and Data’.


How To 2 – this weeks email

How to send a text from a Mac if your friend doesn’t have an iPhone

If your friend has another type of phone their number may gain a red box when you add it to the To: field. This indicates that their phone is not registered with iMessage. If you try and send a text message you will see an alert saying that Your message could not be sent. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t text them, you just need to set your Mac up so it can send messages via your iPhone.

  • Ensure you are signed into iCloud on your Mac and iPhone using the same Apple ID.
  • On the Mac go to System Preferences > iCloud and sign in using your Apple login details.
  • On the iPhone you will want to check the Apple ID account you are using is the same, go to Settings > iCloud.
  • Open Messages on your Mac.
  • Go to Settings > Messages on your iPhone and tap on Text Messages Forwarding.
  • ### I had to do this extra step
    • Each device is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
    • On iPhone, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive. Make sure that the Apple ID at the top of the screen is the same Apple ID that you’re using for iMessage on your other devices. Add a check to your phone number and email address, so that you can be reached by iMessage at both. Do the same on your iPad or iPod touch.
    • On iPhone, g3o to Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding, then choose which devices to allow to send and receive text messages from this iPhone. If you’re not using two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, a verification code appears on each of your other devices: enter that code on your iPhone.
  • You will see your Mac (or Macs) listed here with an on off slider beside them. To allow your Mac to send and receive text messages turn the slider to green.
  • You will see a message saying to enter the code shown on your Mac to allow iPhone text messages to also be sent and received on “your Mac”. Tap in that number and wait for the device to be verified.

Now when you add your friend’s non-iPhone mobile number it will gain a green box to indicate that you are sending a text message.

Your friend will receive a standard text message, which will have been routed via your iPhone, so it will be allocated towards your text message allowance according to your mobile phone contract.

All Good!!!

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