Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 203

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

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Apple looks for exceptional engineer with a secret job posting

Hey there you found us.  We are looking for a talented engineer to develop a critical infrastructure component that is to be a key part of the Apple ecosystem.

A hidden Apple website that hosts a job description and invitation to apply for an important position has recently been discovered. The posting describes a role that should be filled by a “talented engineer” who will develop a critical infrastructure component for the company’s ecosystem.

story link to 9TO5Mac

https://9to5mac.com/2017/08/19/apple-engineer-secret-job-posting/

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Story 3

Apple Insists It’s Not Responsible For Distracted Driving Accidents Involving iPhones

Apple appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday to argue that it shouldn’t be held liable for iPhone-related distracted driving accidents, in response to a lawsuit filed against the company earlier this year.

California resident Julio Ceja filed a class action complaint against Apple in January, accusing the company of placing profit before consumer safety by choosing not to implement a lock-out mechanism that would disable an iPhone’s functionality when being used behind the wheel by an engaged driver.

Ceja said his vehicle was involved in a collision with another vehicle in which the driver was texting on an iPhone.

Apple, however, told the court that it’s a driver’s fault if they choose to misuse an inherently safe iPhone while operating a vehicle. Apple essentially said it cannot be blamed simply because it manufactures the device, according to court documents filed electronically and obtained by MacRumors.

Just yesterday, a U.S. district court in Texas dismissed a similar distracted driving lawsuit brought against Apple last year. In that case, Meador v. Apple, Inc., the plaintiffs accused Apple of failing to automatically disable a user’s ability to operate an iPhone while driving, and of improper marketing.

full story link on 9TO5Mac.

https://www.macrumors.com/2017/08/18/apple-says-not-liable-for-distracted-driving/

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Story 4

Apple Shares New Series of How To Videos Focusing on iPad and iOS 11

Apple today uploaded several iPad Pro how to videos to its YouTube channel, focusing on new features that are coming to the iPad in iOS 11. Each video is just under a minute in length and all of the videos were made in the same style — with two hands demonstrating new iPad functionality.

There are six how to videos in total, covering the following features: mark up with Apple Pencil, multitasking, document scanning and signing, file management, drag and drop, and the new dock.

iOS 11 brings a ton of new features to the iPad, essentially introducing a whole new user interface, so it’s no surprise that Apple has designed a series of videos to show off its capabilities. Some of these features, like the ones that require Apple Pencil, are limited to the iPad Pro, but others will be available on a wider range of iPads.

Apple’s new operating system update is currently available to developers and public beta testers, but should be launching to the public soon. We expect Apple to release the update in September alongside new iPhones.

Michael ~ interesting they have released iOS11 videos weeks before the official release.

full story

https://www.macrumors.com/2017/08/17/apple-ipad-ios-11-how-to-videos/

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Story 5

Movie studios may sidestep theatre chains in deals for early Apple iTunes rentals

Movie studios looking to set up early-access rentals with companies like Apple and Comcast may reportedly push ahead with those negotiations and skip revenue sharing with theatre chains, if the latter don’t reduce their demands.

Early-access rentals would let people stream movies through services like iTunes just weeks after their premieres, possibly while they’re still in theatres. To appease exhibitors, studios have discussed a revenue split, but balked at proposed long-term commitments up to 10 years, according to Bloomberg sources. For the end customer, early rentals would likely cost between $30 and $50.

full story link on appleinsider

http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/08/18/movie-studios-may-sidestep-theater-chains-in-deals-for-early-apple-itunes-rentals

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