Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 211

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Story 1

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak forms Woz U to offer affordable tech education

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has today announced the formation of Woz U, an online university designed to make tech education more affordable.

While the initiative is an online-only one for now, Woz says that the plan is to offer brick-and-mortar campuses in more than 30 cities across the U.S. and around the world …

Woz U is intended to benefit both students and businesses alike, helping bring people into the workforce and providing a new source of trained tech workers for companies looking to hire.

“Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” said Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer and invented the Apple II computer that launched the personal computing revolution. “People often are afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can’t do it. I know they can, and I want to show them how.”

To help identify the best education track for each student, Woz has created an app to guide them.


Story 2

Apple Joins Forces With Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television

Apple is digging into the more than $1 billion it has set aside for original programming to create its first known television project: a revival of a Steven Spielberg series from the 1980s.

The tech giant struck a 10-episode deal to revive Mr. Spielberg’s NBC anthology series, “Amazing Stories,” NBCUniversal confirmed on Tuesday. Apple made the deal with Mr. Spielberg’s Amblin Television and NBCUniversal’s production arm.

Over the past two months, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who left Sony Pictures Television in June to lead Apple’s new programming unit, have been staffing up and scouting projects. They are leading a big-budget effort to compete against Apple’s rival Silicon Valley titans Facebook and Google, which have followed Netflix and Amazon into the streaming business.

“We love being at the forefront of Apple’s investment in scripted programming,” Jennifer Salke, NBC’s entertainment president, said in a statement.

For “Amazing Stories,” Bryan Fuller, whose credits include “Hannibal,” “American Gods” and “Heroes,” will serve as executive producer. It was not clear if Mr. Spielberg would be actively involved in the series.

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“Amazing Stories” aired on NBC from 1985 to 1987. The series won several Emmy Awards but received mixed reviews and was a ratings bust, unable to beat its main competition — the juggernaut that was “Murder, She Wrote” — in its first season.


Story 3

Qualcomm fires another shot at Apple with a new lawsuit in China

Qualcomm has filed a lawsuit against Apple in its continuing legal battle over patents, this time looking to block the manufacturing and sale of iPhones in China, according to a report by Bloomberg this morning.

It’s another shot at Apple as the companies continue to duel with Apple regarding payments for its technology. Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit with Qualcomm in January and the saga has just continued with that as both companies look to take the fight to courts. The U.S. International Trade Commission in August said it was investigating claims that Apple is violating some of its patents related to mobile technology in some of its phones.

Qualcomm is one of the biggest chip producers, with its technology like the Snapdragon. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip is present in Google’s new Pixel phone, for example. As such, fighting with one of the biggest mobile device manufacturers in the world is a difficult situation for the company. Since the saga started, Qualcomm’s stock has declined sharply and is down around 19% on the year.


Story 4

AT&T sees almost 1M fewer upgrades during iPhone 8 launch quarter ahead of iPhone X release

AT&T recently revealed some of its Q3 data, and the carrier says it saw 900,000 fewer smartphone upgrades compared to the year ago quarter. A recent Bloomberg piece suggests that the AT&T drop in year-over-year smartphone sales could be a sign that the iPhone 8 isn’t doing so hot.

If the iPhone 8 had been a hit out of the gate, then I would have expected AT&T’s upgrade number might at least have fallen less dramatically.

It does mention that AT&T’s Q3 only included about a week of iPhone 8 sales which isn’t enough to make a judgment, and that the data includes all smartphones, not just iPhones (although it’s amazing to think about one smartphone model being able to influence an entire quarter of carrier sales in one week).

While there are many factors at play, if iPhone 8 sales are lower than Apple anticipated, could Apple also have underestimated how many consumers are waiting to purchase the iPhone X?

Story 5

Holden driving into a ‘mobility revolution’ of app-operated technology as new era begins

ABC News reported this week, autonomous vehicles, car-sharing apps — they’re words that have been bandied about by politicians and industry stakeholders for some time, but Holden says it is taking the “mobility revolution” very seriously — even as it prepares for life after Australian manufacturing.<

Holden, which started making saddles and coaches in 1856 until it converted to car-body making during World War I, will withdraw from Australian manufacturing on October 20.

It’s a lesser known fact that 700 employees will remain in Melbourne, including more than 300 designers, engineers and technical staff.

Representatives who spoke to media behind the scenes at the Elizabeth car factory in Adelaide have flagged plans for push-button onboard concierges, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, car-sharing apps for a “sharing economy”, and the continuing development of autonomous vehicles and alternative propulsion systems.


Story 6

Apple is working on a fix for GarageBand in iOS 11

If you’ve been having trouble launching music creation app GarageBand after updating to iOS 11, you aren’t alone. Thankfully, Apple is aware of the issue.

Many GarageBand users have noticed that after installing iOS 11, they’ve been unable to launch the app without it crashing immediately. According to a support page on Apple’s website, the company is “aware of the issue and is investigating solutions.” This is just the latest in a line of many bugs Apple has been attempting to contend with following iOS 11’s release, including haptic issues with the iPhone 7 and crackling noises coming from the earpieces during calls on iPhone 8.

Like all the other problems users are experiencing post-update, this isn’t affecting everyone. However, if you’re one of the individuals struggling to open GarageBand on your device Apple suggests turning off iCloud for GarageBand as a temporary solution:

1/ Launch the Settings app for iOS.

2/ Tap your Apple ID banner.

3/ Tap iCloud.

4/ Under Apps Using iCloud, toggle off the on/off switch next to GarageBand.

Unfortunately, this does mean that you won’t be able to access any GarageBand songs you’ve saved to iCloud Drive. They won’t be deleted or anything — they’ll still be there once you switch iCloud back on — but you won’t be able to work on them until the issue is fixed. Any new songs you create will be saved to your device’s native memory.



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Story 7

iOS gains market share in U.S. and elsewhere, falls in UK due to Samsung promotions

The latest Kantar data shows that iOS saw year-on-year market share growth during August in seven of the nine major markets monitored by the firm, but saw a two-point fall in the UK thanks to aggressive promotions by Samsung.



Story 8

Foxconn revenue supports earlier report that iPhone 8 sales are better than expected

iPhone assembler Foxconn has reported revenues of NT$451.04B (US$14.83B) for September, up 42.4% on the previous month, but down 3.7% year-on-year.

What’s interesting about this is what it appears to indicate about iPhone 8 sales …

Apple is not Foxconn’s only client obviously, so extrapolating from its revenue to Apple sales is always an inexact science, but the iPhone assembly operation is such a huge part of the company’s business, especially during launch months, that it’s not unreasonable to draw some conclusions.

With revenue slightly down on last September, this suggests that initial iPhone 8 production is only slightly lower than that of the iPhone 7 last year. Given the number of us waiting instead for the iPhone X, that would represent surprisingly good sales of the more iterative model. This is in line with a recent KGI report that iPhone 8 sales were better than expected.

Foxconn’s October revenues are expected to be even higher thanks to the iPhone X



iPhone 8 crackling

Make sure you have iOS 11.0.2 installed

How to 1

iOS 11 lets you turn off iPhone or iPad without the power button

While not the most useful feature, a software-based shutdown option is a welcome addition to Apple’s mobile operating system.

Step 1. Navigate to the Settings app.

Step 2. Tap on General and scroll down to the bottom of the menu.

Step 3. Tap on the Shut Down option highlighted in blue font. The usual iOS shutdown screen will immediately appear.

Step 4. Slide the large power button to the right along the slide to power off track to shut down your device. Alternatively, you can cancel the action by pressing the X button at the bottom of the screen.


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