Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 218


Show 218 – December 04, 2017

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Open letter details ~ so far Aldi have replied to the email suggesting I ring a 1300 number. They could not answer the question and advised that I email feedback@aldi

Reminder, anyone wanting to co-host Aussie Mac Zone please email

Story 1

Apple launches Apple Support YouTube channel featuring how-to tutorial videos for iPhone and iPad

Each video shows a person’s hand walk through each step of the process, along with on-screen bullet points to reinforce the directions.

The videos are fully narrated with additional explanation and range between 1-2 minutes in length, with full English captions available for accessibility.

The channel launched last week with a selection of ten videos, spanning the basics like printing and updating iOS to more niche features like muting group iMessage chats and linking contact cards. It’s not clear how often Apple will update the channel with new videos.


Story 2

Garth travel stuff, advice

Powered Multi Charger for ALL the families iDevices

Battery Pack

Find out what power plugs and voltage they use at your destination/s. In my case the Cruise Ship appears to use US voltage and points

Whats the best value SIM card or local extras like Australian Vodafone @ $10/day roaming


Story 3

iPhone X and Apple Park are just a few of the things Jonny Ives discusses in his latest interview

Ive is excited about the design space at Apple Park because it will allow the entire design team to work together. Industrial designers, font experts, motion graphics experts, and computer interface designers will be able to come together to interact in new ways and share ideas.


Story 4

As I posted on Apple News last week

“A l e x a” and Amazon Echo Devices Coming to Australia and New Zealand “Early 2018”

Amazon Echo—Hands-Free, Always Ready, and Fast

Echo is designed around your voice and is hands-free and always ready—ask for information, music, news, weather, and more from across the room and get results instantly. Echo connects to your Wi-Fi network and uses far-field voice recognition with an array of seven microphones to clearly hear you around the room. Advanced beam-forming technology combines the signals from the individual microphones to suppress noise, reverberation and even competing speech. The advanced audio design of Echo includes a dedicated tweeter, a 6.35cm down-firing woofer, and Dolby processing to deliver crisp vocals and dynamic bass throughout the room.


“A l e x a”—The Brain Behind Amazon Echo

“A l e x a”—the brain behind Echo—is built in the cloud, so the service is always getting smarter. Just ask and she’ll answer questions, play music, read the news, set timers and alarms, check your calendar, get sports scores, and much more. With far-field voice control on Amazon Echo, you can do all this from across the room using just your voice. With the expansion to Australia and New Zealand, “A l e x a” will bring an all-new voice designed for customers in Australia and New Zealand, with local knowledge and skills.


“A l e x a” will also reimagine how customers experience music, with Amazon’s full catalogue on-demand music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited, also launching in early 2018. When paired with “A l e x a”, customers can ask for music by artist, song title, curated playlists and more, simply by voice.


Story 5

Voda v Telstra

So I’m on a call and searching the net, in a shopping centre, I have 2 phones side by side Voda shows 3 Bars 3G Telstra shows 3 Bars 4G

Until I hang up the phone call then Voda went back to 3 Bars 4G


Story 6

Some Quick News Stories


AirPods and iPad Listed as Top Selling Electronics During This Year’s Record-Setting Cyber Monday

Tesla mega-battery in Australia activated

The world’s largest lithium ion battery has begun dispensing power into an electricity grid in South Australia

Apple Watch

$5.00 / month in Australia

Apple Heart Study

The Apple Heart Study app uses data from Apple Watch to identify irregular heart rhythms, including those from potentially serious heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation. Apple is conducting this research study in collaboration with Stanford Medicine to improve the technology used to detect and analyze irregular heart rhythms, like atrial fibrillation – a leading cause of stroke.

Unfortunately US only but I will put a link as it is a interesting read

Apple’s latest iOS update fixes a date related fault causing iPhone to re-boot repeatedly.

Apple did say to developers “Embrace the Notch” when the iPhone X was announced.

And now you can get it on your your Android Device.


Story 7

Tech we have bought this year


handyPrint app for Mac – enables AirPrint


Mario Bros app


Apple Magic extended Keyboard




Microsoft XBox1


Yamaha monitor speakers


HDMI to HDMI with Audio out

preparing for AirPlay2 from iOS 11


Bluetooth speakers


listed a few more items



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Aussie Tech Security Podcast


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Apple News ~ Aussie Mac Zone

(remind ~ how to Favourite)

New stories added this week

Just a reminder we are now on Spotify too – just search Aussie Mac Zone


Story 8

Bendigo Bank added to Apple Pay in Australia

The Now Includes


  • American Express
  • ANZ
  • Australian Unity
  • Bank Australia
  • Bank of Sydney
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Beyond Bank Australia
  • Big Sky Building Society Ltd.
  • CAPE Credit Union Ltd.
  • Catalyst Money
  • Central Coast Credit Union
  • Central Murray Credit Union Ltd.
  • Central West Credit Union Ltd.
  • Community Alliance Credit Union Ltd.
  • Community First Credit Union Ltd.
  • Credit Union SA Ltd.
  • CUA
  • Customs Bank
  • Defence Bank
  • Firefighters Mutual Bank
  • First Option Credit Union
  • Goldfields Money Ltd.
  • Goulburn Murray Credit Union
  • Holiday Coast Credit Union Ltd.
  • Horizon Credit Union
  • HSBC
  • ING
  • Intech Credit Union Ltd.
  • Laboratories Credit Union Ltd.
  • Latitude Financial Services
  • Lombard Finance
  • Macquarie
  • MyState Bank Ltd.
  • Nexus Mutual
  • Northern Beaches Credit Union
  • Northern Inland Credit Union
  • Once Credit
  • P&N Bank
  • People’s Choice Credit Union
  • Police Bank
  • Police Credit Union Ltd.
  • RACQ
  • Select Encompass Credit Union Ltd.
  • South West Slopes Credit Union
  • Sydney Credit Union Ltd.
  • Teachers Mutual Bank
  • The Mac
  • The Rock
  • UniBank
  • Unity Bank Ltd.
  • Warwick Credit Union Ltd.
  • WAW Credit Union
  • Woolworths Employees’ Credit Union


How To 1

Apple’s High Sierra security patch affected Mac file sharing

AppleInsider reports Apple’s latest update for macOS High Sierra hasn’t gone well. As revealed earlier this week, the update included a bug that made it pretty easy for anyone to gain admin rights to your Mac — an obvious privacy concern. Apple rolled out a patch for the issue, but it seems that’s not without its problems either, as some users are now unable to authenticate or connect to file shares on their Macs. Fortunately, there’s a simple fix. As Apple Insider reports:

1. Open the Terminal app, in the Utilities folder of the Applications folder.

2. Type sudo /usr/libexec/configureLocalKDC and hit Return.

3. Enter your administrator password and press Return.

4. Quit the Terminal app.

Done. The number of people affected by the new security update’s flaw is unknown. Apple jumped on the case relatively quickly when the initial problems became clear, but whether or not they’ll release yet another update for this latest issue is unknown.

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