Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 239

Show 239 – May 28, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Zarn, Garth & Michael

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Story 1

Samsung owes Apple US$539M for patent infringements

CNET reports ~ The unanimous jury decision was halfway between what Samsung and Apple wanted. Samsung isn’t happy one bit.

The bulk of the damages payment, US$533M was for infringing three Apple design patents. The remaining US$5.3M was for infringing two utility patents.

This case has already been going 7 years, and Samsung will be continuing with all defence avenues!!


Story 2

Apple rejects Valve’s Steam Link game streaming app over ‘business conflicts’ – reports The Verge

Valve’s game streaming service Steam Link won’t be coming to iOS today, despite a successful Android beta launch earlier this month. According to the official Steam Database Twitter account, Apple rejected the Steam Link app over apparent “business conflicts with app guidelines.” Steam Link was first announced for mobile back in March, and the app functions as a remote desktop so users can access their Steam library of PC games from a mobile device and stream them directly for touchscreen play or for use with a Bluetooth controller.

Valve says “we hope Apple will reconsider in the future,” suggesting that this isn’t something that can be remedied quickly or the product of some type of misunderstanding, as the statement seems to initially suggest. That’s unfortunate for iOS users who have extensive Steam libraries and are eager to try out Valve’s game streaming technology now, especially now that it’s on mobile after years of development as a desktop solution for the living room.


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Story 3

Teen-monitoring app TeenSafe leaks thousands of user IDs and passwords

The Verge is reporting the data was stored in plaintext on servers.

Thousands of parental and child accounts on TeenSafe, a teen device-monitoring app, have had their information compromised, according to a report by ZDNet. At least one of the app’s servers, which are hosted by Amazon’s cloud service, was accessible by anyone without a password, giving them entry to highly personal data including Apple IDs. The data, including passwords and user IDs, were reportedly stored in plaintext, even though TeenSafe claims on its website that it uses encryption to protect user data.

The TeenSafe app allows parents access to their children’s web browser history, text messages (including deleted SMS and iMessages and messages on WhatsApp and Kik), call logs, device location, and lets them observe which third-party apps have been installed.

So if you have installed the TeenSafe app.  Please change your Apple ID passwords AND turn backon 2 Factor Authentication!!!


Story 4

I have a mission for our Aussie Mac Zone listeners

Please email Apple at , , and ask them to include some sort of acknowledgement on the app stores, both Mac & iOS, that an app has accessibility features coded in.

At the moment you need to buy an app only to find it has no accessibility features.

After the initial acknowledgement method, perhaps a Rating System for the amount of inclusion! 


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Story 6

iOS 12 will reportedly include new NFC features, enable iPhones to become secure hotel room keys

The Information reports that Apple will be taking a big leap in iOS 12, giving some third-party developers full access to the NFC chip inside iPhones, first introduced with iPhone 6.

The report says Apple wants the iPhone to be used in many more contactless interactions beyond Apple Pay payments, like acting as a hotel door key or as a virtual transit card for easier transportation.


Story 7

Some MacBook Pro shipping dates slip to June 6, hinting at WWDC refresh

Delivery dates for Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar have recently slipped to June 6. This is several days after the WWDC 2018 keynote and could indicate that refreshed models are coming soon.

How to 1

iPhone & iPad: How to cycle your Cellular radio

One of the most frustrating things is having No Service or being stuck on a cellular tower that may be malfunctioning. Luckily, there’s a way to force your phone to refresh its radios to potentially connect to a better tower.

While this isn’t a 100% workaround, it will resolve most issues, especially if your iPhone or iPad is stuck saying No Service.

      1. Swipe up (or down from the right corner if you have an iPhone X) for Control Centre.
      2. Tap on the Airplane Mode icon, wait at least 5 seconds for the radios to completely power off.
      3. Now tap AirPlane Mode again, and your iPhone or iPad will now be searching for cellular service again.

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