Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 242

Show 242 – June 18, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Zarn, 

Super Special Guest Matt & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Valve removes game purchases from Steam Link’s iOS beta

Apple and Valve have been at an impasse for weeks over the release of Steam Link for iOS, but it looks like they might be closer to an arrangement… if not necessarily the one you’d hope for. TouchArcade has discovered that the latest beta test for Steam Link’s iOS edition removes purchasing from within the app. If you visit a game’s product page, the usual buying options are replaced with a notice that the content is “available for purchase from your PC.” You can use any existing funds in your wallet when you’re in the Steam Marketplace, but you can’t add funds.

We’ve asked Valve if it can comment. There’s no guarantee that these changes will be enough to pass scrutiny and put Steam Link in the App Store, but the company has stressed that it’s working with Valve on a version of the app that it would find acceptable. This is clearly a step in that direction. It represents a mixed bag for gamers, though. While just having Steam Link for iOS would be great news for gamers who want to play away from their PC, they’ll be losing a feature to get access — and it’s one they don’t have to lose on other platforms.


Story 2

E3 2018 and what that means for Gaming 

Zarns initial thoughts



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Story 3

Google under investigation in Australia over alleged data collection offences

    • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will reportedly investigate Google over data harvesting on Android.
    • Google is reportedly collecting around 1GB of data per month from Android devices in Australia, containing detailed location data.
    • Google’s privacy policy agreement covers data collection for its services, but there are questions about the transparency of the agreement.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) plans to investigate Google regarding data harvesting on Android phones. The news arrives from The Australian (paywall) (via The Guardian), following an investigation by software company Oracle.

Oracle apparently discovered that Google may be collecting around 1GB of user data per month from Android phones in Australia. This reportedly includes location information, even where location services are turned off, with no apps installed, and where no SIM card is inserted.

“Google has mapped IP addresses, Wi-Fi connection points, and mobile towers, which allow it to know where a device is connecting or attempting to connect without using the phone’s location service,” The Guardian reports.

Australian Android users, of which there are estimated to be around 10 million, are also said to be paying their telecom providers to send this data.

We already know that Google uses location data as part of its services (and that you can be tracked without GPS activated). While some users may have been shocked when they first saw their location timeline or when they first heard their Google Assistant voice recordings, these kinds of features are discussed in Google’s privacy policy — which users must accept in order to use Google services.

Whether this is transparent enough to help users make informed decisions regarding how their data is handled has come into question, however.


Story 4

Apple debuts new ‘Behind the Mac’ ad campaign highlighting individual stories of creativity

Apple is launching an expansive new ad campaign that will run on television during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as online. The company is calling the new campaign “Behind the Mac” and it highlights 12 real stories of people using the Mac to solve problems, create music, and more.

The goal of the Behind the Mac campaign, the company says, is to highlight how users continue to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation with the Mac platform. It will highlight 12 individual stories of how artists, developers, and many others are using the Mac in their respective fields.

Popular musician Grimes is also featured as part of the campaign. The artist has committed to producing all of her own songs, and relies heavily on the Mac and accompanying software to do so.

Behind the Mac also spotlights Bruce Hall, a legally blind photographer who has a permanent collection in the Library of Congress:

Bruce Hall is a legally blind photographer, teacher, and disability advocate. Hall lives in Santa Ana, California and exhibits his photography internationally.

The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division purchased a portfolio of photographs from Hall’s Autism in Reflection series for their permanent collection.

Behind the Mac includes a 1-minute spot that airs during the FIFA World Cup, as well as social and display ads. The campaign also gets its own dedicated webpage on


Story 5

Tim Cook talks to David Rubenstein about the phone call that changed his life, running for president and more 

We last month saw some excerpts from David Rubenstein interviewing Tim Cook, covering Trump’s trade tariffs, Apple Music subscribers, original content efforts and more.

Bloomberg now has the full 24-minute interview online, along with more clips.

In one of them, Rubenstein asks Cook if he’d ever consider running for president.

I’m not political. I love focusing on the policy stuff, but in the dysfunction in Washington between the legislative branch and so forth, I think I can make a bigger difference in the world doing what I’m doing.

You know, you’d love to be president, but not ever run, and that should never happen in our country, and that kind of eliminates me.

Cook was also asked about his move from Compaq to Apple. At the time, Apple was a relatively small company, so Rubenstein wanted to know why he accepted Steve Jobs’ invitation to come for an interview.

Steve had come back to the company and was essentially replacing the executive team that was there at the time. I thought, you know this is an opportunity to talk to a guy that started the whole industry.

Steve met me on Saturday, and it was like just minutes into talking with him, I wanted to do it. I was totally shocked myself. There was a sparkle in his eye that I’d never seen in a CEO before. He was turning left when everyone else was turning right. With almost everything he talked about, he was doing something different from conventional wisdom […] I thought it was brilliant.


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Story 6

iOS 11.4 could be draining your battery much faster than before

After upgrading to iOS 11.4, many users are complaining of drastically reduced battery life. Reverting to the previous version eliminates the problem. Causes of the issue are still being identified by users with no response from Apple.

A number of complaints are surfacing on Apple’s discussion board over battery life after upgrading to iOS 11.4. After installing the latest version of iOS available, users are saying that their iPhones and iPads are seeing a drastically faster drain of their batteries.

Even when left on and unattended overnight, one user reports seeing a 60 percent drain on both their iPhone and iPad. Going back to iOS 11.3.1 completely removed the problem and dropped the charge state by just one percent.

So far, it appears that all iPhones from the iPhone 6 to iPhone X are being affected. Some have claimed that turning off WiFi completely can solve the issue while others are claiming that switching to 2.4GHz instead of 5GHz networks will solve the problem.


Story 7

New Apple iPhone X tutorial videos show creative ways to shoot photos and video 

Apple has just posted five new photography tutorial videos for the iPhone X – though they are equally applicable to other iPhones. The videos cover a creative way to shoot panoramic photos, using burst mode to capture action shots, how to get a dramatic slow-motion video clips and using backlighting to add drama.

There’s also a timely bonus video …

That one pulls together all of the techniques, and more, to illustrate how to shoot a soccer video. All of the videos have soccer as their theme, a nod to the FIFA World Cup.

Apple is going in for the World Cup in a big way, recently adding Siri support, curated news, themed graphics in the Clips app and more.

Apple started a specific YouTube channel for tutorial videos shortly after the iPhone went on sale, though interestingly the latest videos are instead in the company’s main channel.

You can watch each of the videos below – which cram a lot of good tips into some very short clips. If you have any iPhone photography and video tips of your own, please add them in the comments.

How to shoot with Pano

How to shoot Burst Mode

How to shoot Slo-mo

How to shoot using Backlight

How to shoot Soccer

This week in Apple History

It was this week in 1993 that Apple saw its third major turnover in leadership as John Sculley is ousted as Apple CEO, and the age of Michael Spindler is ushered in. While John Sculley deserves much of the blame for Apple losing its way after Steve Jobs was forced out of his leadership role, Mr. Spindler gets most of the credit for the way Apple spiralled out of control during his own tenure.

The wider tech world saw some change this week, too, or at least the herald of change, as eWorld was officially launched this week in 1994. eWorld, of course, was co-managed for Apple by an outfit that later became America Online, and the impact of the AOL phenomenon is perhaps the very essence of “change.”

The Woz also gets another moment in the spotlight this week, though that moment probably didn’t significantly change his life, as it was this week in 2000 that he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall Of Fame


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