Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 249

Show 249 – Aug 6, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

How much is 1 Trillion in US talk?

Apple made it to US$1T last week. Thats 1 million million

or 1 with twelve zeros after the 1.

Congratulations to Tim Cook and all Apple employees past and present.



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The Apple Pay Advantage

So I finally bought something from a website that had Apple Pay as an option.

What a breeze.

It fills in your name and address and card details for you. Bang Done. How easy is that!

No setting up an account, blah, blah, blah ~ just done! 


We are approaching show 250!

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iTunes / Apple Gift Cards as prizes for listener stories, thoughts & questions about the past, present & future??

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Telstra admits error in search function led to data breach

A search error function on its website meant three customers could access the personal and business details of other customers, Telstra has admitted.

Telstra has said that an error in its website’s search function led to 18 customers’ personal information including name, business name, address, phone number, and email address being breached.

According to Telstra, it accidentally made these details available to three customers via its Your Telstra Tools online help service for small business and enterprise customers.

“We take the privacy and security of our customers extremely seriously, so we took the immediate step to disable Your Telstra Tools while our IT Security team investigated,” a blog post by head of Sales and Service Michael Ackland said.

“The team identified emails from Telstra to 18 customers about planned network interruptions had been made available to three customers who performed a specific search on the site. The issue was caused by an error in the system’s search function.”

Ackland added that Telstra has begun notifying and apologising to the affected customers, and will “remain vigilant to keep our data and systems safe and secure”.

The blog post followed reports by Nine News on Friday that one customer had gained access to a Telstra database with the details of 66,500 customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses by searching the term “email” on the telco’s website after logging in to his account.

This included the details of a Department of Defence employee, Nine reported.


Story 4

Siri answered 78% of questions correctly in latest test, up from 66% a year ago

Analysts at The Loup Ventures have published the results of the their latest voice assistant comparison test, which involves asking the leading digital assistants 800 questions spanning various domains. Whilst Siri still trails Google Assistant in accuracy, it has improved significantly.

With the same test conducted last year, Siri correctly answered 66% of the questions. The new testing shows Siri is getting smarter, jumping to a 78.5% accuracy rate.

The Loup Ventures report breaks down queries that were answered correctly, and queries that were parsed and understood correctly but the assistant could not deliver an appropriate response. At least on the 800 questions asked in this test, Siri apparently understood 99% of them, with a 78.5% correct answer rate.

Siri performed exceptionally well with questions in the Command category. It seems a lot of this comes from Siri’s handling of smart home and music questions, which Apple have obviously paid attention to recently because of the HomePod’s debut.

Obviously, these scores do not suggest that Siri can answer 80% of questions successfully first time. Scoring is heavily dependent on the questions asked, and The Loup Ventures do not publish a list of all 800 questions surveyed. They merely claim to represent a sampling of the most important tasks customers expect from voice assistants.


Story 5

Apple has just announced its financial results for Q3 2018, covering the period between April 1 and June 30, 2018. The company sold 41.3M iPhones, 11.6M iPads, and 3.7M Macs. The company’s quarterly revenue was $53.3 billion. 

Jason Snell over at six colors .com has a great article on his thoughts  breaking down the figures


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Story 6

Whats on your Apple iPhone Home Screen




How to 1

Star walk app – for looking at the stars

iOS App Store

Star Walk – Night Sky View by Vito Technology Inc.


This week in Apple History

Steve “The Woz” Wozniak! It was this week in 1950 that Mr. and Mrs. Wozniak brought into the world the man who would truly bring the concept of a personal computer to ordinary folks. Happy Birthday, Woz!

And thanks for all that you did for us.

On the darker side, however, it was this week in 1981 that Apple’s personal computing empire would fall under the shadow of Big Blue and its IBM Personal Computer, a boring crappy piece of electronics run by a crappy OS that Microsoft found in the nick of time to buy and put its name on, MS DOS, that boring business people licked up faster than you can say “Please sir, can I have some more?”

On the other hand, it was the challenge that the IBM PC and MS DOS offered Apple that helped to fuel the need for something creative, like the Macintosh. So, let this be a lesson to you, kiddies, that every cloud does, indeed, have a silver lining.

Speaking of the complete lack of silver linings in dark clouds, it was this week in 1991 that Apple was handed yet another defeat in its efforts to sue Microsoft (and HP) for copyright infringement involving Windows. Like so many other stories from Apple’s past, the story of that legal battle is a strange one, and you can get all the details in Owen’s Apple Confidential 2.0.

You can find more information on many of the entries below in Owen Linzmayer’s excellent Apple Confidential 2.0. The other entries can be found in TMO’s archives, and we link to articles whenever we can.

August 08-14

1950: Stephan Gary Wozniak is born in San Jose, California, the heart of what would become Silicon Valley. As a young boy, Wozniak was enthusiastic about electronics, a passion encouraged by his father, an engineer at Lockheed. By the age of 21, Wozniak had built his first rudimentary computer, but it wasn’t until he designed the Apple I at age 26 that his life became the stuff of legends.

1974: Steve Wozniak leaves De Anza College in Cupertino, where he had been taking general education classes after brief stints at the University of Colorado and UC Berkeley. Freed from the rigors of academic study, Wozniak devotes himself to his job in Hewlett-Packard’s Advanced Products Division. He would not return to college until 1981, during a leave of absence from Apple.

1981: International Business Machines of Armonk, New York, introduces the IBM Personal Computer (US$1,565), a boxy machine with a single 5.25-inch floppy disk drive and 16K of memory. At the time, Apple’s “business machine,” the Apple III (US$4,190), was experiencing high failure rates and low sales. The Apple II Plus ($1,195), on the other hand, continued to sell well, with an installed base of roughly 300,000 units. Nonetheless, IBM’s PC sales would eclipse those of Apple within two years.

1991: In contrast to positive initial rulings, the U.S. District Court reconsiders the originality of Apple’s audiovisual display, which is at the heart of its copyright infringement case against Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. Future rulings would continue to go in Microsoft’s favor, with Apple finally having to throw in the towel after spending seven years and $10 million ineffectively fighting Windows in the courts and the marketplace.

2002: Apple unveils the “mirrored doors” Power Mac G4 line featuring dual PowerPC G4 processors in every configuration. Starting at US$1,699, the dual 867MHz model ships with Mac OS X 10.2 installed on its 60GB hard drive, with 256MB of DDR SDRAM, an NVIDIA GeForce4 MX video card, and a combo DVD-ROM/CR-RW optical drive. At the same time, Apple enhances its popular eMac and iMac lines with SuperDrives and 800MHz G4 processors. Furthermore, the top-of-the-line iMac (US$1,999) now comes with a 17-inch LCD.

How To 2 

Make Minute Volume and Brightness Adjustments 

If you hold down Option + Shift while you use your volume or brightness keys, you can adjust the brightness or volume in smaller increments.

Custom Keyboard Commands

You can create custom keyboard commands for specific applications or for all of your apps by going to System Preferences –> Keyboard –> Shortcuts and choosing App Shortcuts. From here, click on the “+” button to add a new keyboard shortcut and a title for it. I use the video example all the time when creating the show notes. With this replacement, when we use the Command + V keys to paste, it uses paste and match style instead of regular paste.


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