Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 251

Show 251 – Aug 20, 2018

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael

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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Optus invests AU$42m in Tasmanian mobile network

Optus has improved its mobile coverage across Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, and the east coast of Tasmania, building 37 new mobile sites as it eyes eight more before March 2019.

The sites were deployed over the last 12 months in Hobart CBD North, North Hobart, Berriedale/Chigwell, Collinsvale East, Green Point/Bridgewater, Sorrell Central, and Tinderbox, Hobart; Devonport North, Forth, Latrobe Central, Railton, and Sassafras, Devonport; Mole Creek, Oatlands, Legana, Deviot, Swan Bay, Beaconsfield North, Hadspen, Summerhill North, Rocherlea, and Kayena, Launceston; and Coles Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, and Orford, on the east coast of Tasmania.

The additions bring Optus’ total mobile towers in the state to 151, as Optus CEO Allen Lew called Tasmania a “priority state” for the telco.

Lew said Optus would additionally spend another AU$4.5 million to build eight more sites by March 2019 in Cradoc, Magra, Salamanca Place, Austins Ferry, Campania, Romaine West, Jericho East, and Doctors Rocks.


Story 2

Australia passes ‘revenge porn’ legislation

The non-consensual sharing of intimate images online will now be punishable by criminal penalties of up to seven years in prison and civil penalties of up to AU$525,000 for corporations and AU$105,000 for individuals.

According to the government, the legislation complements the eSafety Office’s online complaints portal pilot, and vests in the commissioner the power to “combat image-based abuse, including revenge porn, by issuing ‘removal notices’ to websites, content hosts, and social media providers”.

Porter explained that the purpose is to provide simple access to a civil regime for this “terrible and mean-spirited behaviour”, which is then backed up by a criminal regime for those who persist.


Thank you to ithelp2u for providing the iTunes / Apple Gift Cards as prizes for listener questions last week David, Judie and Persia should be receiving theirs in the next day or so!


Story 3

I got an interesting text from Woolworths Mobile last week

Good news, we’ve upgraded our Pre-paid plans, like doubling your Data Bank to 30GB, saving you more data. Even better news, get the upgrades automatically when you next recharge. 

Find more info here


Story 4

Apple Says No Personal Data Was Compromised in Australian Teenager Hacking Incident

In a statement, Apple has confirmed that no personal data was compromised by a 16-year-old student from Melbourne, Australia who admitted to hacking into Apple’s internal servers on multiple occasions over one year.

Australian publication The Age reported that the teen downloaded some 90GB of confidential files, and accessed customer accounts, storing information in a folder on his computer named “hacky hack hack.” It’s unclear exactly what he downloaded during the series of network intrusions.

The student, who cannot be publicly named due to his age and notoriety in the hacking community, reportedly pleaded guilty to his actions in an Australian Children’s Court this week, with sentencing deferred until next month. His lawyer later told police that the teen “dreamed of” working for Apple.

The teen reportedly had a method of accessing Apple’s servers that “worked flawlessly” on multiple occasions—until he was caught.

The international investigation began when Apple detected the unauthorised access, contained it, and alerted the FBI. The allegations were passed on to the Australian Federal Police, which executed a search warrant on the teen’s home last year, and found the software that had enabled the hacking on his laptop.


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Story 5

Phishing & Smishing Prevention 

When unsolicited email is requesting passwords or personal data, it’s called phishing. When it’s targeted for a very specific group of people, it’s called spear-phishing. 

The most recent evolution of this type of fraudulent behaviour is now appearing through texts. Unsolicited texts requesting passwords or personal data are called smishing (short for SMS-based phishing).

How is it effective?

The fraudsters know to prey on human behaviour. They will try to:

  • Provide personal information to gain your trust (such as using your full name or Apple’s name)
  • Use internal language/lingo (such as referencing an internal app or process)
  • Use a channel that implies immediate response, to place time pressure on you (such as sending text messages)

Do Not Reply

If you receive an email or message like the above, do not respond. Responses can indicate to the fraudster that the contact information that they have belongs to an active person, and we want to provide as little information to fraudsters as possible.

Reporting phishing and smishing (even external customers can send to this address):


Story 6

24 Prince albums now available on Apple Music, including brand new compilation

Prince’s Warner Brothers catalog hit Apple Music early last year, but that left many of his albums missing. That’s been corrected today, thanks to an agreement between the Prince’s Estate and Sony Legacy Recordings …

Variety reports that 23 albums issued between 1995 and 2010 have been issued in the first round, with more to follow. There’s also a brand new compilation album.

The recordings, which include such popular albums as “The Gold Experience,” “3121” and “Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic” as well as a new 37-track compilation called “Prince Anthology 1995-2010,” had been largely unavailable for many years […] Many of these albums are available for the first time for streaming and download, adding more than 300 songs to the artist’s online in-print catalogue.

The recordings date from the latter half of Prince career, in which the intensely prolific artist released as many as four albums a year, either through his own labels or via one-off deals with indies or major labels.

The full list of newly available albums is:

  • The Gold Experience (1995) (“The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” greyed out, partial album streaming only; album unavailable for download)
  • Chaos and Disorder (1996)
  • Emancipation (1996)
  • Crystal Ball (1998)
  • The Truth (1998)
  • Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
  • Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)
  • The Rainbow Children (2001)
  • One Nite Alone… (2002)
  • One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)
  • One Nite Alone…Live – The Aftershow: It Ain’t Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002)
  • Xpectation (2003)
  • N.E.W.S. (2003)
  • C-Note (2004)
  • Musicology (2004)
  • The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)
  • The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)
  • 3121 (2006)
  • Planet Earth (2007)
  • Indigo Nights (2008)
  • LOtUSFLOW3R (2009)
  • MPLSoUND (2009)
  • 20Ten (2010)
  • Prince Anthology: 1995-2010


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How to 1

Web Browsing from Spotlight

I am one who uses Spotlight a lot!

I use it to open most apps, because I didn’t have to take my hands off the keyboard.  Just type Command +Space Bar.

But say I type a question ~ like “what’s the full charge current of an iPhone6?”  If I don’t get the answer I want, just type Command+B.

This will open your browser and put the text your default search engine and get your answers.


How to 2

Can you use MacBook Pro USB-C chargers for iPhone and iPad fast charging?

While it may sound risky at first, it’s safe to use any of Apple’s USB-C chargers as your iPhone or iPad is what determines the power it receives, not the charger.

Note: depending on the current capacity of your battery, your device will pull different levels of power. For example, a battery at 10% will draw more power than one at 80%.

Apple updated its support document this summer that says the following iOS devices are compatible with the 29W, 30W, 61W, and 87W adapters:

iPhone X

iPhone 8

iPhone 8 Plus

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)

iPad Pro 12.9-inch

iPad Pro 10.5-inch


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