Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 260

Show 260 – Oct 29, 2018

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Story 1

Quick-thinking Apple intern uses Apple Watch as logging tool during in-flight emergency

An Apple Watch can often provide useful heart-rate data on its owner, but one quick-thinking Apple intern actually strapped his watch onto a fellow passenger when she collapsed during an airline flight.

The incident actually persuaded the intern that he wanted to go to medical school – where he went on to create an ebook for brain tumour patients.

Central Michigan University shared the story of Brian Shear.

The career-deciding moment for Shear occurred on a plane ride from Arizona back to D.C., when soon after takeoff the woman sitting in front of him passed out.

Shear, along with an internal medicine physician and a lifeguard, jumped out of their seats and started working on her.

Shear pulled off his Apple watch and put it on the woman to monitor her pulse. When the plane landed, he gave the watch to the emergency technician so doctors could have her pulse data from the flight.

“That’s when I decided that I want to go to medical school. I want to be the one using the latest technology and be a part of pushing it forward, not the one making and selling it.”

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Story 2

Apple News’s Radical Approach: Humans Over Machines

Lauren Kern is the editor in chief of Apple News. The former magazine journalist has quietly become one of the most powerful figures in English-language media.

Many of Apple’s employees moved into a glistening new $5 billion glass headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., this year. A mile west, at Apple’s old campus on 1 Infinite Loop, a project antithetical to Silicon Valley’s ethos is now underway.

In a quiet corner of the third floor, Apple is building a newsroom of sorts. About a dozen former journalists have filled a few nondescript offices to do what many other tech companies have for years left to software: selecting the news that tens of millions of people will read.

One morning in late August, Apple News’s editor in chief, Lauren Kern, huddled with a deputy to discuss the five stories to feature atop the company’s three-year-old news app, which comes preinstalled on every iPhone in the United States, Britain and Australia.

National news sites were leading that day with stories that the Justice Department had backed an affirmative-action lawsuit against Harvard University — a good proxy that the story mattered, said Ms. Kern’s deputy, a former editor for The New York Times whom Apple requested not be named for privacy reasons. He and Ms. Kern quickly agreed that it was the day’s top news, and after reading through a few versions, selected The Washington Post’s report because, they said, it provided the most context and explanation on why the news mattered.

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Story 3

We talked last week about the Apple app store encouraging subscriptions and multi-app packs.

Apple App Store search ads on track to be $2 billion business by 2020, says analyst. 

You know the ads that you see for apps above search results on the App Store? Apple started rolling out App Store search ads two years ago, and now at least one analyst believes the feature could be a $2 billion business all on its own in two years. 

Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi published the prediction in a research note shared by CNBC: 

Sacconaghi said his estimate that Apple could approach $2 billion in Search Ad revenue by 2020 was “conservative” in note published Monday. The development means that Apple is likely to meet or exceed its goal of doubling its Services revenue by the end of 2020 to $49 billion

Sacconaghi’s estimate is based in part on his forecast that Apple will make some $500 million this year on selling search ads on the App Store this year alone. The analyst compares the possible size of Apple’s search ads business in 2020 to that of Apple Music last year.


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Story 4

RMIT touts faster internet thanks to ‘twisted light’

According to the university, the new nanophotonic device encodes more data and processes it much faster than conventional fibre optics by using a special form of ‘twisted’ light.

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has announced a new technology it believes could allow for 100-times-faster internet.

Broadband fibre-optics carry information on pulses of light through optical fibres, but the way the light is encoded at one end and processed at the other affects data speeds. RMIT said that by harnessing “twisted light” beams, it can carry more data and process it faster.

“Present-day optical communications are heading towards a ‘capacity crunch’ as they fail to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of big data,” Dr Haoran Ren from RMIT’s School of Science said.

“What we’ve managed to do is accurately transmit data via light at its highest capacity in a way that will allow us to massively increase our bandwidth.”

According to RMIT, the nanophotonic device built by RMIT’s Laboratory of Artificial-Intelligence Nanophotonics (LAIN) encodes more data and processes it much faster than conventional fibre optics by using a special form of twisted light.

Ren explained the device that has been built for reading twisted light is the missing key required to unlock super-fast, ultra-broadband communications.


Story 5

23-year-old Australian pilfers $320,000 of cryptocurrency – gets arrested

Australian authorities have arrested a suspect for what is potentially the country’s largest single cryptocurrency theft.

An as yet unnamed  23-year-old Sydney woman was taken into custody today for stealing 100,000 XRP in January 2018, 9News states.

According to other reports, the perpetrator hacked into and changed the password of a 56-year-old man’s email account. She then used her mobile phone to gain access to the man’s cryptocurrency holdings and transferred 100,000 XRP to an account in China.

At the time of the theft, the cryptocurrency was worth nearly $320,000 ($450,000 AUD). Authorities investigating the crime claim this is the first – and largest – cryptocurrency theft by a single person.

“It’s the first that we know of its type in Australia where an individual has been arrested and charged for the technology enabled theft of cryptocurrency,” said Arthur Katsogiannis, New South Wales Police Detective Superintendent, in a statement.

Investigating detectives also said they expect this type of crime to increase in coming years.

While this case might be the first and largest theft orchestrated by a single individual, it’s not the first time Australians have suffered at the hands of cryptobaddies.

Earlier this month, scammers used Bitcoin ATMs to extort money out of Australian immigrants by claiming they had tax bills to pay, and that their immigration status would be jeopardised if they didn’t cough up.


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Story 6

Andy Penn on how Telstra is deploying 5G

Telstra CEO also outlined recent 5G and IoT trials the telco has done with Linfox and the National Farmers Federation.

Telstra is choosing a range of different launch sites for its early 5G network in order to ensure the new mobile network can handle all geographical and population density requirements ahead of 5G smartphone availability next year, CEO Andy Penn has told ZDNet.

There’s a few things that go into our site selection,” Penn told ZDNet on Wednesday.

“We obviously want to make sure that we’re covering different parts of the country nationally, and so targeting different topographical, demographical locations — so we launched one in Toowoomba, which is a good barometer of what we need to do regionally and Toowoomba’s quite a digital hub.”

While Penn wouldn’t be drawn on where Telstra will be launching next, he did confirm that the telco’s 5G network will be live “nationally” by the end of 2018, with the telco using mid-band spectrum in the 3.5GHz band.

The availability of spectrum is also part of its selection criteria, as well as the ability to trial major use cases with its early 5G networks, like smart cities.

“Smart cities is a really important use case … and there’s a number of communities and councils around the country that have very significant aspirations to enable their smart cities, and it’s not just metro,” Penn said.

“I was speaking to the Lake Macquarie economic development council, I was briefly in Bendigo, and Toowoomba we’ve talked about, Bunbury in Western Australia; there’s lots of communities across the country that see digital and enabling their smart cities as being very important.”


This week in Apple History

This week in 1985, Apple CEO John Sculley committed his biggest mistake of his tenure at Apple. Indeed, this mistake may well have doomed Apple to play second fiddle to Microsoft in the world of GUI-driven OSes. At the very least it allowed Microsoft to not have to innovate its way into this market, but rather to surf Apple’s coattails into the big time.

What was this mistake? It was licensing the look and feel of the Mac OS to Microsoft, though really it was in allowing that license to be interpreted as a license covering Microsoft in perpetuity, instead of merely for version 1.0 of Windows, which is what Mr. Sculley thought he was doing. This was a huge, massive mistake that allowed Microsoft to lift wholesale elements from the Mac OS for Windows.

Though Apple would fight this in court, suing Microsoft for copyright infringement, that case would eventually be dismissed by a US court because of this license agreement signed by Apple in 1985.

This week in 1993, Apple introduced the odd Mac TV, an all-in-one Mac with a built-in TV tuner.

1996: Apple announces the MessagePad 2000 and eMate 300, both running the new Newton 2.1 operating system. The US$949 MessagePad 2000 (code-named Q) is hailed as “the first in a new generation of handheld, mobile Internet computers.” Built for life on the road, the 1.4-pound device is a complete mobile computer for the business professional, with a full range of personal productivity and desktop connectivity applications powered by a 160MHz StrongARM processor.

The US$800 eMate 300 (code-named Project K, Schoolbook, and Shay), is essentially a MessagePad 2000 encased in a translucent green, ABS-plastic enclosure in the shape of a clamshell with a handle, protecting a built-in keyboard. Apple restricts sales of the eMate 300 to the education market.

2001: The day after releasing to manufacturing the Mac OS X 10.1 version of Office v. X (US$499), Microsoft announces the worldwide availability of Windows XP Professional (US$199) and Home (US$99) editions. Apple’s first major update to Mac OS X-the US$129 version 10.1-hit shelves the previous month.

2003: Apple releases Mac OS X 10.3, code-named Panther. The US$129 major update features a new Finder with Sidebar and Toolbar, Exposé, iChat AV, fast user switching, FileVault, Font Book, faxing, and Xcode.

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