Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 274

Show 274 – Feb 25, 2019

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael


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Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Forbes ~ Apple Reveals Surge In App Store Success With Huge Uptick In Developer Payments

The Apple App Store is successful, and is part of Apple’s services division which, CEO Tim Cook repeatedly tells us, is very important to the company.

Today, in Apple’s London offices, the company held a special behind-closed-doors event with Oliver Schusser, Vice President of Apple Music and International Content.

He confirmed that the services division (which also includes Apple Pay and iCloud storage) is on course to be a $40 billion a year business.

He also reiterated that the App Store, which now hosts over 2 million apps, continues to pay substantial figures to developers. Apple has previously said, back in January, that the total developer earnings over the 10 years of the App Store were $120 billion.

But one of the most intriguing announcements today was that payments to European developers specifically are now more than $25 billion.

The reason that’s so interesting is the last figure given was $20 billion, back in June last year. In other words, in the last seven or eight months, European app developers have been paid $5 billion, which equates to 20% of entire European earnings over the first 10 years! This feels like it could be a record. European earnings are growing fast, it seems.


We are thinking about having a live call in period in the show.

We will give you a number to call and that will put you in a room where you can still hear the show and then we get you to ask your question, make comments etc.  We just have to work out the delay button!

Story 2

You had a discussion with a friend this week about a BIG iTunes bill

So if I remember correctly

They found a bank withdrawal by Apple Pty Ltd for $84

They HAD NOT got a normal emailed invoice from Apple when you buy an app for example

So then you got them to ring Apple and say “Please show me where I authorised this purchase”

Then Apple said “…..


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Story 3

FYI – Siri is contextually aware

So if I’m in an eMail and say please remind me of this on Saturday at 10:00 AM.  Siri will create a reminder with a link to the email.


Apple Watch again has been credited with helping save several lives with the A-Fib and ECG reporting.

Wonder how long before we get ECG in Australia?


Story 4

Google Doodle celebrates Steve Irwin, the original Crocodile Hunter

Steve Irwin might be remembered for his wild antics and fearless love of crocodiles, but Google also remembers him as a family man. 

Crikey! Google is covered in crocs!

The search engine was decked out with fangs and claws and scales on Friday for a Google Doodle celebrating legendary Australian outdoorsman and the original Crocodile Hunter himself, Steve Irwin.

Launched on Feb. 22 on what would have been Irwin’s 57th birthday (which is also, incidentally, this year’s National Wildlife Day), Google’s latest Google Doodle shows an animated Steve Irwin in his element — exploring the great outdoors, feeding crocs and even kissing a snake. But perhaps the most heart-warming of all are the illustrations of Steve with his wife Terri and kids Bindi and Robert. 

The Google Doodle comes almost 13 years after Irwin died suddenly in September 2006, when a barb from a stingray pierced his heart while he was shooting a documentary off the coast of Australia. While the shocking news made headlines around the world, Irwin’s family have continued his life’s work promoting wildlife conservation.

But the an Australian animal rights organisation PETA Tweeted 

#SteveIrwin was killed while harassing a ray; he dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile & wrestled wild animals who were minding their own business. Today’s #GoogleDoodle sends a dangerous, fawning message. Wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habitats.

Aussies were quick to come down hard on PETA, slamming them for “disgusting rage marketing” and “dragging a beloved dead man’s name through the mud to get more eyes and clicks”.

“You know what you’re doing. Rage marketing works,” wrote Ryan Magee.

Another added: “You will get more comments and attention than normal, but your propaganda has ceased to have the effect it used to have and frankly you have plummeted to disgusting depths!”.

Celebrities are calling for the organisation to shutdown its social media, with the tweet gaining thousands of retweets.

Australian basketballer Andrew Bogut said PETA should delete its account.


Story 5

Cult of Mac informs us ~ Student faces lengthy prison spell for drug-dealing iOS app

Drugs on a college campus? To paraphrase an old Apple slogan, it turns out there’s an app for that.

Created by 18-year-old University of California, Santa Cruz student Collin Riley Howard, the Banana Plug app allegedly allowed customers to place orders for drugs — including cocaine, “Molly” and “shrooms” — from the comfort of their iOS devices. Howard then communicated with buyers via Snapchat to set up the sale, authorities say.

The illicit entrepreneur allegedly put up posters advertising the app around the U.C. Santa Cruz campus. He was busted when a campus police officer, in coordination with Homeland Security Investigations, went undercover to buy various illegal drugs using the Banana Plug app. According to a Department of Justice press release:

“Upon discovering the posters and the application, a UC Santa Cruz police officer, in coordination with HSI, used the application to request a purchase of marijuana and cocaine and then communicated with Howard via Snapchat to set up the purchase.  An undercover HSI agent made that purchase and separately continued to communicate with Howard on Snapchat to set up three additional purchases of controlled substances. The third and fourth purchases were for more than 5 grams of methamphetamine. At the fourth meeting, UC Santa Cruz police officers arrested Howard before any payment was made.”

How did Banana Plug drug app get approved?

Authorities arrested Howard for distribution and possession with intent to distribute in November 2018. Arrested on the federal charges earlier this week, Howard was released following an initial indictment. He faces a potential several decades behind bars and millions of dollars in fines.

Needless to say, apps that promote illicit drug use fall afoul of Apple’s terms and conditions for the App Store. However, sneaky developers continue to find ways to circumvent Apple’s guidelines.


Story 6

Apple reveals how to be an expert photographer through these neat tricks

Got yourself the latest iPhone and want to learn how to fully utilise the camera and photo features?

You’re going to like what Apple just released on their YouTube channel.

The company posted four short videos covering some features and tricks to take your photography and photo management skills to the next level.

The first video demos how to select a Key Photo for your Live Photos. A Key Photo will be the preview image of the Live Photo.

This makes it easier for you to recognise the photo as well as organise your gallery previews, making them look neater.

The second tutorial video teaches you how to fully utilise the Depth Control that was introduced on the iPhone XS and XR. This feature allows you to adjust the background blur on your images.

In fact, you can also adjust the background blur even after taking a picture by editing a portrait image and adjusting the image’s aperture.

The third tutorial is on using the Stage Light Mono which was introduced on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.

I am pretty sure most of you already know this feature as it was highlighted many times by Apple prior to the launch of the mentioned phones.

There are also other lighting effects you can play around with if mono light doesn’t suit your fancy.

Finally, Apple also provides a tutorial to search for images quickly in the Photo app. You can search for a particular object or person by simply typing it in the search bar.

This is a similar feature to what Google Photos can do as well. As long as your iOS device has the Photo app updated, you will be able to use this feature.

Now you’re ready to be a master of your iPhone camera and Photo app.


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Story 7

FYI – courtesy of iPhone Life 

How to Find Out What Those Emojis Are Called

Emoji symbols add a touch of whimsy to text messages, notes, and emails. But did you know that they have names besides “the pink flower,” “the other pink flower,” “dead dudes one and two,” and “the not-quite-full moon—is it waxing or waning? I can never remember”? The easiest and most hilarious way to find out what the Emojis’ official names are is to have your iPhone read them out loud to you.

Related: How to Quickly Find the Right Emoji on Your iPhone

•First go to Settings and tap General.



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•Tap Accessibility and then tap Speech.



•Toggle Speak Selection to ON.



•Next open Notes and type in the Emojis whose names you want to know.




•Tap and hold anywhere in the Emoji text to bring up the options menu and tap Select All and then tap Speak.



•Your iPhone will now read you the names of the Emojis.

You can, of course, also use the Speak Selection to read any selectable text on your iPhone in Notes, Mail, Safari, and other apps, but it will not be nearly as much fun.

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