Aussie Mac Zone ~ Episode 317

Show 317 – January 13, 2020

Run Sheet ~ Zarn & Michael




Still again a BIG THANKS to all the firefighters, defence personnel and volunteers across Australia and all the visiting ones from overseas.  THANKS


Our Aussie Apple Ramblings

Story 1

Share your best iPhone Night mode photos

Apple is starting the new year by celebrating more captivating ways to shoot on iPhone with an all-new Night mode photo challenge. Users are invited to share their impressive Night mode images captured with iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Through 30 January, Apple is in search of the most stunning Night mode shots from users around the world. A panel of select judges will evaluate submissions to reveal five winning photos on 4 March. 

The winning photos will be celebrated in a gallery on Apple Newsroom, and Apple Instagram (@apple). They may also appear in digital campaigns, at Apple Stores, on billboards, or in a third-party photo exhibition.


Story 2

Apple rings in new era of Services following landmark year

Apple has marked the close of a historic 2019 for its Services offerings, a year that introduced Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, Apple News+ and Apple Card, and celebrated the continued success of the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud and more experiences only Apple can create and deliver.

Apple provides customers with the highest-quality services along with an unparalleled commitment to privacy and security, and offers creators and developers the opportunity to bring their creative visions to people around the world.

“2019 was the biggest year for Services in Apple’s history.

We introduced several exciting new experiences for our customers, all while setting the standard for user privacy and security,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We begin the new decade with incredible momentum and gratitude to our customers who have shown such enthusiasm for all of our Services, and we continue to celebrate the work of the world’s best creators, storytellers, journalists and developers.”

Apple’s ongoing focus on the deep integration of hardware, software and services drove all of its platforms to new heights in 2019.


Story 3

Apple shares special ‘Shot on iPhone’ short film to celebrate Chinese New Year

9to5Mac reports ~ As it has done for the past several years, Apple is celebrating Chinese New Year with a short film as part of its “Shot on iPhone” series. The short film comes in at 8-minutes long and is entitled “Daughter.”

“Daughter” stars the popular actress Zhou Xun and was directed by Theodore Melfi. It was shot entirely on iPhone 11 Pro. Here’s Apple’s description for the video:

A film about three generations of Chinese women coming together at Chinese New Year. Shot on iPhone 11 Pro. Directed by Theodore Melfi. Cinematography by Lawrence Sher. Starring Zhou Xun, China’s leading actress.

Apple has also shared a behind the scenes video showcasing how Melfi and used iPhone 11 Pro to “bring the touching story ‘Daughter’ to life.”

Go behind the scenes with director Theodore Melfi, Cinematographer Lawrence Sher, and actress Zhou Xun to see how they used the iPhone 11 Pro to bring the touching story ‘Daughter’ to life.

You can watch both of the new videos below. The release of these videos comes after Apple launched its second annual “Shot on iPhone” competition this week. Apple is seeking the best iPhone Night mode photos shot by owners of any of the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro and you can find the details here.


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So I know I’ve talked  about Speed Demons before, but I had the chance to play it on Apple TV and it didn’t disappoint.

It was so good using a hand held controller on a big screen TV just gave it a great feel. And made it so much faster. 

I highly recommend it. 



On to Pac-Man party Royale,

I was so disappointed when I worked out that you can’t just drop in and play against other people wanting to play.

You actually have to invite someone you know to play the game. I know I shouldn’t be complaining about that, but if you’re on the commute and want to play?

Why wouldn’t they let you just wait for a free spot on the server.




Apple announces new documentary series “Visible: Out on Television” from Emmy-nominated filmmakers Ryan White and Jessica Hargrave, and executive producers Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz

Five-Part Documentary Series Set to Premiere February 14, 2020 Exclusively on Apple TV+

“Visible: Out on Television” investigates the importance of TV as an intimate medium that has shaped the American conscience, and how the LGBTQ movement has shaped television. Combining archival footage with interviews with key players from the movement and the screen, the docuseries is narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Waithe. Each hour-long episode will explore themes such as invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of the LGBTQ character, and coming out in the television industry.

The docuseries features never-before-seen interviews with Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Anderson Cooper, Billy Porter, Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Sara Ramirez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and dozens more.



Apple renews highly anticipated “Little America” for Season 2 ahead of Season 1 premiere

Inspiring New Anthology Series from Lee Eisenberg, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Alan Yang and Epic Magazine to Premiere January 17, 2020.

Full Season to Debut Globally on Premiere Day, Exclusively on Apple TV+

Inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, “Little America” goes beyond the headlines to bring to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt and surprising stories of immigrants in America.

“Little America,” from Universal Television, is written and executive produced by Lee Eisenberg (“The Office,” “Good Boys”), who serves as showrunner, and executive produced by Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick,” “Silicon Valley”), Emily V. Gordon (“The Big Sick”), Alan Yang (“Master of None,” “Parks and Recreation”), Sian Heder (“Tallulah,” “Orange Is the New Black”), Joshuah Bearman (“Argo”), Joshua Davis (“Spare Parts”) and Arthur Spector (“The Shack”). Heder also serves as co-showrunner alongside Eisenberg.

The first season of “Little America” consists of eight half-hour episodes, each with its own unique story from different parts of the world:

3 of which are ~

“The Manager” – At 12 years old, Kabir must learn to run a Utah motel on his own when his parents are deported back to India.

“The Jaguar” – Marisol, an undocumented teenager from Mexico, navigates the rarefied world of competitive squash with the help of her coach who inspires her to dream big — on and off the court.

“The Cowboy” – Iwegbuna, an economic grad student from a small village in Nigeria, struggles to adjust to life in Oklahoma, but he gains confidence and a connection to home by becoming a part of a culture he admired most as a child: cowboys. 


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Story 4

Apple initiates Smart Battery Case replacement program for iPhone XS, XS Max, XR

Apple on Friday activated a service program to replace faulty Smart Battery Cases designed for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, noting certain units may not operate as expected. 

Announced in a support document posted to the company’s website, the Smart Battery Case replacement initiative aims to resolve charging issues exhibited by defective devices produced between January and October 2019. The company does not reveal how many units are impacted by the problem. 

According to Apple, affected Smart Battery Cases will not charge or will intermittently charge when plugged into a power source via Lightning connector. Whether similar behavior can be expected while the case is accepting power from a wireless charger is not known. Faulty models might also refuse to charge or intermittently charge a connected the iPhone. 

When a Smart Battery Case is attached to an iPhone and functioning normally, power is first delivered to the handset before the case’s internal battery is topped off. When unplugged or taken off a Qi charger, the case feeds power to a connected iPhone until depleted.

Owners of iPhone XS, XS Max or XR Smart Battery Cases that exhibit one or more of the described behaviors are urged to visit an Apple store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider for a free replacement. Alternatively, users can contact Apple Support for assistance. 

The problem does not pose a safety risk to users, Apple notes, adding that affected battery cases will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.


Story 5

Update Firefox now, because the Department of Homeland Security is telling you to

A recent release of Firefox had a bug severe enough, that the US government is telling everyone to update to guarantee online safety.

Mozilla has issued an update to its Firefox browser that fixes a critical security issue that could allow attackers to take control of affected computers. The issue has previously not been reported, but according to the Department of Homeland Security, it was already being exploited in attacks.

To update Firefox, users can open the browser, click on the Firefox menu, then on About Firefox. This will start the update. 

Alternatively, users can visit the official site to download Firefox.

“Mozilla has released security updates to address a vulnerability in Firefox and Firefox ESR,” wrote the US Department’s Cyber-Infrastructure (CISA) division in a statement. “An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system. This vulnerability was detected in exploits in the wild.”

“[The CISA] encourages users and administrators to review the Mozilla Security Advisory for Firefox 72.0.1 and Firefox ESR 68.4.1 and apply the necessary updates,” it concludes.


Story 6 

Tim Cook says Apple will donate to relief efforts for widespread bushfires in Australia

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that the company will donate to relief efforts for the bushfires currently burning throughout Australia. Cook made the announcement in a post on Twitter.


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