AussieMacZone 02 June 2015 ~ Show # 98

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One Woman’s Trash Is Everyone Else’s $200000 Vintage Apple-1 Computer

Gizmodo reports One woman’s trash is literally everyone else’s super-expensive, rare $200,000 piece of computer history. Most of the time, recycled electronics are too crappy to sell on Craigslist. But one California e-recycling center recently received one of the most coveted gadgets ever: A genuine Apple-1 computer.

An unidentified woman dropped off the desktop computer, one of the original 1976 machines built by Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, and Rob Wayne, at Clean Bay Area in April. (As Steve Wozniak told Gizmodo last time we wrote about the Apple-1, they weren’t actually built in a Cupertino garage, as tech legend goes.)

According to Clean Bay vice president Victor Gushen, the mystery woman was cleaning out her house after her husband died. The backlogged center only recently discovered that she’d nonchalantly surrendered a piece of computing history, and now it’s trying to find her.

Clean Bay sold the computer for $200,000 to a private collector, and wants to split the profit with the donor. But first they need to find her: Gishun says he’d recognize her, but all they know is that she drives an SUV, and she clearly didn’t get anything appraised before junking it.


Following Apple partnership, IBM now offering employees Macs for the first time

9to5 Mac reported After inking a deal with Apple to push iOS devices and enterprise apps to its customers, IBM today started offering all employees Macs for the first time. We’ve seen the official IBM notice, and several IBM employees on Twitter are praising the decision after years of PC hell.
Apple says sporadic Apple Watch heart rate readings are a feature, not a bug

AMZ reported ~ An updated heart rate information page on Apple’s website, first spotted by 9to5Mac, says that the device “attempts to measure your heart rate every 10 minutes, but won’t record it when you’re in motion or your arm is moving.” The page was updated today, and it previously made no mention that certain movements would prevent a passive heart rate reading. (A separate feature, in the Workout app, can record your heart rate during runs or other physical activities.)
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iPhone text message bug can crash Apple Watch, iPad and Mac too

The crash is caused by a bug within a core system common to all of Apple’s devices that handles text. When presented with non-Latin characters in a specific sequence – including those from Arabic, Chinese and Marathi – the CoreText system chokes, causing it to fail and bring the entire operating system to a halt.

Apple told the Guardian that it is aware of the bug and will issue a software update to fix it. How long that update will take is unknown: it still has not been fixed.


Michaels Favourite Story This Week ~ Apple’s ‘Proactive’ to take on Google Now with deep iOS 9 search, Augmented Reality Maps, Siri API

After several years of quiet development, Apple is readying a major new iOS initiative codenamed “Proactive,” which will leverage Siri, Contacts, Calendar, Passbook, and third-party apps to create a viable competitor to Google Now for Android devices. Like Google Now, Proactive will automatically provide timely information based on the user’s data and device usage patterns, but will respect the user’s privacy preferences, according to sources familiar with Apple’s plans.

As an evolution of iOS’s Spotlight search feature, Proactive is the fruit of a long-term initiative that involved the acquisition of small app developers, and integration of core iOS apps. It will also work with Apple’s Maps application to display personally relevant points of interest using an augmented reality interface, and integrate with a third-party Siri API codenamed “Breadcrumbs”…

Reports 9to5Mac ~ they were on fire this week

Michael finally gave up with his connection issues

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A quick discussion about the upcoming WWDC


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