Aussie Mac Zone – Episode 001 – Show Notes

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Episode: 001

Title: Reboot


Hosts: Glenn Goodman, Jason Oakley (WauloK), Jayson Walmsley, Garth Humphreys

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WWDC 2013 keynote wrap up

OS X Mavericks

  • ibooks, maps – even turn by turn direction, calendar (builds in travel time)

  • safari – shared links, shows links from twitter and facebook feed

  • icloud keychain – usernames, passwords, even credit cards, password generator

  • finder – multiple tabs and tags

  • notifications – even including while you were away

  • mutliple displays – no longer primary or secondary displays, each has its own menu bar and dock, it also has its own spaces and can run full screen apps. AND, if you have an AppleTV this can be used as a full functional display, not just to screen mirror.




  • Macbook Air – ‘all day’ battery life, 11” – 5hrs to 9hrs, 13” – 7hrs to 12hrs, no retina display 🙁 but 802.11ac wireless!

  • New Airport Extreme wireless base stations – 802.11 ac




  • Mac Pro – finally. But is it a dustbin? braun coffee machine?





  • ‘Flat’ but 3D/transparent.

  • Larger icon text – Helvetica Neue – Ultra Light

  • Still no live icons – like weather or clock – apart from calendar.  

  • Improved multitasking with background updating for apps used most often.

Control Centre removes the need to navigate through settings menus, frequently-accessed preferences now available via a gesture up from the bottom of the screen.

Weather is redesigned, the new app looks great but strikingly similar to the Yahoo Weather app.


iTunes Radio


  • ad-supported, but free from ad’s if you subscribe to itunes match. Radio service similar to Pandora.

  • Initially US only with iOS 7 in Fall (Aussie spring). No Australian dates or info yet.


Microsoft Brings ‘Office Mobile for Office 365 Subscribers’ to iPhone

Microsoft announced the launch of Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers, a new iPhone-only app that allows users to view and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. The free app requires a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 service in order to function.

Similar to the free Office Mobile for Windows Phone that ships with every handset, the iPhone app enables great Office content viewing and on-the-go content editing capabilities.

After signing in to an Office 365 account, you can access, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from anywhere. And, you can count on Office Mobile to keep all your content and formatting intact so the document still looks great when you’re back on your PC or Mac.

Office Mobile for Office 365 subscribers is a free download from the App Store. The app requires a subscription to Office 365, which can be purchased through the app itself. Microsoft also offers a 30-day trial of Office 365 to allow users to test out the service.


Apple Makes ‘iWork for iCloud’ Beta Available to Registered Developers

Apple has made the iWork for iCloud in-browser versions of Pages, Keynote and Numbers available to registered developers as a beta release. The browser based version of iWork was announced at Monday’s WWDC Keynote address.

The browser-based versions of iWork are meant to be a competitor to Google Docs and other cloud-based office productivity platforms — they work on both a Mac or PC in Safari, Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

iWork for iCloud is expected to be released to the public later this year.


Apple’s Google Now Competitor ‘Today’ Features Traffic Information on Frequently Visited Locations

In iOS 7, Apple has included a new Notification Center feature called Today, which the company says is designed to provide users with the day’s events at a glance, including information like birthdays, weather details, and traffic reports.

Additional details have come to light about how Today works include how Apple gathers information to provide traffic details on frequently traveled routes. In the location settings section of iOS 7, there’s a new feature called “Frequent Locations,” which Apple says “suggests locations of interest based on historical location usage.”

Frequent Locations stores information about locations that have been visited multiple times and it appears to pair with another “Traffic” setting to provide commute details on locations a user visits on a regular basis, as seen in the screenshot below. It is unclear, however, if these traffic notifications appear based on the time of day. For example, they could appear only during a morning or evening commute to work.


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