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Macworld Australia September 2015

Australian Macworld is the longest-running Mac magazine outside the USA. We bring you the latest news, reviews, help and tips for the Mac, iPad, iPhone and everything else from Apple. Plus you'll find photography, lifestyle and the latest gadgets. It's the full package for Mac fans.

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fit for purpose

I’m very blessed to be the editor of this great magazine. I get to look at lots of cool tech, meet with interesting people, travel the world and interact with some of the most passionate and knowledgeable readers of any publication I’ve worked on over the last decade or so. But once a year I get to write about something I’ve become extremely passionate about – health and fitness. Like a reformed smoker, I’m a passionate advocate for eating well and exercising regularly. And this month I get to write about all of the exercise, health and fitness tech I’ve had the pleasure of trying out. This is an area of technology that has only just started evolving. If you’ve worked in corporate IT, you’ll be familiar with the Gartner Hype Cycle.…

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letter of the month

THE IMPORTANCE OF BACKING UP After reading Adam Turner’s article on Backup and Recovery in August’s Macworld Australia, I was prompted to ‘pull out the keyboard’ and put pen to paper. I’m retired and mix with a broad group of people who, like me, enjoy their iPhones and iPads. Most of these similarly retired people use them at the base level of checking emails, SMS and photos. Because I’ve been a total Mac user since the LC 2, I’ve enjoyed all of the upgrades that Apple offers. What surprises me about these people who thoroughly enjoy their iPhones and iPads is the fact that about 90 percent of them use their devices on their PC platforms. They love the ease of use of Apple’s operating system for devices, yet panic at the thought…

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hot stuff

APPLE REVAMPS WEBSITE – NO MORE STORE Apple has redesigned its website, removing the familiar ‘Store’ link from the top menu, as well as making some typeface and subtle colour changes. While things may not look all that different, Apple has chosen to get rid of its separate online shop entirely. However, you can still go to apple.com.au/store if you prefer to make a direct leap. There have been ‘Buy Now’ buttons on Apple’s product pages for some time. As you browse and choose products, however, they’ll be added to your ‘Product Bag’ – apparently Apple doesn’t like the more common term ‘Shopping Cart’ either! So, why has Cupertino decided to merge its virtual storefront and warehouse after all these years? An Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch that it’s “to give customers one simple destination…

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cape woolamai

Baptist minister and amateur photographer David Enticott enjoys taking photos at sunrise or sunset, when everything turns gold or orange coloured. With a holiday house close to the beach, he has plenty of opportunities to walk to the end of the road and see the world at sunset. His family recently bought a holiday house at Phillip Island, off Victoria’s rugged south coast. On a walk around Cape Woolamai, he noticed that the late afternoon light was perfect for taking pictures. “I always try to shoot with the sun directly behind my back, so that the photos are able to pick up the best possible light. As I started taking shots with the iPhone 6, I also noticed that the clouds looked like they had been taken from an old movie, like…

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the health kick

If you’re of a certain age you’d remember the 1970s. That’s when the jogging craze really took off. All you needed was a T-shirt, shorts and pair of rubber-soled shoes and you were on your way to marathon stardom – or a gentle plod around the block. By the 80s we were in the aerobics era. Jane Fonda ruled the VCR with her series of videos and Olivia Newton John told us to get physical. And while gyms and exercise studios reaped the benefits, the activities we performed at those times didn’t actually look that different from the sports played in ancient Greece 2500 years ago when Pheidippides ran back and forth between Marathon and Athens before dropping dead. During the 80s and 90s, sports science took some massive leaps and bounds.…

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getting social

Many emerging sports are able to increase interest for both spectators and athletes by the use of social media and online platforms for advertising and training. One sport that has grabbed the bull by both horns is roller derby. Lisa ‘Basement Staxx’ Banks competes in a league in Adelaide. The name of the league – the Murder City Roller Girls. “Roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports for women worldwide, and there are mixed gender, men’s and junior leagues popping up, too,” says Banks. Games, or bouts, are played in two halves on a flat track. Each half of the game is made up of several two-minute jams – competitions where five team members from each team line up on the track. One member of each team wears a star…