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Macworld Australia August 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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what is progress?

Over the last few weeks I’ve been following the changes Apple is delivering with the new Music app and Apple Music service, beta versions of El Capitan and iOS 9, and the new MacBook. At the same time, Microsoft has released the latest version of its Office suite for the Mac – a marked improvement on the previous version in my view. That’s a lot of change in a very short time. I wrote about some of this at and received many comments – some of which we have shared in this month’s mail section starting on page 8. But the letter that really caught my eye came from Robert George and it’s had me thinking. How long should companies maintain reliable software? Is making useful and fun applications obsolete a reasonable…

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staff picks

Not all technology is helpful. With Disney banning selfie sticks in its parks, citing safety concerns, what technology do you want to see banned? ANTHONY CARUANA I love art galleries but one thing that kills the experience is people holding up iPads to take photos, obscuring the view for everyone else. So – no iPad photography in museums. MADELEINE SWAIN Outright banning anything seems a little harsh, but Google Glass’ failure to achieve world domination certainly didn’t see me shed any tears. JAMUNA RAJ I’d like mobile phones banned at the dining table. MONIQUE BLAIR I would like to ban those power adapters that take up the space of two power point sockets, although only require one.…

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letter of the month

TOO MUCH ‘PROGRESS’ I was wondering if you could suggest what we may need to solve some current problems we are having with some websites and a situation whereby we are being informed that our OS X 10.6.8 is no longer supported. I am 78 and my partner is 85 years old and we both, like many in our generation, have limited knowledge with today’s high tech gizmos. However, in May 2011 we purchased a new 15in MacBook Pro and 21.5in iMac desktop. Our new computers were set up with OS Snow Leopard 10.6 and we have been very happy with this OS. At that time, we also purchased a game called Burning Monkey Solitaire 4. A few months later, Apple released the Lion OS, but we were advised that if we upgraded…

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hot stuff

APPLE REVEALS OS X 10.11, EL CAPITAN, PROMISING BETTER SPEED AND OTHER UPGRADES From pinning web pages to showing multiple desktops, this OS X upgrade includes welcome improvements to Safari, Mail and more. Apple has brought Yosemite to the mountain: El Capitan, specifically, which is the name of OS X 10.11 as well as a peak in Yosemite National Park. Revealed at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco in June, El Capitan is intended to reach a higher point, but not dig new ground. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, emphasised the release is about an improvement in experience and performance. El Capitan’s announcement focused on small points of irritation and big bumps in efficiency. New options Safari adds pinning, letting users keep particular pages readily available. The sites will…

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sunset over narromine hotel

“I was walking past when I saw the sun setting behind the pub and thought that would be a great shot. I did not have my DSLR with me, only my iPhone 6 Plus, so I took a snap it with it,” says Smith. Although he’s a train driver, Smith likes shooting photos. “I am far from a professional, but have always liked taking photos and regularly do. It was a random shot. Nothing was planned. I was just in the right spot at the right time.” Smith tweaked the photo using Adobe Photoshop Express, although when he plans a trip he uses The Photographer’s Ephemeris app. This lovely pic, however was a completely random occurrence. That’s one of the great things about this competition – how everyday moments that we’d ordinarily walk…

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backup and recovery

Apple gear tends to be pretty reliable, so it’s easy to become lulled into a false sense of security. But if you’re not regularly backing up important files from your computers, smartphones and tablets, then you could lose everything in a heartbeat. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that disasters only happen to other people. Between fire, flood, theft, natural disaster, virus, ransomware and plain old clumsiness, there’s no shortage of threats waiting to strike your computing devices and the precious files they hold. Even something as simple as a burst water pipe or power surge could see a house full of gadgets decimated, along with all your precious data. Think of a backup and recovery plan as an insurance policy for irreplaceable files like family photos and tax records, along with…