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Macworld Australia December 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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the relentless pace

As I write this, I’m looking out at a beautiful, clear sky and I can hear birds chirping away in the nearby tree. Other than the sound of my fingers on the keyboard and the birdsong, I’m in total peace. But it feels very much like being in the eye of the cyclone – that period of relative calm just after the first relentless pummelling and before round two begins. 2015 has been a very busy year. When it started, I had no idea I’d end up sitting in the hot seat at Macworld Australia, the Apple Watch was just a rumour and we had no idea Apple was going to reinvigorate almost every product it sells Personally, I’ve covered over 200,000 kilometres in air travel this year – a record for…

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introducing blackmagic ursa mini, the lightweight super 35 4.6k digital film camera with 15 stops of dynamic range!

Introducing URSA Mini, a handheld Super 35 digital film camera with an incredible 4.6K image sensor, global shutter and a massive 15 stops of dynamic range! The super compact and lightweight design is perfectly balanced, making it comfortable enough for all day shooting. URSA Mini lets you shoot at up to 60fps, features a 5" foldout viewfinder, dual RAW and ProRes recorders, and more! Incredible 4.6K Sensor URSA Mini can capture images at a resolution and dynamic range that goes well beyond that of traditional motion picture film so you can shoot your own epic, cinematic masterpiece! You can capture images up to 4608 x 2592, which is larger than 4K DCI, with 15 stops of dynamic range so you get incredibly clean pictures with amazing detail in everything from the darkest…

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letter of the month

DISK UTILITY RAIDED I was very interested to read the article ‘How to Configure a Cheap Secure RAID Backup System’ in the October issue of Macworld Australia. I tried to follow the instructions provided, but fell at the first hurdle; there was no RAID tab to be found anywhere. It is possible that the facility was removed now that I am running OS 10.11 and the magazine is still back one iteration, but if that is so you may like to inform your readers how to do the RAID trick under the new operating system. Dr James B Potter Indeed, you are correct James. We were caught out by Apple making some significant changes to Disk Utility in El Capitan. Fortunately, it hasn’t completely removed the capability to create a RAID – just the ability to…

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hot stuff

GOOGLE MAKES ITS AI SOFTWARE OPEN SOURCE Google’s TensorFlow is the machine learning tool it developed to automate many of the repetitive actions we take for granted when using a Google service. For example, it’s the technology behind facial recognition – the ability to see pictures of two different faces and recognise that they are the same person. TensorFlow replaces Google’s existing machine learning tool. It’s faster, smarter and more flexible than its old system, making it more adaptable as new products and research come to light. According to Google, TensorFlow will be a port of everything from speech recognition to search and even its recently released Smart Reply function in Gmail that automatically responds to your email for you. While many companies assiduously guard such technology, Google sees great potential in TensorFlow and…

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goroka show, png

While working in Port Moresby, Edwards had the opportunity to visit the Goroka Show. “It was all serendipitous. I was working in Port Moresby and a colleague had one spare ticket to the Goroka Show, an annual cultural event in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea,” says Edwards. One of the things we love about iSnap is learning about the stories behind how some images are captured. In many cases, it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. But for Edwards, the opportunity to shoot her winning photo came from forgetting a camera. “I didn’t have a camera with me, so I borrowed one from the office and, as luck would have it, I left it in my hotel room. I subscribe to Macworld Australia and have long…

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strolling down memory lane

Looking back over the year, I can’t believe how much has happened. We’ve seen new products from Apple and significant updates on existing ones. The company has continued to grow and also invest in the future. On the local front, Jonathan Stewart moved on from the editor’s chair at Macworld Australia and the sceptre was passed on to me. Here’s the year that was! NEW PRODUCTS Without a doubt, Apple’s ‘hero’ product for 2016 is the Apple Watch. Apple took its time entering the wearables market and, unlike most of the other entrants to the market, which had a focus on fitness and well-being or notifications, Apple used its control of the hardware and software, as well as its immense manufacturing expertise to design and create a device that tried to fulfil the needs and desires…