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Macworld Australia June 2016

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 balancing act

Each month, I receive quite a few emails from readers of Macworld Australia. Some are requests for assistance, others are comments on articles we’ve published and others are questions about the content in the magazine. As I’ve just clicked over a year in the editor’s chair, I thought it was a good time to reflect on our magazine. I see my role as editor as being the current custodian of Macworld Australia. That means bringing together the best content I can for each issue of the magazine to meet your needs. The big challenge there is that, despite the magazine being called Macworld Australia, the magazine has, for most of its existence been about Apple products. When Apple pretty much only made computers, this made sense. Until 2001, when the first iPod was…

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a note from our publisher joanne davies

Dear Subscriber This is a first for me, writing a piece for the publication, yet I have been involved with Macworld for over 25 years, starting out as a production coordinator and fast moving into the commercial area and in recent years as the publisher. Working with multiple editors over the years, many of whom you will remember fondly, starting with Osmund Iversen (and his crazy April fool’s jokes) followed by Matthew J C Powell, Macworld Australia has been a huge part of my career. And, while many of you have been loyal and passionate about reading Macworld over the years, I have been passionate about delivering it to you. You may be aware that print media as a whole has diminished substantially over recent years, many publications ceasing completely, others publishing…

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letter of the month

KEEP WAITING FOR THE APPLE CAR The speculation over an ‘Apple car’ (Macworld Australia, April) is getting lots of people excited, but to suggest that the first demonstration models could appear in ‘late 2017’ and production models in 2019 is completely fanciful and totally misunderstands the time it takes to get a car from concept to production. Tesla Motors is the closest ‘start-up’ parallel we have to a potential Apple Car. Tesla was incorporated in 2003 and delivered its first hand-built car, the Roadster, in 2008. It took the company five years to get a very expensive and low production run vehicle out of the door. Since 2008, it has delivered approximately 125,000 vehicles in total, with production only ramping up to 50,000 vehicles per year from 2015, with a plan to…

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apple shuts down first ever ransomware attack against mac users

With the help of security researchers, Apple recently quickly blocked a cyber attack aimed at infecting Mac users with file-encrypting malware known as ransomware. The incident is believed to be the first Apple-focused attack using ransomware, which typically targets computers running Windows. Victims of ransomware are asked to pay a fee, usually in bitcoin, to get access to the decryption key to recover their files. Security company Palo Alto Networks wrote that it found the ‘KeRanger’ ransomware wrapped into Transmission, which is a free Mac BitTorrent client. Transmission warned on its website that people who downloaded the 2.90 version of the client “should immediately upgrade to 2.92” SNEAKING PAST THE GATEKEEPER It was unclear how the attackers managed to upload a tampered with version of Transmission to the application’s website. But compromising legitimate applications is a…

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an eye on the future

Most of the time I think that mobile communications – iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Apple Watches and broadband – have brought about greater cultural change in the human race than that inspired moment when primitive man built a house in a tree to keep his kith and kin safe from sabre-toothed tigers. Of course, the devices we now take so much for granted were not the first with which we could communicate while moving around. German railway companies were experimenting with mobile wireless telephony as early as 1918 and handheld wireless transceivers, the real forerunners of the mobile phone, have been around since the 1940s. They were originally developed for the military, but were quickly adapted for civilian use, mainly in cars because they provided a power source, a lead-acid battery. That changed…

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hot stuff

APPLE’S EARNINGS FOR Q2 2016 – WHERE TO NEXT? Apple’s most recent earnings call pushed out some numbers that, in isolation from anything else, look quite spectacular. In excess of US$50 billion for the preceding three months with margins of better than 20 percent delivering more than US$10 billion in profit. I suggest 99.999 percent of the companies on the planet would look at those numbers and yearn to be in that position. And let’s not forget a little over US$200 billion in cash holdings. And yet, the vultures are saying this is the beginning of the end of Apple. Now, in the post-Jobs era when the founder’s influence is greatly diminished, Apple is unable to capture that innovative and inventive spirit that symbolised the decade or so from Jobs’ return to the company…