Episode 394 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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Designer Google Glass headsets revealed  

Produced in conjunction with American designer Diane von Furstenberg, the range, dubbed DVF | Made for Glass, consists of five new frames and eight shades in two styles.

The headsets, which are the first to be produced by a company other than Google, will go on sale on 23 June and be available through high-end online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter, as well as Google’s own Glass store



Intel breaks mould with 4GHz, four-core processor


After 10 years of anticipation, the world can finally stop waiting for a 4GHz, four-core processor from Intel.


4GHz Core i7-4790K, an unlocked version of its 4th-generation Haswell quad-core CPU that can operate with all four of its cores at full speed.


Intel also introduced the Core i5-4690K quad-core CPU running at 3.5GHz


This year the Pentium brand turns 20 and Intel is marking the occasion with a special anniversary edition of the chip. The Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition is a Haswell-based dual-core clocked at 3.2GHz. This does not make it the fastest Haswell Pentium out there, as the G3440 and G3450 are clocked at 3.3GHz and 3.4GHz respectively.



Windows 8 Start Menu won’t return this year


Coming back, but not until 2015


Windows watcher Mary Jo Foley has said her sources have revealed that the Start Menu won’t arrive until next year as part of Threshold. That major update is due to arrive in spring 2015, and may or may not be released as Windows 9. In the meantime, anyone wanting to get a Start Menu sooner can install third-party versions such as StarDock’s Start8.


Mary Jo Foley has said her sources have revealed that the Start Menu won’t arrive until next year as part of Threshold. That major update is due to arrive in spring 2015, and may or may not be released as Windows 9. In the meantime, anyone wanting to get a Start Menu sooner can install third-party versions such as StarDock’s Start8.


Foley also suggested that plans to allow Metro apps to run on the desktop will likely also not arrive until next year.



Google flooded with ‘right to be forgotten’ requests


The move follows a landmark European privacy ruling on “the right to be forgotten”.


A new webform made available on Friday allows users to submit their link removal requests, and within hours the page received 12,000 petitions from across Europe


The search giant must now define what information is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” when it comes to the requests – a broad criteria determined by the court.



Vincent van Gogh ‘live ear’ on display


A copy of Vincent van Gogh’s ear grown using genetic material from one of the Dutch artist’s relatives has gone on display at a German museum.


Artist Diemut Strebe made the replica using living cells from Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo.


The cells were then shaped using a 3D printer to resemble the ear Van Gogh is to said to have cut off in 1888.


It is being kept alive inside a case containing a nutrient solution which could, in theory, last for years.




OS X Yosemite



Streamlined toolbars put more features into less space.



Store and organize your files in iCloud Drive, and send them to a Mac or iOS device using AirDrop.




The new, streamlined toolbar in Safari puts your most important controls at your fingertips and gives you more room for what you’re viewing. Safari also gives you faster performance and more control over your privacy.




Now Mail lets you send large attachments more easily. You can annotate documents and fill out forms right in your email messages. Faster performance means you’ll get your email more quickly, too.




If you have an iPhone, now you can send and receive both iMessage and SMS messages right on your Mac. Add people to group conversations, and remove yourself when you want. Even record short audio clips to add your voice to the conversation.


iCloud Drive


Store any type of file in iCloud and access it on any device. With iCloud Drive, you can organize your files in the cloud the way you like, create as many folders as you want, and add tags to find files faster.





Now you can make and receive iPhone calls on your Mac. So if you’re working on your Mac and your iPhone rings in another room, you can leave it there and still take the call.


Phone.Mac, now answering the call.


Now you can make and receive iPhone calls right on your Mac. When your iPhone rings, you’ll get a notification on your Mac showing you the caller’s name, number, and profile picture. Click the notification to answer, and your Mac becomes a speakerphone. You can also decline the call or respond with a quick iMessage. Making a phone call from Mac is just as easy. Just click a phone number you see in Contacts, Calendar, Messages, or Safari. Dial in to a conference call from a Calendar event, and your Mac automatically enters the passcode for you. And if your iPhone rings while it’s charging in the bedroom, you can answer the call on your Mac in the living room — they just have to be on the same Wi‑Fi network. Because it works with your existing iPhone number, there’s nothing to set up. Just point, click, and say hello.






The text messages on your iPhone — including SMS and iMessage — are now available on your Mac. Send and receive. Read and reply. All without picking up your iPhone.


SMS. More ways to get your message across.


With OS X Yosemite and an iPhone running iOS 8, you can send and receive SMS and MMS text messages right from your Mac. So when friends text you — regardless of what phone they have — you can respond from whichever device is closest. All the messages that appear on your iPhone now appear on your Mac, too. You can also initiate a text message conversation on your Mac by clicking a phone number in Safari, Contacts, or Calendar.








Now your Mac knows the last thing you were doing on your iOS device and vice versa. So you can start something on one device and instantly pick it up on another.


From Mac to iOS and vice versa. Pick up right where you left off.


When your Mac and iOS devices are near each other, they can automatically pass whatever you’re doing from one device to another. Say you start writing a report on your Mac, but you want to continue on your iPad as you head to your meeting. Handoff lets you switch over and pick up instantly where you left off. Or maybe you start writing an email on your iPhone, but you want to finish it on your Mac. You can do that, too. Handoff works with Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts. And app developers can easily build Handoff into their apps.




Instant Hotspot



Turn on the personal hotspot on your iPhone with just a few clicks on your Mac. So as long as your iPhone is nearby, you can get online with your Mac.


Instant Hotspot. Just like that, you’re online.


No Wi‑Fi? No problem. Your Mac can automatically use the personal hotspot on your iPhone when they’re within range of each other.* No setup is required. Your iPhone will automatically appear in the Wi‑Fi menu on your Mac — just select it to turn on your hotspot. Your Mac even displays the signal strength and battery life of your iPhone. When your Mac isn’t using your phone’s network, it intelligently disconnects to save battery life. And you never have to take your iPhone out of your pocket or bag.










Every photo you take. On all your devices.


With iPhone, people are taking more photos and videos than ever. As photo collections grow, so does the desire to store them all safely and still access them whenever and wherever. That’s where the new Photos app and the new iCloud Photo Library come in.



Messages. Actually LOL. OL.



Look forward to doing amazing new things with the app you use most. In iOS 8, Messages has fun, useful, even surprising features that will change the way you think about messaging.




Send a video quickly and easily.






Family Sharing.


Sharing with your family comes naturally. Now it comes to all your content.


Family Sharing is a new way to bring harmony to your family’s digital life. Up to six people in your family can share purchases from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store without sharing accounts. Pay for family purchases with the same credit card and approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device. Easily share photos, a family calendar, and more to help keep everyone connected.





Being a family pays off in huge new ways.


Once you set up Family Sharing, family members get immediate access to each other’s music, movies, TV shows, books, and apps.* Download what you want with a tap anytime you like. All without having to share an Apple ID or passwords.     







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