Episode 645- Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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MacBook Pros declared too hot to fly

he United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned certain models of Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops on flights, The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops,” the agency’s spokesman said

Apple said in June it would recall a limited number of 15-inch MacBook Pro units as their batteries were susceptible to overheating. The units were sold between September 2015 and February 2017.


Huawei unveils ‘Harmony’ operating system

Huawei unveiled on Friday its proprietary operating system for smartphones and other devices, as US trade restrictions imposed in May threaten to cut the Chinese firm’s access to US technologies such as Android.

But Huawei said that for now it would stick to using Google’s Android for smartphones, and the new software will be gradually rolled out to support devices such as smartwatches, speakers and virtual reality gadgets.

The company would have been able to ship 300 million smartphones this year without such restrictions. It shipped 118 million units in the first-half.



Apple extends bug bounty, boosts rewards to US$1m

Apple has offered cyber security researchers up to US$1 million to detect flaws in iPhones, the largest reward offered by a company to defend against hackers.

Unlike other technology providers, Apple previously offered rewards only to invited researchers who tried to find flaws in its phones and cloud backups.

t the annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, the company said it would open the process to all researchers, add Mac software and other targets, and offer a range of rewards

The $1 million prize would apply only to remote access to the iPhone kernel without any action from the phone’s user. Apple’s previous highest bounty was $200,000


Facebook workers listened to Messenger conversations

Facebook is the latest company to confirm it has used third-party workers to do such work, following Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.

The practice had been halted “more than a week ago”, Facebook said.


It added this had been done only when users had opted in to transcription services and given permission for microphone access.


Minecraft ditches Super Duper graphics plan


In a statement Minecraft developer Mojang said it had ended development on what was known as the Super Duper graphics pack for the game.

The pack would have given the game realistic textures, lighting effects and all-round better graphics.

The pack has proved “too technically demanding” so has been ditched.


The plan to make Minecraft look more realistic was unveiled in 2017 at the E3 games show. The ambitious plan was to make a downloadable add-on that all but did away with the basic, blocky look of the massively popular game.

In 2017, Mojang said its work also would produce an add-on for the Xbox version of Minecraft that let the game run at a resolution of 4K on the console.

Originally the Super Duper add-on was due to appear in autumn 2017 but the release date was pushed back to 2018 before being cancelled altogether in 2019.



Robot priest added to 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Japan: ‘It will grow in wisdom’


A 400-year-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan, is using a $1 million humanoid to reach a younger generation, but foreigners are repulsed by it.

The Kodaji Temple, in a partnership with the robotics team at Osaka University, unveiled “Mindar” earlier this year. The robot is a 6-foot tall android, made of silicon and aluminum and modeled after Kannon, the Buddhist deity of mercy who preaches what is called the “Heart Sutra” in Japanese, with English and Chinese translations projected on a screen for tourists.

Tensho Goto, the chief steward of the temple said “Obviously a machine doesn’t have a soul, but Buddhist faith isn’t about believing in God. It’s about following Buddha’s path, so it doesn’t matter whether it is represented by a machine, a scrap of iron or a tree.”



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