The culture of technology in Australia.

Tim Cook: “I’m Proud To Be Gay”

Tim Cook at Bloomberg Businessweek:

While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

Our Panel at PAX Aus 2014: Cupertino And Games

Following on from our panel last year, we check back on Mac and iOS gaming to see if there have been any improvements made in the Apple gaming space. Is the Mac Pro a serious gaming machine? Has Steam improved the landscape? What does iOS 8 and Metal mean for iOS Gaming? Will there ever be native games on Apple TV? Or should we all just give up and build a Gaming PC?

5pm tomorrow with me, Pete, Raj and Benny. Are you heading to PAX? Come along and say hi!

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Steve Wozniak Joins University of Technology, Sydney As Adjunct Professor

UTS Newsroom:

Apple Computer co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak has joined UTS as adjunct professor – the first adjunct appointment he has accepted at any university.

He’s going to be working in their Magic Lab (Innovation and Enterprise Research Laboratory), which forms part of the broader school of software, quantum computing and intelligent systems.

So in December, if you’re a UTS student studying IT or Engineering; you could go to class and Woz is there, just tinkering away on a robot in a lab.

That would be so, so cool.

Apple Pay Supports Multiple Cards

You can store multiple credit cards in Apple Pay. One card is always set as your default credit card, but you can change the card you want to use before paying.

This was unclear during the announcement of Apple Pay, but it makes sense, especially as Apple Pay uses the multi-card interface of Passbook.

This gives me hope that iOS 9 — yes, I’m already thinking about 9 — might open up the NFC chip to more than just Apple Pay. Your phone could become your credit card, as well as your Myki or Opal card, your swipe card at work, the devices that unlocks your new NFC compatible Macbook Air.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s just get Apple Pay here in Australia, first.

iOS 8.1 Hits The Tubes

Federico Viticci at Macstories:

iOS 8.1 brings bug fixes, speed improvements, and interface changes, but it also enables Continuity features such as Text Message Forwarding and Instant Hotspot, allowing iOS devices to better integrate with each other and Macs running OS X Yosemite.

Installed it this morning over the air. I had to run the ‘Welcome’ intro screens again, but so far, so good.

John Siracusa’s OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

John Siracusa:

Ah, the old tension: which platform does Apple love more? iOS continues to dominate Apple’s business in terms of unit sales, revenue, and profits. Last year, some Apple watchers had openly wondered whether Apple would even bother updating the look of OS X. And yet for the past several years, Apple has loudly and publicly insisted that it remains committed to the Mac as a strong, independent platform. Yosemite aims to fulfill that commitment—but in an interesting way.

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