The culture of technology in Australia.

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.

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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.

Always enjoy these. Pop it into your long-form article saver of choice and chip away over the next 4 days.

Will.i.am Made A Smartcuff Called Puls

Casey Newton at The Verge:

After two and a half years of development, Will.i.am finally unveiled the smart “cuff” he has been working on with his consumer electronics company, i.am+. The Puls is a wearable wristband that tells time, but “it’s not a watch,” the Black Eyed Peas singer said repeatedly on stage at Dreamforce in San Francisco.

No no no no no no no no

Earlier in the presentation, an AT&T executive said the device is “enabling a millennial to fashionably tweet from her wrist while clubbing,” marking the first time those words have ever been in a sentence together.

No no no no no no non ono nonono nono onn on ono no no no god why is this happening

At the end of the event, Will.i.am brought models out on stage who were wearing clothing that contained battery packs capable of transferring battery power to the Puls as long as part of it remained in contact with the sleeve.

Guys, just excuse me for a second. I have to attach my smartcuff to my smartjacket so I can charge it up before we go to the club. Otherwise I won’t be able to fashionably tweet.

From my wrist.

I would do that, because I am a millenial. And that’s what we totally do.

You know what? Whenever I read these kinds of posts (or livestreams), I start thinking about how feasible quitting all tech and becoming say, a lumberjack, or a oil rig worker would be.

Sure, it’d be difficult, but why not?

There’s no smartcuffs in the forest.

There’s no clubs, or watch-like devices that “aren’t a watch” on an oil rig.

I could never ever have to read or use the term “wrist-tweeting.”

I’ve realised that in tech, Will.i.am is my anti-muse.

There will also be a solid-gold Puls and one with gold and diamonds, Will.i.am said.

Of course there will be. Of course.

(thanks for the tip-off @bogusjimmy! You’re killing me.)

What Does An Improved Android Wear Look Like?

Jason Murray at Ausdroid:

Google’s due to deliver a big update to Android Wear in the coming weeks, supposedly bringing it up to the Android L code base and adding a number of new features like GPS and Bluetooth audio support.

With that in mind, I thought it was time to highlight some things I’d like to see tackled in Google’s nascent wearable operating system – hopefully before it starts to grow too big.

Really enjoyed this. It’s obvious Jason digs the concept of a wearable and is using his watch every day, but there’s still a big list of low-hanging fruit to fix.

I got a feeling in 8-10 months we’ll be penning the “What I want to see in an updated Apple Watch” post as well. I’m kinda excited actually; it’s tremendous fun to witness new computing platforms evolve and change like we saw during the last 6-7 years in smartphones.