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/dev/world/2014 aims to cover a wide range of topics including the iOS SDK, OS X frameworks, Apple and third-party development tools, and open source software. The conference also provides developers with an opportunity to meet and network with others working in the same space. This will be the seventh /dev/world!

It’s on the 29th & 30th September 2014 and is taking place at one of the slickest buildings in Melbourne, RMIT’s Design Hub (that building with all the circles on the corner of Victoria & Swanston Streets). If you’re depressed that there isn’t a One More Thing this year, check out dev world.

Ben Grubb at the SMH:

Owners of Apple devices across Australia are having them digitally held for ransom by hackers demanding payment before they will relinquish control.

iPads, iPhone and Mac owners in Queensland, NSW, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria have reported having their devices held hostage.

These person/s using the name “Oleg Pliss” are demanding $50-100 into a Paypal account before they will relinquish control of your Apple ID. They potentially hold the keys to remotely lock or erase your devices, so if you have received this message you should get in contact with Apple immediately.

For those of us who remember, this is a very similar situation that Mat Honan, a writer at Wired found himself in during 2012.

A friend of ours has confirmed that people affected by this hijack are coming into Apple Stores thick and fast today. Nothing confirmed for sure, but more than likely this was caused by a compromised password that has been re-used over multiple accounts including their Apple ID.

As for how these hackers got access to the passwords? Well, it’s hard to say. They could have picked them up from a variety of sites affected by the Heartbleed vulnerability, from the Ebay password breach, or from a variety of other compromised sites or services where a user’s email/password combo are identical to their Apple ID’s email/password combo. It’s also possible that there was a breach of Apple itself; at this point, we just don’t know.

Seeing this spread makes a pretty damn good argument for turning on 2 factor authentication on your Apple ID. Oh, and don’t re-use passwords anywhere. Just don’t.

Luke Hopewell at Gizmodo AU:

The Apple App Store is about to get a bit of a tweak thanks to currency conversion rates between Australia and the US changing. The short of it is that you’re about to pay more for all of your iOS apps. Here’s exactly how much apps will cost now.

If you like to see the raw figures (all the way up to $999.99 apps!) you can get to our Google Spreadsheet here: [iOS/Mac App Store Pricing Matrix, April 2014]

If you’re lazy like me, you wanna see some charts. Here’s some I prepared earlier!

Note: These are interactive charts. You can hover over each bar or line to see the comparison between the values.

Tiers 1-20

Open in a new window: [Tiers 1-20: Australia Tax]

Open in a new window: [Tiers 1-20: Percentage Increase]

Tiers 1-87

Open in a new window: [Tiers 1-87: Australia Tax]

Open in a new window: [Tiers 1-87: Percentage Increase]

It’s interesting to see the adjustments visualised like this. It looks like Apple is adding a bit of margin leeway (of around 5-10%) in there. To account for for further currency drops? Maybe. To make even more money? Yeah, probably.

Andrew Cunningham at Ars Technica:

In addition to the typical laundry list of updates and security fixes, the second major update to Mavericks fixes the “goto fail” SSL/TLS bug that Apple patched in iOS 7 on Friday.

If you haven’t done this yet, you should do so immediately. The OS X Mavericks v10.9.2 update notes are here and the iOS 7.0.6 update notes are here; you can grab the update through Software Update on either your Mac or iOS device.

Bad news for iOS 7.1 beta 5 users; still no fix for that at this point. It’s worth downgrading away from the beta if you’re rolling with it on your main phone, at least for now.

Blizzard’s HearthStone Blog:

The wait is over: The Hearthstone Open Beta Test is now live in North America! If you haven’t had the chance to partake in all of the crazy card-slinging action yet, now is the perfect chance to start casting powerful spells, summon mighty minions and duel your friends in this fast-paced strategy card game that anyone can dive into right away!

Oh hell yeah! You can go grab a copy of the game (Mac or PC version) from Battle.net today. Conveniently, the ‘North America’ region in Battle.net also includes Oceania, so us Aussies who haven’t yet scored an invite (ie: this guy) will be able to start teeing up matches today.


My setup at home is perhaps a little… unconventional. I run Windows 8 (well, technically I’m on Windows 8.1, but I’m in denial about the whole thing) on my gaming PC dead in front and a 2010 MacBook Pro on a Twelvesouth Hi-Rise stand to the left. I use a Filco clicky keyboard, a boring Logitech mouse and a Dell 24-inch monitor.

It looks like this:


For anyone who’s run two systems side by side, you might think there’s a hidden KVM switch lurking somewhere in the shadows. A handy little switcher box so I can easily flip between screens & operating systems.

Well, the sad truth of it is that that I have never bothered. I’ve just basically made do with what I have, and that’s always involved manually switching around DVI and USB cables like a jerk.

Until about two weeks ago when I discovered Synergy.

Synergy is a keyboard-and-mouse sharing application that you can install across your Windows boxes, your Macs and even your Linux boxes, and provides multi-monitor-like functionality. That is, you move your mouse to the edge of your PC screen, and then it jumps all the way across to your Mac without missing a beat. Your keyboard switches instantly to the new computer as well.

Here’s a quick video I made to show you what I mean.

Pretty wild, right?

Synergy is free, and an open-source project that takes donations as well as a premium version. The premium version is a pay-what-you-want edition, and provides a few extra niceties like drop-and-drop file transfer & clipboard sharing. I haven’t bothered upgrading yet, but I’m getting so much use out of it I think the developers deserve a little sumpin’ sumpin’.

synergy server

The idea is that you set up the computer with your keyboard and mouse plugged in as the server, and the other machines as clients. The simplest way to set up a server is to have a static IP, and then have your client machines connect to that IP. That’s how I did it, anyway.


Why is my PC called Hector Salamanca? Well, there’s probably a nerdy Breaking Bad joke in that somewhere.

Once your server is up and running, you have to specify each outside client and how they’re going to sit in configuration on the server. This is the most fiddly bit of the set up process but also allows you to specify exactly where your machines sit relative to one another.

Here’s what it looks like on my client Mac:


Once it’s all ready to go, it can simply start up at login and run in the background, which means you’ll probably never have to look at it again.

So, does it work as advertised?

Well, for the most part, yes.

I must confess; it wasn’t all flowers and sunshine at first. I had to do a little fiddling with my Alt/Ctrl/Command key configuration to get it exactly the way I wanted, and I still can’t seem to find a way to middle-click on the client Mac, which is pretty annoying for a compulsive middle-click Chrome-tab opener/closer like myself. Sadly, forums seem to suggest this is a long-standing issue.

However, apart from those little niggles, I really can’t complain. I’ve found myself with a second screen for the first time in ages, which also happens to be a completely independent computer. I’ll also put in a plug for Dropbox (as if you don’t have it already), which is very sweet in this situation, and makes sharing files across the two computers trivial.

Synergy is free, and available for Windows, Mac & Linux now.

The new Mac Pro is finally available for ordering on the Australian Apple Store. I know everybody is going to do this for themselves, but here’s the maxed-out specs with no other accessories:

  • Processor: 2.7GHz 12-core with 30MB of L3 cache
  • Memory: 64GB (4 x 16GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
  • Storage: 1TB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Graphics: Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM each

Total: A$ 12,029.01 incl. GST


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Apple Pty Limited (Apple) following an investigation into Apple’s consumer guarantees policies and practices, and representations about consumers’ rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)…

In the undertaking Apple has publicly acknowledged that, without limiting consumers’ rights, Apple will provide its own remedies equivalent to those remedies in the consumer guarantee provisions of the ACL at any time within 24 months of the date of purchase.

To avoid any doubt, Apple has also acknowledged that the Australian Consumer Law may provide for remedies beyond 24 months for a number of its products.

Apple Australia quietly extended the warranty on all iPads, iPhones and Macs back in March, but did not acknowledge the change publicly. Now they’ve made it official, albeit with a little nudge from the ACCC.

I’ve been using TextExpander for a few years now, and love it to bits. Recently, it has been caught in a bit of an App Store battle, after using a hack of sorts to continue to work in iOS 7.  I’ve been waiting for my favourite apps to update and support the latest TextExpander work around, but now I’ve decided to switch to the free “Text Shortcuts”of iOS 7. Here’s why.    Continue reading