If you get ten loyal iPhone users in a room and ask about their favourite feature, you’ll probably start a debate that’ll put Nixon VS Kennedy to shame. But, I’m pretty sure there’ll be one thing they’ll agree upon – and happily. Can you guess what? Yes, Siri! You can use her to make calls, send texts, set alarms, get directions, answer questions, and pretty much anything else under the sun. She’s basically like your personal ‘tell me why’ and she never lets you down. But what if I told you that Siri too has betrayed you, and here’s how!Read more
Most people who need to share files from their iPhone or iPad to Mac or vice versa have heard of AirDrop, an application for transferring files to nearby devices. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to transfer files between macOS and iOS devices. As long as both the devices have WiFi and Bluetooth turned on, it can be used to share images, videos, documents, and other files. Read more
Apple has finally decided to bid adieu to Microsoft’s Bing and welcome Google as the search engine to power Siri on iOS and macOS. Read more
As you may know, the beta version of iOS 11 is out and fanboys all over the world have jumped at this opportunity to take the much-hyped operating system for a test drive. So far, the beta version is exactly what we expected it to be – buggy, but it has thrown up a few surprises – one in particular related to the redesigned Siri icon. Read more
In their recent I/O, Google announced that their virtual assistant (or Google Assistant, as it is known) is finally coming to iOS. Now that Siri and its biggest competition are on the same platform, we wonder, which of them is going to come on top. Read more
Since its launch with the iPhone 4S, Siri has had the makings of a fun and useful feature. But somehow, it still hasn’t managed to live up to its potential. There are many reasons why many iPhone users, including us, haven’t integrated Siri in their daily lives. Two of the most common complaints about Siri are its lack of contextual understanding and learning user preferences, and Apple is set to address both these issues in the next iOS version. Read more
Apple has released iOS 10.3 Beta 2 to the public, along with the macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta, which is only for developers.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s new in the beta —
iOS 10.3 Beta 2
Find My EarPods feature has been added alongside the Find My iPhone feature. (We must say, it’s a well needed feature!)
Cricket Scores for Siri: Us Indians can finally breathe a little easy, as Siri is now capable of picking up scores from the IPL and all ICC events!
Enhanced User Security features in the Settings app.
Podcasts come with a mini widget like that of Apple Music.
Redesigned and improved multitasking for Apple CarPlay.
Weather get integrated into Maps with 3D Touch. (Deep press a location to see its weather).
Meanwhile, Apple has also released the developer version of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta 1.
macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Beta for Developers
There isn’t much new in it except for Night Mode, which is now available on the Mac.
According to Apple:
“Night Shift adjusts the color of your display after sunset. Many studies show that exposure to bright-blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. After sunset, Night Shift will shift your display colors to the warmer end of the spectrum, making the display easier on your eyes. In the morning, your display returns to its regular settings.”
Here’s a preview of it:
NOTE: Betas are unstable versions of software. They must be installed only on spare devices. We DON’T recommend installing betas on your main device.
Images from 9to5mac.com
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