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Need to Do Some Simple Math? Get Siri to Do It!

By | 2018-03-23T00:23:06+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Mac Tips|

If you’re reading this, chances are good that you’re not in elementary school, but it’s still easy to end up with a bunch of numbers you need to calculate. Perhaps you’re trying to total receipts for an expense report, average your kid’s report card grades, or split a restaurant bill. Either way, instead of launching [...]

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10 Things You Need to Know about Apple’s New HomePod Speaker

By | 2018-03-16T04:13:17+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Mac Tips|

After months of anticipation, Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker finally shipped in mid-February. Reviews of its audio quality have been positive, and for the most part, it works both as advertised and as you’d expect. However, there were some surprises, most good but some bad. Whether you have a HomePod on your credenza (which may [...]

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Create and Name Reminders Lists to Use Them Via Siri

By | 2018-02-21T03:32:21+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Mac Tips|

Do you create reminders with Siri on the iPhone? Those reminders are automatically added to your default list, which you set in Settings > Reminders > Default List. That’s great generally—“Hey Siri, remind me to update watchOS tonight at 11 PM”—but less good when you want to maintain different shopping lists. For instance, create a [...]

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Please, Please, Use iOS 11’s Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature

By | 2017-11-03T02:49:20+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Mac Tips|

Distracted driving may not make headlines, but it’s a huge problem. In the United States in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 391,000 people were injured and 3477 killed in accidents caused by distracted driving. Many things can distract drivers, but the most concerning—and the most avoidable—is texting. Given that the iPhone [...]

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How to Get Back to Siri’s Web Results Quickly

By | 2017-11-03T02:43:14+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Mac Tips|

Ask Siri to search the Web and you’ll get five results back from Google (not Bing anymore!). Tap one and it opens in Safari. But what if that page doesn’t contain the information you want? How do you get back to Siri’s results? The easy way is to tap the little Siri button that appears in [...]

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Siri Learned Five Languages over the Summer So You Didn’t Have To

By | 2017-10-03T02:56:06+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Mac Tips|

While you were basking at the beach this summer, Apple kept Siri busy taking intensive language classes. In iOS 11, Siri can now translate English words and phrases into Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. So if your next vacation takes you to Paris, you can now ask Siri for help you with commands [...]

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Hey Siri, Could You Please Talk Less?

By | 2017-09-18T19:28:59+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Mac Tips|

By default, Siri likes to chat, confirming what you say and speaking the results of your commands when appropriate. If you don’t like that, go to Settings > Siri > Voice Feedback and select either Control with Ring Switch (the iPhone’s physical switch) or Control with Mute Setting (iPad) to make Siri be quiet when [...]

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