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  • Apple's quiet update to Siri Shortcuts brings the niche tool into the mainstream

    Siri is counter-productive. Waste a minute, try it yourself.
  • Back to My Mac is being cut from all versions of macOS on July 1

    Airport Utility still has Back to My Mac in the latest update for Airport Time Capsule as released yesterday.
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  • iPhone's global marketshare drops in March quarter as Chinese rivals remain ascendant

    Apple is now 6 years lagging behind the world, e.g. 5G modem in 2025. No break-through in house apps, e.g. still the same Contacts app of 5 years ago. Poor HomeKit & Siri than Google Home & Assistant. Poor ergonomic screen design, you have to press buttons with your fingers flying to every corner of the screen to do simple tasks, the bigger the screen, the longer distance your fingers need to travel.

    my friend told me that his iPhone 6s is as fast as his son’s iPhone X. I asked him how come. He said it’s because he never updates the iOS and thus able to retain the original speed. Comparing to my iPhone 6 Plus with the current iOS version, his iPhone 6s runs like the Flash. And, he keeps the lovely 32-bit games which I have to forget because there’s no more 32-bit version.

    frankly, my kids are using latest iPhone versions. But I find nowhere near to upgrade mine.  Apple, do you know your problems?
  • WhatsApp vulnerability left iOS open to spyware attack

    If WhatsApp can do it unintentionally, other spying apps can also do it INTENTIONALLY via legitimate apps.  This is the end of the App Store myth of security, isn’t it?
  • Google Assistant response speed getting improved by on-device processing

    Google Home Hub (with Google Assistant) is multi-user and instantly recognise the user voice and switch to that user profile. E.g. a family of six can ask “hey google who am I?” And the Google Home Hub can instantly response “You name is whoeverasking”. 

    It can play your music library, YouTube Recommanded, Spotify, Google Photos of the user asking, instantly, at the volume you commanded, and control the lighting, turning on/off fans and aircond  as setup from Google Home app, all by voice.

    Google Home also sync setting changes from Apple HomeKit for wherever changes, but not vice versa. That’s Apple HomeKit’s problem.  
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