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  • Everything new with HomePod in iOS 13

    Why tap your iPhone on the HomePods to transfer an active call to it, when you can simply tap the green bar on top of your screen?
  • New iOS 13 feature uses Siri smarts to thwart spam calls

    ktappe said:
    Why would this require Siri? It's simply referencing the incoming # against a database. It's extremely straightforward from an engineering perspective.
    Siri is the name of a variety of AI-based technologies. In iOS12 "siri" reviews your mail and messages for data that looks like phone numbers, email address and the like and presents these to the user as needed. For example when receiving a call from a number not in your contacts, Siri may furnish a message "Maybe: PERSONS NAME", where that name has been automatically gathered from a email/message source. Similarly these contact details can be easily added to existing or new contacts.

    This new feature likely takes that existing iOS 12 capability and provides it with the skill to automatically reject unfamiliar numbers/facetimes. There is an expectation that the feature does a little more to thwart spam calls, since Apple would be able to gather a statistical model of spoofed phone numbers.
    Collecting phone numbers from several sources and reference that list when a call comes in. Not sure if that counts as AI, seems more like a marketing gimmick to call it Siri.
  • LIFX HomeKit bulbs appear to be storing Wi-Fi passwords unencrypted

    Why would you throw a LIFX light bulb in the trash? It’s electronics so should be recycled. It’s 2019. 
  • Apple Store app for iOS lets users check product availability and order status with their ...

    This illustrates perfectly the sad state Siri is in. Now we have to program her with stupid sentences so that she can understand what you are doing. Instead of Apple making her actually more intelligent. If I ask Siri if there is an iPhone available in the nearest Apple Store she should know the answer without me having to deal with shortcuts beforehand.

     I’m not saying Shortcuts doesn’t have its place, it’s useful for pro users wanting to execute complex workflows. But this right here is a joke. 
  • Evernote might be in trouble, so here's how to get your notes out of it completely and saf...

    I’m not a Evernote user anymore ever since they started charging for sync (never take away crucial features, as it will turn users against you)j. Still, all this news on the internet about the possible end of Evernote may well start an exodus of their remaining customers and seal the deal. The rumour mill is dangerous.