How to Make a Siri Shortcut to Call the Cops

You can easily make a Siri Shortcut to call the cops if you want. This might come in handy in our current age where everyone either has VOIP with crappy 911 service or is cutting the cord… Plus it can’t hurt to have yet another way to get the cops to come if you need them… In this case you can just summon Siri and say: Call the cops! Step 1: Tap the Shortcuts App on your homescreen and tap “Create Shortcut”. Then on the next screen scroll up from…

How to Create a Siri Shortcut for Driving to Work

Useful Siri Shortcuts

iOS 12 was released today and it turns out that I was wrong about it not being useful… Shortcuts is actually quite awesome after all… After I played around with the Shortcuts App, I added my first Siri Shortcut. A Siri Shortcut for driving to work. The result is a one click Shortcut on my iPhone that will do the following: Fire up Apple Maps with my work address pre-loaded Fire up Apple Music with a pre-loaded Apple Music Playlist The easiest way to create a Shortcut is to download…

What Are Some Examples of Useful Siri Shortcuts?

What Are Some Examples of Useful Siri Shortcuts

**Update** This post was written on the day that Shortcuts was announced… I didn’t really get it at the time and it seemed like something I would never use. I’ve subsequently changed my mind about Shortcuts and think it’s a pretty cool addition and app that could turn out to be a Siri game changer… —- Apple announced Siri Shortcuts and Suggestions at WWDC 2018 today. The announcements today were a little disappointing coming off of the Google Duplex demonstration from a few weeks ago. What Are Some Useful Siri…

Google Duplex Just Leapfrogged Siri

Google's Duplex just leapfrogged Siri

Earlier this week Google unveiled “Duplex” an intelligent calling feature for its updated Google Assistant AI software. In contrast to simply responding to queries from users, with Google Duplex, Google Assistant can act on “offense”. In other words, it can make calls for you to perform certain tasks, such as setting up meetings and making appointments. Duplex does this with the most human-sounding voice ever… Complete with “…ums” and “…ahs” to make the artificial intelligence (AI) driven helper seem more realistic in phone conversations. Indeed, Google Assistant seems so real…

What Can Siri on HomePod Do?

What can Siri on HomePod do?

I set up a HomePod in my home office today. There were some configuration specifics that I needed to get right, but getting HomePod up and running was pretty straightforward. After initially plugging it in, Siri on HomePod was able to do a few things using a basic Internet connection. However, to avoid some frustration when setting up HomePod, here are some other minor configurations you’ll need to be aware of right out of the box. Home Sharing Home Sharing on your iPhone or other iOS device has to be…

Why Does Siri Suck So Bad? Seriously, I Want to Know…

Why does Siri suck so bad..

Why does Siri suck so bad? **UPDATED September 2018** A lot of people really want to know why Siri sucks so bad…  For me, Siri is not a big part of my life… But occasionally, I do use Siri…  And in those situations I really wish it worked. However, as of September 2018, there is “A New Hope” as they say in Star Wars. With the release of iOS 12, the Shortcuts app adds a ton of functionality and customization to Siri. Shortcuts are actually very useful and cool.  Most of my…

How to Find Voice Memos From The iPhone “Record Audio” Shortcut

How to Find Voice Memos From iPhone Shortcut

With Apple Shortcuts you can create a shortcut to record voice memos from the iPhone using Siri or a link on your iPhone home screen… But where do voice memos go, and where are they stored, after they are recorded using Shortcuts? Where Do Voice Memos From The iPhone “Record Audio” Shortcut Go? Even though I didn’t get it at first… It turns out that the Shortcuts app is pretty cool, actually. As I wrote about previously, Apple’s Shortcuts app allows you to create shortcuts for everything from firing up…

8 More Examples of New Apple Shortcuts

Examples of Apple Shortcuts

On Monday Apple released the best iOS update in years… iOS 12. iOS 12 is a great free upgrade for almost any iOS device. Some of the benefits include longer battery life, improved speed, better control of children’s mobile devices, better use of photos, improvements to messenger, screen time monitoring and more… Apple Shortcuts for Siri Although I was originally dismissive of it, one of the best updates with iOS 12 is the introduction of “Shortcuts”. With Shortcuts, you can create Siri Shortcuts which let you quickly do everyday tasks,…

Apple Maps’ “Proceed To The Route” Is Unhelpful

I rarely use Apple Maps because once it took me to a dead end street that was not my destination… But another reason I don’t use Apple Maps that often is because it often provides instructions that are unhelpful. One example is “Proceed to the Route.” Why Does Apple Maps Tell Me To “Proceed To The Route”? This morning I thought I would give Apple Maps another try. I had to go to a meeting in North Haven, Connecticut and wasn’t sure if I should take I-84 or I-95. I…

Apple Will Be At One Trillion Within 6 Months

apple will be at 1 trillion

Apple will be at $1 trillion market cap within 6 months. The company is already within a stone’s throw of that psychological milestone… But several anticipated announcements will mostly drive the stock beyond one trillion dollars. New iPhone X Form Factor Model Options Apple is expected to announce at least three new iPhones in the fall. One of them is expected to be a full screen iPhone with a 6.1 inch edge to edge LCD display with a price starting at around $599-$699… If this is true, it would be…