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…

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How to Sign Up For The Apple Watch Heart Study

how to sign up for the apple watch health study

I signed up for the Apple Watch Heart Study today. The recent story of Apple Watch wearer Gaston D’Aquino’s made me curious about how the study works… Gaston D’Aquino is a 76 year old man who received a potentially life saving notification on his Apple Watch regarding a potential heart problem. D’Aquino has got about 30 years on me… But as a “middle aged” guy who wears an Apple Watch, I figured… Why the heck not sign up for this free study? Gaston D’Aquino didn’t think anything was wrong with him, either……

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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…

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Buffett Wants All of Apple

When I read that Warren Buffett had acquired 5% of Apple, I was a little uneasy. This is almost unheard of… Apple is now Berkshire Hathaway’s largest investment in dollar terms, according to this chart by CNBC. In percentage terms, Berkshire owns 5% of Apple now. Apple is almost a trillion dollar company. How much is a trillion? It’s one thousand billion. Wow. That’s like Kevin O’Leary on Shark Tank saying he wants 5% of a startup because it’s just enough to get him excited… Only it’s Apple. So that…

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Expect a Multi-Year iPhone Supercycle

Expect a multi-year iPhone supercycle

It’s “beat up on Apple” season again…  And a popular refrain these days is complaining about the lack of a… iPhone supercycle. What is a “Super Cycle”? A “super cycle” or “supercycle” is a term for the massive rush by the over 1 billion worldwide iPhone owners to upgrade their iPhones to the latest model. The last time this happened was after the launch of the iPhone 6 in Q4 2014. As you can see from the chart below from Statista, every year Apple has a huge spike in sales in…

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Apple Lacks Innovation? Get Your Head Examined…

Apple lacks innovation? Get your head examined

Every (insert time period here) there seems to be another article written by some blogger or journalist somewhere insisting that Apple lacks innovation. Writers like to claim that Apple has “killed innovation” or ponder if Apple has lost its “innovation mojo“. For instance, here is a quote from a “mojo” article from 2017 (emphasis and bolding mine): Apple has entered one new product category under Cook. It released the Apple Watch. But it was late to the wearables game and Apple has yet to release figures on sales of the Watch.…

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Apple Watch is the New iPhone

Apple Watch is the New iPhone

As a distraction from all the bad political news, I look forward to reading news about Apple Watch because… The Apple Watch is Basically the New iPhone.  Before I bought an Apple Watch (Series 2) I didn’t expect it to be much more than a toy… But I have found it to actually add value in my day to day business. Apple Watch not only works well, it is actually useful… I like the design I like the notifications I like the health-related reminders I like having stocks, text messages…

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Apple Should Create Its Own Password Manager App

I wish Apple would create it’s own password manager “App”, like 1Password, LastPass or Keeper. Apple currently has a built in password manager called “Keychain”… But Keychain only really works with Safari and iPhone Apps that can pull stored credit cards from Keychain. I use Google’s Chrome app for browsing, but Keychain doesn’t work on Chrome. I also use Gmail on my iPhone because Gmail is 5,000,000 times better than the native Apple “Mail” app… The Apple Mail app takes forever to load mail, whereas if you tap the Gmail…

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iCloud Storage Plans, Pricing & Family Sharing Options

iCloud Storage Plans

Are you looking for iCloud storage plans and pricing on the Apple.com homepage? Me too! Unfortunately, there’s no “services” link on Apple.com… Yet. So, here’s the current iCloud storage pricing in the United States in U.S. dollars: 5GB: Free!  50GB: $0.99 per month 200GB: $2.99 per month 2TB: $9.99 per month To upgrade your iCloud storage amount you can use your iOS device. Just do the following: Go to Settings on your iOS device Tap your name at the top of the “Settings” screen Tap iCloud Under “Storage”, tap “Manage…

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Should Apple Be Insulated From Tech Backlash?

Should Apple Be Insulated From Tech Backlash

While the current media furor over the mismanagement of personal data by technology FAANG companies is unlikely to die down anytime soon… It seems as though all Silicon Valley tech companies have been crushed. Should Apple also be suffering from the current tech meltdown? Apple vs. Other FAANG Companies: Facebook: $456B (25 P/E) – No dividend Amazon: $680B (307 P/E) – No dividend Apple: $854B (16.45 P/E) – Dividend 1.5% Netflix: $125B (202 P/E) – No dividend Google/Alphabet: $700B (31.37 P/E) – No dividend Facebook has lost around 20% of…

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