Admit it, Siri at times can be frustrating when it does not answer your question. Or It just simply point you to a website or wikipedia page. We all like Siri to get super smart, until then it is good to learn about some specific commands that Siri can answer.
- “Read my last message” – read your last text message.
- “Text Jon Snow where are you now” – send a text message to Jon Snow.
- “Show me my last email” – display your last email.
- “Take a picture” – launch camera app.
- “Download Facebook” – launch App Store and search “Facebook” for you.
- “Open Twitter” – open Twitter app.
- “Remind me to bring my charger tomorrow at 9.30 am” – add a task to reminder
- “Wake me up in 9 hours”, “Wake me up at 8am” – to set alarm.
- “Timer 5 minutes” – to set timer.
- “What’s on my calendar for Monday” – to check calendar agenda.
- “Play Nine Inch Nails” – play song or album in your music library.
- “How many calories are in a banana” – substitute “banana” with any fruit you have in mind.
- “What’s 150 dollars in pounds” – convert currency.
- “How many ounces in one litre”, “How many inches in a meter”, “What’s 200 Fahrenheit in Celsius” – various convertor.
- “What’s Apple stock price” – list stock price.
- “What’s ETA to Avenue 5” – list the estimated time to reach Avenue 5 from your current location.
- “What song is this?” – then point your iPhone to a song playing to identify the song.
- “Any good Japanese restaurants in the area” – get a list of restaurants nearby.
- “What movies are playing in the area” – get movie listing.
- “What’s Morse code for Titanic” – find out the Morse code.
- “Do beatbox” – for some fun.
- “What is zero divided by zero” – for some classic Siri reply.
- “Toss coin” – to get tail or head.
- “Bye” – to quit Siri without pressing the Home button.
Thats certainly not all Siri could do. Ask Siri “What can you do” to find out more commands.
One of the new feature in macOS Sierra is the Picture-to-Picture mode for Safari. First appeared in iPad, Picture-in-Picture allows you to detach a video so that it is always viewable while using other apps.
It is easy to enable Picture-to-Picture mode for YouTube video. First right-click on the video to bring up a menu. Then right-click again on the menu to bring out a different menu. Select “Enter Picture-in-Picture” from the menu.
The video will now detach, and stay on top so that you can watch it while using other apps. You can control the video as usual, and also resize and reposition it on the screen.
If you’re trying to type a certain scientific symbol on your computer, it is at times tedious to browse through pages of special character pane to locate the symbol that you need. Google Docs has a helpful feature where you can hand draw your character to narrow down the search.
On Google Docs menu, select Insert > Special Characters to bring up the dialog box. On the right panel there is an empty area for you to hand draw your symbol. Your input will then be used to narrow down the search with the filtered search result display on the left panel.
This tool is handy even if you’re not a regular Google Docs user. Simply use it to locate the symbols that you need, then copy and paste them from Google Docs to Pages, Word or whatever editor you’re using.
The recently released iOS 10.2 adds a new “Preserve Settings” settings to the Camera app. You can now preserve the last used settings for Camera Mode and Photo Filter. Go to Settings > Photos & Camera > Preserve Settings to turn on the switches.
iOS defaults to opening the Camera in Photo mode. By turning on the Camera Mode in Preserve Settings, the Camera will now open in your last used camera mode. This is useful if you predominately use a particular camera mode.
Similar to Camera Mode, the Photo Filter switch will preserve the last used filter, instead of reset to None when you next use the Camera app.
Google Chrome on the desktop is admittedly a memory hog compares to Safari and Firefox. Beside removing non-essential Chrome add-ons, one way to release Chrome’s memory usage is to restart the browser.
Here’s a handy way to quickly restart the browser with a Chrome URL. Simply key in “chrome://restart” on the address bar and hit Enter key.
To make it one step more convenient, you might want to bookmark (Command-D) the URL “chrome://restart” and save it to your Bookmark Bar for quick access.
Uber recently changed the way the app collects your location data. Previously Uber app was tracking your location “While Using the App”, which means iOS only reveal your location to Uber when you’re using the app.
When you run the latest update, Uber app will prompt you to accept their new policy with an explanation.
On iOS, an app has three location tracking options. The first is “Never”, the second is “While Using the App” and the third is “Always”. Thus in order to track your location five minutes after your trip ends, the app has to change to “Always” track your location.
So it is up to you to have good faith in Uber that they’re not tracking your location after the said five minutes. It is strange that Uber has to circumvent the basic iOS privacy protection to implement its app feature. As one of the largest app on iOS, Uber is in good position to discuss with Apple on how to properly get the additional five minutes tracking.
You can prevent location tracking by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Uber and select “Never”. Or remove the app if you’re uncomfortable about the changes.
Messages app for iOS 10 comes with a neat tool that allows you to scribble and send handwritten message. This feature is build right within and there is no need to install additional plugin or app.
The handwriting ability for Messages app is a little hidden though. To activate it, start by tapping into the text entry box. Then rotate iPhone into the horizontal position.
You should now see a full screen blank panel that you can scribble text on it. There is an even a handy “Undo” button on left-top corner. Once you’ve scribbled enough, tap the “Done” button on right-top corner. This will bring you back to the familiar chat screen. Simply hit the up arrow button as usual to send the handwritten message.
If you can not see the handwriting input panel while on horizontal position, tap the cursive loop icon button on right bottom corner of the keyboard.
“Hey Siri” command is a convenient way to start engaging Siri. But there are certain situations where you don’t want Hey Siri to activate. A quick way to temporarily disable Hey Siri is to place your iPhone face down. It is that simple.