Siri was the reason I upgraded to an iPhone 4s. Having the ability to talk to my phone and have it respond was amazing to me. I talk to Siri everyday and still don't tap her capabilities much. She is more capable than I even imagined. I thought it would be helpful to share some of her best talents in a series of posts, so lets start with making a phone call.
Is Apple competing with itself?
They have done it before, but this time they have really gotten my attention.
TUAW just posted an article doing a side by side comparison of the just released 11" MacBook Air and a top of the line iPad. The MacBook Air is cheaper.
I am not a big game guy, never have been. I do like board games though, and when I got my first iPhone, I fell in love with Sudoku. It gave me the opportunity to make the time spent in line or in a waiting room fly by. It tuned my analytical skills and didn't raise my blood pressure.
I just came across a solution to a problem I never would have figured out if not for the great and powerful "Internets."
I was trying to send a full-resolution photo from my iPad via email. Normally on my iPhone, when I click send, I am presented with a pop up asking what resolution I want. Not so on iPad. Once I chose a photo and clicked to send via email, it automatically loaded the photo in a size that is not full resolution. I went directly to settings and hunted around for anything that seemed like it would control default resolutions. NOTHING!
This past Tuesday, Apple updated their Mac operating system to OS X Mavericks and their iOS software to 7.0.3. The feature that will raise security and productivity to a new level is iCloud Keychain. Its sole purpose is to save passwords and make them easy to use in Safari. Whether you are on your desktop or on an iPad or iPhone, Safari will protect your passwords and keep them in sync. You don't have to remember any of them, and you can create more secure ones than you are probably using now.
The invitations have gone out. It is now official. Apple is having an event on Oct. 22. The rumors are in full swing and the prognosticators are doing what they do best—reading the tea leaves.
For instance, what do the colored leaves tell us in the invitation photo? Do they mean the iPad or iPad mini will come in 5c colors?
"We still have a lot to cover"? Does that mean the new iPad will have a new cover? Maybe a keyboard like the Surface?
Is there a new product we haven't seen yet that will come in colors?
Will the iPad mini's cover protect a new retina screen?
Today, Mashable.com posted the most recent photos of the soon-to-be-released iPad and iPad mini. They are purported to be, as usual, faster and thinner than the current lineup, with an improved camera (possibly the same as the iPhone 5s but more likely the 5c.) The screen bezel is supposed to be reduced to allow for a slight reduction in outer dimensions.
If you ever use a mapping app to get you from one place to another you have probably wished at some point to be able to create a route with more than one destination. In Maps, you can create bookmarks for multiple locations and reorder them, but there isn't a way to plot more than one at a time to make a logical route from beginning to end.
If you are like me, your iPhone runs low on power by mid-afternoon, sometimes sooner. I am guilty of waiting until the last minute to recharge, so when I came across this tip, I was delighted.
If you switch your iPhone to Airplane Mode (Settings > Airplane Mode> On), it will charge significantly faster, some say in half the amount of time.
I just discovered this tip from a great source, Quora.com. It's an amazing curation site for all sorts of information. It is a site that encourages you to ask any type of question and get immediate answers from real people with real experience. This particular tip came from a threaded question, "What cool things can one do with an iPhone and iPad that most people don't know about?"
At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, the tech giant unveiled a glimpes of the new iOS 7. One of the additions, among many others, was the implementation of audio-only Facetime calls. This is supposed to help cut down the bandwidth you use, so you can Facetime on slower networks.
When I first heard about this I thought, "Ok, so what? Who would ever use that?"