Up until the iOS 12 rollout, Siri has largely just been a hit for iPhone users seeking help with rudimentary tasks and queries. Basic voice commands for your iPhone are executed with ease, like calling or FaceTiming someone, launching apps, setting reminders and calendar events. Siri’s capable of Googling questions on your behalf, too, but simplicity has always been the key to ensuring Siri’s accuracy. (Siri has served up some misses, too, of course.) However Shortcuts, a new app that came with iOS 12, seeks to make Siri infinitely more useful to you, and ultimately, make your life easier. What is Siri Shortcuts? Effectively, it distills a complex task that ordinarily requires a giant amount of steps down into a single action. It’s Apple’s version of third-party apps like IFTTT (If Thi
Microsoft Edge beta testers on iPhone and iPad can now get their hands on one of the most useful new features to ship with iOS 12: Siri Shortcuts. Microsoft this week began rolling out support for Siri shortcuts to beta testers, along with a few other improvements like quick actions and the option to pick up where you left off when you reopen Edge. Here's a full look at what's new in the latest beta release (via Neowin): Press and hold buttons in the bottom bar to see quick actions Open the browser directly from the lock screen with Siri shortcuts Use the browser widget in the Today screen to get to quick actions and top sites When you reopen Microsoft Edge, choose to continue where you left off or start afresh with a new tab Performance improvements Siri shortcuts in iOS 12 open up n...
With Apple now seen as the future of enterprise mobility, I’ve put together a short collection of Siri Shortcuts that may make you more productive. As you can see, I’ve included the workflow used in some (though not all) of these to demonstrate how to build these things.Remind me at workHad a great idea? Experienced one of those ‘Eureka’ moments when the best strategic approach to a complex problem hit you as you climbed aboard a train? Need to remember to order a birthday present for the kids? Never fear, so long as you’ve defined an address inside this little shortcut (and give Shortcuts access to your reminders) this will keep things moving forward right. Get this one here.Share AvailabilityThis is such a useful shortcut if you are trying to create a meeting. Use it and yo
In 2016, Google killed its primary photo app Picasa for Google Photos. While some users didn’t like the change at the beginning, Photos has come a long way since then. Over the years it has added many new features and incorporated changes that make it easy for us to use it.Google Photos is currently available for iPhone and Android devices. While Google also provides an app for Windows 7+, it is only used for creating a backup of photos. Meaning, you can only add pictures and videos to Photos via this app, but you cannot view photos on it.However, don’t worry, as you can easily access Google Photos via its web version, which is superb. Very few websites support their own keyboard shortcuts apart from the default browser shortcuts for websites and Google Photos is one of them. In this po
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Google handles billions of searches per day, but how many of those searches actually help people find what they’re really looking for? It’s impossible to know for sure, but there are plenty of tools and tricks at any Googler’s disposal to help narrow down those millions of search results into something more manageable. Read more: 10 best Google Home apps Here are some basics Google search tips and essential advanced shortcuts to get you Googling things like a pro. The basics Filters Here’s another great Google search tip. Search queries automatically default to the “All” category, usually summoning millions, if not billions of results. One quick way to knock off a couple of digits is by switching to a specific type of content, like News, Videos, Maps, Images, Shopping, Books, Flights,