New and Improved Siri is Smarter Than Ever

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Dr. Mac thinks Siri has gotten smarter in Apple’s latest operating system releases — iOS 12, macOS 10.14 Mojave, and watchOS 5. Find out why in Episode #305 of Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves, only at the Mac Observer.

iOS: How to Reset Siri and Your User Data

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

When you use Siri, Apple collects data about you in order for the service to work. If you’re not comfortable with that, you can reset Siri.

Ask Siri to Play the Top Song for Any Date [Update]

· Bryan Chaffin · Quick Tip

Ask Siri to play the top song from a given date

“A Horse with No Name,” by America was the #1 song on April 3rd, 1972—I know this because I randomly picked that date to test this tip: ask Siri to play the top song from any given date, and you can be as specific as you want. [Updated to note that it requires an Apple Music subscription.]

Apple’s HomePod Public Beta Starts February 9th, and That’s OK

· Dave Hamilton · Editorial

HomePod with Beta Test Logo

If HomePod were released by Google, I think they would explicitly state that many of its features are available “in beta” and let customers know that they expect problems to occur, but that’s generally not been Apple’s way of operating. Apple prefers to communicate confidence and consistency, which means they often wait to roll out new features until they get the foundational platform stable.

Fighting The Machine & Saying the S-Word – Mac Geek Gab 682

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Logo

iOS 11 brought battery life issues for many – but not all – users, and Dave and John have a few solutions for those affected. But that’s not all you get, of course. Many tips, questions answered, and Cool Stuff Found round out the episode, including cable modem picks, iPhone X discussion, wireless charging devices, and an interesting backup analysis from a listener. Download, press play, and enjoy!

Here's How You Can Enable 'Hey Siri' on Your Mac

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Hey Siri

Don’t you wish you could just say “Hey Siri” and have your Mac’s version of the voice assistant respond? Apple seems to have forgotten that feature with macOS Sierra, but Jeff Butts found a way to make it happen. Follow along in this Quick Tip, and you can have your own Mac’s voice assistant at your beck and call, without lifting a finger.