Shortcuts And You – TMO Daily Observations 2020-06-10

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Andrew Orr joins host Kelly Guimont to discuss Shortcuts on iOS, how they’re different from Siri Shortcuts, and some useful examples.

Neato Robot Vacuums Can Be Controlled With Siri Shortcuts

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Neato Robotics announced today that it added support for Siri Shortcuts within its app. This means you can start controlling your robot vacuum with your voice.

By connecting your Neato to Siri Shortcuts, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, you can simply start cleaning just by using your voice.

I’d love to get a robot vacuum some day. In the meantime, if you have one of these products, try controlling it with a shortcut on your HomePod, Apple Watch, or iOS device.

Here is My Shortcut to Get App Screenshots

· Andrew Orr · Deep Dive

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Andrew created a shortcut to get app screenshots from the App Store in a higher quality than what it defaults to when you download them.

LaunchCuts 1.2 Update Adds Folder Icons, Quick Actions, and More

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

LaunchCuts is a launcher for Apple’s Shortcuts app that adds extra functionality. With LaunchCuts 1.2 it adds even more features, such as: Customization: Personalize the look of your folders with icons and colors; Custom App Icon: Choose from five different app icons for LaunchCuts; Quick Actions: Easily access up to three folders or shortcuts from iOS Home screen; Enhanced Keyboard Support: Control nearly every aspect of LaunchCuts from the keyboard; New Shortcut Actions: Analyze and Filter Shortcuts actions give you more visibility into your library of shortcuts; and a whole lot more. App Store: US$7.99

LaunchCuts 1.2 Update Adds Folder Icons, Quick Actions, and More

Neato Robot Vacuums Can Use Siri Shortcuts

· Andrew Orr · Link

Neato robotic vacuums can use Siri Shortcuts and HomeKit, like starting, pausing, and stopping cleaning later this year.

Zone cleaning lets you deploy the vacuum to specific, targeted areas of your house so they get cleaned more readily, and it sounds like you’ll be able to set up Siri shortcuts for specific zones. That should let user use voice commands to send the vacuum to different parts of the house, a pretty handy feature. And if you’re not so much into the voice commands, Siri Shortcuts will enable the Neato app to learn and suggest times to send out your vacuum with lock screen suggestions.

Get Apple News Original URLs Using This Shortcut

· Andrew Orr · Link

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A Mac app called StopTheNews has been making the news rounds lately. It lets you open Apple News original URLs directly in Safari. I wanted to share a shortcut that does the same thing on iOS.

Share an Apple news article to this shortcut, and get the original URL back. Prompt at the end lets you pick between copying the URL to your clipboard or sharing it somewhere else.

Unlike macOS, you can open an Apple News article in Safari on iOS. Then from Safari you can copy the URL. But this shortcut removes that step, so you can share the article to the shortcut, then copy the URL to the clipboard or share it elsewhere.

Change App Icons on iOS With This Shortcut

· Andrew Orr · News

Mr. Viticci reverse-engineered the “Add to Home Screen” function that Shortcuts has, and created the Home Screen Icon Creator.

Spreaker Studio Adds Siri Shortcuts to App

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Spreaker Studio has added Siri Shortcuts to its app. The Spreaker Studio app transforms mobile devices into fully-equipped audio studios, offers anyone an easy way to broadcast from live events, share original music, create an audio blog or podcast series and connect with the world over shared passions. In addition to the ability to pre-record podcasts or broadcast live, users can add music and sound effects, interact with audiences via live chatbot and share across Facebook and Twitter. With the capabilities of iOS 12, Spreaker Studio now supports creation of user-generated commands and includes two ready-to-use shortcuts for hands-free podcast creation: “Record Audio,” which triggers capture, and “Broadcast Live,” which triggers simultaneous capture and publication of content. Users also benefit from the pairing of Siri Suggestions and Shortcuts in iOS 12, which enables Siri to learn users’ frequent in-app actions to predict and proactively prompt them in the future. App Store: Spreaker Studio – Free

Spreaker Studio Adds Siri Shortcuts to App

Here's a Wallpaper Generator Shortcut For Those Apple Logos

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Redditor u/wexford001 made a neat wallpaper generator shortcut. It uses the Apple logos (all 370 of them) that Apple created for tomorrow’s event. Every time you tap the shortcut it generates a random image based on your device. There are both white and black versions, in case you have an iPhone with an OLED screen.

All the code to actually get the image from imgur was the work of u/hinapupina in his “imgur downloader” shortcut. I modified it a bit, but i don’t understand it well enough to have done this on my own. Thanks!

You can download the shortcut for white wallpapers here, and the black version here.

Here’s a Wallpaper Generator Shortcut For Those Apple Logos

Apple Highlights 18 Top Apps that Support Siri Shortcuts (with Links)

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple published a press release touting 18 top apps that support Siri Shortcuts. There’s little specific about each app, but we put together links to each one of them so you can more easily check them out. The apps: The Weather Channel, CARROT, Dark Sky, CitymapperTransit, Evernote, Day One, Fantastical, Trello, Omnifocus 3, ThingsLose It!, Yazio, WaterminderMyTherapyStreaks10% Happier, and Headspace.

Apple Highlights 18 Top Apps that Support Siri Shortcuts (with Links)

Happy 2018 Birthday Siri! Apple's Virtual Assistant is 7

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Happy 2018 Birthday Siri! Apple’s virtual assistant made her debut on October 4, 2011 which makes her seven years old today. Siri is now more powerful than ever, and with the release of iOS 12 users can work to customize the assistant a bit with the Shortcuts app. Siri can make calls or send texts for you whether you are driving, have your hands full, or are simply on the go. It also offers proactive suggestions, like texting someone that you’re running late for a meeting, so you can stay in touch effortlessly. Set alarms, timers, and reminders. Get directions. Preview your calendar. Siri can do it all without your ever having to pick up a device. Based on your routine, Siri can even anticipate what you might need to help you breeze through your day. Machine learning is constantly making Siri smarter. And you can personalize Siri to make it even more useful. Choose to have Siri speak one of 21 different languages. Teach Siri who your family members are. And spell out unusual words so Siri can recognize them in the future.

Happy 2018 Birthday Siri! Apple’s Virtual Assistant is 7

Apple's iPhone XS Max is a Winner. For Now

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

SVO Schiller shows 2018 iPhone lineup

Those who have an iPhone X have little incentive to upgrade to an iPhone XS. But the iPhone XS Max appears to be a winner. At least until pre-orders start for the iPhone XR.

Memoji Fun, Siri Shortcuts and Suggestions, Password Ease - ACM 480

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about the fun they’re having with Memoji in iOS 12. They also talk about Siri Shortcuts and Siri Suggestions, and just how cool it is that iOS 12 can integrate y our password manager at the system level.