Will we see an Apple Search Engine in the Future?

· Andrew Orr · Link

Jon Henshaw of Coywolf speculates that we may see an Apple search engine in the future based on several factors.

Apple is investing heavily in search, as shown in their job postings for search engineers. The job listings reveal they incorporate AI, ML, NLP, and more into all of their services and apps.

In July 2020, Apple published a significant update to its About Applebot support page. The additions are very similar to the details Google provides to webmasters and SEOs.

It’s an interesting idea, for sure. It could be an Apple search engine, or Apple adding improvements to Siri.

Apple Rolls Out Smarter Web Answers for Spotlight Search

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Some Apple users are seeing smarter web answers when they use iOS Spotlight Search and Siri.

The new web answers appear to be a further expansion of this technology. If the statistics are not readily available from the knowledge database, it seems Apple is now using algorithms to crawl websites and find possible responses to questions.

I think this is great, and it might be the first front-facing results we’re seeing from Apple’s hiring of John Giannandrea.

macOS High Sierra: How to Check a Flight Status Using Spotlight

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re about to fly and want to know whether your plane is on time (or if you want to see if your friend’s plane has landed!), then macOS Sierra has a handy new feature you’ll like. This will let you use Spotlight to check a flight’s status, and it’s as close as a keyboard shortcut.

Siri Web Search Will Switch to Google From Bing

· Andrew Orr · News

Now the Siri web search results will be the same, whether you search from Safari, Siri, or Search in iOS. The new changes will start rolling out at 9AM PT/12PM ET.

iOS 10: Using 3D Touch in Spotlight

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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3D Touch on the iPhone has all kinds of helpful uses, and in today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover a handy way to use it with Spotlight to make even an unfamiliar device do your bidding! We’re all about not paging through tons of folders to find what we’re looking for, folks.

macOS: Use Spotlight to Directly Search Google with this Shortcut

· Andrew Orr · Quick Tip

Andrew Orr has another cool tip from Reddit. Using a simple keyboard shortcut, you can use your Mac’s Spotlight to directly search using your default search engine. It saves you from manually going to Safari and searching from the address bar.

macOS: Make Your Spotlight Searches Better with the Kind Operator

· Jeff Butts · Quick Tip

Spotlight search using the Kind operator

When you are looking for something specific on your Mac with Spotlight, you might get overwhelmed with the search results. Jeff Butts has become a Spotlight search pro thanks to a simple operator. Read along as he shows you how it works and some of what you can do with it.

Managing Photos, Fixing Your Apple Watch & Resolving Network Issues – Mac Geek Gab 640

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

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Migrating Photos to a new Mac, managing and syncing your family’s photos, speeding up iOS Spotlight searches, fixing an unresponsive Digital Crown on your Apple Watch and resolving website loading delays are just some of the things you’ll learn from your two favorite geeks in this week’s show! Listen as Dave Hamilton and John F. Braun answer your questions and solve your problems.

macOS: Four Quick Ways to Find and Open Files

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip will give you tricks on finding and opening files within macOS. If you’ve ever wondered what the fastest ways are to do that, then this article’s for you! (Or heck, if you just want to tell us in the comments that we forgot your favorite method, then that’s fine too.)