Apple will roll out iOS 11 this fall. If you thought “Big Brother” was watching you before, think again! There are a number of new features. Here are a couple of them.
Do Not Disturb While Driving – Whether or not you do it often, or you are concerned about your children still participating in this bad habit, Apple’s next operating system has a potential solution to this problem. It will be able to automatically block notifications when your phone things you are behind the wheel! Text messages sent through iMessage will also be intercepted. When a text arrives, the phone will send an automatic reply informing the sender that you are driving and will respond when you get to your destination. You will be able to “unblock” certain numbers.
Siri – Siri’s voice will have a major overhaul which will be much more expressive. However the bigger change will be that Siri will learn so much from your habits that it will anticpate your needs and make suggestions before you ask. As an example, it will offer news stories based on things it has learned you like. If you’re texting a friend about a film you saw or a place you visited, Siri will auto-type the name of the movie or the place. It will suggest new searches for you in Safari based on articles you’ve read. It will automatically queue up songs you like, suggest songs it thinks you will like or answer trivia questions about songs you play.
Tip of the month
Advanced Google Search tips
• Search for results nearby – Adding the word “nearby” to your search will tell Google that you want local coffee shops, as an example, instead of wanting to learn about the coffee been. Type in coffee nearby.
• It’s not a Google Home Assistant, but you can chat with Google by opening a new tab, clicking the microphone and asking your question. You won’t have the artificial intelligence, but it will save you keystrokes. FYI – Make sure your microphone is plugged if you are using a desktop pc
• Need a definition of a word? The fastest way is to type in define: and the word you want to know about.
• If you type related:searchterm into the search bar, Google will look for similar websites. The results could give you a broader view on a topic.