Siri Tips and Tricks

http://www.iphonelife.com/content/top-siri-tips-21-amazing-things-you-didnt-know-siri-can-do

Siri is becoming more and more like a personal assistant every day.  Making reservations, changing appointments, putting someone on speakerphone, checking sports scores and stocks.  According to this article there is very little that Siri cannot do.  Now Siri can even add punctuation, and put things on specific lists.

This is a great article for tips and tricks to get the most out of siri.

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How to Share Kindle Books with Your Friends and Family When You Don’t Have Amazon Prime

http://www.iphonelife.com/content/how-to-share-kindle-books-your-friends-and-family-when-you-don%E2%80%99t-have-amazon-prime

You can only lend ebooks out once and for 14 days.  (not once per person, etc. Once per book.)

Magazines and newspapers cannot be lent out at all.  Some books cannot be lent out.

The process is pretty easy as long as you are used to going to the ‘Manage my content’ part of Amazon.

This is useful and agrees with what I know of kindle book lending, namely I still cannot loan out my J.D. Robb books!

What is Alexa and What is the Amazon Echo and Should You Get One

What Is Alexa? What Is the Amazon Echo, and Should You Get One?

This is an amazing article comprehensively detailing what Amazon’s Echo is good for and in what circumstances it would make sense to get one.  This article actually talked me out of one, it would be neat but I would not be able to use the majority of the functions available.

The Echo is remarkable and can help you integrate your smart home devices into a fairly seamless experience.  Instead of pulling out your phone and turning on the kitchen lights you can just say “Alexa turn on the kitchen lights”.   I do see that this might be very useful for the differently-abled.  Instead of having to worry about the fine motor control needed to flick a switch, or pull out your phone and hit the right app, you can just tell Alexa to do it.  If you have a smart home, or often need things like conversions or tidbits of information on the fly then this can be a very useful device.

I can see times when I want to listen to my audiobooks, or some music while I craft but don’t want to get up for my phone.  There are instances when I would like a richer audio experience than I can get from my iPad or iPhone.  Sometimes I want to just say, “Alexa order cappuccino k-cups.” Then I remember, impulse buying is a great way to go broke; if I really want to listen to something my phone/ipad is right over there; and silence is good for the soul sometimes.

This is a very useful device, and an even more useful article.

Apple iPhone 7

http://www.cnet.com/products/apple-iphone-7/

Essentially this article is stating that the new iPhone 7 will probably not have any new features that we need to be concerned with.  A new OS, which will be available on the 6, and a lack of headphone jack.  There is a possibility that there will be a new touch sensitive feature on the home button and better speakers.  The Conclusion does admit that there are always surprises.

There is another article about a possible new Apple Watch, but again with the exception of a longer battery life, few improvements to the current model.