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How to change Siri's voice on HomePod

Fri, 2018-02-16 06:00

You already know you can change Siri's voice on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. So it stands to reason that you can make Siri sound different on HomePod, too. You have similar voice options on HomePod, but you find the settings in a different place.

If you want to give Siri on HomePod a man's voice or a British accent, here's what you do:

1. Open the Home app and look for your HomePod in the Favorite Accessories list.

2. Long-press (or 3D touch) on the HomePod you wish you change.

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How to change Siri's voice

Thu, 2018-02-15 14:00

Siri sound great. It’s one of the more natural-sounding virtual assistants, and she’s full of personality, too.

She? Is Siri a “she?” It doesn’t have to be! Siri’s default voice is female, but you can make Siri sound male, too. You can even give her three different accents: American, British, and Australian. (If you’re using Siri in non-English language, your choices will probably differ).

Change Siri’s voice in iOS

Here’s how to make Siri sound the way you want.

1. Open the Settings app, then tap Siri & Search.

2. Tap on Siri Voice.

3. Choose the accent and gender you wish.

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Save 50% On TypeIt4Me Text Expansion App For Mac

Thu, 2018-02-15 10:18

Typing doesn't come to everyone naturally. Some of us can crank out 80 words per minute without breaking a sweat, while others have to hunt and peck to string together a sentence. Either way, there's still room for improvement. TypeIt4Me allows you to create shortcuts that expand to longer words, phrases or pictures, so you can type common things like names, email addresses, contact details, phrases, and more in just a couple keystrokes. And you can try it for yourself today for half-off the usual price.

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Can an iPhone's Personal Hotspot feature connect to a Wi-Fi network?

Thu, 2018-02-15 09:00

Personal Hotspot was introduced many years ago as a way to turn your iPhone (and later iPad) into a conduit between a cellular data connection and one or more computers or other devices. Macworld reader Gabriel was hoping to use Personal Hotspot after his MacBook Air’s internal Wi-Fi system apparently conked out.

Gabriel is in ultima Thule, far from cellular networks, but has access to a Wi-Fi network. He tried to use Personal Hotspot to tether his Mac via Bluetooth and USB to the local Wi-Fi network, but couldn’t get it to work. “Every time I try to pair the two, the Wi-Fi connection drops off on the iPhone,” he writes.

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SnapPower USB Charger 2 review: Double the USB ports and (sort of) twice the power

Thu, 2018-02-15 08:00
This outlet cover lets you charge two devices at once, or one device twice as fast as the original.

How to control HomePod from Mac or iOS

Thu, 2018-02-15 08:00

The HomePod doesn’t behave like most other Apple devices. Unlike the Apple Watch, there’s no dedicated app. It supports AirPlay, so it shows up in the list of audio sources—but it’s also remote-controllable like an Apple TV. And to configure it, you don’t visit the Settings app, but the Home app. Here’s a quick guide to where and how you can control the HomePod from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

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Half right: Fighting iPads with Fire

Thu, 2018-02-15 07:00

Here’s a thought exercise for you. See if you can guess which part of this headline the Macalope thinks is right and which part he thinks is a slow, leisurely drive through downtown Cuckoo Bananaville, population TechnoBuffalo’s Justin Herrick.

“Amazon effectively killed Android tablets, and the iPad’s next.” (Tip o’ the antlers to mylestaylor.)

The Macalope didn’t say it was going to be a very strenuous exercise.

Herrick does the math and realizes that if A equals B… then C! With jelly on it!

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YouTube TV changes: Can TV streaming services learn to say no?

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00
YouTube TV couldn't refuse Turner channels, hiking prices to bring them on board.

8 ways Apple can make HomePod an even better music player

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:00

To call HomePod the greatest Apple Music player is a bit of an understatement. With hands-free controls, a virtually unlimited music library, and tremendous sound, Apple’s new AI-powered speaker is a revelation for Apple Music subscribers, mostly because the service is locked out of every other smart speaker.

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HomePod white rings: 8 ways to protect your wood furniture

Wed, 2018-02-14 20:16
Cork coasters

Image by Jelinek Cork Group/Amazon

Ah, the cork coaster. You see in seedy bars, on balconies in tropical resorts, or even on the breakfast table of grandma's house. And maybe, just maybe, you'll soon find it under your $350 HomePod. A single cork coaster from the Jelinek Cork Group measures just 3.5 inches, which is exactly the width of the HomePod's problematic silicone base. That means it'll be almost invisible unless you're looking underneath the device. Unfortunately, you'll have to get 25 at once, but all those other coasters might come in handy when Apple finally releases multi-room support.

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HomePod, iOS 12, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 592

Wed, 2018-02-14 19:00

We’ve had the HomePod for a few days. What do we think? There’s more news about iOS 12. We also feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Jason Cross, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 592.

Here are relevant links to get more info on the stuff discussed on the show.

Audio-only version:

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MarsEdit 4 review: Content-creation tool for websites lets you focus on the important things

Wed, 2018-02-14 08:00

Does anyone still blog? Twitter, Facebook, and even Tumblr may have swallowed much of blogging’s oomph, but it’s still out there. It's probably more accurate to say that blogging morphed into different kinds of things that seemed less blog-like. Many publications use WordPress or other “blog” engines to power their sites.

This explains the persistence of MarsEdit, a blog composing, previewing, and posting tool that was recently upgraded to version 4. This version comes nearly eight years after the previous one, but it will delight existing users and should attract folks dissatisfied with web-based posting.

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6 improvements HomePod needs to compete

Wed, 2018-02-14 07:00

The HomePod has landed, and reviews are not exactly shining. In our review, we found that the sound quality, and the ability for Siri to hear you in challenging conditions, is a cut above the competition. But the excessively limiting Apple lock-in and Siri’s capabilities for non-music functions, among other things, make it pretty hard to recommend.

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Libratone Too Bluetooth speaker review: High-fidelity sound on the go

Wed, 2018-02-14 06:00
This portable speaker delivers uncommonly good near-field sound for its size.

15 awesome tips and tricks to master Apple's HomePod

Wed, 2018-02-14 06:00

HomePod is primarily a music playback machine. And it’s got Siri, which means it can do obvious things like set timers, take notes, and tell you what the weather is going to be tomorrow. But it can do more. It’s no Echo or Google Home in its flexibility, but HomePod has a few neat tricks up its... um...power cord. Here are some of the things you might not know HomePod can do.

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Save Over 50% On Final Draft 10

Tue, 2018-02-13 09:27

Screenwriting can be a long, tedious process, which in an industry as competitive as this one, doesn't bode well for those racing to get their next Hollywood hit to big-name studios. That's why the experts use Final Draft 10 to take care of the menial tasks, like pagination and formatting, so they can focus more on channeling their creativity and writing an Oscar-worthy hit. And it's on sale today for half-off its usual price.

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Unreal: Hunting the elusive iPhone X owner

Tue, 2018-02-13 09:00

We know what pundits say about the iPhone X and we know what Apple says about the iPhone X, but what do a random handful of people who you might run into if you step outside your house say about it?

Writing for CNet, Chris Matyszczyk has found a great way to expense lunch, which the Macalope is upset he didn’t think of first.

“iPhone X a disappointment? Here’s what real people think.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Chris.)

Finally we’ll hear from some real people! What a relief.

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Does Time Machine back up every file every time?

Tue, 2018-02-13 08:00

Time Machine backups are unfussy: unlike many proprietary backup software packages, you can browse a Time Machine backup either through its interface or via the drive in the Finder. However, it appears as if every backup is a complete backup.

This concerned Macworld reader Peter, who just purchased a new iMac and a 4TB external drive to use with Time Machine. “This is going to fill up my external drive fairly quickly,” he worries.

Time Machine just looks like it’s making a full backup every time it creates one, but it’s really using a clever technique to only copy changed files at each hourly interval.

While Time Machine’s method has been the same since its introduction, it’s opaque to most users, because it’s meant to work without requiring any maintenance or fussing. (In fact, that’s a flaw, too, because there are no tools to fix corruption or control any of the settings, like frequency and purging of older files.)

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How to set up HomePod

Tue, 2018-02-13 07:00

Compared to most smart speakers, getting started with the HomePod is especially easy. There are no extra apps to install, no calibration steps to undertake.

Before you get started, you'll want to make sure you meet the requirements: the HomePod requires an iPhone (5s or newer) or iPad (mini 2 or Air or newer) to complete the setup process. A 6th generation iPod touch will work, too.

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UA Sport Flex wireless headphone review: Made for active music lovers

Tue, 2018-02-13 06:00
With an LED safety light, adjustable neckband, and enough sonic energy to pump up any workout, these JBL-designed, Under Armour-branded Bluetooth headphones are a smart exercise companion.