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Hey, Siri: 142 useful voice commands for Siri

Jonny Evans, writing for Computerworld, pulled together this extensive list of things you can ask Siri. This is worth a scan, just to make sure you …

Siri

HomePod tricks and tips

Nice collection of HomePod things to know. I especially appreciated the lists of Activities, Moods, and Genres. Good stuff.

Apple’s official HomePod user guide

There a HomePod in your future? This is an invaluable resource you might want to spend a little quality time digging through.Seems to me, Apple …

HomePod

I've used the iPhone for 10 years and these are my favorite tips and tricks

Senior Video Producer Matt Stuart explains the 10 tips and tricks every iPhone user needs to know. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>I've been using the iPhone ever since it came out, one of the biggest problems with it, is there's no instruction manual. Apple doesn't provide a manual for the …

iPhone

Awesome Apple Watch tricks to get the most out of your wearable

The Apple Watch truly became a useful device with the release of the Series 3. LTE connectivity, more accurate heart rate monitoring, and faster hardware make the Apple Watch a joy to use.<p>With all of the features and functions Apple advertises, there’s still plenty of hidden tips and tricks for …

You've been charging your smartphone wrong

Do you know how to keep your smartphone's battery healthy?<p>Probably not. In fact, you may have been hastening the death of your phone's battery with your charging habits.<p>Charging to 100%, or overnight? Fully discharging before plugging in? These common practices can shorten the usable life of your …

Electric Vehicles

Apple Posts September 12, 2017 Keynote and New Product Videos

If you didn't follow the live stream or announcements as they unfolded at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino today, Apple has posted the video of the event along with the product videos debuted on stage.<p>The keynote video can be streamed in Safari here and on the Apple TV using the Apple Events …

Apple

Batch Processing in Apple Photos

Kirk McElhearn:<p>Apple’s Photos app does not allow you to perform batch processing. However, there is a way that you can quickly apply the same changes …

John Gruber

★ Public Service Announcement: You Should Not Force Quit Apps on iOS

The single biggest misconception about iOS is that it’s good digital hygiene to force quit apps that you aren’t using. The idea is that apps in the …

Apps

How to restore data from iCloud

Michael E. Cohen, TidBITS:<p>iCloud, however, much like real clouds, is notoriously opaque. It’s hard to see just what you have stored in it. …

iCloud

10 Must Eats At Shinjuku Tokyo 新宿 – Afforable Michelin Meals, Handmade Soba To ¥350 Gyudon (

[Tokyo] Shinjuku 新宿 must be one of my favourite wards in Tokyo. While it is a business district, it is also home to considerable dining, …

Japan

Clips app: The ultimate guide

How to use Apple's new Clips app for iPhone and iPad — and make all your social and shared videos faster and more easily than ever.It's Mother's Day …

APFS Performance Lags HFS+, for Now

We’ve been experimenting with Apple File System (APFS) on the Mac since it was introduced in macOS 10.12.4. Though APFS brings many advantages over …

25 cool things you can do with Apple’s Workflow app

I normally avoid these slide show advertising buckets, but this is Jason Snell and, per usual, he does a nice job. In this case, he walks through a …

Apps

12 Tokyo Concept Cafés That Go Way Beyond Cats and Maids

Think monsters and fembots instead.

Tokyo

How To Back Up Your Flickr Library

Flickr is a popular photo blogging service used by pro and amateur photographers alike. Flickr helps you archive your photos in the cloud and share …

Apps

5 places every manga fan (and curious traveller) should visit in Tokyo

Author and lifelong manga fan J.C. Norman reveals the places every manga fan should visit in Tokyo, and why every other visitor to the city should …

The holy grail of ramen dishes

While Tokyo has Japan’s only Michelin-starred ramen restaurant, the noodle consistently voted as the nation’s most delicious comes from a tiny, family-run shop in Wakayama City.<p>I watched without blinking as a row of six hands performed a bullet-fast dance: a splash of soy sauce, a shower of …

Japan

macOS hidden treasures: dominate the dock

TidBITS:<p>The Dock has been a core aspect of the Mac experience since the earliest days of Mac OS X. In fact, the Dock actually predates Mac OS X, …

The Eater Guide to Tokyo

Tokyo is the food paradise that every city hopes to become: where Jiro dreams of sushi, where ramen demands noisy slurping, where cocktails taste best 40 floors above the ground. Everything great about modern dining right this second, from masterful daily staples in brisk cafes to intricately …

Japan

Nabana No Sato: Inside Japan's Most Mind-Blowing Light Show

The lights of Times Square and Las Vegas Boulevard are famously spectacular, but for a brief period each year, they’re dwarfed by the staggering …

How to access Mac’s hidden photo-editing app

Whether you know it or not, if you own a Mac, you also own a surprisingly powerful editing tool—and it’s hiding in plain site.<p>Not everyone needs …

The Best Itinerary for Japan

Packed with both modern and ancient culture, Japan makes for a fascinating travel destination. One could spend months exploring the scenery, food, …

6 essential settings to make your iPhone and iPad display easier on the eyes

PCWorld:<p>Nope, you don’t have to settle for itty-bitty text on your iPhone screen, nor must you deal with buttons that don’t look anything like …

Disability

12 Things That Surprised Me About Traveling in Hokkaido

Hokkaido is a place that’s all about going into the wild. So what better way to experience my first time there than to go as spectacularly wild as it …

How to use your iPhone to translate foreign words to English (no app required)

Steffen Reich, iDownloadBlog:<p>The tutorial below is going to highlight the difference between the two main subsets of dictionaries (thesaurus vs. …

Language