Siri get smarter! Apple unveils new 'Shortcuts' app to create custom voice commands

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Apple wants to make it easier for you to control apps using Siri. That's the gist of a new app, called'Shortcuts,' that the iPhone maker unveiled on Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. With a single voice command, users can build their own multi-step routines for Siri to run across a variety of apps. Apple unveiled a new'Shortcuts' app at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference that lets users create custom commands for the digital assistant. 'We want to make Siri do much more for you and we're doing that by taking advantage of the power of apps,' said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering.

'Did I do that?' Here's why your iPhone flashlight seems to turn on by itself

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If you've ever discovered that the flashlight on your iPhone was suspiciously turned on after pulling the device from your pocket, you are far from alone. Some people have been alerted by strangers on the street that the mini searchlight on their phone is beaming for the world to see. Others report having looked down to discover the flashbulb shining through their clothing. Either way, no one is ever thrilled to find out that their expensive smartphone's battery is being unwittingly drained by a feature that can't be uninstalled. So far, 488 iPhone users have reported the problem to Apple, asking the tech giant how to remove the fussy shortcut from the main screen entirely.

Hey, Siri, how about some shortcuts to help save me some time. Siri says, 'Sure'

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Who wouldn't like to get more done in less time? That's the idea behind Siri Shortcuts, a popular Apple app for iPhone and iPad, and built into the upcoming iOS 13 operating system, out in beta release now with a full upgrade due this fall soon after new iPhones hit in September. As the name suggests, Siri Shortcuts link the voice-controlled personal assistant you already know with time-saving shortcuts for tasks you want to perform. By simply asking for it – or tapping the screen if you're not in a place to freely use your voice – your iPhone or iPad can quickly heed your request. In other words, Siri Shortcuts – previously known as Workflow – fuses small actions to yield big results.

iOS 12 review: Finally, the fear of upgrading is over


Every year, when Apple releases a new version of iOS, the questions start. Friends, family, total strangers -- it doesn't matter who asks, the question is always the same: Should I download the latest version of iOS? They ask, not because they want my opinion on Apple's latest software trick, but a separate, nagging concern: Won't it slow down my phone? SEE ALSO: Here's how to update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 12 No matter how many times I try to explain the importance of staying up to date with security patches, or the benefits of [insert new iOS feature] the perception is the same -- that the new iOS update will muck up their phone (a perception certainly not helped by last year's battery slowdown fiasco). But iOS 12 is different.

Apple at WWDC shows 7 ways iOS 12 will change your next iPhone

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Apple is tackling smartphone addiction and adding group video chats to FaceTime in the new iOS12. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, shows new iOS12 features that allow users to see how much time they're spending on their mobile devices, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, June 4, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. Bravo, Apple is finally tackling smartphone addiction. These are the two key standout features that will be coming to the iPhone as part of an iOS 12 software upgrade that Apple unveiled Monday at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose. Such models could be as ancient as the iPhone 5s, or the same handsets supported by iOS 11.