Tag Archive for ‘Dr. Drang’

iOS 13’s Silence Unknown Callers Feature ➝

Dr. Drang:

In my experience, it does exactly what it says and has already saved me lots of time and frustration. It’s not that I often answered spam calls; I had already trained myself to almost never pick up a call that my phone didn’t associate with a contact. But I still had to stop what I was doing and look at my phone or my watch whenever one came in. Now that’s a thing of the past.

I just realized I hadn’t enabled this feature yet, so I went ahead and did so. I pay for Nomorobo to block spam callers, but for some reason I’ve been unable to refresh the app’s block list since updating to iOS 13. Hopefully this new system feature will work well enough that I won’t have to pay to block spam callers anymore.

➝ Source: leancrew.com

Friendly Reminders ➝

A nifty little trick from Dr. Drang that gives you, functionally, multiple timers on iOS and HomePod:

In iOS, the timer function is in the Clock app, and there’s only one. There’s no way to have two timers running simultaneously and no way to give your timer a name that lets you know what it’s for.

But you do have Reminders. They have names and can be set to alarm not only at an absolute time, but also at a relative time:

“Hey Siri, remind me to check the casserole in 20 minutes.”

For this to work on HomePod, you’ll have to enable personal requests, which is kind of lame. But at least there’s a simple workaround with a relatively natural syntax.

Function Strip ➝

Dr. Drang, on the rumored touch-sensitive OLED strip on the next MacBook Pro:

But there is this nagging thought in the back of my head. Can Apple pull this off? Does it still have the UX chops to figure out the right way to implement what could be a very powerful addition to the Mac? So much of what’s good about Apple products, both hardware and software, seems to be based on wise, user-centric decisions made years ago. Can it still make those decisions? […]

On the other hand, the story of watchOS 3 is an indication that Apple still has the goods, that it can still make good decisions, even if it means reversing much-hyped earlier decisions. That’s the Apple I hope to see in the new MacBook Pro.