eXtensions - Wednesday 18 October 2016
iPhone, Apple Watch, Security and Siri (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
AIS is showing the same prices, but the site also notes that the iPhone 7 Plus models are fully subscribed. I hope I can manage an early look at the two models so I will be able to write something here next week. One of the things I want to examine is whether the 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter supplied with the new iPhone is capable of handling devices for medical analysis.
Anticipating the move to the Lightning connection, DarioHealth, a company from Israel, has developed a blood-glucose analysis device that uses the Lightning port (Lori Janjigian, Business Insider). It is hoped that approval for this will be given soon.
Security & Privacy preferences showing option for unlocking with Apple Watch
I was even more surprised initially to see that the panel is the same for all the Macs I currently use, so the feature was added by accessing my iCloud information: Watch, iPhone, iCloud, Mac. A reader who does not have an Apple Watch sent me a screenshot of his Security & Privacy panel: no checkbox is shown.
Security & Privacy preferences - Reader-supplied Screenshot
A number of articles have appeared online, particularly from Christian Zibreg (iDownloadBlog) and Glen Fleischman (MacWorld) explaining the process. Other articles (e.g. Kirk McElhearn, MacWorld) have outlined difficulties found when setting this up and in trying to use it. I am holding off for now: partly because of the difficulties outlined, but also because I want to do this with the Apple Watch Series 2 rather than what I have now.
There is no "Hey Siri" like on the iPhone. Siri is activated by a shortcut or using a menu bar icon. A key combination as shortcut can be set up in the Siri preferences (in System Preferences), where the feature is also turned on. I use Fn + Spacebar, but this can easily be changed.
Siri preferences panel
While I am able to use Dictation in Thai, I am afraid the Thai Siri did not understand me, perhaps because of the limited commands I know in Thai. For my best results, I use English (United Kingdom) and the British (Female) voice option. Even so, I cannot not guarantee success every time, but I am working on it.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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