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Tip: Add Alexa to Your Apple Watch

You might think that because you’re part of the Apple ecosystem that you’re stuck with the poorer performing Siri personal assistant. Though Apple does force Siri to be the default assistant on most devices, you can still install Microsoft’s Cortana app and use Alexa through Reverb.ai or Amazon’s Music and Shopping apps. But, those apps are for iPhones and iPads. What if you want to use Alexa on an Apple Watch? Developer Atadore has now released to the iTunes store an app called “Voice in a Can” which installs and runs on both an iPhone and iPad, but also runs standalone on the Apple Watch. Voice in a Can brings Alexa to your Apple Watch, iPhone and iPad. It works on your watch standalone, without needing your phone. Not all content is supported, for exa...

Sensory Inc. Breakthrough Technology Allows Always-on, Lower-power Listening for Wake Words

Gadgets like those from Alexa, Apple, Google, that are constantly listening for a Wake Word before providing assistance do so mostly through powered devices. Except for the most current Amazon Fire Tablet, the always-on listening feature is generally not available for smartphone or mobile devices due to the power consumption required to always be active. For smartphones, the user has to tap or tap and hold special buttons or key sequences to activate the smart assistant. Sensory has released TrulyHandsfree technology so that app partners can take advantage of a low-power listening “mode” and develop their apps to be able to provide real-time interaction. Sensory expects to see new apps built using its new technology to begin to appear in Q2 for Android and iOS platforms. Press ...

Apple Releases iOS 11.3 with Battery Management in Beta

Apple today is making iOS 11.3 available for applicable iPhones. Included in this release is the much anticipated fix for issues with older batteries that got the company in trouble when some in the media blamed Apple for purposely draining batteries to force customers to buy new devices. The update also includes security fixes. But, the battery fix comes in the form of an unfinished product called iPhone Battery Health (Beta). The iPhone Battery Health beta offers the following functions: Displays information on iPhone maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability Indicates if the performance management feature that dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns is on and includes the option to disable it Recommends if a battery needs to be replaced &nb...

Apple Delivers its Spectre Fixes for MacOS and iOS

As we noted last week, Apple deployed updates that helped solve the Meltdown vulnerability in December. However, the company promised that mitigations for the Spectre vulnerability would be coming soon. Those updates were delivered today for MacOS and iOS. macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Supplemental Update  macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 08 Jan 2018 Safari 11.0.2 (v. 11604.4.7.1.6 & 12604.4.7.1.6)  OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and macOS Sierra 10.12.6 08 Jan 2018 iOS 11.2.2  iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation 08 Jan 2018   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Apple Issues Workaround for iOS Devices Crashing After December 2

Many iPhone, iPad, and iPod customers have experienced periodic reboots after December 2, 2017. Apple is aware of the problem and has already issued a workaround. The issue is due to a flood of notifications for specific apps. Apple’s workaround is to turn off notifications for the offending apps until the upgrade to the recently available iOS 11.2 can be installed. Apple’s guidance: If your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch unexpectedly restarts   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android Leaves Beta

Microsoft’s mobile web browser built on its Windows 10 Internet browser, Edge, has finally left beta. The browser is available in the respective stores to download and install. One of the more interesting features is how it works with the desktop version of Windows 10 to allow users to continue where they left off. On iTunes: Microsoft Edge for iPhone On Google Play: Microsoft Edge for Android Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Accessing iOS 11’s Software-based Shutdown Feature

iOS 11 finally gives customers the ability to shutdown their iPhone through the operating system instead of just holding the power button for a few brief seconds. To access it to Settings – General and then page down to the bottom of the screen.   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

Microsoft’s Edge Browser Coming to iOS and Android

It might be the best use of Microsoft’s time if it worked to get its Windows 10 browser working better on Windows 10 first, but the company is now talking about bringing Microsoft Edge to alternate platforms, iOS and Android. Microsoft Edge for iOS is available starting today in preview, with Microsoft Edge for Android available soon in preview. The company then says this… One of the most common requests we hear from people who use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 PCs is “we want our browser experience to move to our phones”. Edge has barely scratched the browser market share – if it shows up at all on any charts or graphs. The browser’s inconsistencies and common bugs have forced many more people to move to Google’s Chrome than ever before, so “people who u...

Apple Issues iOS 11 Fix for Mail Connecting to Exchange, Outlook and Office 365

When Apple released iOS 11 to the masses, both Microsoft and Apple released corresponding warnings that the new version of the Mail app on iOS was incompatible in certain scenarios with Exchange, Outlook, and Office 365. Read through that HERE. Today, Apple is delivering iOS 11.0.1. The company has, as yet, delivered a full account of what’s included in the update, but it’s original incompatibility announcement page states that those affected by the introduced Mail bug should upgrade to this current release. Incidentally, Apple is calling the 11.0.1 update a security update. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

iOS 11 Mail App is not compatible with Outlook.com, Office 365, or Exchange Server 2016

If you attempt to use the default mail app in iOS 11, good luck. According to a new KB article (KB4043473), Outlook.com, Office 365, and Exchange Server 2016 running on Windows Server 2016 are not compatible. Instead, Microsoft suggests downloading and using the Outlook for iOS app from iTunes. Outlook client for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id951937596 The KB article suggests that Microsoft and Apple are working on a resolution, but the Outlook app for iOS is a much better, more elegant solution anyway. Apple has also posted its own statement about this problem… UPDATE: Some are reporting that they are having no issue with iOS 11 and the default Apple mail app. They are running hosted Office 365 Exchange accounts. So, who to believe? Microsoft and Apple, or the customers who ar...

Tip: Locating Apps that Won’t Work with iOS11 Before the Upgrade

iOS 11 is rolling out and there may be a few apps on your iPhone that won’t work after the upgrade. Which ones? Here’s how to tell… On the iPhone, go to Settings > General > About > Applications  Here you’ll see which apps have not been updated or may not ever get an update to work with iOS 11. These apps will simply not run until the developer provides an update. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

iOS 11 to Release September 19 – Businesses Should Prepare for Gotchas

iOS 11 has been in testing for some time. As with every new Apple platform release, there are new features and fixes. However, there are also “gotchas” to be aware of, particularly for iPhone business users. A couple of this release’s issues could be hugely detrimental and costly if not vetted correctly. We’ll add more as they are uncovered, but here’s a few… Exchange ActiveSync is broken when Exchange Server 2016 is installed on Windows Server 2016. Apple is aware of the issue and working on a fix. Microsoft says the problem is that iOS 11 does a poor job negotiating an HTTP/2 TLS connection. HTTP/2 is the default on Windows Server 2016 and iOS 11. The default picture format for iPhones 7/8/X is changing. The new default is the High Efficiency, or HEIF,...

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