Smart assistants are all the rage these days, and rightfully so - all of the major players on the market have either released a couple of these or revealed their plans to enter the smart assistant territory with a loud bang. The likes of Apple's HomePod, Google's Home, Max, mini, and most importantly, the wide range of Alexa-powered Amazon speakers quickly made the scene pretty congested.The other week, we showed you how to create your own Google Assistant smart speaker. Sort of. It included using an old Android beater and a dedicated external speaker or audio system. Well, we didn't want to leave our iOS readership isolated, so it's now time to show iOS users how to do the same.As you might imagine, the process would require us to utilize an old iOS device that you have lying around. Be it an aging iPhone or an iPad, as long as it's running a fairly recent version of iOS, the device would do just fine. Of course, for the best possible experience, we'd recommend you look for an iPhojne … [Read more...] about How to turn your old iPhone into a Siri-powered smart speaker
Q: I have an old iPhone 3GS that I use only for playing music obtained from a variety of sources. But the songs aren’t backed up anywhere (when my new iPhone was synced with the PC, the PC’s songs were accidentally erased). Now I’m worried that the 3GS battery is wearing out; it won’t hold a full charge. Is there a safe way to move the songs from the phone to my PC?— Ellen Fay, Atlantic Beach, Fla.A: The iPhone 3GS was introduced in 2009, so it’s not surprising that its internal battery is wearing out. If it were a newer phone you could buy a new battery from Apple, but company support for the 3GS model ended in 2013. As a result, you need to get your music off the old iPhone before its battery goes dead.To do that, make sure the phone is upgraded to the most recent version of the iPhone operating system it can use, which is iOS 6.1.6. You can obtain the update by connecting the phone to the PC and using iTunes to get the update (see “update … [Read more...] about Tech Q&A: How to rescue songs from an old iPhone
As the world’s most valuable company, sustainability is an important thing to Apple. Earlier this year, the company revealed it was running off 100 per cent renewable energy. That’s across its main San Francisco office, Apple Park, as well as its data centres and Apple retail stores around the world. But, there’s another sustainable goal Apple has been trying to achieve. It wants to improve the sustainability of its products, through recycling. And to do just that, its built its own iPhone-recycling robot, named Daisy. What you need to know about Apple’s robot, Daisy Daisy is an upgraded version of Liam, a similar robot that was made two years ago. When in action, Daisy can take apart around 200 iPhones per hour, removing and sorting the different materials in the devices without damaging them. The robot scans the iPhone to see the make and device and works out the precise amount of the inside components. Then, Daisy disassembles the smartphone, … [Read more...] about This robot can recycle your old iPhone
Sometimes, you just need a friend to convince you that you're right. Over the past weeks, I've had a few friends who are "lifelong" iPhone users message me and ask about switching away from Apple. They want to break their biannual iPhone upgrade cycle and eschew the new iPhone X for the Google Pixel 2. One of my friends wrote me this:"I'm really over Apple iPhones. I'm kind of into the Pixel 2, but that's only on Verizon, right? I don't like their unlimited plans. I like the iPhone X, but don't want it."After receiving a handful of similar messages, I decided to take this Pixel pining seriously and share my experiences with both phones. This comparison is less about proving which phone is "better," and more about why the Pixel 2 is a solid upgrade for someone who's always owned an iPhone. Now Playing: Watch this: The Pixel 2 makes it OK to leave Apple and skip the iPhone... 5:42 So much cheaperLet's start with cost. A new 64GB Pixel 2 is $350, £370 or AU$500 cheaper … [Read more...] about Why you should swap your old iPhone for a Pixel 2
In most cases, you'd probably want the doctor who's about to perform your brain surgery to set her smartphone aside before poking into your cranium. And, in most cases, you'd be right. But what if the doctor's smartphone was a crucial part of the surgical tool kit? According to a new paper published today (March 13) in the Journal of Neurosurgery, brain surgeons in Brazil have begun attaching old iPhones to their surgical equipment to replace the bulky, expensive video cameras and monitors they typically use — and the doctors like it. [10 Weird Quirks of The Human Brain] In fact, swapping in a smartphone made certain "minimally invasive" surgeries cheaper, more efficient, and easier to teach to rookie surgeons, the authors wrote. This phone-friendly method could even become a valuable workaround in countries whose infrastructure cannot support expensive medical equipment. "Our initial goal was to reduce the cost of the neuroendoscopic video set," study co-author Mauricio … [Read more...] about A Surprising Use for Old iPhones: Brain Surgery!