iPhone and iPad users can now access the Alexa voice assistant on their iOS devices free of charge. The official Amazon shopping app previously supported voice queries, but now the company is rolling out Alexa within the app. Besides offering help with shopping, the in-app version of Alexa delivers almost all of the capabilities of Amazon's speaker devices such as the Echo, Dot and Tap.
Siri has gained new powers since the introduction of iOS 10. iPhone owners can enjoy a variety of enhancements to the personal assistant. One such feature offers APIs for developers, making it possible for Siri to interact with any compatible third-party apps. But before you start asking Siri to hail an Uber, or send a PayPal payment, these apps must be installed on your device and manually added to Siri. While the process only takes a moment, it is necessary to get the most out of Siri on iOS 10.
One of the key advantages to Apple TV for iPhone owners is AirPlay. While tvOS continues to offer new features and easy access to content, sometimes sharing content directly from the iPhone to the big screen is best. In fact, since AirPlay is peer-to-peer technology, friends and family interested in showing photos or video from their iPhones don't even have to be connected to the local Wi-Fi network. Once the Apple TV is set up, follow these steps to share from any app on the iPhone using AirPlay:
The popular social media app that lets users upload 6 second video snippets will be discontinued in the near future. After acquiring Vine in 2012 for a rumored $30 million, Twitter announced on Thursday that it will be shutting the app down. There are likely numerous reasons for Vine's demise, including increased competition, Twitter's focus on Periscope, and the app's lack of profitability. Whatever the case, there are a lot of hilarious Vines out there that could potentially disappear forever.
Great news for Twitter fans who enjoy reading the latest tweets after dark. The official Twitter app has received a built-in night mode. When enabled, this mode reverses text and background colors to enhance reading in low-light situations. While the feature is simple, it does the trick efficiently. Images are not altered, and night mode cannot be invoked automatically or on a schedule.