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All The New Stuff You Can Ask Siri to Do with the new Apple Music
Play different radio stations: You can ask Siri things like “Play beats 1,” “Play indie rock station,” or even start artist stations like “Play Mastodon station.” You can also customize what happens with those artist stations with commands like, “I like this song,” “Don’t play this song again,” and “Play more songs like this.”
Play chart toppers: If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, you can ask Siri to play songs from any given year with commands like “Play the top songs from 1982,” or even “Play the top song from January of 1982.” You can also do it by artist with commands like, “Play the top album by The Beach Boys” or “Play the top songs by Neurosis.” Similarly, you can also ask Siri to play songs from movie soundtracks that you might not know the name of with commands like, “Play the songs from Top Gun” or “Play the Song from True Detective.”
Playlist queueing: Apple Music has both standard playlists and the “Up Next” queue from iTunes 12. You can control both with Siri. For your “Up Next” queue, you can say things like, “After this song, play ‘Stonefist’ by Health” or “Instead of this play ‘Born in the USA’ by Bruce Springsteen.” You can also play Apple’s curated playlists with commands like “Play Pitchfork playlist” or “Play playlist Getting Parents to Like Noise.”
Add Music to your Library: If you’re listening to something you like on Apple Music, whether it’s an album or song, you can add it to your library with the command “Add this [song or album] to my library.”
Play Music by Chronology: If you’re not sure of the name of an album, you can still get Siri to play it if you know when it came out. You can say commands like “Play the first album from LCD Soundsystem,” or “Play the newest song by Taylor Swift.”
PC Makers Had Their Worst Quarter In Almost 2 Years
Worldwide personal computer shipments slipped a sharp 9.5% in the second quarter from a year ago, the steepest drop-off in almost two years on broad declines led by a pair of Taiwan-based manufacturers.
As the Wall Street Journal points out, consumers have been ditching PCs for tablets since 2012 and even with the planned launch of Microsoft’s MSFT 0.20% Windows 10 operating system, 2015 is shaping up to be another weak year for the PC industry. Tech lovers are more inclined to use their tablets and smartphones for their online needs, and businesses have slowed their PC upgrade cycle to save money.
Samsung may launch Galaxy Note 5 this summer to beat the next iPhone
By launching earlier, Samsung will get “some breathing room “before Apple launches its next iPhone (the rumored iPhone 6S and 6S Plus). The launch of the Galaxy Note 4 and the Note Edge were so close to the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung may have lost millions of potential sales. Although the Galaxy S6 is its best smartphone yet, Samsung’s profits fell for the seventh straight quarter.
The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?
[Satya Nadella is MIcrosoft’s CEO.]
Actions speak louder though, and writing off the phone business does not speak of commitment. If Nadella thinks that Microsoft’s hardware partners will step up to fill the gap, he is mistaken. They are too busy with Android, and remember the failure of Windows Phone from its first botched launch in October 2010.
The perception of many observers is that Nadella’s announcement has in effect killed Windows 10 Mobile.
The effect of Nadella’s announcement is to discourage any developers who still believe Microsoft can deliver a successful platform across PC and mobile.
Perhaps they are being rescued from futile investment, but it is odd that the company is taking these steps before its Windows 10 mobile strategy has had a chance to deliver.
Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children
Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens.
Tragic effects on teenagers who become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake.
Chinese doctors consider this phenomenon a clinical disorder and have established rehabilitation centers where afflicted youngsters are confined for months of sometimes draconian therapy, completely isolated from all media, the effectiveness of which remains to be demonstrated.
Desktop Showdown: Windows 10 vs. Mac OS X El Capitan
Just when you were getting used to your computer the way it is, the geniuses behind Windows and Mac OS are ready to change it again. But don’t fret — change is good, at least in these cases.
The new Mac OS X build, named “El Capitan” after the iconic Yosemite National Park rock formation, will arrive this fall and is full of performance and user interface updates. Meanwhile, Windows 10, available July 29, has a slew of features, new and old, that will make PCs work much better than ever before.
The Vaccine for Type-1 Diabetes Is Moving Forward
A promising vaccine that has the potential to reverse the symptoms of type I diabetes—an autoimmune disease often diagnosed in childhood. The vaccine has succeed in reversing type 1 diabetes in a trial among mice and in a phase I trial in 103 humans.