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Top Apps in Apple Store Using Siri Shortcuts

As more apps integrate Siri capabilities, users will be able to do even more with Shortcuts on their iOS devices

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Top apps using Siri Shortcuts to make daily tasks easier: Apple. Pixabay

Top apps in Apple Store are increasingly using Siri shortcuts to make everyday tasks easier for their users, the Cupertino-headquartered company said on Friday.

“Top apps are integrating Siri Shortcuts, making favourite apps even easier to use with a simple tap or by asking Siri,” Apple said in a statement.

Now available with iOS 12, shortcuts use powerful on-device intelligence to help users get things done faster, whether it’s commuting, being more productive, staying healthy, and more, the company added.

Shortcuts allow virtual assistant Siri to complete complex tasks with a single voice command – or sometimes without a voice command at all.

Weather reports from top apps like The Weather Channel, CARROT and Dark Sky are being delivered with simple voice requests like “radar,a “rain report” and “UV index.”

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

“Citymapper helps manage the morning commute with real-time departures, line status and disruption alerts, and whether you travel by bus, train, bikeshare or Uber, using Siri Shortcuts on the Transit app,” Apple added.

With a tap on the Lock screen or by asking Siri, users quickly gain access to apps like Evernote, which has created shortcuts to easily share notes, create audio and camera notes and print.

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“At work and at home, users can streamline projects, boards and cards with Siri shortcuts in Trello, Omnifocus 3 and Things,” said the company.

As more apps integrate Siri capabilities, users will be able to do even more with Shortcuts on their iOS devices, it added. (IANS)

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Apple Reselling iPhone SE Devices in US

The device was originally released in March 2016

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Apple is reselling iPhone SE devices in the US from clearance stores just four months after declaring discontinuation of its sale, media reports said.

As part of the sale, the company is offering the 32GB and 128GB storage variants of iPhone SE for $249 and $299, respectively. Prior to being pulled off, it was available with for $349 and $449, respectively.

“These are brand new, unopened, and unlocked models with unchanged tech specs, including a 4-inch retina display, A9 chip, touch ID, and 12-MP rear camera,” MacRumors reported on Sunday.

The device has been popular among users of smaller smartphones and those who preferred the iPhone 5-like design.

However, famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo raised doubts on the possibility of a new iPhone SE but in July 2018 a research firm claimed that the company has abandoned its plans for a new iPhone SE, the report said.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Apple had also lowered its revenue guidance with the previous quarter ending with fewer upgrades than anticipated giving rise to speculations hinting that the company is doing everything it can to boost iPhone sales.

“It’s unclear why Apple is selling the iPhone SE again, but it would appear to be clearing out stock,” the report added.

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There has been no word from the iPhone-maker as of now about whether or not iPhone SE would be made available for resale in other countries.

The device was originally released in March 2016.  (IANS)