How to reveal a file’s path in Spotlight for Mac with a simple keystroke

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 30, 2016

In macOS versions up until Lion, hovering over an item in Spotlight’s search results on your Mac would reveal its full file system path. As of macOS Lion, that’s no longer the default behavior—the Spotlight overlay gives you some information about the selected file, but not its location. But don’t you worry, Apple hasn’t ditched this feature entirely as you can reveal a file’s path in your Spotlight search results at any time via this practical keyboard shortcut. Read More


iOS 10 tidbit: Spotlight Suggestions in Messages

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 12, 2016

On iOS 10, Spotlight Suggestions appear in more places than before. We recently told you about Spotlight Suggestions in the Look Up interface (formerly known as the Define feature). We also discussed iOS 10’s expressive Messages app in depth and mentioned its super useful inline previews of URLs.

As it turns out, not only does Messages support inline previews of media URLs, but underlines specific terms in your chats—such as movie and app names—that Spotlight Suggestions can give you more info about. Read More


SearchDefine: search for word definitions right from Spotlight

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 22, 2016

There come times when you need to define words quickly, and because iOS has no dedicated Dictionary app, there is really no convenient way to define a word when you’re stuck.

Rather than downloading a third-party dictionary app from the App Store to clutter your Home screen even further, a new jailbreak tweak called SearchDefine lets you define words via the iOS dictionary right from Spotlight. Read More


Apple TV’s universal search expands to nine new video channels

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 21, 2016

After adding support for video content from Bravo, E!, Syfy and USA channels ten days ago, tvOS’s universal search feature was refreshed earlier today with official support for nine additional channels. The full up-to-date list of universal search providers can be found in Apple’s support document. Read More


iOS 10 tidbit: getting to Spotlight from any app, in an instant

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 17, 2016

Since installing iOS 10 Preview on my iPhone 6s I’ve been discovering these little gems that, in my personal opinion, will make this particular revision to Apple’s mobile OS the most worthwhile upgrade yet.

Aside from major new headlining features, it’s the little things that make our hearts sing. One of such subtle refinements is the ability to quickly get to Spotlight Search from any app. Read More


Apple TV universal search adds support for content from Bravo, E!, Syfy and USA channels

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 10, 2016

Two weeks after NBCUniversal’s Bravo, Syfy and E! apps launched on the fourth-generation Apple TV, content from these channels is now available through the device’s universal search feature.

In addition, the Apple TV now also surfaces videos from the USA channel when using tvOS’s text or Siri voice search, said MacRumors. Read More


Why I think Spotlight and Siri should be one

By Sébastien Page on Jun 7, 2016

Ever since the rumors of Siri making its way to the Mac began gaining credence, I started thinking about how I would like to use the feature on OS X, and what it would mean for Siri on iOS. As I was toying around with the idea of Siri on my Mac, something became apparent very quickly: Siri and Spotlight Search have a lot in common. So much so that maybe it would make sense to merge then into one feature at some point. Let me explain. Read More


Customize Spotlight features to your liking with PersonalSpotlight [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on May 31, 2016

iOS 9 came with a totally new Spotlight experience for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but there still remains a lot that could be changed to better suit individual users’ needs.

Thanks to the jailbreak community, however, customization is never really a problem.

A new free jailbreak tweak called PersonalSpotlight is now available that gives users the ability to personalize their Spotlight experience in a way that better suits them, and we’ll show you how the tweak works as we go hands-on in this review. Read More


Spotlight Suggestions expand to seven new countries, including India and Hong Kong

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

Spotlight Suggestions, a feature that recommends content from the Internet when searching with Spotlight on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 9.0+ or a Mac running OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later, has expanded to seven additional markets: Hong Kong, India, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and United Arab Emirates.

Counting these regions, Spotlight Suggestions are now available in a total of 26 major markets around the world, listed on Apple’s iOS Feature Availability webpage. Read More


Apple TV’s universal search feature picks up support for NBC shows

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

After adding support for finding CBS television shows last month, owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV can now use tvOS’s universal search feature to find video content from NBC, like “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” using Siri or Dictation. Read More


Tip: using emojis in iOS Spotlight Search

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users can use emoji as search terms in Spotlight Search to some rather interesting effects. It’s unclear when this feature was added or activated.

That being said, bringing up iOS’s built-in Emoji keyboard to type an emoji in Spotlight’s search field will produce matching results related to the character’s meaning, as highlighted by Cult of Mac. Read More


Spotlight Suggestions hit Denmark, Norway and Sweden, new Flyover and Transit data on Maps

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 29, 2016

Another day, another content expansion for Apple Maps. Less than 24 hours after bringing TrainLink and bus routes to commuters in New South Wales, Australia, Apple’s mapping service has expanded its footprint with new three-dimensional Flyover content for Akron, Ohio and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Apple’s also brought Spotlight Suggestions to the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac customers in Europe’s Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Last but not least, traffic information on Maps has gone live in Thailand, bringing the total number of markets where this feature is available to 34 countries, as per Apple’s iOS 9 Feature Availability webpage. Read More


Universal search on Apple TV has gained support for finding CBS shows

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 14, 2016

Apple continues to add more content sources to the universal search capability of the fourth-generation Apple TV. Last week, for example, it added Starz content to the Apple TV’s universal search.

And now, owners of the set-top box who installed CBS’s tvOS application can take advantage of Siri to find such CBS shows as “Big Bang Theory”, “NCIS“, “Supergirl” and others, just by using their voice. Apple’s support document was updated yesterday to reflect the addition of CBS to the universal search lineup for the fourth-generation Apple TV. Read More


Explore the world of Wikipedia in revamped iOS app with 3D Touch, Explore feed and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2016

Wikipedia, the world’s encyclopedia and knowledge base, has never had an attractive mobile app. That changes today with a major refresh to its app in the App Store permitting users to explore Wikipedia content tailored to their interests via an all-new Explore feed.

Navigations has been greatly simplified with new touch-friendly ways to discover content, 3D Touch support, Spotlight Search integration and more.

The app was obviously designed with the theme of exploration in mind.

“We all know Wikipedia as a quick fact-checking resource, but the new app is designed to make exploring knowledge on Wikipedia a journey,” developers told me via email. Read More


Apple TV universal search expands to FOX NOW, FXNOW and Nat Geo TV

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2016

According to an Apple support document which was updated yesterday, the universal search feature on the fourth-generation Apple TV will now surface video content provided by FOX NOW, FXNOW and Nat Geo TV channels.

Users who install these apps on their set-top box can press the Siri Remote’s microphone button and say things such as “Watch Life Below Zero” and land on the page that now includes that show by the National Geographic channel, in addition to other content sources. Read More


This tweak displays Siri suggestions in all iOS Spotlight interfaces

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 5, 2016

Starting in iOS 9, Apple introduced Siri Suggestions in the updated Spotlight interface, which is accessed to the left of the first Home screen page.

Interestingly, despite the new Spotlight interface, Apple kept the original Spotlight interface that you can access by pulling down from the top of the screen, and as you might imagine, it doesn’t have all the new bells and whistles the new Spotlight interface does.

A new jailbreak tweak called NearbyNews is now available in Cydia’s BigBoss repository for $0.99 that will let you bring these features to the original Spotlight interface in iOS 9. Read More


How to disable suggested places for Siri and Spotlight Search on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016

Siri and Spotlight Search are way more useful in iOS 9 with suggestions that update results as you type. In addition to relevant apps and people, proactive suggestions also include nearby places such as restaurants, gas stations, retail stores and other points of interest.

Should you find place suggestions unappealing and potentially impacting your privacy, you can turn them off with just a few taps.

In this post, you will learn how to disable suggested location in Siri and Spotlight Search on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 9.0 or later. Read More


How to disable Siri Suggestions in Spotlight Search on iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 5, 2016

Siri on iOS 9 enables a more intelligent Spotlight Search with proactive suggestions that make your device more helpful even before you ask.

These Siri-powered suggestions automatically appear in Spotlight upon swiping down on any Home screen, offering suggestions for apps that you launch at specific times of the day, people you tend to contact at specific times and more. You’ll also see suggested news and nearby places such as restaurants, gas stations, retail stores and more.

However, some people find this additional content distracting and useless. If you would like to use Spotlight Search without Siri Suggestions, this quick post will teach you how to disable the feature with just a few taps. Read More


AnySpot for iOS 9: Search Spotlight from anywhere on your jailbroken iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 27, 2015

Unless you happen to have a physical Bluetooth keyboard attached to your iPhone or iPad, you cannot invoke Spotlight on iOS 9 unless you happen to be on the Home screen. AnySpot for iOS 9 aims to change this.

AnySpot lets you assign an Activator gesture to Spotlight so that you can access the search interface from anywhere on your iPhone or iPad, even if you happen to be within an app. If you want Spotlight search to work closer to how it works on the Mac, allowing you to access it from anywhere, then you should consider using AnySpot. Read More


How to preview flight information and track flights on iPhone, iPad and Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 10, 2015

Aside from several headline feature additions, Apple’s iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan software updates contain a bunch of little gems, among them data detectors for flight information.

This permits iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Mac owners to quickly look up flight status information found in notes, messages and emails using a rich interface with flight trajectory, flight status, arrival times and other information.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to quickly preview the current status and other information pertaining to an airline and flight number, with or without leaving the context of what you’re currently doing. Read More

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