Voice Control

How to remotely control iPhone camera to take pictures or videos

Photography tips for iPhone Grid Photo

Apple's iPhone usually feature an excellent camera, and can take some really good photos and videos. Several users also place the iPhone on a tripod, or lean it against a rock, to take group shots or shoot jitter free videos. Of course, you can set a timer and be done with it. However, there are ways to capture photos and videos totally hands-free.

How to create custom Voice Control commands on Mac

Voice Control Preferences Mac List Command

The Voice Control feature on macOS gives you a great way to maneuver your Mac with nothing but your voice. You can open menus, use dictation in apps, and adjust your settings.

One flexible part of Voice Control is that you can create custom commands and vocabulary. This is handy for having your Mac respond to words and phrases that are most comfortable to you.

Here’s how to create custom Voice Control commands on your Mac.

How to use Voice Control to navigate your Mac

Use Voice Control Grid Mac

With the macOS Catalina update, Apple introduced a helpful feature called Voice Control. Using Voice Control, you can navigate your Mac using only your voice. This is an enhancement to the previous dictation feature available on macOS and is quite useful for many people in different situations.

You can easily enable Voice Control and use it like you would any other input device, like your keyboard or mouse. But with Voice Control comes a bit of a learning curve. This includes knowing and even remembering basic navigational and app commands.

To help you get started, this tutorial shows you how to use Voice Control to navigate your Mac.

How to enable and use Voice Control instead of Siri on iPhone

Use Voice Control iPhone

Maybe you’re not a big fan of Siri although you like giving voice commands. Or maybe you do like Siri but aren’t connected to the internet and can’t use it. For whatever reason, you can still give your iPhone voice commands using a feature called Voice Control.

Using Voice Control, you can control your music, make phone calls, and more. If you’d like to give it a try, this tutorial shows you how to enable and use Voice Control instead of Siri on iPhone.

How to enable and use VoiceOver on HomePod on iOS and Mac

VoiceOver Enabled for HomePod on Mac

If you use accessibility features like VoiceOver on your Mac or iOS devices, you can also use them on your HomePod.

VoiceOver is a helpful feature for the visually impaired that tells you out loud what’s happening on your device. Plus, you can control it with simple gestures.

If you would like to set this up and start using it on your Apple smart speaker, it’s very easy to do. Here’s how to enable and use VoiceOver on HomePod on iOS and Mac.

How to create an Alexa Voice Profile on Amazon Echo speaker

Create Alexa Voice Profile Amazon Echo

While you might use Alexa and your Amazon Echo speaker to do things like shopping, listening to music, or checking your calendar, you probably don’t think about the effect of your voice. Your speaker is smart enough to recognize your voice in order to personalize your experience.

For instance, setting up a Voice Profile can help with announcing messages only sent to you, customized music playback, and skipping news stories you’ve already heard.

If you haven’t taken the time to set this up, our tutorial will walk you through it. Here’s how to create an Alexa Voice Profile on Amazon Echo speaker.

How to change the language and Siri’s voice on HomePod

Change Siri Language and Voice on HomePod from Mac

You can customize your HomePod to respond to your “Hey Siri” commands. So, what if you want to use a different language? Many people speak more than one dialect these days. For instance, say you speak both English and Spanish and you’re having a group of friends over who all speak Spanish? Change the HomePod so everyone can talk to Siri.

Or, what if you’re just learning a second or third language? Giving commands in that other dialect to Siri for HomePod could be a great way to practice.

Along with being able to change the language on your HomePod, you can also change Siri’s voice. You might prefer a male voice with a British accent or a female voice with an Australian accent. This is easy to change as well.

This tutorial shows you how to change both the language and Siri’s voice on HomePod.

10+ new features in iOS 10.2 beta 1

Apple yesterday issued beta 1 of the forthcoming iOS 10.2 software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For starters, iOS 10.2 beta 1 includes three new wallpapers, provides a bunch of new emoji as part of the Unicode 9.0 standard and gives Camera the optional ability to remember filter, Live Photo and mode settings.

Star ratings are back in the Music app and Videos has its own widget. Oh, and you can now annoy friends with a brand new animation in Messages.

Without further ado, here's our video hands-on with iOS 10.2 beta 1 accompanied by a detailed description of all the new features and enhancements.

This tweak makes Siri less impatient so you can take your time speaking

A lot of times while using Siri, you might have to repeat yourself or start over while you're talking because if you speak too slowly, or pause while you're talking, you'll get the "I didn't quite get that" message.

As frustrating as this can be, especially in louder environments, a new free jailbreak tweak called SiriKeepListening now available in Cydia helps remedy this problem.