Amazon Echo adds Spotify to its musical repertoire

Amazon’s Echo smart speaker just upped its music game, adding Spotify streaming to its ever-growing list of skills. Now playing your favorite artists and playlists is just a voice command away — at least if you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber. “Now playing your favorite music from Spotify is as easy as asking Alexa,” said Toni […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

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Tweetbot 4 for iOS Updated With Support for Apple Watch

Tapbots today released a significant update for its latest Tweetbot 4 Twitter client, adding support for the Apple Watch. On the Apple Watch, the default view is the Activity Feed, which includes Mentions, Favorites (soon to be likes), and Follows – the content you’d most likely want to view on a small screen.

From the Activity Feed, it’s possible to tap to view individual tweets to Reply, Retweet, or Favorite, and tapping on a name also leads to a profile where a Direct Message can be sent to a user or someone can be followed. A force press on the Apple Watch within Tweetbot will bring up the option to send a tweet, and composing a message is done via voice dictation.

Today’s update is the second major update to Tweetbot 4, which Tapbots released a month ago. Tweetbot 4, a newly universal app for the iPhone and the iPad, introduced a redesigned look, new Statistics and Activity Views, and support for features like split-screen multitasking on the iPad. A later update also brought support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Tweetbot 4 can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]

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Save your favorite Apple Watch configurations for easy pre-ordering

With so many Apple Watch configurations to choose from, making your pre-order before Apple’s initial stock sells out next month could be difficult if you leave it until the last minute. But you can choose and save your favorite Watch configuration…Read more ›

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Turn your favorite tunes into ringtones with quick iTunes tip

With so many people in the world having iPhones with the same ringtones, hearing a ringer go off can be irritating and confusing. The iTunes Store sells ringtones, but they can become quite expensive if you like switching things up…Read more ›

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Google Search for iOS Updated With Smarter Conversations, Google Now Improvements [iOS Blog]

Google today updated its Google Search app to version 4.0.0, adding new voice question capabilities that let users have smarter conversations with Google.

For example, after initiating a casual conversation with an „Ok Google“ command, users can ask simple questions like „What’s the weather like?“ followed by „What about this weekend?“ Google Search is able to interpret that the questions are linked together, providing weather information for each query.

The app’s Google Now functionality will also inform users of interesting articles on preferred topics, give information about upcoming trips, and share information on favorite blogs and authors.

Finally, the app has also been updated with cricket sports cards in Google Now, faster loading of both Google Search and Google Now, and more fluid image results.

With today’s update, you can ask questions with your voice & get updates on topics you care about.

Have a smarter conversation with Google:
– Tap the microphone or say „Ok Google“ to start
– Ask questions such as „What’s the weather like?“
– Then follow up with „How about this weekend?“

At Google, we know the web well. With Google Now, we’ll tell you when there’s an interesting article for:
– Your favorite topics
– Your upcoming trips
– Your favorite authors and blogs

Smaller updates include:
– Cricket sports cards in Google Now
– Faster loading of Google Search and Google Now
– More beautiful and fluid image results

Google Search can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Filterstorm Neue: An Old Favorite Gets A Total Rewrite

Before I got lazy and did everything in Snapseed and Instagram, Filterstorm was one of my favorite iOS apps, and now it’s back, bigger, faster and, uh, neuer than before. Developer Tai Shimizu started over and came up with a…Read more ›

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