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Appearance – Clockwise #353: “Shortcuts Concierge” 🎙

I had the pleasure of being a guest on episode 353 of the Clockwise podcast from Relay FM, joining Brianna Wu, Jason Snell, and Dan Moren for a 30-minute round table discussion of the week’s news.

We talked about Apple silicon and what it means for gaming as well as whether we’ll be buying the first round of Macs, our beta-installation strategies, and how to use Shortcuts for public good.

Here’s the episode (screenshot from Six Colors):

In my segment about Shortcuts, I asked everyone to come up with ways to use automations for some type of public benefit – as it turns out, pretty much every idea was already possible:

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Smart Tech Today #36: Google Heads North 🎙

On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about:

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New Shortcuts Directory curates links for getting started with Siri Shortcuts

Shortcuts creator and designer Brad Siefert has created a dedicated website for people looking to discover various links and creators related to Siri Shortcuts – check out the new Shortcuts Directory.

The site includes collections links related to building, sharing, and learning more about how to use Shortcuts, including:

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Smart Tech Today #35: NASA Says, “Don’t Touch Your Face” 🎙

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On episode 35 of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about:

  • NASA’s innovative open-source project related to COVID,
  • New hardware releases for outdoor cameras and security systems,
  • Accessibility for sound recognition and assistant reminders,
  • Google’s major updates during Voice Global 2020, and
  • More updates on Shortcuts & automation from Apple’s WWDC

Plus, I included a special scoop about a new action in Shortcuts I haven’t seen anywhere else – enjoy!

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What is Spatial Audio, Why Does it Matter, and What’s Apple’s Plan? 🔗

Em Lazer-Walker, Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, on what she’s calling the “audio version of ARKit” in iOS 14:

They talked about this largely in context of playing movies with multi-channel surround sound, but that’s probably the least interesting application of spatial audio.

As someone who’s been working in the field for a long time — my research at the MIT Media Lab in 2015 and 2016 focused on location-based storytelling in public spaces using spatial audio — I wanted to try to give some context around why this is interesting and what it might enable.

Fascinating summary of Apple’s new Spatial Audio feature and its potential – this covers what it is, how it differs from surround sound, and goes into detailed applications for this like wayfinding, vocal content, and real-world play/gaming experiences.

Read the full post on dev.to.

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Apple executives talk new updates on The Talk Show, WVFRM with MKBHD 📹

Every year for the past few years, John Gruber of Daring Fireball has interviewed an Apple executive or two on his podcast The Talk Show, just after WWDC and often in a venue right nearby the conference.

This year, as with everything else WWDC, it was done online, with special guests Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Apple, and Greg Jozwiak, Apple’s Vice President of Product Marketing.

Federighi and “Joz” filmed from Apple Park (in seemingly separate rooms, as one does nowadays) over the web with Gruber for over an hour and a half, which you can watch on YouTube:

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Smart Tech Today #34: WWDC Updates for the Smart Home 🎙

On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about Google Assistant adding Podcasts and recipes to its Snapshot feature, the NBA’s use of the Oura smart ring to detect COVID-19 symptoms in players, and Apple’s whole host of updates for the smart home – and what’s new with Siri Shortcuts.

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Smart Tech Today #33: Actually, Smart Grills Make Sense 🎙

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On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about grill follow-up, using Anonymous Camera for protests, tech companies responding to Black Lives Matter, the latest Sonos news, and automation during the pandemic:

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Guest spot: Geared Up podcast w/ Andru Edwards & Jon Rettinger

Recorded June 11th, I had the privilege to be on Andru Edwards and Jon Rettinger’s podcast Geared Up.

We had a great conversation where I told them all about Siri Shortcuts, plus we covered Andru’s YouTube situation, Apple’s worldwide developer conference (WWDC) & the transition to ARM Macs, and the PS5 announcements – here are the show links:

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Smart Tech Today #32: “Awash in Cameras” – Surveillance in America 🎙

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On this episode of Smart Tech Today, Mikah and I talked about protests & activism, smart home news, and two great picks of the week: