Technology Hey Google, find my iPhone! Google Assistant's new trick breaks down wall with Apple
Apple vs. Samsung: Who makes the better phone?
It's clear who's selling the most phones, but who's making the best phones? From performance and design to ecosystem and security, we dare to compare the two companies and their products. The numbers don't lie.Gartner's recently published report revealed that Apple is now the worldwide leader in smartphone shipments, passing Samsung for the first time in five years.
Google Assistant has a few more tricks up its sleeve starting Wednesday, including one that lets it play nicely with iPhones and others that simplify creating routines. Google is tying this set of features together with a theme of "making the day a little easier," but it goes quite beyond that -- especially with regards to iPhone.
You can now ask Google Assistant on your Google-branded smart speaker to "find" (i.e., "ring") your iPhone, even if it's on silent or do not disturb. (You'll have to opt-in on your iPhone's security settings to enable this feature.) That may seem like a small -- albeit exceptionally useful -- improvement over the previous feature (Google Home could call your phone but not bypass silence settings), but it's actually a tremendous stride toward ecosystem interoperability.
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Arriving on the heels of Google Home's-- and in concert with other features that bring Google Assistant to the fore on your iPhone, like being able to summon Google's helper on iPhone with "Hey, Google" -- the ability to bypass silent mode and Do Not Disturb knocks out yet another brick in the wall separating Google's and Apple's walled gardens.
Here's what else you can do with Google Assistant starting today.
iPhone 12 Pro Max vs. OnePlus 9 Pro camera comparison
OnePlus teamed up with iconic camera maker Hasselblad to improve photos and videos on its new phone. We push the hype aside and pit it against Apple's best in a camera showdown.Aside from having its name on the camera bump, Hasselblad's biggest contribution on the 9 Pro is color calibration, which results in photos with a nice, natural, subdued look. Sometimes the iPhone and its SmartHDR can oversaturate colors. At $969 and £829, which converts roughly to AU$1,490, the OnePlus 9 Pro is $130 less than $1,099, £1,099, AU$1,849 price of Apple's impressive iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Create routines automatically with new premade templates
Smart home routines are the sprinkles on top when it comes to smart home automation -- the ingredient that makes the whole thing delightful -- and yet there's a tremendous amount of friction when users are tasked with creating their own from scratch. Amazon recently made a big push to simplify and streamline the process of, and now it appears Google is doing the same with Google Assistant.
Google has added a "suggested actions" section under its Ready-Made Routines tab in the Assistant app, with prefab options such as, "Tell me if my battery is low" and, "Tell me what happened today in history." If you're using an Android phone or tablet, you can also add a shortcut to your home screen for routines.
Apple AirTags hands-on: These trackers are small and impressive
Apple's newest product is a tracker called an AirTag. You attach it to an item and can keep track of it with your iPhone's Find My app.This kind of tracker isn't new. But the biggest selling point for the AirTag is Apple's Find My network which is made up of hundreds of millions of Apple devices. Last week, the Find My network was opened up to third parties that can use the network for items like bikes and headphones. This will only increase that number of devices on Find My and make it even more robust. And that's important because let's say you lost your keys and they had an AirTag attached.
Also of note: Last year, Google began rolling outstarting in the US, where users can set a routine to begin up to four hours before or after either solar event, with specific timing updated daily and based on geographical location. Starting today, that feature rolls out globally.
Google Assistant can speed up certain online restaurant orders
Ordering take-out food might take a little less time out of your day with a new feature that uses , a service that already lets you make restaurant reservations and buy movie tickets without having to speak to a human.
Starting Wednesday with a limited set of partner restaurant chains (Google says more will be added in the US over the next year), when you tap Order Online to begin a take-out order using the Google app on Android, put in your order and then tap Check Out, Google Assistant will automatically navigate through the restaurant's website and fill in your contact and payment details that are synced with Google Pay and Chrome autofill.
Apple's Swift programming language: Cheat sheet .
Apple's Swift has far-reaching effects on all platforms, not just iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS. Learn why Swift matters, how to use the programming language and how it differs from Objective-C.In 2010, Apple started developing Swift, a new programming language that would rival Objective-C in a few areas--specifically, type safety, security, and better on-hardware performance. Swift is more than 2.6x faster than Objective-C and more than 8.4x faster than Python. Swift 1.0 was released in September 2014.