The Siri-Advice Edition Sunday, March 22, 2020

Apple Updated Siri To Help People Who Ask If They Have The Coronavirus, by Chirstina Farr, Kevin stankiewicz, CNBC

Siri will ask users if they’re exhibiting symptoms of the disease, such as fever, dry cough or shortness of breath. Siri will advise people who say they have extreme or life-threatening symptoms to consider calling 911.

If users say their symptoms are not extreme or life threatening, Siri instructs people to stay home and avoid contact with other people. It advises them to contact a medical provider if their condition becomes more severe.

Apple Acknowledges Personal Hotspot Issues Affecting Some iOS 13 And iPadOS 13 Users, by Hartley Charlton, MacRumors

In an internal document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers this week, obtained by MacRumors, Apple has acknowledged that some iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 users may experience issues with Personal Hotspot.

Last Week On My Mac: No Thanks For The Memories, by Howard Oakley, The Eclectic Light Company

I understand that, because of its glorious past, Apple is about the future. But just now we need our past, with the future looking so uncertain. As Siri Hustvedt wrote in The Summer Without Men, “There is no future without a past, because what is to be cannot be imagined except as a form of repetition.”

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Here's hoping you can find some calm in the middle of it all. Today, I drank some happy tea, watched half a movie, listened to podcasts, and read two chapters of an e-book. And fiddled around PHP. It's nice to talk to a computer.


Thanks for reading. Stay safe.