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How to change Siri’s voice

Siri sound great. It’s one of the more natural-sounding virtual assistants, and she’s full of personality, too.

She? Is Siri a “she?” It doesn’t have to be! Siri’s default voice is female, but you can make Siri sound male, too. You can even give her three different accents: American, British, and Australian. (If you’re using Siri in non-English language, your choices will probably differ).

Change Siri’s voice in iOS

Here’s how to make Siri sound the way you want.

1. Open the Settings app, then tap Siri & Search.

2. Tap on Siri Voice.

3. Choose the accent and gender you wish.

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Can an iPhone’s Personal Hotspot feature connect to a Wi-Fi network?

Personal Hotspot was introduced many years ago as a way to turn your iPhone (and later iPad) into a conduit between a cellular data connection and one or more computers or other devices. Macworld reader Gabriel was hoping to use Personal Hotspot after his MacBook Air’s internal Wi-Fi system apparently conked out.

Gabriel is in ultima Thule, far from cellular networks, but has access to a Wi-Fi network. He tried to use Personal Hotspot to tether his Mac via Bluetooth and USB to the local Wi-Fi network, but couldn’t get it to work. “Every time I try to pair the two, the Wi-Fi connection drops off on the iPhone,” he writes.

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Half right: Fighting iPads with Fire

Here’s a thought exercise for you. See if you can guess which part of this headline the Macalope thinks is right and which part he thinks is a slow, leisurely drive through downtown Cuckoo Bananaville, population TechnoBuffalo’s Justin Herrick.

“Amazon effectively killed Android tablets, and the iPad’s next.” (Tip o’ the antlers to mylestaylor.)

The Macalope didn’t say it was going to be a very strenuous exercise.

Herrick does the math and realizes that if A equals B… then C! With jelly on it!

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Apple adds live news listings to TV app on iOS and Apple TV

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Apple has updated the prominent Watch Now section of the TV app to feature live news channels. iPhone and iPad users with iOS 11.2.5 and Apple TV users with tvOS 11.2.5 will see the change immediately.

Finding the new section is easy. From the Watch Now tab, scroll down past the Up Next section to the What to Watch recommendations. This list is dynamic, but it currently shows a row of TV shows and movies, then a PyeongChang 2018 row for Winter Olympics coverage. Below that is the new News row. Multiple channels are represented, with a red “Live” banner on the thumbnail image.


To watch a live news feed, you’ll need that network’s own news app.

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What you can and can’t restore through an iOS backup in iTunes

A terribly sad email came in from Macworld reader Sharifa:

I deleted an iPhone back up from iTunes by mistake and have been trying all day to retrieve it. I lost all my honeymoon pics!

iTunes backups of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch don’t contain apps and some kinds of media. They contain settings and certain kinds of documents stored within apps, and may contain images stored in an iOS device’s Camera Roll. Some apps that use iCloud or other cloud-based sync mark their local content as not needing to be backed up, since it can be restored by logging back into an account or resyncing.

If you use iTunes for iOS backups, Apple doesn’t store:

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Insufficiently good: The bad news about the iPhone X

Tim Cook. You remember that guy? Turns out—who knew?—he’s still running Apple. Can you even believe that?

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and stuffed animal tea party but with actual bears that have just eaten too much, Ewan Spence brings us the “bad news”.

“iPhone X Failure To Ignite Passion Is Bad News For Tim Cook.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

The iPhone X was expected to lead a resurgence in Apple’s market share…

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HomePod early reviews, Apple Watch apps, iOS 11.3 Battery Health, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 591

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You can get a 3-port car charger for $7.40 today

If you’ve got a smartphone with a fancy new USB-C port—or you own a Nintendo Switch—today’s deal will interest you. Aukey is selling a three-port car charger via Amazon for $7.40 when you use coupon code 6DULVOPL.

This charger is usually $20, so you’re getting it for 63% off the usual price. Aukey’s deal lasts until February 14.

As you might’ve guessed from the intro, this charger has one USB-C port and two standard USB-A ports. That means it can charge any device you throw at it, including a Type-C device with a Type-C charging cord. No need for adapters or Type-A-to-Type-C cables for your USB-C devices.

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16 rugged cases to protect your iPhone X

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Speck Presidio Ultra

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Speck has many variations on its Presidio case, and the most rugged is the $49.95 Presidio Ultra, a two-layered rubbery case sandwiched inside a two-layered hard polycarbonate bumper for four layers of protection. It even covers the buttons and ports to keep out dirt. Speck says it can survive drops of 15 feet.

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