Well, okay — my new iPhone. An XR, which is a little bigger — and a good bit cheaper — than the XS.
Upgrading was seamless; and look at all the new things you can do!
One feature that looked amazing was the ability to say, “Hey, Siri, what song is this?”
So I said to the trusty Echo Show that sits to the left of my computer:
“Alexa, play Forever Young.”
And as it started to play, I said — to the thin air, because the phone was someplace on the table behind me — “Hey, Siri, what song is this?”
And she said, “Okay, let’s listen.”
After a few seconds — even before Alphaville had begun singing or the lyrics had begun scrolling up Echo’s screen — Siri said, “It sounds like ‘Forever Young’ by Alphaville.”
To which I replied, “That’s —-ing amazing.”
I had never even heard of Alphaville. I had been thinking of the Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart originals (backstory here).
So then I got Alexa to play Bob Dylan’s version — and again, even before he started singing, Siri nailed it: “I’m pretty sure that’s ‘Forever Young’ by Bob Dylan.”
(Shazam was the app that invented this capability years ago. Apple bought it last year.)
I said, “Hey, Siri: show my pictures of Italy.” Moments later: an album of all 234 pictures I took in October 2017.
I know Androids are cool, too, and cheaper. But wow.
FANH: First suggested here at $5.40, when it topped $30 a year ago I suggested selling half (and did). It’s back down to $22 — in part on a nasty report by short sellers who say it’s a fraud. My friend who owned a ton doesn’t think it’s a fraud. He calls it a “hold.” I’ve sold all the shares I had in my IRA, where there’s no tax to pay; but am holding some I had elsewhere . . . nervous about the headwinds, but thinking it might do just fine.
Quote of the Day
When it comes to banking and money, the four most dangerous words in the world are, 'This time, it's different.'~Allan Sloan, Newsweek, March 13, 1995, on repeal of Glass-Steagall
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