Apple Pay reminders and media responsibility

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Media, like medicine, should strive to help rather than harm.

Apple has escalated the reminder process for completing Apple Pay set up on iPhone and iPad. Not everyone is happy about it. Unfortunately, not every publication is writing competently on the topic either.

From The Wall Street Journal.

Though payment analysts say the service speeds up checkout times and is more secure than traditional cards, Apple Pay has struggled to achieve broad adoption in the U.S. Many remain skeptical that it is more secure, including Jack Frederick, a 29-year-old professional comedian from Queens, N.Y., who prefers using his credit card directly.

Juxtaposing the expert opinion of analysts who have investigated and affirmed that Apple Pay “speeds up checkout times and is more secure than traditional cards’ with a — I can’t believe I have to type this — the rando opinion of a comedian, is journalistic malpractice. It’s another example of feelings-instead-of-facts FUD-spreading that makes those who would otherwise benefit most from a technology fearful of it and less likely to use it.

And it’s not the only malware-in-written form presented in the piece:

“Everyone is doing essentially the same trick,” said Roger Kay, an analyst with Endpoint Technologies Associates. “It’s really antitrust behavior.”

Kay compares Apple Pay notifications in OS to Microsoft’s bundling of Internet Explorer in Windows, something that is only possible when source, writer, and editor conspire to misrepresent what antitrust behavior and monopoly abuse actually mean and requires.

The original marketing around the story seemed to imply it was difficult to turn the reminder off, which it isn’t — something that’s impossible to believe all involved in it didn’t know prior to publication — and even the current version fails to tell anyone who didn’t figure it out on their own just how exactly to do it.

It’s terrible for readers because, if every time someone turns on a light, a respected publication yells “fire!” just to get attention, it increasingly desensitizes people to the point that actual incendiary activity may well get lost and ignored amid all the noise.

It’s also a missed opportunity. There’s an important discussion to be had when it comes to simplicity vs. discoverability. But it has to be done seriously, and with the goal of informing and empowering people.

Setup Buddy, the process that onboards you to iOS products has grown longer as Apple has added new features, like “Hey, Siri”, Apple Pay, the virtual Home button, Display Zoom, and more. Every feature added to the chain makes the process more tedious to long-time customers. Every feature removed makes that feature effectively invisible to new customers.

Reminding people to set up Apple Pay via a badge on Settings or a notification is potentially even more annoying for people who understand what it is and choose not to use it. For those who weren’t sure or weren’t prepared, it’s potentially more helpful, especially considering the experience, accessibility, and security of Apple Pay, which far, far exceed traditional plastic cards.

If Apple is being too heavy-handed here, and too many people find the badge and/or notification annoying, I expect the company will stop it. If many people end up using it and Apple Pay adoption goes up, I expect Apple to (judiciously, I hope) keep experimenting with the on-boarding process across its range of features.

(This particular implementation does feel retro-fitted on, though: The process to dismiss the reminders is non-obvious due to the pre-existing language used in the dialogs, and should be fixed either way.)

Lastly, to make sure I’m practicing what I preach here’s how to turn off the Apple Pay reminder:

  1. Tap the red badge on the Settings app icon.
  2. Tap Finish Setting Up Your [iPhone/iPad]
  3. Tap Set Up Apple Pay
  4. Tap Cancel.

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How to Share a List in Reminders on Your iPhone

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One of my favorite features of the Reminders app is the ability to share lists over iCloud. The Reminders app includes great features like the ability to add and remove members from a list, and even to remind list members to accomplish tasks when they’re at the correct location to do so. Once you get the hang of using Reminders to share your lists, you may just wonder what you ever did without this feature. Let’s get started learning how to use the Reminders app on your iPhone to share lists. 

Related: How to Set Reminders on Your iPhone & iPad

How to Share a List in Reminders on Your iPhone

Only the owner of the list can add and subtract people from the shared Reminders list.

  • Open the Reminders app.
  • Make a new list or open a list you’ve already made—for this example I’ve made a new list and tapped Done.

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  • Now tap Edit.
  • Next, tap Sharing.

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  • Tap on Add person.
  • You’ll see a field where you can type in a person’s icloud.com email account, other email address, or even their name, then tap the plus sign. 

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  • Once you’ve added all the people you want to include in your Reminders list, tap Done.
  • This will bring you back to the list, where you can tap Done to close out Sharing.

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The people you’ve invited to your list will need to accept the invitation to collaborate on your Reminder with you; until then it will say Pending under their name. 

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Google Home gets ability to set location-based reminders

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Google Home is getting yet another useful feature: location-based reminders. Yes, now you can ask your Home unit to remind you about something at, let’s say, the supermarket you frequent, and it will make sure the Google Assistant on your phone does that when you are at the location. Yup, we’ve all been there. Try saying, “Hey Google, set a reminder to pick up more coffee at the grocery store” and your Google Assistant will remind you on your phone. pic.twitter.com/IkLjV4I2zd— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) March 14, 2018 The feature has already started rolling out, as some users…

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Set location-based reminders with your voice on Google Home

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Google added voice-controlled Reminders to its Home devices last September, allowing it to catch up with Alexa and Siri. You could set one-off and recurring reminders on a daily or weekly basis as well as contextual reminders that would propagate to…
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You can now set location-based reminders from Google Home

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Remember how long it took Google to make reminders work on Google Home? I won’t bore you by recounting the whole sage, but the wait was substantial. At least adding new reminder features isn’t taking too long. We heard some weeks back about location-based reminders in Assistant for phones, but the Home release was “in the coming weeks.” For once, Google actually meant “in the coming weeks.” It’s live right now on a Home near you.

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How To Create Reminders With Siri on HomePod

How To Create Reminders With Siri on HomePod

Apart from letting you control music and HomeKit accessories, the Siri-based speaker can also help you remain alerted about certain things that you don’t want to forget. Creating reminders with Siri on HomePod is dead simple! All you have to do is keep your command as precise as possible.

So, whether you want the personal assistant to remind you to wish your friend the happy birthday or prompt you to carry lunch to the office, it will get your work done smartly. All of your created reminders sync to the iOS device connected to the speaker (only if it has access to Contacts, Messages, Reminders, and Notes of your device.) Just ensure that your iPhone and HomePod are on the same Wi-Fi network.

How To Create Reminders With Siri on HomePod

How To Set Reminders on HomePod using Siri

  • “Hey Siri, remind me to complete my project.”
  • “Hey Siri, remind me to take iPad to the office tomorrow 9:00 a.m.”
  • “Hey Siri, remind me to get ready for the birthday party on Saturday afternoon.”
  • “Hey Siri, remind me to call my bro when I leave the house.”
  • “Hey Siri, remind me to cook sandwich tomorrow in the morning.”

You can also ask Siri to add items to your pre-set lists in Reminders app.

  • “Hey Siri, create a new shopping list.”
  • “Hey Siri, add ketchup to my shopping list.”
  • “Hey Siri, what’s on my shopping list?”
  • “Hey Siri, remove bread from my shopping list.”
  • “Hey Siri, mark milk as completed on my shopping list.”

That’s all!

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Google Assistant to get support for 30 languages, location-based reminders and more

Google ahead of the MWC 2018 is making some major announcements to its products including the ARCore, Lens, RCS Message and now it is the Assistant. The company says that it is aiming to improve Assistant with some key features like more than 30 languages support, multilingual support, location-based reminders, Routines and more throughout the year.  After teasing with Android One and Go phones that are coming at MWC in a couple of days, Google today mentioned that by the end of this year Assistant will be available in more than 30 languages, reaching 95% of all eligible Android phones worldwide. In the next few weeks, Assistant will be available in Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish and Thai on Android phones and iPhones. Furthermore, it also said that it is making the Assistant multilingual later this year, so families or individuals that speak more than one language can speak naturally to the Assistant. This move is to make Assistant understand you in multiple languages fluently. Multilingual support will first be available in English, French, and German and more languages to join soon. Next up is the expansion of Assistant capabilities by allowing it to perform various actions on the phone and inside your apps. Google is said …
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Google Pay Send v22 rolls out with branding changes and enables payment reminders [APK Download]

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If you were around for yesterday’s activities, you’ve already seen that Android Pay has been switched over to the new Google Pay branding, along with some upgrades to both the look and function. As part of the announcement, we were told that the Google Wallet app would be undergoing a short term rebranding of its own, taking on the name Google Pay Send. That version is now here, and unsurprisingly, it has been given some minor visual touch-ups.

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