Using AI Bots For All Their Worth
“OK, Google, what’s the weather today?” “Hey, Siri, what’s the traffic like?” “Hey, Cortana, tell me a joke” — these are just some of the basic questions you can ask your smart speaker or smartphone usually powered by AI bots. But there are loads of instructions that you never knew existed — secret commands that boost productivity and make your life just that little bit easier. Here are three that you need to know about.
1. Ask Google to Control Your Phone’s Hardware
Let’s face it, controlling your phone’s hardware can be a chore. You need to manually scroll through the settings and find the feature you want to tweak. What if there was an easier way? With Google Home, there is.
Now you can ask the Google Assistant to turn your flashlight on or off or enable or disable your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without using your hands. You can control your phone’s hardware in just a few seconds. Say, “Hey, Google, turn my flashlight on,” and see for yourself!
2. Use a PIN Code for Purchases With Alexa
If you have an Amazon Echo, you probably use it to check the time or get the latest local news. But did you know you could set up a pin code to protect your online purchases? You’ll need to manually set this feature up in the Alexa app (just head to Voice Purchasing in the Settings menu and choose a PIN), but once you’re done, you can prevent other people from making online purchases on your device.
Every time you buy something online, you can read out your PIN for that extra layer of security.
3. Tell Google to Open Your Favorite Website
You probably don’t know that you can open your favorite website on your phone just by using your voice. Say, “OK, Google, go to CNN.com,” if you want to check out the latest breaking news or “OK, Google, go to eBay.com” if you want to see the latest offers.
This simple hack takes far less time than manually entering a URL into your phone’s mobile browser.
These secret commands will help you get more mileage out of your phone or smart speaker and automate those tasks that you just don’t have the time to complete yourself.
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