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You’ll soon be able to control IKEA’s affordable smart lights with Assistant, Alexa, and Siri

We’ve been hearing a lot about how Google Home and Amazon Echo can control our smart appliances and devices, but for many of us, they’re still out of reach. Spending a couple hundred dollars on smart light bulbs or thousands on a new oven aren't exactly impulse buys, especially if we’re just buying them to try out voice control.

But now there’s a much cheaper alternative for smart home newbies. Thanks to IKEA, just about anyone can install smart lighting in their homes and manage them with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri. The Swedish furniture company announced in a press release that you will soon be able to control its affordable line of smart lights with the smart speakers and assistants you already have.

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How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

Are you lousy at spilling, speling, um spelling, like I am? Siri is just sitting around doing nothing on your iOS device, Mac, and Apple Watch, put her to work on finding out how to spell it.

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

It’s easy, simply summon the virtual assistant on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, like you normally do. Then say, “Spell (word).” Of course, the word you want Siri to spell will take the place of the (word) part in my example.

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple WatchHow to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

As noted by OSXDaily, you can ask her to spell a word in a number of different ways:

  • Spell (word)
  • Hey Siri, spell vichyssoise
  • Spell the word vichyssoise
  • Spell vichyssoise
  • Siri, spell vichyssoise
  • Siri, tell me how to spell vichyssoise
  • Siri spell vichyssoise
  • Spell vichyssoise

How to Ask Siri to Spell a Word for You on Mac, iOS, or Apple Watch

Any of these will work, on your Mac, Apple Watch, or iOS device, as long as the version of the operating system on the device offers Siri as a feature. You will find that, as with most things Siri, there are words you’ll have a bit of a time getting getting her to recognize to spell them.

For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.

These are the best Google Assistant features that Siri can’t match

Google Assistant vs Siri on iPhone

Earlier this week, Google finally put the Google Assistant onto iPhones. For the first time, Apple fanboys can use Google's AI to perform a bunch of tricks, but much more importantly, it means we can finally have a Google Assistant vs Siri showdown.

This isn't a fair fight on several counts: Google's been doing AI for much longer and has more data to mine; but Siri's also the built-in AI, which gives her access to far more of the iPhone's functions. But despite blatant Apple favoritism for Siri, Google Assistant can still pull a bunch of tricks that Siri can only dream of.

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Watch: Rumors of a Siri home speaker heat up as Apple heads toward WWDC

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Apple is believed to be working on a home audio device that will allow users to make Siri queries without directly interacting with other devices. AppleInsider offers a quick rundown of all the latest rumors on Apple's so-called Siri home speaker, which could debut as soon as next month.

The computer as appliance: Moving beyond the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Siri

Over the past few decades, computing has trended towards the personal. We’ve gone from the age of desktops to the age of laptops to the age of the smartphone. And even though that newfound mobility has brought with it freedom and flexibility, it’s not without its costs.

For one thing, we are, more than ever, entranced with our own personal screens, in the same way that we don our headphones and tune out the world. Computing has become a siloed affair, with each of us involved in our own personalized experiences—even if they connect us with other people across the world, all on their own devices.

But part of me wonders if the pendulum is beginning to swing back to a model where the technology we use at home is linked to a particular location. That’s not to say such a device would supplant the smartphone or tablet, or even the laptop. But maybe the time is finally upon us when the computer becomes a home appliance.

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