HomePod Diary

Ben Lovejoy:

Siri commands I find particularly useful with HomePod:

Who is this?
Add this to playlist X
Play more from this artist
Play more like this
Like this
Dislike this

Useful to know especially add to playlist and like and dislike.

The Telegraph’s Apple HomePod Review:

James Titcomb:

At the moment, there’s no support for two speakers in stereo, or multi-room, but Apple says this is going to come later this year with a software update. I experienced two speakers together in a demo, and the sound was truly spectacular.

Great little tidbit here suggesting the software update coming later this year could be better than expected.

Shazam with Siri on HomePod to identify songs playing in the room

Benjamin Mayo for 9to5Mac:

On HomePod, I think these same phrases are supposed to work. However, because the HomePod is almost always playing tracks, asking Siri on HomePod ‘what song is this?’ will just tell you about the song that the device is currently playing.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to unambiguously get Siri to use Shazam. Just walk over to your HomePod and say ‘Hey Siri, Shazam this’.

The HomePod will then say something to the effect of ‘I’m listening’. After a few seconds, as long as it can hear the song in the room, it will reply by saying ‘It sounds like [sound name] by [artist]’.

What’s really nice is that the HomePod will remember the context for the follow up. With a successful match, you can then say ‘Hey Siri, play it’. It will then start playing the matched track from your library or from Apple Music, assuming you are subscribed.

I tested this just by holding up my iPhone playing a track from YouTube and it worked perfectly. Thanks to the array of microphones inside HomePod, you don’t have to be super close to it either.

In party situations, this is kind of a handy feature to know about if you just want to get a certain track playing from someone else’s device that doesn’t necessarily have an iPhone or isn’t streaming from Apple Music.

Using Shazam is probably the quickest way to go from watching a VEVO music video from YouTube on your phone to playing the song on the HomePod.

Good tip for when another device is playing music near the HomePod.

The Apple Watch can detect diabetes with an 85% accuracy

Sarah Buhr for TechCrunch:

According to Cardiogram founder Brandon Ballinger’s latest clinical study, the Apple Watch can detect diabetes in those previously diagnosed with the disease with an 85 percent accuracy.

The study is part of the larger DeepHeart study with Cardiogram and UCSF. This particular study used data from 14,000 Apple Watch users and was able to detect that 462 of them had diabetes by using the Watch’s heart rate sensor, the same type of sensor other fitness bands using Android Wear also integrate into their systems.

In 2015, the Framingham Heart Study showed that resting heart rate and heart rate variability significantly predicted incident diabetes and hypertension. This led to the impetus to use the Watch’s heart rate sensor to see if it could accurately detect a diabetic patient.

It’s studies like these that show that the Apple Watch has a massive future in monitoring individual health for the wearer like no other product has and the fact that you can respond to messages and notifications from your iPhone is secondary to this breakthrough device. Where has there ever been a mass-market device that monitors your health like this that more and more people are wearing from an everyday wearable accessory like your Watch? Fitbts are similar but not to the extent of the Apple Watch especially when it comes to how popular they are.