Spotlight

Spotlight in OS X Yosemite: Explained

Spotlight is getting a major overhaul in OS X Yosemite. Not only does it look different but it acts differently too. It's no longer a passive search tool that just looks at file names and the content of files, then shunts you off to other apps if you need more help. Spotlight in Yosemite has been utterly reworked to be a very powerful information-finding tool that helps you get the data you need and act on it. So, how does it work?

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Microsoft's Bing is the search engine of choice in Yosemite's new Spotlight

Apple's keynote for the 2014 WWDC event is history but there are still some interesting news bits that are slowly being discovered from the massive two hour briefing. One of them was officially confirmed by Microsoft as it stated the updated Spotlight feature in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8 will have its web searches powered by Bing.

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iOS 8 introduces new Spotlight search

As part of the announcement of iOS 8 today at WWDC, Apple unveiled and redesigned Spotlight for iOS. Spotlight now features suggestions, just like on Yosemite.

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Spotlight is completely redesigned, more powerful in OS X 10.10 Yosemite

OS X 10.10 Yosemite has a brand new design, but it's also getting drastically more functional with a new set of features for Spotlight. Instead of just residing in the top-right corner of your Mac, when you launch Spotlight it comes front and center on the screen with a simple search bar. The interface expands as you begin to type, giving you results and live previews of content in the middle of the screen.

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iOS 8 wants: A smarter, contextually aware Spotlight search

Imagine if, in iOS 8 or some future version of Apple's mobile operating system, Spotlight became a secondary, text-based point of access to Siri, able to parse the same type of natural language queries and commands, and retrieve the same kinds of responses, and perform the same kinds of actions? Back in June of 2012 I hoped for a Spotlight that could access Siri, and I'm still hoping for it today. Why?

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How to access and use Spotlight search on your iPhone or iPad

Spotlight is an easy way to find almost anything on your iPhone or iPad. From the field you can search for music and apps, contacts and email messages, and much, much more. Best of all, Spotlight is easily accessible from the Home screen — any Home screen!

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iOS 7 wants: Siri access via Spotlight

Apple greatly expanded Siri in iOS 6, adding a host of new features including sports, movies, and dining results, far better language support, and even an Eyes Free driving mode for when hands-free usage is paramount.

But what about Voice Free? Having a conversation with your iPhone or (soon) iPad is something straight out of science fiction. But voice isn't always the best or most appropriate way to query data, and sometimes it's not even possible.

Apple could address a lot of problems by allowing text queries into Siri via the existing Spotlight interface.

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iMore community spotlight for April 2012

iMore isn’t just a website, it’s a community fueled by millions of people who comment on the stories, give and get help on the iPhone and iPad forums, and join us each and every month in discovering great new ways to enjoy our iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. This month we chose Ty (aka EmceeGeek) and she is exactly that kind of super engaged, incredibly helpful, truly awesome iMore community member.

But enough from us, let’s let Ty do the talking.

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Add calculator functionality to iOS search with QuickMath [jailbreak]

QuickMath is a new tweak that allows you to do simple math functions within iOS search. If you're a Mac user you're probably already use to this kind of functionality within Spotlight. I've definitely caught myself a time or two swiping to search on my iPhone to do a simple math problem and quickly realizing that I can't.

Once you install QuickMath there is nothing to configure. Just swipe on over to search and type in your math problem. Hit search and the solution will show up in the search bar. It's a bit quicker than searching or paging through for the Calculator app in my experience. Maybe this math tweak will be enough to make Leanna jump over to #TeamJailbreak?

QuickMath is available in Cydia for free.

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Developer Spotlight: Kai Yu of BeeJive

TiPb's developer spotlights are like DVD/iTunes Extras for the App Store -- a weekly look behind the scenes at the programers and designers that bring you the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games you love. This week Rene talks with Kai Yu from BeeJive.

Note: This interview was conducted a few days before WWDC 2011.

What's your name? Kai Yu

What's your company's name? Beejive, Inc.

Where are you located? South of Market in San Francisco (AT&T death zone)

What's your website address? www.beejive.com

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