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Bing Finally Brings ChatGPT to iPhone

Out of all the burgeoning tech companies diving into the AI pool, no one has pushed for widespread integrations harder and faster than Microsoft. The latest integrations include access to the AI-powered chatbot via the company’s SwiftKey keyboard app, now available on iOS.

Within the Swiftkey app, the bot has three functions: Search, Chat and Tone. The first two are pretty easy to understand, you can search the web from the Swiftkey app and chat with Bing if you have questions (or a slow day in the office), but the third function is pretty cool. It makes Bing your editor and lets the bot reword your copy to fit a desired tone.

In the official blog post from Microsoft, the team details the numerous ways Tone can be used on a day-to-day basis: “whether you struggle to be formal in your work emails or you’re learning a new language and want help with nuances of word choice”, Tone will have your back. You can make your words sounds more professional, casual, or polite.

The capabilities are pretty creative from Microsoft’s examples, as they say, you can use the search functionality to help you suggest new restaurants to friends in real-time, look stuff up mid-conversation – just to double-check you’re right, of course – or check the weather when you’re making plans.

The features are available wherever the new Bing is available, and while everyone can use the Search function now, Tone and Chat functions require you sign into a Microsoft Account that has access to the new Bing.

Spotify adds new iPhone Lock Screen widget for quicker access to your library

It’s been seven months since Apple launched its Lock Screen with customizable widgets but Spotify hasn’t really ever been on top of launching support for Apple features quickly. In any case, it’s nice to see Spotify debut an iPhone Lock Screen widget for instant access to your library.

Spotify shared the news on its Community Blog today:

The new iPhone Lock Screen widget is available to all users. To add the Spotify Lock Screen widget to your iPhone Lock Screen you will need to have iOS 16 or later. If you’re not seeing the option to add the Spotify widget to your Lock Screen, make sure to update Spotify to the latest version in the App Store.

As shown above, the Spotify Lock Screen widget is available in just the small size. It wasn’t showing up for me until I updated the Spotify iOS app to the latest release, version 8.8.26 which just launched this morning.

Spotify highlights the new iPhone Lock Screen widget joins its Home Screen widgets that offer more sizes and details.

You Can Now Get ChatGPT on iPhone Through This Shortcut

ChatGPT is able to be integrated into a lot if you know what you’re doing. Using the ChatGPT API, you can even insert the popular chatbot into your phone — including using ChatGPT with Siri.

But this latest shortcut uses ChatGPT to supercharge your entire iPhone, iPad, MacBook (or Mac desktop) or Apple Watch. This way, you can have it everywhere you go.

As reported by our friends over at TechRadar(opens in new tab), S-GPT is an Apple shortcut developed by Federico Viticci(opens in new tab) and uses the ChatGPT API to integrate with Apple’s applications themselves.

S-GPT works with either ChatGPT-3.5 or ChatGPT-4 if you are a ChatGPT Plus subscriber. However, Viticci says that you don’t need the extra boosts that ChatGPT Plus gives you, so you don’t need it for S-GPT to work as intended. 

There are a few key steps you need to run S-GPT on your Apple device. First, you’ll need an OpenAI account — check out our guide on how to use ChatGPT to see how to create one — and make sure you have a pay-as-you-go billing plan. Because S-GPT uses the ChatGPT API, you need to pay to use it, though the costs are small. The API costs only costs $0.002 per 1,000 tokens (a token is pieces of words that the chatbot uses to process prompts). Viticci says he’s only spent $1.50 so far using S-GPT. If you have ChatGPT Plus, you still need to pay for these tokens, so again, you really don’t need it to run S-GPT.

Once your account is set up, you’ll need to get a ChatGPT API Key. This can be found in the API Reference section of your account settings on the OpenAI platform(opens in new tab) site. Scroll down to API keys and select “Create a new secret key.” This gives you an API key that will give the S-GPT shortcut access to ChatGPT. Copy this key — you’ll need it soon.

Next, you’ll need to download the S-GPT shortcut onto your device. Once that is downloaded, begin the setup process for the shortcut. When it prompts you for an API key, paste in the API key you copied earlier and you should be good to go. Then, download the S-GPT Encoder. If the S-GPT shortcut was set up properly and the S-GPT Encoder is installed, the shortcut should work as expected. It should even work with Siri!

How S-GPT integrates with Apple’s ecosystem

There are a ton of applications for S-GPT. First, there is Safari, the default web browser for Apple. With Share Sheet, you can take any webpage in Safari and share it with S-GPT and it will attempt to summarize it. 

Similarly, the shortcut can analyze the text in your clipboard. This requires the use of the trigger word, which is a key part of how S-GPT operates. In this instance, using “clipboard” in your prompt will know to use your clipboard for whatever you are prompting it to do. This allows it to check for mistakes or summarize your clipboard. Similarly, S-GPT can also analyze your Reminders and Calendar to keep you on track with the trigger word “my schedule”

There are a whole number of other functions that S-GPT can help you with, but the highlight for everyone so far has been its integration with the Music app. Using the trigger word “playlist” allows you to create a playlist of songs in the Music app, and you can get pretty specific with the request. 

In his tutorial video on S-GPT, Brandon Butch uses the shortcut to “Create a playlist with 13 of the best workout songs that were released between 2015 and 2023, put an emphasis on hip-hop and sort them by newest to oldest.” Again, that’s a very specific request, yet S-GPT handles it — no problem.

Users of iPhones have been issued an urgent warning by Apple.

Apple informed Millions of iPhone customers of a pop-up notification that occurs when water is found in the device’s charging port. If you will Ignore the notification it will cause the pins on the Lightning port or the cable to corrode, and the result will be permanent damage or connectivity issues.

Two types of notifications you’ll find there, that will have a  yellow warning triangle and a blue water drop inside.

The first message informs you that “Charging Not Available,” while the second message informs you that “Liquid Detected in Lightning Connector.” Except in extreme cases, it is critical not to ignore both notifications.

If you want to dry your iPhone Apple has some suggestions, such as lightly tapping it with the Lightning connector facing down to remove any excess liquid and placing it in a dry place with adequate airflow, and waiting about 30 minutes before charging it again.

If that notification appears again on the screen, that means that there is still liquid present, so you have to leave the iPhone in a dry place with some airflow for up to a day before charging or connecting a Lightning accessory.

Apple warns against using external heat sources or compressed air to dry out the iPhone and discourages inserting foreign objects into the Lightning port, such as cotton swabs or paper towels.

It is also advised not to put the iPhone in a bag of rice because this can cause damage to the device.