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Apple at last decided to give its TV box an upgrade worthy of the name last year, and if you've bought yourself one of the new devices (or got one as a gift from Santa) then there's lots to explore — the Apple TV has a simple, straightforward interface but there are still a number of hidden features and tools available to take advantage of.

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If you don't feel like pressing the Home button, you can call up Apple's digital assistant app with a "hey Siri" voice command in iOS 9 — as long as your iPhone is charging or you're using an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Those limitations are designed to prevent battery drain, but you can actually access the shortcut anytime, anywhere on any iPhone just by keeping Siri active.

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Windows 10 has Cortana, iOS has Siri, Android has Google Now, but what about Mac owners who want to bark orders at their computers? By using the new features OS X El Capitan adds to the Dictation tool and the Spotlight search interface, you can get a close approximation of Siri on your iMac or MacBook — even if it isn't quite as good as the real thing.