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Secret Siri commands: Twelve cool questions you can ask right now!

Siri launched in 2011 and can now be found on all modern iPhones and iPads. It's a virtual digital assistant that uses natural language voice control and sequential inference to listen to what you want and provide the best possible information or answer it can provide. It can help you stay connected, organize your life, and get thing done both professional and personal. It can also do a lot of cool tricks... all you have to do is know what to ask!

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Windows 10 adds Cortana — is it time for Siri on the Mac?

This week Microsoft unveiled big plans at its Windows 10 event, and announced that Cortana — its answer to Siri for Windows Phone — would make its way to the computer, as well. Is it time for Apple to bring Siri to the Mac?

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How to instantly purchase an iTunes gift card using Siri

Siri is useful for all kinds of things, including quickly sending an iTunes gift card. Wait, what? You didn't know that? Well, neither did I, not until this week! Whether you forget that birthday or just want to give a random gift of kindness, Siri can help you do it quickly and easily. All you have to do is ask!

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Apple's Siri investment and the watch and HomeKit payoffs

I use Siri all the time. It's gotten so that I'm often too lazy to tap or type. I use it for reminders, for alarms, for searches, for reservations, and for a lot more. If I have an idea and I'm driving and don't want to forget it, I'll just say "Hey, Siri", dictate a note, and touch it up later as needed.

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Siri could soon be speaking Czech, Slovak, and Polish

It looks like Siri could be picking up a few new languages soon. According to a recent report, several text strings in iOS 8.1.2 show that everyone's favorite digital assistant could be picking up support for Czech, Slovak, and Polish in the near future.

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Apple adds nine new Flyover locations to Maps, expands Siri movie listings to 6 new countries

Apple has been hard at work to provide behind-the-scenes enhancements to its Maps app and the Siri personal assistant service. With the enhancements, Maps now gains Flyover imagery and data for nine new locations while Siri expands her knowledge of movie show times and listings to 6 new countries.

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Apple says CarPlay isn't as distracting as recent university study found

Apple has responded to a study published by the University of Utah, which found that Apple CarPlay could be up to four times more distracting than driving alone. In the response, Apple stated researchers at the university failed to test both Siri Eyes Free and CarPlay.

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iOS 9 wish-list: 'Hey Siri!' activation alternatives

Too early to start thinking about iOS 9? Not at all. Features are already getting pushed, pitched and locked down for next year, so what better time to bring some attention to things that... well... need some attention.

"Hey Siri!" is a good one to start with. When your iPhone or iPad is plugged in, and "Hey Siri" is enabled in Settings, you can activate voice control simply by saying those magic words. The problem is, everyone knows those words and every plugged-in iOS 8 device recognizes them. That leads to inopportune activations — mischievous and accidental alike. How could "Hey Siri" be improved?

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How Siri became an autistic boy's best friend

For Gus, Siri is more than just a virtual assistant, more than just a sequential inference engine that listens to him and answers his questions. Gus is autistic, and Siri has become something akin to his friend.

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Google study: over half of teenagers use voice search daily

Searching on a smartphone just by using your voice is a feature that is still in its infancy, and it's not exactly a shock to learn that teens are using and embracing it more than their elders. This is one of the many findings about voice search in a new survey commissioned by Google.

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