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Siri 'third generation' architecture includes Apache Mesos and, yes, JARVIS

During a recent meet-up, a slide showed that Apple considered Siri to be on its third generation architecture.

Like any major online service, Siri is constantly being updated behind the scenes to improve stability, scalability, and performance. This presentation is specific called out Apache Mesos as helping with all of that, as well as efficiency and latency, and the ability to more easily build out additional services. The Mesosphere blog:

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Here's what Siri can do on your Apple Watch

Siri, Apple's voice-activated digital assistant, is a huge part of the Apple Watch — and we're oh-so-thankful it is. Wrist-sized screens don't do so well with digital keyboards; instead, you can use pre-built text suggestions, dictation, and Siri to accomplish the majority of the tasks you'd otherwise complete with traditional text entry.

Watch Siri may not be quite as full-featured as iPhone Siri, but your digital assistant can still do a bunch of tasks — and chat with its iPhone buddy when at a loss. Here's a quick overview of what Siri can (and can't) do on the Apple Watch.

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How to use Siri on your Apple Watch

Siri is Apple's virtual personal assistant and, with the Apple Watch, it's available right from your wrist.

Because Siri is voice activated, it doesn't require a keyboard or a lot of screen space to use. Because it's contextually aware, it can handle complex questions and commands. That makes it ideal for something like the Apple Watch, where it can often work faster and more conveniently than any other input method. What's more, you can activate Siri on your Apple Watch either manually, or simply with the power of your voice.

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Apple's refreshed Siri website serves as a primer for the digital assistant

Apple has launched an updated version of its Siri page today, detailing all of the digital assistant's capabilities and features.

The updated site features a number of different categories with details on how Siri can provide information on things like sports and entertainment, as well as tips and tricks for using the digital assistant for making phone calls and sending messages, staying organized, and tracking down nearby businesses and restaurants.

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How to view all the songs you've identified with Siri

Ever identified a song with Siri and then forgotten what the name was?

If you do several songs in a row, or it's been a while since you identified the song, it can be tough to remember. Luckily, when you ask Siri to identify a song, it keeps a record. In fact, it keeps an entire list right in iTunes. So, if you later decide you want to buy the song, or listen to it in your favorite music streaming app, all you have to do is know where to look!

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Siri and the potential for 'Voice ID'

Yell "Hey, Siri!" on podcast — or out loud at an event — and you'll get dozens of complaints from people whose phones suddenly went into voice mode.

That might sound like an edge-case for Siri, Apple's personal digital assistant, but here's something more common — a family charging station with several iPhones devices plugged in. How do you target yours and yours alone? How do you make sure only your voice can activate Siri on your iPhone or iPad? On your Apple Watch? In your car or around your house?

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How to find out what time it is anywhere in the world with Siri

Ever need to figure out what time it is in some other corner of the world? Just ask Siri!

Time zones can be confusing. While the Clock app for iPhone and iPad lets you add all the locations you want to monitor current times, it's way easier to just ask Siri. As long as you know the location, Siri can tell you the current time and how far ahead or behind they are from your current location.

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How to update Twitter with Siri for iPhone and iPad

How to let Siri tweet for you, no hands required!

If you use Twitter on a regular basis, you've probably got your favorite Twitter apps but what about when you don't have the time or the hands? Next time you think of something particularly interesting or witty you'd like to share quickly, let Siri help you!

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How to update your Facebook status with Siri

Take the work out of status updates with Siri for iPhone and iPad

Most of us know how to manually update our Facebook statuses with the Facebook app, but did you know you can also have Siri do it for you? As long as you're signed into Facebook in the Settings app, all you have to do is ask!

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How to search the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store faster with Siri

While it's fun to browse the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store, sometimes you just want to find what you're looking for.

For those occasions, for when you know exactly what you're looking for and you don't want to so much as tap or type, there's Siri. Simply hold down the Home button, call up Apple's personal digital assistant, and have Siri do the searching for you. Here's how!

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