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How to get Siri to tell you a bedtime story

How to get Siri to tell you a bedtime story

Siri, Apple's personal digital assistant for iPhone and iPad, can do far more than make calls or appointments, send texts or set alarms — it can read children a bedtime story. It takes a little work to coax Siri into doing it, but the smiles you get in return make it more than worthwhile. To...
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iOS 7.1 code suggests Siri coming to the Apple TV

Digging around the iOS 7.1 software developer kit has revealed that we may be seeing Siri integration with Apple TV. The code refers to Assistant, which is Apple's internal name for Siri, in relation to device family 3, which is Apple TV. It's unclear exactly how the feature might be...
Cortana v Siri

Siri vs Cortana vs Google Now: The voice assistant showdown!

There's a new voice assistant in town, and it's called Cortana. With the release of the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview today, Cortana is in public hands for the first time. It's new to the Windows Phone kids, but Cortana arrives to competition from not only Siri but also Google Now. So what'...
How to get Wolfram|Alpha results using Siri

How to get Wolfram|Alpha results using Siri

Wolfram|Alpha can compute and calculate almost any mathematical equation you could possibly think of. Whether you want to know how many pints are in a liter or you need to know solve a quadratic equation, the Wolfram|Alpha service can do it all. As luck would have it, it's also built right into...
How to search the web with Siri

How to search the web with Siri

Siri makes searching the web on your iPhone or iPad incredibly easy. No need to launch Safari and navigate to Google, Yahoo!, or Bing either. Just ask Siri what you want to know and specify what search engine you'd like to use. Your iPhone or iPad and Siri will take care of the rest! How to...
How to use Flyover with Siri and Maps

How to use Flyover with Siri and Maps

The Maps app that comes built-in to every iPhone and iPad can show incredibly detailed 3D maps that you can interact with through a feature called Flyover. Like many other Maps features, you can also access Flyover without ever even launching the Maps app itself by just asking Siri. How to...
How to find places with Maps and Siri for iPhone and iPad

How to find places with Maps and Siri for iPhone and iPad

While a plain old Google or Yelp search from your iPhone or iPad can always help you find a place to eat or a store to buy something you need, using Siri in conjunction with the built-in Maps app is not only faster, it gives you the best of both worlds. How to search for points of interest...
How to play music in a specific playlist on your iPhone or iPad with Siri

How to play music in a specific playlist on your iPhone or iPad with Siri

If you use the built-in Music app to organize and listen to songs on your iPhone or iPad, you most likely have custom playlists that you've created over time. If you want to play one of them, you don't even have to launch the Music app. Instead, just ask Siri to play it for you! How to ask...
How to play music from a specific artist or album with Siri

How to play music from a specific artist or album with Siri

Not only can Siri play specific tracks when asked, it can also play specific albums and artists too. All you have to do is ask and Siri and the built-in Music app take care of the rest for you! How to play music from a certain artist or album with Siri for iPhone and iPad Press and hold the...
How to check weekly weather forecasts with Siri

How to check weekly weather forecasts with Siri

If you want a weekly weather forecast you can always launch your favorite weather app and check out all the data you want. However, if you're in a hurry Siri can also give you forecasts for the entire week if you just ask. How to get a weekly weather forecast with Siri for iPhone and iPad...
Siri gets extra sassy with Cortana on Arsenio

Siri gets extra sassy with Cortana on Arsenio

You think Siri is going to sit back and take whatever this imposter, Cortana, has to say? Pshh. Be sure to check out our real hands-on with Cortana to see what Microsoft's take on voice control is all about, and whether or not it stacks up to the original. Via: @gcaughey
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Apple snaps up speech recognition company Novauris, team now working on Siri

Siri is potentially going to get a lot stronger, as Apple has quietly acquired yet another speech recognition company — this time a well-known firm called Novauris. Founded in 2002 and spun out of the better-known Dragon Systems, Novauris is one of the early pioneers of modern voice recognition....
Apple's push-to-talk Siri vs. Google's always-listening Now: Which is better?

Apple's push-to-talk Siri vs. Google's always-listening Now: Which is better?

With iOS 7.1 Apple's added a new feature to Siri, their personal digital assistant — the ability to manually control how long Siri listens. The concept is remarkably similar to the old push-to-talk systems, just hold down the Home button, start talking, and then let go of the Home button and Siri...
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iOS 7.1 makes British Siri more human, and female!

iOS 7.1 brought many things for many people, but for us British folks Siri got a noticeable update. Until now, we've been given only one choice for how Siri sounds over here; the robotic sounding male. With iOS 7.1 a few regions, the UK included, got improvements to the quality of the voice...
How to manually control when Siri listens to you with iOS 7.1

How to manually control when Siri listens to you with iOS 7.1

Ever had a time where you're using Siri and your iPhone or iPad doesn't stop listening when you want it to? Maybe someone else is talking or there's noise in the background, but you're done and the wave form just won't stop. Luckily iOS 7.1 solves that problem by letting you control not only when...
Apple reportedly working on expanding Siri partnerships, iWatch support

Apple reportedly working on expanding Siri partnerships, iWatch support

Apple is reportedly looking at expanding Siri partnerships, potentially for iOS 8, as is a small screen version of the interface that could work on something the size of the rumored iWatch. Amir Efrati and Jessica Lessin writing for The Information: Apple is working on ways to improve the...
Wolfram Language gets shown off and I already want it bolted behind Siri!

Wolfram Language gets shown off and I already want it bolted behind Siri!

Wolfram Language is what powers the computational software suite Mathmatica and the computational knowledge service Wolfram|Alpha. All three are the brain children of Stephen Wolfram who, in the above video, shows off just what that engine looks like for the first time. And it's amazing. Like...

Do you really use Siri?

When Siri was introduced with iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S there was plenty of jokes made about the integration but just like iOS, Siri has grown quite a bit since the initial release. With that growth came a lot of new feature additions and improvements to Siri. It's a bit hard to gauge how many...
How to ask Siri for walking directions using Google Maps and other transit apps

How to ask Siri for walking and directions using Google Maps, or another transit app

Siri can help you do all kinds of things, including help you get transit directions, even if Apple Maps doesn't support them. If you've got Google Maps or another transit direction app installed, Siri is smart enough to integrate with it in most instances. Here's how: How to get transit and...
How to enable and disable settings on your iPhone or iPad with Siri

How to change settings on your iPhone or iPad with Siri on iOS 7

You can control general settings like Bluetooth, WiFi, and Airplane mode by hopping into the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, or through Control Center. But why if you can just ask Siri to enable or disable a setting for you? Here's how: How to toggle general iPhone and iPad settings with...

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