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How to play iTunes Radio stations with Siri in iOS 7

How to play iTunes Radio stations with Siri on iOS 7

If your iPhone or iPad is on iOS 7 or higher, and you're in the U.S., you've got iTunes Radio. While it's fun to browse stations and create your own, if you're driving or in a situation where you can't launch the Music app and freely browse, you can tell Siri what you want to listen to instead....
How to make a FaceTime call with Siri

How to make a FaceTime call with Siri

If you're running iOS 7 on your iPhone or iPad, you can quickly and easily initiate a FaceTime video or audio call without ever opening the Phone or Contacts app. Instead, just ask Siri. Not sure what to tell her? We'll walk you through! How to make a FaceTime audio or video call using Siri...
The contextual awakening: How sensors are making mobile truly brilliant

The contextual awakening: How sensors are making mobile truly brilliant

When Steve Jobs introduced the original iPhone in 2007 he spent some time talking about its sensors — the capacitive multitouch sensors in the screen that let you use your bioelectric finger as the best pointing device ever, the accelerometer that enabled the interface to rotate with the phone,...
Siri: How far has it come in two years, and how far does it still have to go?

Siri: How far has it come in two years, and how far does it still have to go?

Siri provided a glimpse into an entirely new realm of human interface, and while it's now delivering more than ever before, it still faces significant, and lingering, challenges for the future A year ago I wrote about the challenges facing Siri and Apple's services. Over the last 12 months,...
Wither the Siri API?

Wither the Siri API?

In 2011 Apple introduced Siri, their virtual personal assistant, with the iPhone 4s, and two years and two versions of iOS later, including this year's iOS 7, and no public application programming interfaces (API) have been surfaced for developers. That means customers like you and me still can't...
Siri turns up in The Simpsons causing trouble, how's it working for you?

Siri turns up in The Simpsons causing trouble, how's it working for you?

If Apple's done something, there's a chance it'll be parodied at some point, and the latest is Siri which has turned up in Springfield for a cameo role in a new episode of The Simpsons. However, as you'll see in the video above, Siri doesn't come up with the goods. It's all in jest, of course,...
Siri just became the best Pokedex around, a perfect companion to Pokemon X and Y!

Siri just became the best Pokedex around, a perfect companion to Pokemon X and Y!

Pokemon X and Y is here, and if you have an iPhone or iPad, Siri might just have become the greatest Pokedex you could ever ask for. Thanks to Wolfram Alpha adding details of a staggering 649 Pokemon to its database, each and every one of them is at your fingertips with Siri, as TUAW describes...
Chevrolet expands Siri 'Eyes Free support in more 2014 cars

Chevrolet expands Siri Eyes Free support in more 2014 cars

Chevy announced last week that it is expanding the number of its car models that will ship with Siri "Eyes Free" support. After making a successful debut on this year's models of the Chevy Spark, Spark EV and Sonic, Chevy is expanding support to include more models, according to a press release...
5 ways to increase security and privacy of your iPhone or iPad

5 ways to increase security and privacy of your iPhone or iPad

5 easy ways to lock down the information on iOS 7 and enhance your security and privacy! With iOS 7 — see our complete iOS 7 review — Apple has made the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad more convenient than ever, but also more secure. How is that possible? Well, in most cases you - the owner of...
Siri's North American voice actress reveals herself

Siri's North American voice actress reveals herself

The voice actress who purportedly did the voice for North American Siri has stepped forward. Her name is Susan Bennett, and she was recently interviewed by CNN. Siri's voice is different from country to country. In some places the voice is male, in some it's female. Siri's developers use...
How to use Siri to search Google instead of Bing

How to use Siri to search Google instead of Bing

iOS 7 still uses Google for the default search engine in Apple's web browser, Safari, but Bing is the new default for Apple's virtual digital assistant, Siri. Yes, just like Open Table is the partner for reservations, and Wikipedia for general information, Bing and Microsoft worked out a deal...
How to give Siri a sex change in iOS 7

How to give Siri a sex change in iOS 7

With iOS 7, Siri gets improvements. It's no longer beta, and it adds new functionality thanks to deals with new partner services. The interface has changed, and for the first time, you can select the gender of Siri's voice. Here's how. Siri's voice changes from country to country, but up to now...
iOS 7 appears to be bringing Siri out of beta

iOS 7 appears to be bringing Siri out of beta

Siri is no longer flagged as "Beta" on Apple's Siri product page which may indicate that, two years following its launch alongside the iPhone 4s, the virtual assistant is finally ready for life in the release world. A natural language interface that exists as a layer on top of Apple's mobile...
Top 5 secret Siri tips: How to add, find, delete, and do everything faster!

Top 5 secret Siri tips: How to add, find, delete, and do everything faster!

Become an iOS natural language ninja with this these killer shortcuts and time-savers for Siri! Yes, sure, Siri's had some lingering reliability issues over the last couple years, but when it works, it works so well that it can save you an incredible amount of time and effort in getting things...
Why Boston is a hotbed for speech recognition like Siri

Why Boston is a hotbed for speech recognition like Siri

In July it was reported that Apple was beefing up its in-house voice recognition team in Boston, possibly to improve Siri. Nuance, the company that provides the speech recognition used in Siri, is in the area, and Microsoft and Amazon are reportedly making a grab for speech recognition talent too...
Would you want Siri to be 'always listening' for your voice commands? [Poll]

Would you want Siri to be 'always listening' for your voice commands? [Poll]

Would you want Siri to be 'always listening' for your voice commands? Both the upcoming Xbox One from Microsoft and Moto X from Google feature "always listening" functionality for their voice-controlled, natural language interfaces. So what about Apple and Siri? Should the next iPhone and iPads...
Top 5 secret gesture tips for: How to make Siri, Mail, Safari, Calendar, keyboard, faster!

Top 5 secret gesture tips for: How to make Siri, Mail, Safari, Calendar, keyboard, faster!

Become an iOS gesture ninja with these killer shortcuts and time-savers for navigation and more! See a button. Tap a button. That's easy. Does just what it says on the tin. But when it comes to long-presses, more complex gestures, and other advanced multitouch controls, they can be hard to...
Apple reportedly beefing up in-house voice team in Boston, hopefully for a better Siri regardless of Nuance

Apple reportedly beefing up in-house voice team in Boston, hopefully for a better Siri regardless of Nuance

Apple has reportedly put together a team of voice parsing specialists in Boston, including former Nuance employees, which has led to some speculation that Apple is looking to roll their own engine for Siri. Google did this from the beginning with Google Now, and the power and flexibility that...
iOS 7 preview: Siri gets a new look, access to settings, more services, still no predictive results

iOS 7 preview: Siri gets a new look, access to settings, more services, still no predictive results

iOS 7 continues to build on Siri, adding access to settings, new partner services and features, including results from Bing, Wikipedia, and Twitter, and a newly redesigned natural-languge interface Apple introduced Siri, their personal digital assistant, in iOS 5 as a secondary, natural...
Vauxhall Adam

Vauxhall now shipping the Adam with integrated Siri connectivity, current owners get a free upgrade

The Vauxhall Adam -- or OPEL, if you're in mainland Europe -- hasn't been on the market for long, but from today each Adam that drives out of the showroom will have Siri connectivity. But, current owners aren't left out, as they can take their car back to Vauxhall for a free update to their...

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