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Why iOS 6 is more about Apple than new user features

Why iOS 6 is more about Apple than new user features

We've talked about iOS 6 and it's unusual focus at length already, but it's been in bits and pieces, scattered across a range of articles, and tangential to other points. I think it's valuable to collect it all together, though. Unlike any full point release before it, iOS 6 is more about Apple,...
iOS 6 preview: Siri knows sports

iOS 6 preview: Siri knows sports

Siri, as introduced in iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S, is an able if not particularly well-rounded personal assistant. With iOS 6, however, Siri is expanding to the iPad, and adding sports to its repertoire. Now, in addition to keeping you in contact, on time, on course, and on schedule, Siri will also...
Siri, meet Nina, Nuance's new virtual customer service assistant SDK for iOS

Siri, meet Nina, Nuance's new virtual customer service assistant SDK for iOS

Nuance has just announced Nina, a new virtual customer service assistant SDK (software developers kit) for iOS and Android. Nuance, which is widely believed to power Apple's Siri voice recognition, is aiming the SDK at iPhone and iPad developers who want to quickly and easily add voice...
Apple airs new celebrity iPhone 4S commercial: Marty Scorsese has a busy day

Apple airs new celebrity iPhone 4S commercial: Marty Scorsese has a busy day

Apple has begun airing a new iPhone 4S commercial, again focusing on celebrities using Siri and this time featuring director Marty Scorsese having a busy day. The ad continues the campaign begun with Samuel L Jackson and Zooey Deschenel, and a double dose of John Malkovich and highlights:...
How to use Siri: The ultimate guide

How to use Siri: The ultimate guide

Everything you need to know about setting up Siri securely, and all the Siri commands for phone, email, messaging, alarms, timers, reminders, calendars, weather, music, maps, and more! Siri is the name of Apple's virtual assistant with a personality straight out of Pixar. You ask Siri questions...
BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha update adds... Siri

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha update adds... Siri

The latest update to the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device has added... Siri! Okay, not exactly Siri, but it is a virtual personal assistant in the style of Siri, and while it currently switches between voices s seemingly at random, one of the voices is exactly the same as the female voice Siri uses...
How to perform a web search using Siri

How to search the web, get answers, and find restaurants using Siri

Complete guide to Siri commands for searching the web with Google, information with Wolfram|Alpha, and restaurants with Yelp If you need information, chances are Siri can help you find it. Apple currently enables Siri to search Yelp for restaurant info, Google (or Yahoo! or Bing) for general...
How to check stocks and exchange positions with Siri

How to check stock and exchange positions using Siri

Complete guide to Siri commands for Stocks If you have the need to check stocks or find out what the different exchanges are trading at Siri can help you do so and give you lots of up to the minute information about all your investments. Whether you want to find out if APPL is up, or the DOW is...
How to check weather and forecasts with Siri

How to check the weather and view forecasts using Siri

Siri not only makes for a great digital assistant but a great weather forecaster as well. With a little help from Siri, you can make sure you're never caught without your umbrella, raincoat, or snow shovel again. How to check current weather conditions with Siri How to view a weekly weather...
How to play and control music using Siri

How to play and control music using Siri

Complete guide to Siri controls for playing songs, artists, albums, genres, and enjoying your music Siri can help you access your music more easily than ever. With Siri you can play tracks, albums, and entires genres without ever having to open your Music app. If you're in the car, Siri also...
How to find locations and get directions using Siri

How to find locations and get directions using Siri

Complete guide to finding places, businesses, and getting directions with Siri. Siri isn't only your digital assistant, it can be your digital co-pilot as well, helping you find where to go, how to get there, and what else you can do along the way. Right now, Siri location services are only...
How to create, view, update, and cancel calendar events using Siri

How to create, view, update, and cancel calendar events using Siri

Complete guide to Siri commands for Calendars Since Siri is meant to be your personal assistant, it only makes sense to have it schedule and manage your meetings and events. Asking Siri to create a Calendar event only takes a few seconds and is much faster than creating them manually and...
How to set reminders and update task and to-do lists using Siri

How to set reminders and update task and to-do lists using Siri

Complete guide to Siri commands for Reminders, tasks, and to-do lists Siri was designed to help you get things done, and part of that job description is creating and updating your to-dos and lists of to-dos in the Reminders app. If you need to be prodded to pick up milk on the way home, order...
iOS 7 wants: Siri access via Spotlight

iOS 7 wants: Siri access via Spotlight

Apple greatly expanded Siri in iOS 6, adding a host of new features including sports, movies, and dining results, far better language support, and even an Eyes Free driving mode for when hands-free usage is paramount. But what about Voice Free? Having a conversation with your iPhone or (soon)...
Siri isn't just a Google killer, it's a potential gold mine

Siri isn't just a Google killer, it's a potential gold mine

Last year, after Apple announced Siri, I wrote about it's long term, potentially game-changing business implications for Apple. Specifically, how Siri wasn't a voice control system, but a powerful, Pixar-coated way For Apple to both intermediate and starve their biggest rival, Google, and gain...
Siri in iOS 6 coming to iPad, to offer sports, movie, and restaurant data, able to launch apps

Siri in iOS 6 coming to iPad, to offer sports, movie, and restaurant data, able to launch apps

iOS 6 was announced at WWDC today, including a new version of Siri with a heavy emphasis on sports, restaurants and movies. You can now ask for and receive tailored information about sports scores and stats on players. Restaurants will now return detailed information about hours, Yelp reviews...
iOS 6 rumored to bring Siri to iPad

iOS 6 rumored to bring Siri to iPad

If you've been waiting for Siri on the iPad as much as we have, you'll be happy to hear that Apple's voice-activated virtual assistant should make its way to the iPad at the expected iOS 6 announcement at WWDC 2012 this week. Rumor has it that everything except the phone functions will be...
Tim Cook talks Siri's future, reveals iPhone 4Siri name, and explains the new iPad name

Tim Cook talks Siri's future, reveals iPhone 4Siri name, and explains the new iPad name

During the D10 Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about Siri, the iPhone 4S virtual assistant, and why it seems to alternate from working almost like magic to not working at all. Walt Mossberg pressed Cook about Siri being a beta, and asked if Cook was satisfied with its performance so far...
How to set alarms and timers using Siri

How to set alarms and timers using Siri

Complete guide to Siri commands for alarms, timers, and the clock Siri ties right into the iOS Clock app on your iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad 4, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5, which means if you want to be woken up at 7am, have a timer set for 10 minutes so the cookies don't burn, or find out what...
How to use Siri faster by talking less

How to use Siri faster by talking less

If you watched the new iPhone 4S commercials that Apple released last night, the ones that feature John Malkovich asking Siri for jokes and about the meaning of life, you might have noticed the way in which he was asking. In short, it was short. David Chartier certainly noticed: Joke features...

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