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

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...
Siri and the potential for 'Voice ID'

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...
'Hey Siri!' and the need for alternative activation phrases

'Hey Siri!' and the need for alternative activation phrases

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

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...
Here's what Siri can do on your Apple Watch

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...
How to use Siri on your Apple Watch

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

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

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...
Siri and the potential for 'Voice ID'

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

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,...
How to update Twitter with Siri for iPhone and iPad

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...
How to update your Facebook status with Siri

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

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,...

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