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How to use your iPhone or iPad hands-free with Hey Siri

How to use your iPhone or iPad hands-free with 'Hey Siri'

"Hey Siri" lets you use your iPhone or iPad hands-free. As long as it's plugged in and within range of your voice, all you have to do is say the magic word and Siri will wake-up and wait for your question or command. It's great for the iPhone when you're in bed or in the car, or the iPad when...
Windows 10 adds Cortana — is it time for Siri on the Mac?

Windows 10 adds Cortana — is it time for Siri on the Mac?

This week Microsoft unveiled big plans at its Windows 10 event, and announced that Cortana — its answer to Siri for Windows Phone — would make its way to the computer, as well. Is it time for Apple to bring Siri to the Mac? Siri has been a mainstay of iOS since the iPhone 4S was introduced in...
iOS 9 wish-list: 'Hey Siri!' activation alternatives

iOS 9 wish-list: 'Hey Siri!' activation alternatives

Too early to start thinking about iOS 9? Not at all. Features are already getting pushed, pitched and locked down for next year, so what better time to bring some attention to things that... well... need some attention. "Hey Siri!" is a good one to start with. When your iPhone or iPad is plugged...
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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,...
How would you change Siri?

How would you change Siri?

Siri, originally created as a stand-alone App Store app by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer, and Tom Gruber, was bought by Apple and integrated into iOS 5 for the iPhone 4s launch in 2011. A digital assistant with sequential inference and context awareness, Siri answers questions and executes commands...
How to identify what song is play with Siri and Shazam

How to identify what song is playing with Siri and Shazam

Siri now works hand in hand with Shazam, the popular music tagging service. That means, instead of rushing and stumbling to find the Shazam app when a great song comes on and you're desperate to identify it, you can simply have Siri do it for you! How to tag and identify songs with Siri and...
How to use your iPhone or iPad hands-free with Hey Siri

How to use your iPhone or iPad hands-free with 'Hey Siri'

"Hey Siri" lets you use your iPhone or iPad hands-free. As long as it's plugged in and within range of your voice, all you have to do is say the magic word and Siri will wake-up and wait for your question or command. It's great for the iPhone when you're in bed or in the car, or the iPad when...
Siri 'crushing' competitors at language accuracy

Siri 'crushing' competitors at language accuracy

Siri, Apple's virtual personal assistant, has been improving steadily since its introducing in 2011. Streaming text to speech is one of the most recent and obvious areas of improvement, but Siri has also been adding new features and better language support. In a recent test that spanned languages...
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...
Windows 10 adds Cortana — is it time for Siri on the Mac?

Windows 10 adds Cortana — is it time for Siri on the Mac?

This week Microsoft unveiled big plans at its Windows 10 event, and announced that Cortana — its answer to Siri for Windows Phone — would make its way to the computer, as well. Is it time for Apple to bring Siri to the Mac? Siri has been a mainstay of iOS since the iPhone 4S was introduced in...
How to purchase an iTunes gift card instantly with Siri

How to instantly purchase an iTunes gift card using Siri

Siri is useful for all kinds of things, including quickly sending an iTunes gift card. Wait, what? You didn't know that? Well, neither did I, not until this week! Whether you forget that birthday or just want to give a random gift of kindness, Siri can help you do it quickly and easily. All you...
Apple's Siri investment and the watch and HomeKit payoffs

Apple's Siri investment and the watch and HomeKit payoffs

I use Siri all the time. It's gotten so that I'm often too lazy to tap or type. I use it for reminders, for alarms, for searches, for reservations, and for a lot more. If I have an idea and I'm driving and don't want to forget it, I'll just say "Hey, Siri", dictate a note, and touch it up later...
Siri could soon be speaking Czech, Slovak, and Polish

Siri could soon be speaking Czech, Slovak, and Polish

It looks like Siri could be picking up a few new languages soon. According to a recent report, several text strings in iOS 8.1.2 show that everyone's favorite digital assistant could be picking up support for Czech, Slovak, and Polish in the near future. Joe Rossignol at 9to5Mac reports: A...

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