If you’re like me, at times you can experience a love/hate relationship with Siri. You press the home button and ask her to phone a friend or family member, only to have her completely misunderstand your request, mangling what you thought was the proper annunciation of the name. We’ve all been there and my Long Island accent certainly doesn’t help matters. Thankfully, there are ways to improve Siri with a few easy steps and improve her accuracy. Read on for how to set relationships with Siri using your contacts. This tutorial works for the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
If you use the Calendar app on your iPhone, using Siri can make managing your busy schedule much easier. Using just your voice, your iPhone and iPad can most of the typical tasks you would need from the Calendar app. The key to use Siri effectively is often in how you make a request. Read on for a complete guide on how to create new events, update an existing event or simply find an event – all using Siri!
The Reminders app on your iPhone and iPad is a great way to create all types of lists. Whether you use it to share a grocery list, things you need to do for work or a school project, the Reminders app is a simple and effective way to manage your lists. Regardless of how you use reminders, using Siri with reminders in iOS can make it faster and easier to add, find or update your reminders and lists. So buckle in and let’s put Siri to work.
If you’ve used Apple’s Notes app or just getting started using notes, you’ll quickly realize the immense utility in what is a basic app. Notes can help keep you organized, productive and lets you access information when you need it most. On the go using your iPhone, on the couch with your iPad or on your laptop, Notes are always at your fingertips. With Siri, they can also be at your beckoned call. Here’s how to use Siri to find, view, read, update or take notes on iPhone.
One of the smaller features in iOS 7.1 is the ability to manually control when Siri listens. In previous versions of iOS, you would press and hold the home button to summon Siri. Once you hear the familiar chime, you’d let go of the home button and speak your request. What followed was either a quick recognition that you were finished with your request or a slight delay, which could result in extraneous sounds muddling your question. Sure you can edit your Siri questions, but in many ways, that defeats the purpose of a voice activated assistant. So in iOS […]
In Apple’s commercials, they focus on the basics of using Siri, many of which we’ve covered in our Siri how-to guides. In iOS 6, Siri learned some new tricks, allowing you to find restaurants, movies, sport scores and can even update your social status on Twitter or Facebook. The capabilities of your personal assistant continue to grow and here are a five cool Siri tricks that you might not know.
Gone are the days when you needed to actually type when constructing lengthy emails, Facebook updates or messages on your iPad. With a hat tip to Siri, the newest iPads and the iPad mini will listen and transcribe your words. It’s easy, fast and surprisingly accurate. Here’s how to use dictation on your iPad and iPad mini. In order to use the dictation feature, you’ll need an iPad 3 or greater which includes the iPad mini. On the software front, you’ll need iOS 5.1 or later. Diction is part of Siri, thus the restriction on which hardware supports it. I […]
The commercials showing Siri in action showcases some of the many benefits of having an intelligent assistant who will act on your every work. Okay, so maybe not every word, but there is plenty she can do to help you be more lazy productive. With Siri, you can avoid having to look contacts or type long emails. Follow along and we’ll show you how to use Siri to text, email and even have her read messages back to you.
The new Google Maps is fantastic, but there’s plenty to be said for the deep integration of Maps within iOS. Is incredibly easy to ask Siri to find directions to a contact or location and within seconds you’re navigating using Maps. If you personal preference is to use the Google Maps over Apple’s Maps, then you can get Siri to use Google Maps for directions and here’s how.
One of the major new features in iOS 6 is the expanded set of capabilities built into Siri. Siri will help you find a restaurant, movie and the latest sports scores and so much more. The information for these categories is displayed in beautifully designed ‘cards’ that let you dig deeper finding a wealth of information, all from within Siri. Read on for our complete iOS 6 Siri Guide, part of our continuing series of guides to iOS 6. Restaurants Using the phrase, “Siri, find me a restaurant in [insert name of town]” will return a list of restaurants in […]