iOS 8 Wish List: Make Siri Proactive, Instead of Reactive

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In advance of the iOS 8 release, it's fun to speculate on what Apple may include in the update coming sometime later this year. Apple is hard at work and we've seen a number of iOS 8 rumors that point to improvements to Maps, mysterious new apps appear in screenshots and a possibly massive move into health and fitness tracking with Healthbook. With each new update, Apple continues to improve Siri and this year we'll likely see more of the same. So what's on my iOS 8 Wishlist for Siri? … [Read more...]

How to use manual control to make Siri faster and more accurate

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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 7.1, Apple has introduced manual control, which should help make for faster and more accurate voice recognition, improving your chances of getting an accurate answer from Siri. … [Read more...]

Honda’s 2014 Civic Equipped With Apple Siri Eyes Free Mode

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Honda demonstrated two new systems, Honda Audio and Honda Display Audio, that will be factory installed in the new 2014 Civic and 2015 Fit. These technologies, specifically Display Audio represent the first models with factory installed Siri Eyes Free mode from Apple. The Display Audio touchscreen brings smartphone-like functionality inside the vehicle. Using HondaLink, an application-based platform, allows iPhone owners to access content both inside and outside their car. … [Read more...]

The Real Voice Behind Siri Revealed

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Susan Bennett, the voice behind Apple's Siri revealed herself to CNN in an interview. A voice-over actor, Bennett was paid by the hour and spent over 4 hours per day for a month in July of 2005, where she recorded the sessions. Completely unaware as to where they would be used, she first learned that she was the voice of Siri from a friend, later to confirm it by visiting Apple's website. … [Read more...]

What Apple does with your Siri data

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An interesting story today from Wired, who received some official quotes from Apple on how they store and retain data obtained from Siri. Whenever you initiate Siri, those audio snippets are collected by Apple, thus the reason for needing a data connection when using Siri. But where does that data go and how is connected to you? … [Read more...]

How to get Siri to use Google Maps for directions

Get Siri to use Google Maps for directions

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. … [Read more...]

iOS 6 Siri Guide and Review

iOS 6 Siri Guide and Review

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 that town. Siri is now integrated with Yelp. The resulting list of resturants comes up in a beautifully designed card that provides address, reviews, distance and relative cost. … [Read more...]

Apple Shows Off iOS 6, Maps, Passbook, Siri

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As part of today's big events, Apple has been showing off some of the features of iOS 6 running on the new iPhone 5. First off the bench was Maps, now completely sans-Google, with 3D buildings, points of interest,  flyover, and turn-by-turn directions. I'm still shedding a tear for the loss of public transport information. Safari can now go fullscreen, and sync tabs via iCloud. Mail will let you tag people as VIPs, and messages from them will get shunted into their own mailbox. One of the big new features is Passbook, which was shown off with Delta, Starwood Hotels, and more. It's tickets, coupons, movie tickets, and more. Photo Streams will now allow you to subscribe to streams of your friends and relatives, … [Read more...]

Nuance Announces Nina, Siri For Every App

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While Siri is cool, she only works for a handful of situations, and is quite obviously still in beta. Nuance, the company rumored to provide the speech recognition for Siri, has just announced a new service that could bring similar functionality to any app. The new tool is dubbed Nina, and will allow app developers to add Siri-like interactions to any application. … [Read more...]