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Posts Tagged ‘Siri’

11 Eye-Opening Features and Updates of iOS 6

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11 new features of iOS 6Everyone is anxiously awaiting the debut of Apple’s iOS 6 which is expected to arrive in the fall of 2012.  Apple proudly launched iOS 6 during it’s WordWide Developers Conference in June, 2012 and we’re here to share the most popular and talked about features and updates.  See our previous post, Top 10 Instagram Photos from WWDC 2012, for a detailed look at the conference via images.  Our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices put together the following list of 11 eye-opening features and updates to expect in the highly anticipated iOS 6:

1. Maps.  Instead of using Google maps, Apple will be using its own newly designed map app for iOS 6.  Unlike Google, this map can be tilted to view the map from an angle and there’s no pixelation when you zoom in as it’s vector based.  Apple is also introducing turn-by-turn navigation similar to the Android.  Users can follow maps with 3D views, look at road signs for their new turn and check traffic.

2. Siri.  The quirky little voice assistant is getting an upgrade to know more about sports and movies.  You can ask Siri about the current status of the Olympic games or what movie is playing at your local movie theater.  Check out our previous post, 5 best apps for the 2012 London Olympics, for more information on how to follow the upcoming games on your favorite Apple devices.  

WWDC 2012 Highlights

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2012 WWDCMr. Cook enjoyed his time at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference today announcing new things like the new MacBook line, new Mountain Lion features, iOS6, a new and improved Siri as well as a new smart case for the iPad.  What people didn’t see was Apple TV or the next iPhone but those are expected in the fall of 2012.  This post highlights some of the most talked about news at the WWDC.

Updated MacBook Line

Apple had fun teasing onlookers by covering up a large photo with a black sheet before announcing the next-generation MacBook Pro.  Details include a 15.4 Retina display, 256GB of flash storage, a 2.3GHz quad-core i7 processor with 8GB of 1600MHz RAM (upgradeable to 16GB) and a GeForce GT 650M graphics processor with 1GB of VRAM. The Retina-display MacBook Pro starts at $2199 and the standard 15 inch model starts at $1799. The 13-inch model starts at $1199.

Want Siri But Don’t Have an iPhone 4S? Read on!

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Voice Assistant – iTunes App ($1)

Search Google or YouTube using your voice instead of typing! Voice Assistant is a simple way to speak and instantly see your text or email messages, up to five times faster than typing on the keyboard.

Are you looking for a Siri alternative for your iPhone 4 or 3GS? Make sure you check out Voice Assistant by QuanticApps.  Like Siri, Voice Assistant allows you to create email or text messages by speaking and you can also use it to update all of your social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

17 Expected, and Dreamed About Features of the iPad 3

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To say a lot of buzz is floating around the net today about the iPad 3 would be a massive understatement.  Instead of jumping from blog to blog, we’ve decided to distill everything you need to know in one blog post.  Here’s the 17 latest and greatest expected and dreamed about features about the one and only, our favorite… the iPad 3

1. You won’t pay more for the iPad 3. It will cost the same as the iPad 2. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will not raise prices for their latest tablet and will keep its current pricing structure in place for all iPad 3 models.

2. The next iPad will include the coveted Retina display i.e. a screen that has a dpi (dots per inch) of 300 or greater as seen on the iPhone 4/4S. The first and second generation iPads feature a 1,024 by 768 pixel resolution touchscreen.  The new retina display will reportedly be 2048 x 1024 pixels, twice that of the iPad 2!  Ars Technica reported that it currently received web traffic from over 360 iPads that sported the new retina display which reinforces this rumor as well.

iPad 3 will Include Siri on March 7th Debut

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According to the Modmyi blog, the beloved little voice assistant Siri will be one of the many features included on the new iPad 3 rumored to be debuting on March 7th, 2012:

On Tuesday, revealed that one source close to the next-gen iPad admits that Siri voice control will be one of the biggest selling features of the iPad 3, not to mention a dual-core “A5X” processor, and a 1080p camera with image stabilization

The iPad 3 is expected to make it’s world debut on March 7th and launch shortly afterwards in the United States in mid-March.  It will then launch in Japan, the United Kingdom, France and Germany in April, with Hong Kong to follow soon afterwards.  

iPad 3 to Launch First Week of March!

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The highly anticipated iPad 3 was rumored to be introduced in February , but low and behold, Apple will not be holding an event in February according to The Loop.  Instead, the highly reliable AllThingsD announced today that Apple will be holding a special event in early March to launch the next iPad.  Good things come to those who wait right?

It will most likely take place in San Francisco, presumably at Apple’s favorite location for big announcements like these, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  This is where the iPad was launched in 2010 and the iPad 2 debuted in 2011.  Apple has declined to comment on the time or date of the event, saying the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.

When will you be able to get your paws on the iPad 3 if it’s launched in early March?  I’m glad you asked.  Following in the footsteps of previous launches, you will most likely be able to purchase the next iPad a week or so after the launch.  Get your sleeping bags ready!

Pssst…. The iPad 3 Introduced in February?

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It’s cool when people under promise and over deliver right?

Well, according to the Japanese blog Macotakara, that’s exactly what our good friends at Apple are doing with the iPad 3 introduction date.  In our previous post, 5 Epic epic features of the new iPad 3,  we informed you that it was expected to debut in March or April, 2012. Perhaps we were wrong!

Here’s the original lowdown:

3 Ways Not To Annoy People Using Siri

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Hey you! Yes you over there sitting in the quiet restaurant, the subway, the bus and/or in the lineup, yelling at your iPhone! I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt here – I’m sure you don’t realize how incredibly annoying it is to hear someone yelling at Siri (Apple’s new personal assistant that comes with the iPhone 4S with  iOS 5). Put the iPhone down and come over here for a second – I’m going to give you some tips on how to be less aggravating while using Siri on your iPhone.

1.  Tap Instead. Don’t use Siri if you are within fifteen feet of people in a restaurant or public transportation.  If you find yourself having to raise your voice, tap instead.  Siri is an optional feature and you can do everything you need with your fingers too.  Don’t worry about using Siri if you’re in a busy location where you aren’t bothering people.  Just use your common sense.

2. Hold Your Phone Like a Regular Person.  The only reason we see people holding their phones in front of them is because we’ve watching too many YouTube videos.  Hold your phone the old fashioned way – up to your ear. Speakers aren’t needed whatsoever.

3. Quit Bragging! We all know how much you love Siri – we see you using it every chance you get.  Remember when Bluetooth was first invented? Remember what we thought of those people exaggerating their hands-free action? Quit it.  We love you just the way you are.  Feel free to show off Siri to your friends who are interested to see how it works.  Don’t forget to ask her funny questions like where do babies come from? What’s your favorite color? Or ask her to tell a joke.  Trust us, you’ll be a lot more popular.

Stop using Siri if you starting getting looks from people around you (you know those types of looks).  There is plenty of time to enjoy Siri when you’re in the right environment.  Practice phone etiquette and you’ll be fine!

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Five Ways to Boost iPhone 4S’s Siri

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The new iPhone 4S personal assistant Siri has been impressing users all over the world but did you know there’s five ways you can improve your Siri experience? Read on Appleheads and let us know what you think:

Siri and I just met a few days ago. I think we’re getting along pretty well so far (although she seems to get a bit testy and sarcastic when I ask her to “open the pod bay doors.”). As great as Siri seems, though, Apple is calling this a beta and I can see why.

1. Alternative Voices

I have nothing against Siri’s voice per se, but it would be cool to be able to use alternate voices and give my iPhone 4S a more unique “personality” than every other iPhone 4S in the world. When I moved from Michigan to Texas I had a TomTom GPS unit with multiple voices. It made the trip much more entertaining to be able to choose whether to get my navigating instructions from an Australian dude or a French female—including slang and colloquialisms of the culture in question.

I don’t necessarily think Apple needs to have voices like Darth Vader, or Ozzy Osbourne (how would you even understand what it’s saying?) like TomTom does, but just having some alternate voice options would be nice. It would be cool to have other famous AI voices, though—like HAL and GlaDOS.

2. Multilingual

Siri has some multi-linguistic skills, but not enough. The United States version of iOS 5 running on my iPhone 4S lets me choose between English (Australia), English (United Kingdom), English (United States), French, and German. I’m not sure what the stats are for how many German-speaking or French-speaking citizens we have here in the United States, but I can guarantee you that it’s lower than other populations such as Spanish-speaking.

I assume including languages takes up space and Apple can’t include them all, but there are millions of people in the United States who speak languages other than French, German, or three variations of English, and it would be very helpful for those people to be able to at least choose and download their native tongue from Apple and install it on their iOS device to make Siri more useful.

3. iPad 2 Support

Tell me again why my iPad 2 didn’t get Siri? As I understand it, the iPhone 4 didn’t get Siri because it lacks the dual core processing horsepower of the iPhone 4S. Fair enough, but that argument doesn’t hold water against my dual core processing iPad 2.

I’d like to be able to ask questions, set reminders, check the weather, etc. using Siri on my iPad 2. In fact, I am pretty sure I would use Siri more on the iPad 2 than I do on the iPhone 4S. Hopefully iPad 2 support will be coming in an update…soon.

4. Deeper Integration

I am still learning what Siri is capable of, but she is not shy about letting me know what she is not capable of. So far I have learned that Siri can’t open apps, and it can’t take pictures. Siri will let me dictate a text message, but not a Twitter tweet or a Facebook status update.

This isn’t all Apple’s responsibility, though. Apple just needs to have the APIs that allow third-party developers to tap into and integrate with Siri. For example, Remember the Milk has already figured out how to link in to the power of Siri so when I tell Siri to set a reminder it saves it to Remember the Milk.

5. Default security

Apple has included an option with Siri that lets you access the power and capabilities of the personal assistant without unlocking the phone. A blog post from Sophos describes an issue with the default functionality of Siri while the iPhone 4S is locked. The problem is that if I can pick up the phone and send a text message, or access my schedule to get my reminders, so can anyone else who picks up my phone.

The bigger problem is that Apple leaves this on by default. I can understand making the choice available, but this should be turned off by default. The very point of having establishing a passcode lock is to prevent unauthorized access to my iPhone and the information it contains. Allowing Siri to circumvent the passcode and share that information violates the concept.

You can turn this off in Settings, but it is oddly not part of the Siri settings. Tap General, then Passcode Lock. Under the Passcode Lock settings, you can turn off the ability to access Siri’s functionality from a locked iPhone.

There you have it. Five things I wish Apple would add, change, update, or improve for Siri 2.0. Actually, since this is still a beta, I guess the next major iteration would technically be Siri 1.0.

It looks as though Siri isn’t able to take over the world yet but she’s definitely giving us a run for our money.  Is there anything else you’d update about Siri?  Perhaps fold the laundry ore prepare dinner? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Macworld – Five Ways to Improve Siri

Teach Siri to Tweet: iPhone 4S

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Is there anything Siri can’t do besides the obvious? I love finding posts like these that can actually make your life easier.  Maybe we’ll be able to train Siri to work nine to five soon too?  But then we might have striking Siri’s all over the globe and that would sort of defeat the purpose!

One of the limitations of the iPhone 4S’s intelligent assistant Siri is its inability to speak your tweets into the iPhone‘s Twitter app. Here’s a quick workaround for that:

1. In your Mac or PC browser version of Twitter, you must first enable Twitter text messaging (if you’ve already done this, you can skip to step 5). Do this by clicking on the drop-down list on the top right (next to your twitter handle) and selecting Settings. Keep in mind that if you don’t have unlimited texting, this could get expensive.


2. Next, click the Mobile tab, third one from the left.


3. Enter your iPhone 4S mobile number with area code in that field labeled “Phone number,” and then click Start.


4. You’ll see this screen next, telling you it’s waiting for you to verify your phone. (I’ve blurred the phone number for privacy) Pick up your iPhone 4S and move on to the next step.


5. Go to the Messages app on your iPhone 4S, and send a text to the number 40404 (or if you’re not in the U.S., look up your twitter shortcode here), with your text message consisting of simply the word “go” without the quotes.


6. Go to your Contacts app on the iPhone 4S. Make a new contact by tapping the + sign, and name it as if its first name is Twitter. In the phone number field, type 40404. It will look like 404-04, which is fine.


7. Now you can start Siri as you normally do (by either holding down the home button on the iPhone 4S for a couple of seconds or just putting the phone up to your ear). Say “Text Twitter, and then tell it whatever you would like to tweet. Siri will read it back to you, and if it’s correct, when she asks “ready to send it?, say yes. If Siri has misunderstood what you said, you can edit your tweet on the iPhone 4S screen by hand and then send it.


8. You can also have Siri read your tweets to you if you enable message notifications in the Twitter browser app. When you’ve finished making your modifications, click Save. You’re done!


I don’t have the iPhone 4S so I couldn’t test out this workaround. Have you tried it out? How did it work? Have you designed any other cool shortcuts or workarounds? Is there any shortcut your interested in seeing? Let us know and we’ll try and help you create it.

Happy Monday!


Source: Mashable

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