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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

Introducing Siri


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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Introducing Siri

Back when iOS 5 was released, one of the most talked-about features was Siri, the Voice Control technology that lets you speak commands to your phone and have it do things like dial phone numbers, add appointments to your calendar, look up directions, compose text messages, play music, and a slew of other tasks all with the sound of your voice. What sets Siri apart from other Voice Control applications, is that it's been programed to understand regular conversational language. So, rather than having to speak commands like, tell me tomorrow's temperature, you can instead ask things like, will I need to wear a jacket tomorrow? And Siri will be able to infer your meaning and look up the low temperature for tomorrow and read it to you.
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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Welcome
      1m 21s
  2. 45m 36s
    1. A tour around the iPhone and iPod touch
      6m 33s
    2. The Home screen and Home button
      2m 49s
    3. Organizing apps on the Home screen with folders
      1m 10s
    4. Running apps and multitasking
      3m 59s
    5. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      4m 36s
    6. Learning finger gestures
      3m 36s
    7. Connecting to wi-fi networks
      3m 12s
    8. Using the Notification Center
      3m 48s
    9. Using Twitter and Facebook
      4m 37s
    10. Charging the iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 31s
    11. Setting up an Apple ID account on an iPhone or iPod touch
      3m 18s
    12. Printing from an iPhone using AirPrint
      2m 11s
    13. Displaying the iPhone screen on a TV
      2m 16s
  3. 19m 19s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      3m 10s
    2. Fixing typos and trusting autocorrection
      6m 59s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      2m 12s
    4. Hidden shortcuts
      1m 28s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      2m 9s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 21s
  4. 37m 35s
    1. Getting the latest version of iTunes
      1m 49s
    2. Connecting your iPhone to your Mac or PC
      4m 27s
    3. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a Mac
      5m 2s
    5. Syncing photos from a PC
      2m 59s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 7s
    7. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 9s
    8. Backup options
      3m 25s
    9. Wireless syncing
      2m 33s
    10. Using iTunes Match
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Basic phone activities
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 0s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 59s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 31s
    5. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 21s
    6. Using FaceTime
      4m 49s
    7. Making conference calls
      2m 52s
    8. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 46s
    9. Sharing contacts
      2m 46s
    10. Assigning specific photos and ringtones to your contacts
      3m 20s
    11. Using the included headset
      2m 42s
    12. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 33s
    13. Forwarding calls
      1m 47s
    14. Turning Call Waiting on and off
      1m 13s
    15. Turning Caller ID on and off
      1m 19s
    16. Creating custom ringtones with iTunes
      5m 53s
    17. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 52s
  6. 36m 25s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      2m 0s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, or AOL email accounts
      3m 36s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 10s
    4. Keeping your iPhone or iPod touch email synced with your computer
      5m 4s
    5. Composing email
      4m 6s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      7m 4s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 41s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      2m 56s
    9. Setting mail options
      6m 48s
  7. 31m 42s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      7m 28s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      5m 15s
    3. Saving images
      2m 41s
    4. Filling out forms and using AutoFill
      4m 4s
    5. Creating web clips
      2m 30s
    6. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 37s
    7. Creating a personal hotspot
      3m 59s
    8. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 8s
  8. 28m 3s
    1. Browsing your library
      2m 43s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      6m 20s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      3m 34s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 36s
    5. Adjusting your iPod settings
      5m 0s
    6. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      3m 37s
    7. Using AirPlay to stream content wirelessly from an iPhone to an Apple TV or AirPort Express
      3m 13s
  9. 50m 59s
    1. Shooting still photos with your iPhone
      8m 0s
    2. Improving your photos using HDR and gridlines
      3m 19s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 54s
    4. Viewing and editing still images
      7m 29s
    5. Customizing your wallpaper
      2m 44s
    6. Shooting video
      3m 5s
    7. Viewing and editing video
      2m 52s
    8. Taking screenshots
      1m 19s
    9. Sharing photos and video
      5m 50s
    10. Geotagging your photos
      4m 45s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 16s
    12. Creating a Shared Photo Stream
      6m 26s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      4m 20s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 11s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 3s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 35s
    5. Showing traffic and alternate maps
      2m 46s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 31s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 13s
  11. 19m 26s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      5m 35s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 3s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Clock app
      6m 7s
    5. Setting reminders
      3m 18s
  12. 8m 42s
    1. Using the Notes app
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      4m 30s
  13. 12m 29s
    1. Passbook
      6m 35s
    2. Stocks
      3m 6s
    3. Calculator
      44s
    4. Weather
      2m 4s
  14. 17m 8s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      4m 50s
    2. Browsing the App Store on the iPhone or iPod touch
      5m 9s
    3. Purchasing apps
      6m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      45s
  15. 22m 41s
    1. Airplane mode
      1m 42s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 1s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      3m 16s
    4. About
      2m 32s
    5. Usage
      3m 52s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 30s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 25s
    8. Privacy
      3m 23s
  16. 12m 9s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 15s
    2. Exploring Passcode Lock
      5m 16s
    3. Using Find My iPhone
      5m 38s
  17. 20m 38s
    1. Introducing Siri
      7m 25s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      2m 37s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 48s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 40s
    5. Voice control for non-Siri-capable iPhones
      6m 8s
  18. 16m 41s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 29s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 16s
    3. Rebooting
      45s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      5m 12s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 27s
    7. Extending battery life
      4m 45s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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iPhone and iPod touch iOS 6 Essential Training
7h 46m Appropriate for all Dec 21, 2012

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Discover how to get the most out of your iPhone or iPod touch, from making calls, browsing the web, managing your time, and getting around town to taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. In this course, author Garrick Chow shows how to perform all of these tasks and more, and introduces the enhancements built into iOS 6, including enhanced language support and commands for Siri, shared photo streams, and the new Reply with Message feature for handling incoming calls. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations on how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and offers tips for personalizing the setup of the iPhone and iPod touch. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitch happen.

Topics include:
  • Organizing and purchasing apps
  • Controlling sounds
  • Using Twitter and Facebook
  • Selecting, cutting, copying, and pasting text
  • Syncing music, movies, photos, contacts, and calendars with your computer
  • Making video calls with FaceTime
  • Forwarding calls
  • Setting up email accounts from Gmail, iCloud, and other services
  • Browsing the web
  • Playing music
  • Shooting photos and video
  • Setting up events, reminders, and alarms
  • Protecting your iPhone or iPod
Subjects:
Business Productivity Home + Small Office iPhone, iPod, iPad
Software:
iOS iPhone
Author:
Garrick Chow

Introducing Siri

Back when iOS 5 was released, one of the most talked-about features was Siri, the Voice Control technology that lets you speak commands to your phone and have it do things like dial phone numbers, add appointments to your calendar, look up directions, compose text messages, play music, and a slew of other tasks all with the sound of your voice. What sets Siri apart from other Voice Control applications, is that it's been programed to understand regular conversational language. So, rather than having to speak commands like, tell me tomorrow's temperature, you can instead ask things like, will I need to wear a jacket tomorrow? And Siri will be able to infer your meaning and look up the low temperature for tomorrow and read it to you.

Siri is only available for the iPhone 4S and later and the 5th Generation iPod touch. Older devices such as the iPhone 4 and the 4th Generation iPod touch still have the Voice Control capabilities, but it's a much more limited system compared to what Siri can do. But if you have one of these older devices, don't worry, I still cover how to use Voice Commands with them at the end of this chapter. Now one important thing that makes Siri different from the older voice command capabilities of earlier devices is that Siri requires an Internet connection to work, whether it's through Wi-Fi or through your wireless provider's network.

Basically when you speak a command, your command is sent to Apple servers, processed, and then the proper response is sent back to your phone at which point it will reply to your command. So, let's take a look at some basic things you can do. To use Siri, first go to Settings>General>Siri, and here, just make sure Siri is turned on. While you're in here, you can also check some other settings. Under Language, make sure that you have selected the language you plan on speaking to Siri. Currently, Siri works with several dialects of English, French, German, Chinese, Italian, and Spanish.

It also works with Japanese and Korean. And you can probably expect more languages to be added in the future. I'll leave mine set to United States, English. With Voice Feedback, you can determine whether Siri will verbally respond to you all the time, which is the default, or you can choose Handsfree Only and Siri will only talk to you when you're using a handsfree device like the iPhone earbuds or Bluetooth headset. Again, I'll leave this with the default settings. Under My Info, select your own contact information from your contacts if it's not already selected. This lets Siri know who you are and it will address you by name.

If you have information in your contact cards about who your relatives are like your spouse, parents, or children, you'll be able to send messages and call them simply by saying things like Call Mom or Send a text message to my sister. To do this, you have to go into your Contacts and find your own contact info, and tap Edit. And here, you can scroll down and find the field that's labeled mother by default, and here you can change it to one of the other labels. I'll select brother, and I'll select my brother, Greg.

So, from this point on, I'll be able to say things like, call my brother, to call Greg. Okay. Let's go back to Siri Settings, and the last option here is Raise to Speak. Normally, to talk to Siri, you hold down the Home button for a second, but with the Raise to Speak on, you can also activate Siri by putting your phone to your ear while it's unlocked. If you don't want that option, you can set it to Off, so the only way to activate Siri is to hold down the Home button. So, those are Siri's settings.

Let's take a look at some basic commands. Let's say I want to find out, if it's going to be cold enough to wear a jacket tomorrow. So, I'll hold down my Home button for a second to activate Siri. Once I hear a short chime, I can ask my question. Do I need to wear a jacket tomorrow? Siri: The low will be 52 degrees. So, as you just saw, Siri automatically detected my question, as well as when I stopped talking. It took a moment to process my question and then it came back and verbally told me what the low temperature is going to be and it even brought up the weekly forecast.

Now the beauty of working with Siri is that it understands contextual questions. So for example, let's say I just asked this question about the weather tomorrow, but my phone is in my pocket and I couldn't look at the Weekly Forecast we see here. By the way, you can invoke Siri with a button on your Bluetooth headset so you can in fact keep your phone in your pocket to talk to it. I want to know how cold it's going to be this weekend. All I have to do is tap the microphone or the button on my headset and say, How about this weekend? Siri: The low will be 57 degrees. So, Siri understood that I was still talking about the weather and gave me the information.

Pretty cool, right? Now in most cases when Siri displays visual data, you can usually tap it to go to the app or website it's related to. So if I tap the Forecast, I'm taken to the Weather App. Currently, Siri is tied into several of the iPhone's built-in apps like Weather, Maps, Calendar, Reminders, Clock, Stocks, and Safari. So you can generally ask it to do mostly anything you can do in those apps. For example, I can press the Home button and ask, How did SanDisk stock do today? Siri: SanDisk closed at $43.36 today, down 7 cents or 0.16%.

Again, Siri replies and gives me a graphic to check it out. If I tap it, I can go directly to the Stocks app. Siri is also connected to online information services like Wolfram|Alpha, which bills itself as a Computational Knowledge Engine. So, you can ask Siri a question like, how many cups are there in a gallon? Siri: Looking, okay, Garrick, here you go. So not only do I learn that there are 16 cups in a gallon, but I can also see that that's 8 pints, 4 quarts, and 3.785 liters, among other information here as well, lots of other information.

You can also ask about current sporting events. For example, who's first place in the NFC East? Siri: Here are the standings for the NFC East. And I get this nice chart. Siri is also tied in to Yelp, so you can easily search for local restaurants that have been rated by Yelp members. For example, where can I get some Sushi? Siri: I found five Sushi restaurants; two of them are fairly close to you.

And from here, I can tap any one of these restaurants to get more information, call them, or get directions. Other things you can use Siri for include launching apps, open calendar. You can even tweet or create Facebook status updates verbally. Post a tweet. Siri: What would you like to say? I'm working on my new iPhone course.

Siri: I updated your tweet. Ready to send it? Yes. Siri: Okay. I sent your tweet. So, that was a very brief sampling of the kinds of information you can get from Siri. One of the best ways to figure out its abilities and limitations is to start using it and asking questions. So, be sure to spend some time and play around on your own. You can also ask Siri itself what it can do. What can you do? Siri: You can ask things like: And here I get a list of common tasks it can perform.

In the upcoming movies, we'll take a look at some of the other things you can do with Siri.

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