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Introducing Siri

From: iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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Back when iOS 5 was released, one of the most talked about Next, you can choose the gender of the voice Siri uses.

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 to 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 just with the sound of your voice. What sets Siri apart from the other voice control applications was that it was programmed 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.

Now, Siri is only available for the iPhone 4S and later, the third generation iPad and later, the iPad mini and the fifth generation iPod touch and later. Now, one important thing to bear in mind right from the start is that Siri requires an internet connection to work, whether it's through WiFi or through your wireless provider's network. Basically, when you speak a command, your command is sent to Apple's servers, processed and then the proper response is sent back to your phone, at which point it will reply to your command. So, understanding that, let's take a look at some basic things you can do. To use Siri, first go to Settings, General, and Siri.

And here make sure Siri is turned on. While you're in here you can also check some other settings. Under language make sure you've selected the language you plan on speaking to Siri. Currently, Siri works with several dialects of English, French, German, Chinese, Italian, and Spanish as well as Japanese and Korean. You can expect more languages to be added in the future. I'll leave mine set to United States English. Next, you can choose the gender of the voice Siri uses. I'll leave the default female voice. With voice feedback, you can determine whether Siri will verbally respond to you all the time, which is the default. Or you can choose hands-free only, and Siri will only talk to you when you're using a hands-free device like the iPhone earbuds or a 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 the 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. Now to do this, you have to go into your contacts. Find your own contact info, and tap Edit. And here you can scroll down to find the field that's labeled Add related name.

That gives you a field labeled mother by default. I'll tap that and change it to brother. I'll tap the Info button on that field. And here, I'll select my brother Greg. I'll tap Done. So from this point on, I'll be able to say things like call my brother, to call Greg. All right, let's go back to Siri settings. The last option here is Raise To Speak. Normally, to talk to Siri, you'll hold down the Home button for a second. But with 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.

Okay so those are Siri settings. Let's take a look at some basic commands. Let's say I want to find out if it will be cold enough to wear a jacket tomrrow. So I'll hold down the home button on my phone for a second to activate Siri and once I hear a short chime I can ask my question. Will I need to wear a jacket tomorrow? >> The low will be 43 degrees Fahrenheit tomorrow. >> So, as you just saw, Siri automatically detected my question as well as when I stopped tlaking. 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 here. By the way, you can invoke Siri with the button on your Bluetooth headset. Or from the iPhone earbuds. So you can in fact, keep your phone in your pocket while you talk to it. But let's say it's in my pocket, I ask this question, and I now I want to know how cold it's going to be this Friday. All I have to do is tap the microphone button or the button on my headset and say, how about Friday. >> The low temperature will be 34 degrees Fahrenheit Friday.

>> So Siri understood that I was still talking about the weather and it gave me that 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 anywhere on the forecast I'm taken right to my weather app. Currently Siri is tied into several of the iPhone's built-in apps like weather, maps, calendar, reminders, clocks, 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 say, how did Apple's stock do today? >> Apple is up $12.85 today or 2.53% to $521.74.

>> So again, Siri replied and gave me graphics to check out. And if I tap those I can go directly to the stocks app. Siri's 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. Who won the 1958 World Series? >> Looking. Here is what I found. >> So, not only do I learn that it was the New York Yankees, but Siri also gives me a ton of additional information about Yankee's history.

You can also ask it about current sporting events, for example, Who's in first place in the NFC East? >> So far, the Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East. >> And I get this nice chart to look at. Siri is also tied into Yelp so you can easily search for local restaurants that have been rated by Yelp members. For example I can ask, where can I get some sushi? >> I've found six sushi restaurants, four of them are fairly close to you. >> And from here I can tap any of these restaurants to get more information, call them or get directions. You can even be more specific than that.

Where can I find an inexpensive Mexican restaurant? >> I found 13 inexpensive Mexican restaurants a little ways from you. >> So in this case, Siri's actually pulling information from the Yelp reviews to find out whether restaurants are expensive or not. Other things you can use Siri for include launching applications, such as, open the calendar. That takes me right into my Calendar app. One of the new capabilities of Siri in iOS 7 that I really like is the ability to go into an app settings directly from that app. Go to settings. Notice, because I was in the Calendar app, the settings for Mail, Contacts, Calendars opens.

The same thing would happen if I were, say, using the Notes app. Go to Settings. So, that is the exact same phrase, but now it took me into the note settings because I was in notes. Now to answer a question Sarah can't answer correctly, it'll perform a web search. Tell me about the band The Jelly Bricks. >> My web search turned this up. >> And just like that, I have a list of web results and tapping one will take me to that link. Now, Siri's default search engine is bing.com. But you can ask it to search Google or Yahoo by asking for them by name. Search Yahoo for the jelly bricks.

>> Searching Yahoo for the jelly bricks. >> The difference here is that you're taken to Safari to see the results, rather than seeing them listed on the Siri screen. Siri also searches and returns results from Wikipedia when it can. Tell me about Lynda.com. >> Okay. I found this. >> And you can also tell it to search Wikipedia specifically, again by mentioning it by name. Search Wikipedia for common misconceptions. >> Alright, here's what I got. >> So, that's just 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 playing around on your own. Also, when you invoke Siri, you can tap the little question mark here in the lower left hand corner to see some examples of the kinds of questions you can ask. Another one of my favorite new capabilities is the Settings area here. So I can ask, is Bluetooth on, make the screen brighter, show me my privacy settings and so on. Is bluetooth on? >> No, bluetooth is off. >> It even gives me a switch now to turn it back on, or I could just say, turn bluetooth on. >> Okay, I turned on bluetooth.

>> And you can see the Bluetooth icon is now up here at the top of the screen. Now since this is all about voice commands. Instead of tapping the question mark in the lower left hand corner. You can just say, what can you do? And that takes you to the same list. So, again, that's just a very brief sampling of the kinds of information you can get from Siri. In the upcoming movies, we'll take a look at the other things you can do with Siri.

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iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

127 video lessons · 22980 viewers

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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 29s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling video
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye

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