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Taking advantage of Siri

From: iPad Tips and Tricks

Video: Taking advantage of Siri

With iOS 6, Apple brings its intelligent assistant Siri to the iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPad Mini. In this video, we'll take a look at how you can interact with Siri on your iPad. Now I'm working on an iPad Mini. In a few seconds, I'll press and hold on the Home button and after a short while, Siri appears with its characteristic beeping sound. Let's see how this works. "How do I get from Chicago to Fort Dodge, Iowa?" Female Speaker: Getting directions from Chicago to Fort Dodge.

Taking advantage of Siri

With iOS 6, Apple brings its intelligent assistant Siri to the iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPad Mini. In this video, we'll take a look at how you can interact with Siri on your iPad. Now I'm working on an iPad Mini. In a few seconds, I'll press and hold on the Home button and after a short while, Siri appears with its characteristic beeping sound. Let's see how this works. "How do I get from Chicago to Fort Dodge, Iowa?" Female Speaker: Getting directions from Chicago to Fort Dodge.

With that, Siri launches the Maps App and gives me directions. Now once I get to Fort Dodge, I may want something to eat. "Where can I find food in Fort Dodge, Iowa?" Female Speaker: I found 15 places in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The nearest is Buford's Steak House BBQ. It's about 1511.5 miles south. Would you like to get directions or skip to the next one? Now as it turns out, it's not actually over a thousand miles from Fort Dodge to the steak house, but rather that's the distance from my current location to this restaurant.

Now while I'm here, I can tap on the Yelp rating and when I do, I can see some information from Yelp about this restaurant. For now, I'll tap on Done. Now before travelling to Fort Dodge, I may want to find out how cold it is, so I tap on the Siri button. "What's the forecast for Fort Dodge, Iowa?" Female Speaker: Some bad weather coming up for Fort Dodge, IA through Wednesday, down to 9 degrees. Hmm. I think maybe I'm going to delay my trip.

That sounds a little chilly to me. You can also look up information about contacts with Siri. For example, "what's Christian Fletcher's work address?" Female Speaker: Here's the work address for Christian Fletcher. Speaking of contacts, I can create events around contacts. "Schedule lunch with Christian Fletcher next Monday." Female Speaker: What time is your event? Christopher Breen: Noon.

Female Speaker: Okay. Here's your meeting. Note that you already have an event at 12 p.m. Shall I schedule it anyway? "No. Change the time to 1 p.m." Female Speaker: Okay. I'll make that change to your event. Are you ready for me to schedule it? Christopher Breen: Yes. Female Speaker: Your event with Christian Fletcher is scheduled for 1 p.m. January 21, 2013. The event is titled "Lunch." So Siri is smart enough to know that I have a conflict at that time and offers to help me change it, which we just did.

Now if I'd like to see the details of that, I can simply tap on the lunch entry and the calendar's event opens and it shows me my event. I can also use Siri to launch apps. "Launch clock." Female Speaker: Which app would you like to use, Clock or Clock Pro? "Clock Pro." Siri knows that I have two apps that begin with the word "Clock" and so it asked me which one I'd like to use.

In this case, I chose Clock Pro and Siri launched it. Siri is also smart about sports. As in, "What's the score of 49ers game? Female Speaker: The 49ers overcame the Cardinals by a score of 27 to 13 on December 30, 2012. I can also get some statistics. "What's Buster Posey's batting average?" Female Speaker: The season hasn't started yet, but Buster Posey had a batting average of .336 last season.

Siri can also help to entertain me. "Show me movies in Santa Barbara, California." Female Speaker: Okay. I found some movies playing in Santa Barbara today. If I want more information about a particular movie I just tap on it, and there's the information. Siri can also play music. "Play Christopher Breen." Female Speaker: Okay. Christopher Breen coming up.

(music playing) That's perfectly lovely! But let's stop that playback for now. If I need to make a bar bet, "What's the distance to Saturn?" Female Speaker: Checking my sources. I found this.

Indeed that's more information than I need. However, Siri is not perfect. "What's the temperature of the sun?" Female Speaker: The high for Sunday will be 52 degrees, and the low will be 32 degrees. Now I have to think that that must be a local forecast and not the actual temperature of the sun. At least I hope not. Siri is important enough to Apple that we're sure to see it get smarter and offer more capabilities over the coming months and years. "Goodbye Siri!" Female Speaker: Nice talking with you.

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  1. 1m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
  2. 23m 31s
    1. Taking advantage of Siri
      5m 42s
    2. Syncing photos with Photo Stream
      7m 54s
    3. Finding the way with Apple Maps
      9m 55s
  3. 1h 12m
    1. Touching the iPad
      8m 39s
    2. Setting the rotation lock/mute toggle switch
      1m 40s
    3. Multitasking
      2m 42s
    4. Using the virtual keyboard
      11m 53s
    5. Using gestures to work faster
      1m 43s
    6. Understanding iTunes and the iPad
      6m 31s
    7. Syncing info to the iPad
      3m 31s
    8. Wireless updating and syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Syncing media files to the iPad
      5m 28s
    10. Syncing data with iCloud
      9m 8s
    11. Using iTunes Match to keep music updated on multiple devices
      6m 43s
    12. Troubleshooting
      6m 29s
    13. Using Notification Center
      6m 7s
  4. 15m 12s
    1. Using the App Store to download apps
      9m 56s
    2. Managing apps
      5m 16s
  5. 26m 43s
    1. Configuring peripherals
      6m 43s
    2. Printing with an iPad
      1m 48s
    3. Understanding accessibility on the iPad
      7m 3s
    4. Childproofing the iPad
      5m 39s
    5. Managing Location Services
      5m 30s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Configuring email accounts
      9m 5s
    2. Organizing email
      3m 44s
    3. Dealing with spam
      6m 33s
    4. iMessage
      5m 32s
    5. Configuring Twitter and sending Twitter updates from multiple apps
      4m 4s
  7. 39m 49s
    1. Connecting an iPad to an external display
      3m 32s
    2. Creating iPad presentations with Keynote
      8m 37s
    3. Creating iPad presentations with third-party apps
      6m 45s
    4. Controlling a computer remotely with an iPad
      8m 7s
    5. Keeping to-do lists synchronized
      4m 5s
    6. Managing and editing files with third-party apps
      8m 43s
  8. 16m 38s
    1. Taking pictures and movies
      3m 50s
    2. Editing and sharing movies
      6m 3s
    3. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      4m 33s
    4. Taking fun pictures with Photo Booth
      2m 12s
  9. 32m 16s
    1. Preparing audio and video files for the iPad
      7m 28s
    2. Using AirPlay to stream video and audio wirelessly to an external display
      3m 28s
    3. Using Home Sharing
      2m 18s
    4. Streaming media to an iPad
      7m 5s
    5. Copying media from an iPad to a computer
      5m 15s
    6. Importing and editing photos
      6m 42s
  10. 32s
    1. Conclusion
      32s

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