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Talking to Siri: Learning the Language of Apple's Intelligent Assistant, 2nd Edition


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  • Copyright 2013
  • Dimensions: 5" x 7"
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5069-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5069-3

Sweet-talk Siri® for iOS 6 into doing practically anything!

In iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion, Siri is more amazing than ever—and it’s even better when you really know how to talk to it. Now, two top Apple® tech experts show how to talk the newest version of Siri into doing more than you ever thought possible! Look up what you want to do, and you’ll find tested step-by-step instructions for getting perfect results—including new ways to do everything from checking football scores to posting on Facebook!

  • Teach Siri to recognize requests and take dictation more accurately
  • Check Yelp reviews and place OpenTable restaurant reservations
  • Launch apps hands-free
  • Find out where your friends are right now
  • Choose a great movie with Rotten Tomatoes reviews
  • Get up-to-the-minute player stats for baseball, football, or soccer
  • Blog with Siri using email or text messaging
  • Tweet updates, complete with location or appointment info
  • Create location-based reminders that trigger at destinations like the drugstore
  • Help Siri recognize and connect with your family and friends
  • Transform Siri into your personal media DJ
  • Find the nearest store that’s selling whatever you want
  • Answer math and science problems with Wolfram Alpha
  • Make sure Siri responds only to you, not to an impostor
  • Discover the silliness Apple engineered into Siri


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Getting Started with Siri

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Table of Contents

Preface     xi

1 Getting Started with Siri     1

Enabling Siri on iOS     2

  Universal Access     6

Enabling Dictation on OS X     7

Privacy     9

Launching Siri on iOS     10

  Saying Hello to Siri     11

  Canceling Siri     13

  Repeating Siri     14

  Quitting Siri     14

  Getting Help     15

Siri Listens     17

  Listening on OS X     19

  Siri Responds     20

Correcting Siri     21

  Correcting Speech on OS X     23

  Enhancing Your Speech Recognition     24

  Clarity     25

  Fumbles     26

  Viewing Items You Create     27

  Multilingual Siri     28

New in Siri     29

  Living with Siri Limitations     30

  Let Siri Learn About You     31

Summary     31

2 Asking Siri for Information     35

Weather     36

  Other Queries     37

  Locations     37

Web Search     39

  Searching for Pictures     41

  Searching in Wikipedia     41

  The Search the Web Option     42

  Checking Flights     42

Sports and Siri     43

Checking Stocks     46

Using Wolfram Alpha     48

  Querying Wolfram     50

  Wolfram Mode     52

  The Wolfram Saving Throw     52

  Wolfram Alpha Trick Lets You Know What Is Flying Overhead     53

  Other Cool Stuff You Can Do with Wolfram Alpha     55

Summary     56

3 Using Siri to Stay in Touch     59

Contacts     60

  Searching for Contacts     62

  Creating Relationships     63

  Creating an Alternative Identity for Yourself     65

Placing Phone Calls with Siri     67

Text Messages     68

  Reading Texts     69

  Replying to Texts     70

  Sending Messages     70

  Confirming Messages     71

Mail     72

  Creating Mail     72

  Checking Mail     75

  Responding to Mail     75

Social Networking     75

Friends     76

Summary     79

4 Talking to Your Day-Timer     81

Calendars     82

  Adding Events     82

  Making Changes     83

  Checking Your Calendar     84

Reminders     86

  How Siri Can Remind You     88

  A Word of Caution     89

Creating Notes     90

  Creating Single-Item Notes     90

  Adding Items to the Current Note     91

  Starting New Notes     92

  Naming Notes     92

  Finding Notes     93

Clock Functions     94

  Alarms     94

  Checking the Clock     97

  Using a Timer     97

Summary     99

5 Going Shopping with Siri     101

Products and Services     102

  Checking Prices     104

Shopping Math     105

  Adding Sales Tax     105

  Calculating Tips     106

  Currency Conversion     107

Preparing a Shopping List     109

Sharing Shopping Lists via the Cloud     111

  Shopping Limitations     112

Turn-by-Turn Directions     113

  Using Turn-by-Turn to Known Destinations     115

  Maps’ Search and Directions Limitations     115

  Looking up Information on Maps     117

Making Restaurant Reservations     117

Checking out Movies     118

  Siri’s Personal Movie Synopses     120

Summary     121

6 Pushing Limits with Siri     123

Launching Apps     124

Talking to Apps     125

Blogging with Siri     126

  Creating a Post     126

  Confirming Your Account     128

  Blogging by Email     128

  Other Blogging Services     131

Siri Security     132

  Lock Screen and Siri     133

Music     134

Summary     136

7 Siri Dictation     137

Launching Dictation on iOS     138

Launching Dictation on OS X     138

Why Learn Dictation?     141

Enunciation Practice     142

Dictation 101     144

  Improving Dictation     144

Inserting Punctuation     147

  Controlling Flow     149

  Adding Capitalization     150

Including Abbreviations     152

Dictating Technical Terms     154

  Phone Numbers     155

  Dates and Times     155

  Prices     156

Smilies     157

Dictating Formatted Text     157

  Addresses     157

  URLs     158

  Email Addresses     158

  License Plates     159

Dictation Practice     159

Punctuation Practice     161

Summary    163

8 Having Fun with Siri     165

Siri Diversions     165

Asking About Siri     167

Siri Chitchat     171

Pop Culture Fun     174

Siri Miscellany     175

  Siri Philosophy     178

  Mining the Fun in Wolfram Alpha     179

  Queries That Require Wolfram Prefixes     182

Summary     184

Appendix     187

Siri Quick Reference     187

Index     197


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