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Get to know iOS 8: Spotlight, Siri, and notifications

iOS 8 isn’t the radical departure from previous versions of Apple’s mobile operating system that iOS 7 was. While there exist brand new features, some of the most attractive elements of the latest OS are refinements to existing features. They include notifications, Spotlight searches, and Siri interactions. Let’s dive in to see how the changes will affect you.

Quick Reply

If you’re running OS X Mavericks on your Mac, you’re aware of the ability to quickly reply to certain items in Notification Center. For example, if someone sends you a text message, you can respond to it just by typing in Notification Center—no Messages app necessary. Likewise, you can use this same area to enter a quick response to an email message or answer a FaceTime call.

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Siri vs the Scottish Accent (NSFW language)

Siri has steadily improved since its release but anyone who has ever used the speak and search service has experienced their fair share of miscommunication. You have to speak clearly for Siri to understand you but, as the Scottish iPhone user in this…
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iOS 8: Hey Siri!

It’s surprising how much I both love and am bothered by the new Hey Siri feature. It offers what’s probably the best and the worst of all iOS 8 features at the same time. So what’s this dichotomy? How can I be so split down the middle about this? Let…
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Anything you say to Siri can and will be used against you in a court of law

“Siri, read him his rights…”

If you happen to murder someone, do not ask Siri for help on where you can hide a body. Apple’s intelligent assistant used to come back with locations like quarries, swamps, and dumps. Well, according to various news…
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Siri ate my homework!

In this episode we learn something of Apple’s internal training programs, question whether a packed-to-the-gills App Store can be curated, examine just how much evil can found within each fluid ounce of Facebook Messenger, imagine a future with Siri on the Mac, and ponder greater integration of women in tech.

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Mobile Home adds a Siri button to any car

I love using Siri in my car, but sometimes trying to find the Home button so that I can press it and talk to Siri is a real bother, especially if I just tossed my iPhone onto the passenger seat. So wouldn’t it be nice to have a Home button that you…
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Siri may soon get a whole lot smarter

Siri undoubtedly experienced a number of growing pains upon release, but over time, Apple has done a great job of really boosting the service’s speech recognition capabilities. In particular, dictation on iOS is as smooth and efficient as ever.

Now…
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Job listings point to Apple expanding the number of Siri supported languages

MacRumors yesterday discovered a slew of new job listings on Apple’s website which suggests that the company has its eyes set on expanding the list of languages supported by Siri. The open job positions call for Siri Language Engineers and were…
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An early look at Siri and HomeKit

At Macworld/iWorld 2014, I made a presentation on the part that Siri could play in the home automation revolution. Some of the key points I made were that iOS 7 and Siri really couldn’t do too much at the current time without assistance from…
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How much would a real-life Siri cost you? Around $3,000 per year

Listen, Siri is great, OK? She can look up the definition of a word, schedule reminders, play songs, and with iOS 8 she can even make purchases for you. But, and this is a big “but,” not that Siri’s butt is big, at least I don’t think so, let me…
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