I remember having great fun several years ago when my son introduced me to Shazam, an app that let’s you identify music that you hear playing. We sat there testing it with all sorts of tunes and found ourselves amazed at the capability of the (then) new and extraordinary app.
I never installed that app (it went from “free” to a pretty hefty charge) and I didn’t really see the need. It was fun, but not worth the $$$.
In iOS8, Apple has just given us that fun… for free!!
Siri has been been teamed up with Shazam and can now identify songs for you …….. and it’s pretty darn awesome I think. (I continue to be blown away with all the things that new tech can do.)
If you hear a song playing from ANY source (a cd, the radio, the television, a speaker in an elevator) just ask Siri: “What song is playing?”
Siri will ask to be left alone for a moment while she listens … and then she’ll name that tune.
Yesterday I spent
a lot of time :shock: a little while testing Siri’s new abilities. (in my defense….it’s fun!)
I pulled up songs on my computer and asked Siri to identify the song. I was selecting pretty common stuff, so I decided to go deeper into my library. Trick her, I would!
I found a soundtrack from a very limited run Broadway show from 1962. I looked through the songs, and selected a random basically-unknown song. I was sure I got her on this. After all…an obscure song from an obscure show from 52 years ago? Ha!
“What song is playing?” I asked with devilish glee. Seconds later …… Siri named the tune AND the singer. Whoa!
I NEVER “got” her. She named the tune 100% of the time. Even classical music.
I can’t help it. I find this amazing.
Posted by sharechair on October 19, 2014
If you use Siri a lot, you might be ready for a change of voice. Perhaps you’d rather listen to a fellow for a while instead of the famous Siri-lady?
This is very easy to do.
How to change the Siri voice from female to male:
Go to Settings > General > Siri
Then simply make your choice. Female? Male?
(note to Apple: a few more voice-choices would be fun. Cartoon characters? Celebrities? Maybe a variety of Accents? )
Posted by sharechair on February 23, 2014
If there is a sports fan in your house, your iPhone makes it much easier to spend time away from TV.
You can always check on a score, even while the game is underway.
Start by pressing and holding the home button to activate Siri.
Then… just ask!
You can ask for a final score.
Today I asked, “What was the result of today’s Manchester United game?” Within seconds, I got my answer.
You can ask about a game in progress.
“What is the score for Cincinnati vs Temple?
You can ask about a future game.
“When is the next Cincinnati basketball game?”
I find that I am gradually using Siri more and more. At first it was a novelty, but it has evolved into a very useful tool. (Especially if you want to drag your sports enthusiast out of the house :) )
Posted by sharechair on February 9, 2014
When I first got my iPhone (and then my iPad), I learned about the ‘search’ feature, and thought it was extremely silly and unnecessary. After all, I thought, all you have to do is just glance over your apps and touch the one you want to open. How hard is that?
Well, fast forward several years, and my devices are now LOADED with apps, folders full of apps and pages full of folders. I’ll admit that I’ve used the search feature many times to find a particular app that was hiding deep in some folder.
(if you need a refresher on how to search your device, just click here.)
But now I’ve found an even easier way to open an app that I can’t find……
I just ask Siri to do it! Easy, breezy.
Just ask her: “Open ‘name of app‘”. The device will close the black Siri screen, briefly flash a page of apps, and then open the particular app that you asked for. Like magic. :)
Ask Siri to “Open Pandora” or “Open Words with Friends” or whatever other app you’d like to try.
Thank you, Siri. I’ll never have to hunt for anything on my iPhone or iPad, again.
Posted by sharechair on January 5, 2014
This is a GREAT video! As the snow starts falling here in the Northeast US this morning, I took the time to watch all 7 minutes of Siri Commands.
New to me: “What planes are flying over me right now?” :shock: wow!
A big thank you to a blogging friend, Yvonne, at the Misifusa’s Blog, the Presents of Presence, for sharing this with us.
Posted by sharechair on December 10, 2013
I go through phases about using Siri. I can go for weeks and simply forget about her ….. but then, suddenly, I’m using her constantly and wondering how I got along without her.
This is one of those times. Several things have happened this week that made me turn to our iPhone’s “personal assistant.” One instance happened while I was driving, and a series of text messages came in. I never, ever, glance at the phone when I’m driving, but I was curiously concerned about the unusual flurry of messages. Then I remembered that Siri can READ the text messages for us. Without taking my eyes from the road, I held the button and asked her to “read my text messages.” And she did. She even asked if I wanted to reply. That was pretty darn handy. (no emergency, by the way :) )
So I decided to make this week’s distraction Siri-related.
Just hold your home button until the Siri screen appears “What can I help you with?”
Then say any of the following. Enjoy!
(any of these might give you different answers at different times. And some answers are funnier than others, so you might want to ask more than once. I guess it depends on Siri’s mood that day..… :lol:)
Can I borrow some money?
Sing a song
You are boring
Which is the best tablet?
Where are you from?
Good morning (at night)
How old are you?
What is the meaning of life?
Is there a God?
What is the 2nd best smartphone?
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Tell me about yourself.
Beam me up.
Make me a sandwich.
Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Posted by sharechair on November 8, 2013
It was a mystery for a long time….. but no longer.
You can read more about Susan and how she became the voice of Siri, here: CNN.
Posted by sharechair on October 4, 2013
Let’s say you asked Siri a question, but you made a mistake. You could always ask the question again, but there is another way to get the answer you need.
Here is how to correct a question to Siri:
By mistake you ask: “What will the weather be in New York on Wednesday?”
Siri gives you this answer:
You look and listen to the answer and you say to yourself, “Whoops!! I didn’t mean Wednesday, I meant Thursday!”
Instead of asking the question again, an alternate (often quicker) solution would be to just scroll UP on your screen and tap on your original question. By scrolling UP, you reveal the question you originally asked:
Tap the box that shows your question. Once you tap, the keyboard will appear, and you can edit your question. After you make your changes, tap on “done”.
In this example, I changed ‘Wednesday’ to ‘Thursday’. As soon as I made the change, and tapped on “done”, Siri gave me my new information.
Posted by sharechair on July 29, 2013
When you filled out the contact pages on your iPhone, you put in names, addresses, phone numbers, etc.
You most likely know that you can add birthdays, too. (Just look way down at the bottom of the contact page (in edit mode), and tap on “+ field”. This will give you a whole list of possibilities, one of which is “Birthday”.)
And so assuming that you have birthdays recorded for your contacts, you can let Siri tell you when they are.
Just ask her.
Here is how to let Siri help you remember birthdays:
Push and hold the home button to activate Siri.
Ask: “When is _____’s birthday?”
That’s all you do. Now just wait for Siri’s answer. :)
Posted by sharechair on April 3, 2013
When Siri first became a part of my life, I thought that she would be little more than a clever distraction to play with every now and then.
To my surprise, I am using her more and more. Siri can really be helpful.
With iOS6, she can now open your apps. Very handy.
I know, you are probably thinking “but all I have to do to open an app is touch it….”. Yes, that’s true, but as time goes on, and your iPhone and/or iPad fills with apps, and then with folders, and then those folders fill with apps, well, soon you will appreciate Siri’s help to quickly get to an app you might not easily be able to find.
You don’t have to know where the app is located on your iPhone/iPad, because Siri knows. And she will open it for you. :)
Here is how to have Siri open an app:
Push the home button so that Siri will ask how she can help.
Say “Launch Mail” or “Open Scrabble” (I have found that “launch” and “open” are both commands that are understood by Siri.)
Wait a moment, and the app will open on your screen.
Simple and handy!
Posted by sharechair on November 14, 2012