Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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How to Talk to Siri, the iPhone's New Virtual Assistant [Video]



Yesterday Apple announced Siri, the new voice-controlled assistant for your iPhone, and we detailed how it works to give you an idea of the things it can help you do. But have you been wondering what you can say to it, specifically? The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) has posted a very comprehensive list of options. Here are a few examples and how they work.


How to Talk to Siri, the iPhone's New Virtual Assistant


Accessing Your Calendar and Events


When adding events, you can say things like "Set up a meeting at 9", "New appointment with Susan Park Friday at 3", and "Schedule a planning meeting at 8:30 today in the boardroom". If you need to change an event, "Move my 3pm meeting to 4:30" will work. If you just want to hear about existing events, you can say things like "What does the rest of my day look like?" and "When am I meeting with Michael?". The voice interface is designed to be very natural and understand how you would normally talk.



How to Talk to Siri, the iPhone's New Virtual Assistant


Interacting with Contacts


Siri has full access to your address book, so if you want an address, for example, just ask "What is Susan Park's address?" To see a contact on your screen, "Show Jason Russell" is sufficient. You can also specify relationships by saying things like "Michael Manning is my brother."



How to Talk to Siri, the iPhone's New Virtual Assistant


Setting Alarms and Reminders


Waking up tomorrow is as simple as saying "Wake me up tomorrow at 7am." You can also be a little less specific about the exact time and say "Wake me up in 8 hours." If you change your mind, "Delete my 7:30 alarm" will get rid of a particular alarm. Of course you can always just ask for the time or the date as well. If you want to add something to the Reminders app, specifically, then just start off the sentence with the word remind. For example, "Remind me to finish the report by 6" will get the job done.


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