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Prevent Siri Being Used from the Lock Screen in iOS

Oct 31, 2012 - 4 Comments

Siri works from the Locked Screen in iOS, letting you get things like the weather, make quick phone calls, and a variety of other incredibly useful tasks, but for the privacy and security buffs out there, this may be considered undesirable. If you don’t want Siri to be usable when the iPhone or iPad is … Read More

Adjust Siri’s Volume Level Independently from iOS System Volume

Oct 26, 2012 - 4 Comments

The volume level of Siri can be independently adjusted from the rest of the system volume of an iPhone or iPad, allowing you to directly control how loud Siri is without impacting other system audio. Though the feature is not immediately obvious, it is really easy to use:

Find Nearby Wi-Fi Hotspots Easily with Siri

Oct 24, 2012 - 2 Comments

The next time you need to quickly find a nearby hotspot with wireless internet access, grab your iPhone (or iPad) and just ask Siri. Try phrasing questions like the following: “Where are the closest Wi-Fi hotspots” – finds locations with wireless internet nearest to current location “Where are wi-fi hotspots in City Name, State” – … Read More

Change the Voice & Accent of Spoken Text Selection in iOS

Oct 16, 2012 - 3 Comments

The default voice for speaking text in iOS is the same voice as Siri, but if you want to switch it up and hear something different you can change the text-to-speech voice quite easily. Switching voices is a bit more fun than you’d expect though, at least with English, because you end up with different … Read More

Set Location Based Reminders with Siri

Oct 14, 2012 - 7 Comments

Siri is getting more and more useful, and one of the better uses for Siri are location based reminders. With location reminders, you can have Siri remind you to do things like make copies when you get to work, feed the cat when you get home, and just about any other task that would be … Read More

Activate Siri Directly from the Earbuds

Oct 8, 2012 - 6 Comments

Siri is much more useful than many realize, and one of the best ways to use Siri while on the go is through your earbuds or earpods, the classic white headphones that come with all iOS devices. All you need is Siri enabled, and then connect the earbuds to your iPhone or iPad as you … Read More

7 Genuinely Useful Things To Do with Siri

Oct 4, 2012 - 21 Comments

Siri is surprisingly useful, and though the voice assistant can do a ton of stuff, it’s really best used when it’s either faster than manually tapping around a screen, or when you’re unable to because your hands are busy from driving or something else. Now that Siri can be enabled on more iOS devices than … Read More

Open Apps with Siri on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Sep 26, 2012 - 3 Comments

Siri now lets you launch applications by just speaking a simple command to the iPhone, iPod, or iPad. This is a great feature for a variety of obvious reasons, and using it is simple: Hold down the Home button to summon Siri, then say “Open [App Name]” or “Launch [App Name]“ Sometimes you can just … Read More

Get Weather on iPad with the Clock App

Sep 21, 2012 - 7 Comments

iOS 6 brought with it a new feature that lets iPad users finally get weather on the device without downloading a third party apps: the new Clock app. Yup, there’s a new clock app for iPad users only, and it does all the things the iPhone and iPod touch clock app did, plus the ability … Read More

How to Enable Siri on iPad 3

Sep 20, 2012 - 28 Comments

Siri has made it’s way onto iPad 3 thanks to iOS 6 and it’s actually one of the best reasons to upgrade for 3rd gen iPad owners. Though you should see the option to enable Siri during the first reboot and basic setup after updating to iOS 6 or getting a brand new iPad, if … Read More

Add the Voice of Siri to Mac OS X

Jun 4, 2012 - 7 Comments

If you bought a new Mac with OS X Lion (or later) pre-installed you probably already have the voice of Siri enabled by default. Siri is actually called “Samantha”, but if you upgraded to OS X Lion manually from Snow Leopard you may have missed the addition of Siri’s voice completely, so here’s how to … Read More

Turn Dictation OFF or ON for iPad or iPhone

May 4, 2012 - 10 Comments

Dictation on the iPad and iPhone 4S converts your words into text, it can make typing in iOS easier but it’s also easy to accidentally activate with an inadvertent touch. For a variety of reasons you may want to either turn it on or off, and if you don’t use Dictation it’s simple to disable … Read More

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