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Add Phonetic Spelling to Contact Names to Improve Siri’s Pronunciation

Dec 14, 2012 - 9 Comments
Add phonetic spelling to names to improve pronunciation with Siri

Siri doubles as a great hands-free helper with some extremely useful voice commands, but sometimes Siri can really mangle pronunciation of names that aren’t outright obvious. If you’re finding that Siri routinely either mispronounces a name or doesn’t understand a request regarding a certain contact, try adding special phonetic spelling fields to the troubled contacts: … Read More

Use Siri as a Calculator

Nov 25, 2012 - 5 Comments
Siri as a calculator

Don’t want to unlock your iPhone and launch the Calculator app? Bummed that iPad doesn’t even have a default Calculator? No big deal, because Siri can function as a regular old calculator, and it has the obvious added bonus of being handsfree. To have Siri calculate equations for you, just feed Siri numbers and thanks … Read More

Use iPhone & Siri as a Tip Calculator

Nov 19, 2012 - 17 Comments
The iPhone becomes a Tip Calculator thanks to Siri

Breaking out the Calculator app can be too time consuming, and while there’s no shortage of tip calculator apps for the iPhone, why download another app if you don’t need to? The next time you’re at a restaurant and want to quickly calculate an appropriate tip according to the bill, all you have to do … Read More

Google Search for iOS is an Excellent Siri Alternative

Nov 12, 2012 - 6 Comments
Google Search as a Siri Alternative

We really like Siri and it’s undoubtedly useful, but unfortunately not all devices can run Siri, and sometimes Siri is just plain slow or doesn’t work. If you’re looking for an excellent Siri alternative that will run on everything, yes even iPhone 4 & iPhone 3GS, look no further than the latest versions of Google … Read More

Go on a Diet & Get Healthy with Siri

Nov 5, 2012 - 2 Comments
Find the number of Calories in food, from Siri

The next time you’re wondering how many grams of sugar are in that donut and if it’s going to cut into your allotted daily calorie intake of junk food, just pull out your iPhone or iPad and ask Siri. Thanks to Siri’s ability to tap into the wealth of knowledge at Wolfram Alpha, you can … Read More

Prevent Siri Being Used from the Lock Screen in iOS

Oct 31, 2012 - 4 Comments
Disable Siri access from the Lock Screen in iOS

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.

Adjust Siri’s Volume Level Independently from iOS System Volume

Oct 26, 2012 - 4 Comments
Adjust the volume level of Siri

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
Find Wi-Fi Hotspots with Siri

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
Change voice of Speak Selection in iOS

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
Set Location Reminders with Siri

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
Launch Siri with nothing but your classic white Earbuds

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 - 23 Comments
Siri

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

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