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Siri is utterly awesome! Make the most of her skills with the advice in this book She's such a charmer, that Siri! ...
Siri is utterly awesome! Make the most of her skills with the advice in this book She's such a charmer, that Siri! Here's how to use your voice-activated assistant to help you review texts and e-mails, take dictation, navigate city streets, find the nearest Chinese restaurant and reserve a table, and get the weather report, sports scores, movie times, and more. Learn all the ways Siri can get you organized, entertain you, and save you time.
Open the book and find:
Chapter 1: Getting to Know Siri 5
Chapter 2: Using Siri to Organize Your Life 21
Chapter 3: Using Siri While on the Go 53
Chapter 4: Using Siri for Sports, Movies, and Restaurants (Oh, My!) 89
Chapter 5: Using Siri for E-Mail, Texting, and Phone Calls 117
Chapter 6: Getting the 4-1-1 153
Chapter 7: Having Fun with Siri: Music, Podcasts, Social Networking, and More 171
Chapter 8: Way More than Ten Ways to Have (Even More) Fun with Siri 201
Chapter 9: Ten Great Ways to Use Siri 229
Posted November 24, 2012
Siri for Dummies
By Marc Saltzman
The name is pretty self-explanatory but if you don’t know who or what Siri is then here is a breakdown:
Siri is a built in assistant for iPhone 4s with voice recognition capabilities that can do anything and everything you could want from a phone.
Siri and I have a love/hate relationship; I often refer to her in terms not appropriate for my blog. I am not the most tech savvy person in town so Siri would often pop up without my knowing how in the world I did it. So when this book came up for review I jumped at the chance, I am definitely one of those people who need it. I whipped out my handy dandy iphone gave it the evil eye for good measure and got to work. This is the first time I have read a “for Dummies” book even though there are, according to wikipedia, over 2,300 titles. I absolutely loved the way Marc Saltzman broke everything down step by step, from calling someone to emailing more than one contact at a time, he covers everything you could possibly want to know. At first I stumbled a few times and it took me a few tries to get the commands down, to no fault of Marc’s I have a southern accent and Siri apparently hates the way I speak, in the end I made it through and loved what I am now able to accomplish is such a short time with the help of this guide. Definitely worth the read if you are like me and Siri brings out the “squinty eyes of death.”
I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review.
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Posted January 1, 2013
This is an easy-to-read For Dummies title, that will teach you everything you need to know about Siri plus loads more of information. First introduced in the iPhone 4s, it's one of Apple's newest innovative technology.
So what exactly is Siri? It can be best described as a personal assistant inside your iPhone that is controlled by your voice, making productivity much quicker.
You can fully customize Siri to understand where you live, who your parents are, and what you prefer to be called, and Siri will respond accordingly. Once Siri knows more about you, you can ask for directions home, or to text dad.
Setting up appointments is easier now then ever with Siri as your assistant, all you need to do is tell Siri when and where, and the reminder or alert will be set in your phone in a snap. Just ask Siri questions like "What does my day look like?" and she will quickly give you a list of your reminders. Just as any other assistant might do.
Since Siri has GPS built inside, you can set reminders to alert you before departing or when arriving at a certain destination i.e. "Remind me to set the oven to 375 when I get home" or "Remind me to pick up dinner when I leave the office"
Having built in GPS is also helpful when you need to get directions or find the nearest banking center. Just ask Siri for directions or an address to the places you need to get to, and she will locate your coordinates with step by step directions on how to arrive at your destination.
Siri can also set up, change or cancel any alarms or reminders, all you have to do is tell Siri what you need. If Siri is lacking any information, she will simply ask for what is needed to confirm the task you need to perform.
You can ask Siri any question you desire regarding the weather around the world, and she can predict if you'll be needing an umbrella or if you should pack shorts or pants for your vacation to Nashville.
Of course Siri can also assist you in sending emails and texts as well as make calls, and even initiate Face-Time Calls. Siri is able to access your emails, read them aloud to you and respond by telling Siri what your would like your email to say. Don't worry about your emails not sounding as professional, just add in your punctuation as you speak by telling Siri when you need a period or a comma.
Need to Google something? Just ask Siri and you can perform a web search as you need it. Siri can perform mathematical equations, define words from a dictionary and answer almost any question that Google can.
Siri can access your music library to play songs as you wish, just tell Siri what you want to listen to. Any settings and controls that you can do with your fingers from your music library, you can easily do just as easy with your voice.
Basically Siri can do anything your human assistant at the office can do, besides make you a cup of coffee. To find even more details on what Siri is capable of, check out the book. It makes a great gift to anyone who is getting a new Apple Device. I give this book 5/5
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Posted January 15, 2013
Posted April 12, 2012