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Talking to Siri: Mastering the Language of Apple's Intelligent Assistant

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Sweet-talk Siri for iOS 7 into doing practically anything!
Under iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Siri is better than ever: faster, smarter, more responsive. And it’s even more amazing when you really know how to talk to it. Top Apple experts Sande and Sadun introduce you to the newest version of Siri. This release offers more functionality than you ever thought ...

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Talking to Siri: Mastering the Language of Apple's Intelligent Assistant

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*Includes a new Q&A with the creator of Siri!

Sweet-talk Siri for iOS 7 into doing practically anything!
Under iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Siri is better than ever: faster, smarter, more responsive. And it’s even more amazing when you really know how to talk to it. Top Apple experts Sande and Sadun introduce you to the newest version of Siri. This release offers more functionality than you ever thought possible! You’ll find tested step-by-step instructions for perfect results--including new Siri techniques and responses you won’t discover anywhere else!

  • Teach Siri to recognize requests and take dictation more accurately
  • Help Siri recognize, track down, and connect with family and friends
  • Transform Siri and iTunes Radio into your personal DJ (and tell Siri what songs you never want to hear again)
  • Check Yelp or Rotten Tomatoes reviews and place OpenTable reservations
  • Return calls, play specific voicemails, and check your email
  • Make appointments, take notes, and set reminders
  • Blog with Siri using email or text messaging
  • Tweet updates and track up-to-the-minute Twitter trends
  • Trigger reminders when you arrive at the supermarket, drugstore, or any other destination
  • Retrieve up-to-the-minute sports stats
  • Use Siri to control apps, access device settings, and enable Airplane mode
  • Teach Siri how to pronounce names correctly
  • Find the nearest store selling the products you need
  • Answer math and science problems with Wolfram Alpha
  • Make sure Siri responds only to you, not to an impostor
  • Discover the silly side of Siri (including our top 10 Siri jokes)
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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Second Edition of Talking to Siri

“So you think you know everything that Siri can do? I’ll bet you don’t. What you can accomplish with Siri is amazing if you just know how to ask, and this book is where you will learn what to say and how to say it. With generous illustrations and simple explanations, Erica and Steve will help you get more out of Siri. Much more.”
--Chuck Joiner, MacVoices

“It’s easy to dismiss Siri as a fun novelty that gives amusing answers to ‘Open the pod bay doors, Siri.’ But Siri is a remarkably useful tool. The authors of Talking to Siri make it fast and easy to learn how to put it to use, whether that’s the quickest way to call your husband, schedule a reminder (‘When I get home, remind me to...’), or find out the baseball score. The writing is delightful, and the information full of ‘Gosh, how cool!’”
--Esther Schindler, Technology Journalist

“Steve and Erica’s knowledge of Siri is surpassed only by the clarity with which they explain it. I learned several new tricks, even as a long-time Siri user.”
--Dave Caolo, News Editor, The Unofficial Apple Weblog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789752987
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 4/4/2014
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 364,631
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Erica Sadun writes a lot of books and blogs at TUAW. When not writing, she’s a full-time parent of geeks who are brushing up on their world-domination skills. According to her academic dosimeter, she’s acquired more education than any self-respecting person might consider wise. She enjoys deep-diving into technology.

Steve Sande also writes way too much. He’s the hardware editor at TUAW and has logged almost 2 million words written for the blog in a little more than 5 years. He’s written a number of books, is married to a rocket scientist, and spends his days being bossed by a cat.

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Table of Contents

A Quick Q&A with Dag Kittlaus, Cofounder and Former CEO of Siri xi
Preface xiii
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Siri 1

Enabling Siri on iOS 3
Enabling Dictation on OS X 9
Privacy 11
Launching Siri on iOS 13
Saying Hello to Siri 13
Cancelling Siri 15
Repeating Siri 16
Quitting Siri 16
Getting Help 17
Siri Listens 19
Correcting Siri 23
New in Siri 31
Summary 36
Chapter 2: Controlling Your Device with Siri 39
Airplane Mode 39
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Settings 41
Music 49
Summary 52
Chapter 3: Asking Siri for Information 55
Weather 56
Web Search 60
Sports and Siri 67
Checking Stocks 70
Using Wolfram Alpha 73
Pokedex 80
Summary 82
Chapter 4: Using Siri to Stay in Touch 83
Contacts 84
Placing Phone Calls with Siri 93
Missed Calls and Voicemail 95
Text Messages 98
Mail 102
Social Networking 106
Friends 108
Summary 111
Chapter 5: Talking to Your Day-Timer 113
Calendars 114
Reminders 118
Creating Notes 122
Clock Functions 127
Summary 133
Chapter 6: Going Shopping with Siri 135
Products and Services 136
Shopping Math 140
Preparing a Shopping List 144
Sharing Shopping Lists via the Cloud 146
Turn-by-Turn Directions 148
Making Restaurant Reservations 151
Checking Out Movies 152
Summary 156
Chapter 7: Pushing Limits with Siri 159
Launching Apps 160
Talking to Apps 161
Blogging with Siri 162
Siri Security 168
Music 170
Summary 172
Chapter 8: Siri Dictation 175
Launching Dictation on iOS 176
Launching Dictation on OS X 176
Why Learn Dictation? 179
Enunciation Practice 181
Dictation 101 182
Inserting Punctuation 186
Including Abbreviations 192
Dictating Technical Terms 193
Smileys 196
Dictating Formatted Text 196
Dictation Practice 199
Punctuation Practice 201
Summary 203
Chapter 9: Having Fun with Siri 205
Siri Diversions 205
Asking About Siri 207
Siri Chitchat 211
Pop Culture Fun 214
Siri Miscellany 216
Summary 225
Chapter 10: Our Top 10 Siri Jokes 227
1. What the Fox Says 228
2. The Konami Code 229
3. Deep Thoughts with Siri 230
4. I Cannae Give Her No More 231
5. Laws of Robotics 232
6. Pets 233
7. The Lightbulb Joke 234
8. Is That You, Mary? 235
9. Going Python 236
10. The Meaning of Siri 237
Summary 238
Appendix A: Siri Quick Reference 239
Index 257
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014


    Ok you can be her. But is she bi or les? Where do you want to rp?

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    Posted September 24, 2014

    Siri Says~

    Bi. [How about 'hye' result one?]

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