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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia iOS devices
I haven't seen this hint anywhere else, but I've found that in Siri, if you say 'Wikipedia' followed by anything like 'Muppets' or 'Zombies,' it will take you right to the Wikipedia entry for that request. Pretty cool.

[crarko adds: It's going to be a while before I get a 4s, due to my contract. For those who have one, is Siri as amazing as it sounds or is it just a 1.0 version in need of improvement?]
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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 31, '11 08:01:45AM

Siri is very good at speech recognition. The "knowledge" part of it will only get better as Apple adds sources (ie. sports) and plugins to new apps.

I kind of think of Siri as the 1st Gen iPod touch without the app store. It was worth it to get because it was so far ahead of anything out there, but it is also wrought with so much potential that its hard to wait.



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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: argh128 on Oct 31, '11 08:22:49AM

Yes, Siri is pretty much as awesome as it sounds. In my usage, it does get things wrong a little two often to be my primary interface. It really excels at setting reminders, timers and quick searches. Its not quite so great to call people.

Note: Do not switch your default reminder/task list to an Exchange based reminders if you want location aware alerts. (AKA Siri uses your default task list, and the Exchange list does not support locations)

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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: joecab on Oct 31, '11 08:36:00AM

Oh yeah as long as you know what you can do with it, it really is amazing. Should be interesting to see where else it can go in future upgrades.

I've used it to go Google searches, WIkipedia research, find the nearest pet hospital, call my friends, alert me of reminders when I get into the office or when I get home, weather, time, alarms ... well you probably already know most of those functionalities. My only frustration is at the naysayers who don't use it but snort derisively at it anyway.



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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: Unsoluble on Oct 31, '11 09:15:59AM
I haven't really scratched the surface of its usage yet, but even just using it for adding items to my Reminders lists has made it totally worthwhile to me. Hold button > "Add milk to my shopping list". Done. Waaaayyy more efficient than the alternative.

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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: sdunn10 on Oct 31, '11 09:37:06AM

The potential of Siri is very clear. When it works it's fantastic, unfortunately, I have found that dictating a note/message via Siri versus directly dictating into Notes, Mail, Messages etc gives much worse recognition accuracy.

For example, I recorded a message using Quicktime and then played it first to Siri and then into Notes by pressing the microphone button. Siri got it very wrong, Notes got it right.

I hope this is just a beta issue, but it appears that both forms of voice input use different core recognition technology.

Scott.



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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: hookoa on Oct 31, '11 12:06:16PM

SIRI is still, AFAIK, still in Beta.

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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: mrbook on Oct 31, '11 12:43:42PM

The same thing works for yahoo, bing, and google. You can say "bing platypus" and siri will return a bing search for platypuses (platypi?). Unfortunately, this does not work for imdb or rotten tomatoes.



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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: jbolden1517 on Oct 31, '11 02:29:07PM

reply to crarko

I think it is a cool feature. What I'm finding much more actually useful is the improved dictation for emails and text messaging.

Where I think Siri could be an amazing winner is when driving or when walking. The AI is still less good than just picking the appropriate app and typing, and accuracy is a bit lower. However in a situation where you can't look or touch the phone much it would be a huge winner.

Major problem with Siri is that it can't do back further specification. But it seems to be getting better even in the last few weeks. For example if you ask for a map of a place and then ask in another query for driving directions it will give you directions to the place you previous asked about.



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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: Sigma on Oct 31, '11 06:01:34PM

Just for the fact that it can understand me millions of times better than the old "Voice Control" makes it extremely valuable. I don't think Voice Control EVER played the music that I told it to even though I hopelessly tried again and again.

Dictating text, creating appointments and reminders, and just being able to call people without looking at the phone while driving makes it insanely useful. When you try to get a little more playful with what you ask it to do, it does show how much improvement it could use (try creating TWO alarms with one sentence). Any ambient voices will completely ruin your chances of it understanding you. And it NEEDS a data connection; without one it simply does not work at all.



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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: petersconsult on Nov 01, '11 04:35:30AM
And it NEEDS a data connection; without one it simply does not work at all.


That is a big problem for me: i'm on the road a lot and, not only does Siri need a data connection, it needs a quite good one (i've never gotten it to work with just an Edge connection).
Even plain dictation does not function without a good connection... (Even though Dragon Dictate, its alleged dictation engine, does)
i'd like to try Siri and know what all the fuss is about, but, for now anyway, i'm afraid i can only be less than impressed...
Be Well,
Peter


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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: pablorph on Nov 01, '11 06:14:02AM

So, do you currently own an iPhone 4S? Your comments leave me unsure.

Thanks



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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: petersconsult on Nov 01, '11 06:39:10AM
My point was that i do own a 4S (phone company gave it to me for free 2 days after launch), but that i haven't really had the opportunity to try Siri since even the dictation functionality requires a fast connection
Be Well,
Peter

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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: AmplifiedLife on Oct 31, '11 09:05:27PM

For me, having dictation built in (email, iMessage, other chat apps, etc), changed the way I interact with iOS and communicate with the people in my life. I can't activate Siri via my Jawbone BT (yet) but Siri communicates to me and accepts commands via my headset which is pretty awesome in the car. The Jawbone has built in noise reduction which takes care of the background noise problem for me. It hears me every time. Even in the car with music on (quietly) or the window cracked (slightly). I'm looking forward to being able to open apps and receive turn by turn directions directly from asking Siri.
Peace.



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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: redfood on Nov 01, '11 06:35:59AM
crarko adds: It's going to be a while before I get a 4s...

This is your job and Mac OS X Hints is owned by Macworld. Is the publication is such bad shape that they can't pony up $400 or so to break your contract and get a new phone? That is crazy if they can't invest a small amount to keep the website relevant.

Edited on Nov 01, '11 06:36:26AM by redfood


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Hear, hear!
Authored by: SeanAhern on Nov 03, '11 08:25:35AM

I second this. This should be part of being the primary Mac OS X Hints editor.



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Make Siri listen better
Authored by: sipatel on Nov 05, '11 06:20:35AM

If you're not using a headset and simply holding the phone in front of you, the first thing to do is get the distance between mouth and phone worked out, then the volume of your voice.

I was holding the phone too close and speaking too loudly, but once I got things worked out, Siri understands me better.

My biggest problem no is that as Siri-UK is male, I can't really tell him I love him or ask him to marry me -- my wife would kick my butt.



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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: stehkoyeh on Nov 01, '11 10:39:42AM

Siri sounds wonderful even if it is 1.0 in need of improvements. Perhaps the 21st century has at last arrived!

Whether some choose to use iPhones for one thing and others for another is a function of what people want, but it will always be a phone as long as someone uses it as such.

Read "Is an iPhone still a phone with Siri?" a Review by Barry Welford Oct 31/11:
<http://technorati.com/technology/gadgets/article/is-an-iphone-still-a-phone/>

I love the one quote by Android's Andy Rubin: ... You shouldn't be communicating with the phone; you should be communicating with somebody on the other side of the phone."

One last thought. The review points out that it is the "Personal Assistant" mode that really sets it apart. Then, I would add, it is as good as your needs and imagination will take it. Should I not also say "Hold on to your hats!"

The reviewer concludes: "... this technology could put Apple in the driving seat..." " Sound familiar anyone?

Read more: http://technorati.com/technology/gadgets/article/is-an-iphone-still-a-phone/#ixzz1cTRR3vhl



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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: petergort on Nov 01, '11 05:56:12PM

I'm australian, and I have to speak slightly slower than normal for Siri to get things right every time. I'm getting the hang of it though, and as we get used to each other the success rate is rising. I think the most useful feature is reading and creating SMS messages (which are used a LOT in Australia). Getting and sending messages when I'm in the car is vastly easier and safer. The first time I said "send a message to my wife" it asked who my wife is. I told it "my wife is .... xxxx" and it put an entry in my Address Book card for "Spouse" pointing to her. I think it's got a way to go, but it is not only a technology demo, it is actually useful.



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Siri Quick Tip: Wikipedia
Authored by: pochon53 on Nov 03, '11 12:37:48PM

Wow! What a great shortcut!



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