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Talking to Siri: Learning the Language of Apple's Intelligent Assistant 1st Edition

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About the Author

Erica Sadun writes lots of books and she 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 has 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 recently logged more than one million words written for the blog in just over 3 years. He’s written a number of books for Take Control Books and Apress, is married to a rocket scientist, and spends his days being bossed by a cat.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Que Publishing; 1 edition (March 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789749734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789749734
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,847,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Philip J. Kinsler VINE VOICE on April 10, 2012
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This little book makes using Siri much easier. It is the manual Siri should have had. It goes over simple uses--creating reminders, for example, and more complex uses. These include using Siri to send text messages, to compose e-mails, to search for an item close to you, to maintain a grocery list and remind you when you get to the store what to get. It goes over using Siri to enter things in your calendar, and as a shopping aid. It has a chapter on the kind of humorous prompts that will get Siri to wisecrack back. And it introduces a function I had no idea Siri had, integration with Wolfram Alpha, which you can ask everything from solutions to math equations to currency conversions to conversions of recipe ingredients and on and on. I haven't mastered all that this little book can teach me, but I plan to keep it around and master one sort of task after another and see which ones are useful in my life. For example, who knew that Siri can be a countdown barbecue stopwatch? I think I might use that! Cool!
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I have to admit, I really hated Siri. It actually got me upset to try and communicate with her... childish, I know. I just stopped using the program, was better then (practically) arguing with a phone. Then, I saw this book and thought I would give it a try. The book was like couples therapy. It really put Siri into perspective for me and turned me in the right direction to be able to get out of the program what it was able to give.
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Why Siri doesn't already come with a book like this, I have no idea. It should be packed right with your iPhone. Although Apple tries to major on making things intuitive, let's face it--you can't know everything you need to know just by intuition. Apple always seems to assume that you can figure everything out without help, but without this book there is so much you will miss. This book spells it out for you and explains how Siri really works. I wish I had a manual like this for my dog; I still can't figure out all the things she does. One thing I found especially useful about this book was that it showed me a lot more uses for Siri. It will maximize the usefulness of Siri for you and eliminate the frustrations you may have encountered with it.
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Siri is unique, easy and fun to use. Everyone knows that. But with this book, written by two geniuses who are Apple Tech people, you can maximize your investment of your iPhone 4s. Before I read this book, I knew, of course, I could tell Siri to do things, like reminders, make calls, etc.,BUT there is a vast amount of stuff I never knew siri was capable of. For instance, if I look up in the sky while relaxing in my yard and see a plane go overhead, I can ask Siri to give me flight info of that plane. Siri isn't perfect, but it sure is a step forward into the future. If this old man can read this book and learn about Siri, anyone can. I received this book courtesy of Amazon Vine.
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This book is very similiar to Siri For Dummies. So, instead of exploring on your own, this booklet goes into direct and simple exercises in exactly what Siri can and cannot do. There are so many things you can do with Siri, so I'll only mention a few cool things I learned. You can be driving and texting safely at the same time (although I still feel uncomfortable even saying this). Hands free - Simply say, "Send a text to Sue". Siri asks you what you want to say. You simply state your message. When done, Siri asks you if you want to send it. You can do that or cancel it and redo it or have Siri read it back to you for correctness. I found Siri took a while to learn some of my verbiage, but learns after a while, but is sometimes not perfect. All done vocally. Of course, if you are not driving you can vocalize and press buttons.

Siri will also play any song on your iPhone by request. Play "Under My Thumb" and Siri plays it. 'Find me a gas station' and Siri finds the closest ones with a map. Ask about the weather for next week and Siri will tell you. If Siri cannot answer your question directly, she will ask if you want to search the internet. I found this happens a lot.

Reminders is the best feature for me. Siri will remind you at any time you specify and remind you what the meeting is and with whom. Want to call someone hands free? Say, "Call Sue", and it is done. If you have more than one Sue, Siri will ask you which one by listing them vocally. This is virtually unlimited.

The only thing I found silly (but fun) are all the questions you can ask Siri and get a sarcastic or funny response. "Siri, I love you". Response; "I bet you say that to all your phones".
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For someone like me, who always needs a heads up on most things technological, this book does the job well. I am having a love affair with all things Apple since I discovered how good their computers worked compared to my troublesome years using windows (unexpected crashes, unwanted advertisements, etc, etc), and since the faithful day when I purchased my first iMac I continued on purchasing more products like the IPod Classic (which still today runs like a charm with more than 80% of its memory still to be used), IPhone in 2009 which still runs well today, but I am not going to deny that I am about to purchase the IPhone 5 for in a few years things have definitely advanced to the point where I almost feel obligated to upgrade (contentedly so, of course).
Enter Talking to Siri: Learning the Language of Apple's Intelligent Assistant is a very helpful hand guide to this revolutionary assistant, to say the least. I read the booklet from start to finish and I almost feel confident that I understand what this assistant is all about, and how to obtain the best results while using it. Once again I feel indebted to amazon.com for letting me read this fine addition to my otherwise outdated collection of books on different apple products. This one, of course, is more current and has opened the doors to understand how to take full advantage of Siri.
Apple continues to dazzle and Siri is no exception. Even with the passing of the genial Mr. Steve Jobs, the company keeps putting out incredible products that work seamlessly with all the other ones in the apple world.
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