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24/3/2016 0 Comments
If you have the newest of the iPhones or iPads, you will have a access to a great new feature that allows Siri to take and execute your commands without you even touching your device. This is great for when you are in the car and many other circumstances.
The feature is 'Hey Siri' - where you can say these words to activate Siri, hands free. (On earlier older devices, the 'Hey Siri' feature is only available when the device is connected to a power source - for example, when it is charging in the car.)
When I am driving between appointments or busily cooking in the kitchen (and, for those of you who know me, don't laugh at that mental image!), I can say 'Hey Siri, read my messages' - and Siri will read all the new texts and iMessages that I have received.
To hear what emails I have received, I say 'Hey Siri, read my emails' or 'Hey Siri, read the emails from my husband'.
I can say 'Hey Siri, set a reminder when I get home to take the meat out of the freezer'.
It makes the time when I am on the road into productive time, and helps me to keep on top of a busy day.
Siri can even save me from screeching at my kids!
Here is one of my favourites ...
When I want my family to come to dinner, I save going upstairs and downstairs to call them (or screaming DINNNNEEEERRR from somewhere in the middle) by saying 'Hey Siri, text my children dinner time'. They may not listen to me, but they DO read their texts!
It's those small things that make for family harmony.
But, sometimes Siri is 'listening' when I don't need 'her'
Occasionally, Siri thinks 'she' hears me say 'Hey Siri' when I didn't really say it (or when I am describing the feature to someone else). She then interrupts my conversation to tell me that she couldn't understand me, or does something else I didn't intend.
To stop Siri from 'listening' when 'she' is not required, all I have to do is put my iPhone (or iPad Pro) 'face down' - then I don't have this problem. Simple!
Are you interested in finding out how Siri knows who my kids are?
Are you curious to find out how Siri knows who my kids are? Check out 'Tell Siri about your relationships' handy hint, published way back in October 2015! (with the old logo still).
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