Sunday, July 07, 2013

We always want to make our work easier and had done enough research also. We have been successful in accomplishing it at a certain level and the time is not far when all our work including our day to day work will be done the moment we call out some key word.
We heard from our grandfather and elders and even had read in books that in heaven the moment you think having of having something it will be present in front of you, ready to be used.

Siri to some extent is step towards accomplishing one of the desires, at least not picking up call or reading the messages and get direction. Although, few of the features are still to be available for India but it had already is in great demand.

Original author(s)
SRI International
Apple Inc.
Initial release
October 4, 2011;
Stable release
iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S
iPad 2, 3 and 4 iPad Mini iPod Touch 4th and 5th generations
6.1.3 (Build 10B329)
iPhone 5
6.1.4 (Build 10B350)
Apple TV 2nd and 3rd generations
5.3 (Build 10B809)
Preview release
7.0 Beta 2 (Build 11A4400f)
Operating system
iOS 5 and later
iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Mini, iPod Touch (5th generation)
Available in
EnglishFrenchGerman, JapaneseChineseKorean, ItalianSpanish
Intelligent software assistant

Siri is the intelligent personal assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. It allows you to use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more but with your natural speech, and it asks you questions if it needs more information to complete a task.

Siri is available for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).

About Siri
Siri a Norwegian name meaning "beautiful woman who leads you to victory", and comes from the intended name for the original developer's first child. Siri /ˈsɪri/ is an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator which works as an application for Apple Inc.'s iOS. The application uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services.
Apple claims that the software adapts to the user's individual preferences over time and personalizes results. Siri was originally introduced as an iOS application available in the App Store by Siri, Inc.
Siri, Inc. had announced that their software would be available for BlackBerry and for phones running Android, but all development efforts for non-Apple platforms were cancelled after the acquisition by Apple on April 28, 2010.

Siri has been an integral part of iOS since iOS 5 and was first supported on the iPhone 4S. Siri was added to the iPad (3rd generation) with the release of iOS 6, and is included on the iPhone 5, iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad (4th generation), and the iPad Mini.

Using Siri
To talk to Siri, hold down the Home button and you’ll hear two quick beeps and see “What can I help you with?” on the screen. Just begin speaking. The microphone icon lights up to let you know that Siri hears you talking. Once you’ve started a dialogue with Siri, tap the microphone icon to talk to it again.
There’s more than one way to talk to Siri. Siri works with headphones and Bluetooth headsets. When you’re using headphones with a remote and microphone, you can press and hold the centre button to talk to Siri. With a Bluetooth headset, press and hold the call button to bring up Siri. On iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, simply bring iPhone up to your ear when the screen is on. You’ll hear two quick beeps to indicate that Siri is listening to you.
In a car that supports Eyes Free, you can also start a conversation with Siri just by pressing a button on your steering wheel.
Siri waits for you to stop talking, but you can also tap the microphone icon to tell Siri you’re done talking. This is useful when there’s a lot of background noise. When you finish speaking, Siri displays the text of what you said and provides a response. If Siri needs more information to complete a request, it will ask you a question. For example, if you say “Remind me to call my mom,” Siri will ask “What time would you like me to remind you?”
When you use earphones or a headset, Siri reads back text messages and email messages that you’ve dictated before you send them, and it reads back the subjects of reminders before you create them. This is especially helpful when you’re driving and can’t see the screen.

Thinking will Siri recognize you in the accent you speak/talk. Yes, You can speak to Siri as you would to a person — in a natural voice with a conversational tone. If you want to know what the weather will be like tomorrow, simply say “What will the weather be like tomorrow?” Or “Does it look like rain tomorrow?” Or even “Will I need an umbrella tomorrow?” No matter how you ask, Siri will tell you the forecast.

Knows you, your words, your relations 
Talk to Siri as you would to a person. Say something like “Tell my wife I’m running late” or “Remind me to call the vet.” Siri not only understands what you say, it’s smart enough to know what you mean. So when you ask “Any good fast food around here?” Siri will reply “I found a number of restaurants near you.” Then you can say “Hmm. How about rolls?” Siri remembers that you just asked about restaurants, so it will look for restaurants in the neighborhood. And Siri is proactive, so it will question you until it finds what you’re looking for.
Siri also uses information from your contacts, music library, calendars, and reminders to better understand what you say. So it responds more accurately when you ask to make a phone call, play music, or create an appointment or reminder.
If Siri knows who you are, it can use your information to help you. To make sure Siri knows who you are, select your contact information in Settings > General > Siri > My Info.

Siri helps you by learning about the key people in your life. The first time you ask Siri to call your sister, it will ask you who your sister is. That information is stored in Contacts along with other relationship information like “mom,” “husband,” and “grandma”.
Helps you do the things you do every day
Siri makes everyday task easy and fun. It figures out which apps to use for which requests, and it finds answers to queries through sources like Yelp and Wolfram Alpha. It plays the songs you want to hear, gives you directions, wakes you up, even tells you the score of last night’s game. All you have to do is ask.

iOS takes dictation
Instead of typing, tap the microphone icon on the keyboard. Then say what you want to say and Siri listens. Tap Done, and your words are converted to text. Use dictation to write messages, take notes, search the web, and more. Dictation also works with third-party apps, so you can update your Facebook status, tweet, or write and send Instagrams.

Isn’t that cool, doing some important office work but want to reply to mail/sms at the same time, let Siri do it for you?

Eyes free
Apple is working with car manufacturers to integrate Siri into select voice control systems. Through the voice command button on your steering wheel, you’ll be able to ask Siri questions without taking your eyes off the road. To minimize distractions even more, your iOS device’s screen won’t light up. The App is very useful for people who are extensively travelling. Employees of Vodafone are very delighted and are making full use of the application where they follow HSW policy very strictly. With the Eyes Free feature, ask Siri to call people, select and play music, hear and compose text messages, use Maps and get directions, read your notifications, find calendar information, add reminders, and more. It’s just another way Siri helps you get things done, even when you’re behind the wheel.

Language Support and Availability
Siri is available for iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation). Siri understands and can speak the following languages:

United States (English, Spanish), United Kingdom (English), Australia (English), France (French), Germany (German), Japan (Japanese), Canada (English, Canadian French), China (Mandarin), Hong Kong (Cantonese), Italy (Italian), Korea (Korean), Mexico (Spanish), Spain (Spanish), Switzerland (Italian, French, German), Taiwan (Mandarin).

Siri for blind and visually impaired
Now with Siri few section of the people those who are visually challenged or are blind can make use of the technology very effectively. Voice Over, the screen reader built into iOS, can speak any text that’s displayed in responses from Siri. You can navigate through the responses and have each one read to you. This includes the days of a weather forecast, the body of an email, the details of an answer from Wolfram Alpha, and more.

List of Apps that work with Siri
List of few things that we use in our day to day life which Siri makes it very easy and less tasking in a moment thereby making it time effective.

Ask Siri about Siri

Ask “what can you do?” And Siri tells you exactly that.

Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply. Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas, please the below website to find the country support.

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