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Three Siri Tricks for iOS 8 - The Mac Observer

Three Siri Tricks for iOS 8 - The Mac Observer | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
In iOS 8, Apple has greatly enhanced the abilities of Siri. Nancy Carroll Gravley covers three of her favorites, including Reminders, nicknames, and song recognition.
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Voice enabled options are the quiet achievers of mobile technology which many users aren't yet utilising to the full. Though the content of this article are probably not all that relevant to education they do nonetheless point to how things are progressing.

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Here's the One Piece of Information You Must Share With Siri | Andrea Smith

Here's the One Piece of Information You Must Share With Siri | Andrea Smith | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Take these steps to make sure your phone doesn't wind up in the Lost and Found if you accidentally leave it behind....
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I've just checked and found out that I've got this setup :). Now all I have to do is remember to query Siri next time I find a lost iDevice. 

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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Realize Siri Could Do

8 Things You Probably Didn’t Realize Siri Could Do | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Siri has become one of the iPhone’s defining features, but for many people, it’s not always the most useful. While some of this is due to the limitations of voice recognition, the oddity of using voice to command a device is also partly to blame.
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Check the list to see if you have missed anything Siri.

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How to set up, configure, secure, and start using Siri | iMore.com

How to set up, configure, secure, and start using Siri | iMore.com | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it

"Siri is one of Apple's flagship features, a virtual, personal, digital assistant with a personality straight out of a Pixar film. If you've got an iPhone 5, iPod touch 5, iPad mini, or iPad 4, then you've got Siri! With Siri, you can do all sorts of amazing, time-saving things, from keeping in contact, to keeping on time, to keeping informed. But first, you may need to get Siri set up and up to speed.

Here are a few things you can do to help Siri along and shorten the learning curve for both of you."

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How to use Siri for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide

How to use Siri for iPhone and iPad: The ultimate guide | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about setting up and using Siri on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad! Siri is the name of Apple's personal digital assistant. It's basically voice control that talks back to you, that understands relationships and context, and with a personality straight out of Pixar. Ask Siri questions, or ask Siri to do things for you, just like you would ask a real...
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Like lots of manuals or Ultimate Lists, there's arguably way too much information in this guide which means that there is a lot of redundancy in this post. Nonetheless it does have a useful lists of contents so if you get the time to check through it this article could be a useful reference, (at least until the next iOS update).

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Dictation Technology Will Change Writing Instruction

Dictation Technology Will Change Writing Instruction | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
A conversation is emerging over the potential for dictation technologies -- devices that translate voice into text -- to improve classroom learning. For example, it has been suggested that dictation
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With the increasing use of Siri and other voice options with tablets and smartphones the discussion in this post is going to become increasingly important.

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Apple's Siri update provides mental health support for those with suicidal thoughts

Apple's Siri update provides mental health support for those with suicidal thoughts | mrpbps iDevices | Scoop.it
APPLE has made an essential update to its voice activated personal assistant, Siri, to provide mental health services to those in need.
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Whilst I'm not sure if Siri would be my preferred confidant if I were feeling depressed or worse, this is a potentially useful addition to the Siri responses albeit that the Beretsky transcript later in the story is not so satisfactory.

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