At Apple’s recent World Wide Developer Conference, one of the tent-pole items was the inclusion of additional features for intelligent voice recognition by its personal assistant app Siri. The latest version of Siri for iOS 9 makes it possible to make casual, undetailed commands while looking at contextual information on your iPhone. Here’s a brief overview of machine-learning algorithms and how it relates to language.
One of the handier new abilities of Siri is to ask it to identify songs using Shazam. That said, if you don’t make a note of that song at the time, you’ll probably forget it again in the future. Cult of Mac points out that you can check your Shazam history in iTunes.
With three major smartphone AIs giving out answers, it’s hard to say which one is the best. In a study that asked all three major AIs over 3000 different queries, Google Now came out on top.
Siri seems to get new powers all the time, but it’s still not useful unless you’re really hooked into Apple’s apps. If you want to add some new commands and don’t mind a slow response time, GoogolPlex is a clever little hack that let you control all sorts of things from Spotify to a Nest thermostat.
In iOS, most of your apps have their settings tucked away in the main Settings app — not very useful if you’re in the app itself and want to tweak something. In iOS 7, you can ask Siri to jump right to that app’s settings for you.