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How Voice Recognition Technology Actually Works

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.


Track Down Songs You've Used Siri To Shazam In iTunes

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.


Instantly Buy An iTunes Gift Card With Siri

It’s the last minute, and you forgot to get someone a gift. No worries. Siri lets you buy an iTunes gift card just by asking.


Smartphone Assistants Go Head To Head, Google Now Comes Out On Top

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.


Figure Out What Song Is Playing With Shazam And Siri

It seems like each iteration of iOS comes with a handful of new Siri tricks, and iOS 8 is no different. Wired points out two new Siri features you might have missed: the ability to rate songs and identify them.


Another iOS Exploit Allows Untrusted Users To Access Siri

Since Siri was announced, it seems like there’s always a new way for people to use it against it you. It turns out iOS 8 is no different.


Tell Siri Where You Shop For Better Location Reminders

Siri’s location-based reminders are great for remembering items when you get home. Adding places you frequently visit into contacts helps Siri create better reminders.


GoogolPlex Adds Tons Of Commands To Siri, No Jailbreak Required

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.


Ask LH: How Can I Make My Phone Actually Understand What I'm Saying?

Dear Lifehacker, I’m a fan of speech-recognition services like Siri, but it seems like half the time it has no idea what I’m trying to say. Is there some sort of trick to make it understand me better?


Navigate Straight To An App's Settings With Siri In iOS 7

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.


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