Showing posts with label Siri. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Siri. Show all posts

Saturday, May 4, 2024

May the Fourth Be With You: What Happens When You Tell Siri, Alexa, and Google "I Am Your Father"?

May the Fourth Be With You: What Happens When You Tell Siri, Alexa, and Google "I Am Your Father"?

This May the Fourth, Star Wars fans can inject some geeky fun into their day  by channeling Darth Vader with their smart assistants.  Here's how Siri, Alexa, and Google respond to the iconic line.

By Rodger Mansfield, Technology Editor
May 4, 2024


May 4th - the unofficial Star Wars holiday – is here! 

For many, this means movie marathons, donning Jedi robes, and of course, quoting the iconic "I am your father" line throughout the day. 

But did you know your favorite smart assistant has some fun in store as well?

Here's a Cool Tip.  Tell your Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant, "I am your father." 

You might be surprised by their responses!

How to Channel Your Inner Darth Vader
  1. Get your assistant's attention by saying its wake word ("Hey Siri," "Alexa," or "Hey Google").
  2. State clearly, "I am your father."
  3. Listen for a hopefully humorous response revealing how well your AI assistant knows Star Wars lore.



Each assistant has its own unique personality, and their responses reflect this:
  1. Siri: Apple's assistant often leans into the dramatic ("Nooooooooo!") or offers a bit of tech-themed confusion.
  2. Alexa: Amazon's assistant may channel some serious Darth Vader vibes or play coy, depending on your device.
  3. Google Assistant: Offers a mix of pop culture references, witty comebacks, and sometimes even attempts to turn you to the Light Side.

These playful responses are a great example of Easter eggs - hidden features designed to surprise and delight users.  

They also add personality to a technology that can sometimes feel impersonal.

May the Fourth Fun Continue!

Try other Star Wars-themed prompts with your assistant today and see what they say.  

Basic Star Wars Knowledge:
  • "Use the Force"
  • "Do or do not, there is no try."
  • "These aren't the droids you're looking for."
  • "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."
  • Character-Specific:
  • "I love you." (Try this with Siri for a classic Leia line)
  • "Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?"
  • "Beam me up, Scotty." (Test if your assistant is a true Trek fan)
  • "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
  • Movie References:
  • "What is the Kessel Run?"
  • "Who shot first?"
  • "Tell me about the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise."
  • Getting Creative:
  • "Play the Cantina Band song."
  • "Give me directions to Tatooine."
  • "Search for the nearest Death Star." (Your assistant might have safety concerns!)
Be sure to visit the official Star Wars Day site.

And remember, the Force (of Star Wars geekery) is strong with this one.


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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Never Forget Where You Parked Again: Teach Siri to Remember

Misplacing your car in a crowded parking lot can be a frustrating experience. With a simple Siri command, you can ensure you always find your way back to your vehicle.

By Rodger Mansfield, Editor
March 23, 2024


Have you ever found yourself wandering aimlessly through a vast parking lot, desperately searching for your car? 

If so, you're not alone!  

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use this easy Siri command to save the day.

Simply say "Hey Siri, I parked my car," and your trusty iPhone will keep tabs on your vehicle's location. 

This handy feature can alleviate parking anxiety and save you precious time.

Here's how to do it.

Before you can use this feature, you need to ensure a few settings are in place:
  1. Go to Settings > Privacy & Security> Location Services. Toggle Location Services on.
  2. In the same Location Services menu, scroll down, tap System Services, and ensure Significant Locations is toggled on.
  3. Open Settings > Maps. Toggle on the Show Parked Location setting.
Once your settings are ready, follow these steps:
  1. Park your vehicle.
  2. Let Siri know: Say, "Hey Siri, I parked my car.
  3. Siri will mark your location on Maps.

Apple Siri Maps Parked Car
fig. 1 - Apple Siri - Parked Car


Finding Your Parked Car

When you're ready to return to your car,  you can ask Siri "Where did I park?"  

Maps will provide walking directions back to your vehicle.

This feature is fantastic for navigating large parking structures or busy lots. 

Real-World Applications

Imagine attending a packed sporting event or exploring a sprawling shopping mall.  

With Siri tracking your parking spot, you can enjoy these outings without worrying about finding your car later.

By setting up your iPhone and using the simple Siri command "Hey Siri, I parked my car," you can gain peace of mind and save yourself from stressful searches for your vehicle.


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Sunday, June 4, 2023

How To Find Your Misplaced iPhone with Siri

Siri
When you leave your house, has this happened to you?

  • Wallet.  Check.
  • Glasses.  Check.
  • Keys.  Check.
  • Phone.  Oh no?  Where's my iPhone?

Our phones have become essential part of our daily lives.

And not knowing where you left your phone can be very stressful.

The next time you misplace your iPhone, try this Cool Tip.

Ask Siri:   Hey Siri, where are you?

Lost iPhone

If your iPhone can hear you, you'll hear I'm here or Here I am!

This is just one of the ways to find a missing Apple device.

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Share with Siri

Apple Siri
Did you know you can use Siri, Apple's Voice Assistant, to share photos to contacts?

You can with this Cool Tip.

To share a photo or your screenshot with a contact:
  • Go to the photo or screen you want to share
  • Say Hey Sirishare this with… and then add the name of your contact.
  • If there is more than one phone number for that contact, Siri will ask you which one you want to send it to.
  • Siri will share the photo or screenshot with your contact!

That's it.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

How to Set Siri's Pause Length

Apple iOS Siri
Looking to get more out of your Siri experience? 

You're not alone! Siri, Apple's virtual assistant, has become a game-changing feature for many of us, allowing us to do everything from sending texts to setting appointments with ease. 

However, for individuals with disabilities or those who may have difficulty speaking clearly, 
Siri's default settings may not be enough. 

Here's a Cool Tip: Change Siri's Pause Time.

The Siri Accessibility setting for Siri pause length allows you to adjust the time required between the user's spoken words before Siri stops listening. 

This can be incredibly helpful for those who need more time to gather their thoughts, speak clearly, or those who may have difficulty speaking due to a disability.

To access this setting, navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Siri, and then select Longer or Longest.

Settings -> Siri

You'll need to try each setting to see what works best for you.

The Siri Accessibility setting for Siri pause length is a powerful tool that can improve the experience for many users.  

So, go ahead and give it a try – you might be surprised at how much it can improve your Siri experience.

Enjoy!

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Saturday, January 7, 2023

Restart Your iPhone with Siri

Siri icon
It happens to all of us from time to time.  Your iPhone freezes up or acts wonky.

The only solution?

Restart.

But how do you restart an iPhone?

There's the tried and true manual way which I'll explain in a moment.  

But let's just say it requires a bit of manual dexterity to accomplish.

So first I'll share the Cool Tip to do it the easy new way with Siri.

Here's how you do it.

Restart your iPhone - Siri
  • First, say Hey Siri to activate Siri.
  • Next, say Restart iPhone.
  • Then say Yes when Siri prompts you to confirm.

You'll need to be on the latest IOS version16 or greater for this to work.  

And if your iPhone is locked, you'll need to unlock it first.

But Siri is really your friend when you need to restart your iPhone.

And what if you want to restart the "old fashioned" way?

Here's how you do it.

Restart your iPhone - Manually

  • Press and hold either volume button and the side button until the power-off slider appears.
  • Drag the slider, then wait 30 seconds for your device to turn off. ...
  • To turn your device back on, press and hold the side button (on the right side of your iPhone) until you see the Apple logo.

That's it!

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Apple Updates Siri to Screen for the COVID19 Corona Virus

Apple Siri
Apple has updated Siri, its virtual digital assistant, to screen for the COVID19 virus.

To use the new feature, just ask Siri, "Do I have the Corona Virus?"

Siri will then ask a series of Yes/No screening questions developed based on CDC criteria. 

Users who answer "yes" to these questions, like those referencing COVID-19 symptoms, are advised to self-isolate, monitor the situation, or contact a medical provider if the condition worsens, are age 65 or over, or have a serious medical condition.

Siri can be found on Apple's iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS operating systems and devices.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Let Siri Beatbox for You

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Apple iPhone's personal assistant, Siri, can lay down some beat.

To hear her musical talent, press the iPhone home button and say  "Siri, Beatbox for me".

OK, maybe it's not the most interesting performance.  But it's a start.

Have fun!



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Saturday, November 14, 2015

This Hack Will Let You Use Siri Hands-Free Even on Older iPhones and Not Be Connected to Power

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One of the cooler features of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is the ability to use Siri hands-free without being plugged in.

Earlier iPhone models such as the 5, 5s, 6 and 6 Plus only allow the voice-activated Siri while the device is plugged in for power.

But there is a cool hack that allows the older devices to activate Siri with the "Hey, Siri" command.

Here's how to do it.


  1. Ensure that the "Hey Siri" command is enabled in settings (Settings, General, Siri, Allow "Hey Siri")
  2. Press the home button once to activate Siri and ask a simple question like "What Time is It?"
  3. After Siri answers, Siri will accept the "Hey Siri" command for another question.
  4. You can continue to ask Siri questions, hands-free, and not be connected to power.
  5. If the screen times out and locks, you'll no longer be able to use this trick.  You can change the length of time for the lock screen in settings.


Of course, the reason that Apple requires Siri to be connected to power in the older models is to conserve battery strength.  But there are times when this hands-free trick can be handy, like in the kitchen.

So enjoy!


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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Siri, What Flights are Overhead? - Best of One Cool Tip

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Siri, What Flights are Overhead?


Apple SiriHave you ever seen an airplane flying overhead and wondered what it was?  Where it was going?

Wonder no more.

Siri results for What Flights are OverheadLet Siri give you the answer.

Just ask Siri, "What Flights are Overhead?"

Siri will display current information on flights above you, including airline name, flight number, altitude, airplane type and slant distance, angle from you and direction.

Also included is a Sky Map from WolframAlpha.

So the next time you see a plane flying in the sky, let Apple's Siri tell you about it.

Enjoy!






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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Reset "Hey Siri" After You Upgrade to iOS 9

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Apple's latest operating system is available today for a free upgrade to existing iPhone and iPad users.

Overall, its an elegant update that makes subtle but important changes to using the mobile products.

But one thing users need to do it to reset the "Hey Siri" option.  "Hey Siri" lets users command Siri when the device is plugged in.  During the iOS 9 upgrade, the setting is set to "off" even if it had been previously set to "on".

To reset "Hey Siri", go to Settings, General, Siri.  Toggle "Hey Siri" to on.  You'll then need to train Siri to your voice through a few screen prompts.

Reset "Hey Siri" after upgrading to ios 9 - one cool tip

When complete, you'll be able to invoke Siri with the "Hey Siri" command.

Apple has a good review of what's new in iOS 9 HERE.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Let Siri Decide

Need to make a quick decision and can't decide?

Let Siri decide your fate.

Just ask Siri "Flip a coin"

Siri will respond with "It's Heads" or "It's Tails".

Apple iPhone iOS Siri Flip a Coin - One Cool Tip


"Oh, and maybe even a surprise answer from time to time.

Siri can also roll a die.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Use this Siri Trick to Call Someone

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When reading an email, do you often just want to call the sender rather than sending a long written reply?

You could look the person up in your contacts and call them.

But why do that when you have the power of Siri on your iPhone?

You don't even have to call out the person's name.

When reading an email on your iPhone, just press the home button and tell Siri to "Call him" or "Call her".

Siri will look up the number and make the call for you.

Enjoy!


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Force Siri to Search Google

Siri
Did you not get the right answer from Siri?

Normally, Apple's personal assistant Siri will search Bing, WolframAlpha, and Wikipedia for answers to your queries.

But you can force Siri to search Google instead.

To do it, start your Siri search with "Google" or "Search Google".

For Example, "Search Google White House"

Siri Google Search White House

This trick will also work for Yahoo.  Just say "Search Yahoo" before your search terms.

Enjoy!

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