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Siri For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) [Paperback]

Marc Saltzman


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19 April 2012 For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
Love Siri or looking to learn to more about iPhone′s new virtual assistant? This book′s for you! What could be cooler than asking your iPhone 4S questions and having it reply? This handy little book shows you all the cool things Siri can do for you, so you can get the most from your iPhone’s voice–activated personal assistant. Let Siri read you your messages, locate facts, direct you to the nearest sushi bar, and so much more! Shows you how to use Siri to keep your calendar, remind you of appointments, and check your messages Explains using Siri to get directions, play your favorite music, make phone calls, search the web, and even provide the weather report Offers helpful tips on how to use your voice to write an e–mail, create a text, add a note, and more with Siri and the iPad′s new Voice Dictation feature Explores some fun things to ask Siri and reveals some surprise Siri secrets Includes coverage of Siri for iPhone 4S and Voice Dictation for the new iPad Siri For Dummies, Portable Edition is exactly what you need to make Siri work for you.

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Love Siri? This little book reveals all its awesomeness for you to enjoy! What could be cooler than asking your iPhone® 4S questions and having it reply? This handy little book tells you all about using Siri, so you can get the most from your voice–activated personal assistant. Let Siri read you your messages, locate facts for you, direct you to the nearest sushi bar, and so much more! Get organized — have Siri keep your calendar, remind you of appointments, and check your messages You are here — let Siri give you directions, show you your destination, and provide the weather report Let′s play — see how Siri can find and play your favorite tunes and help you post to Facebook and Twitter iPad can hear you — use your voice to write an e–mail, create a text, add a note, and more with iPad′s new Voice Dictation feature Open the book and find: Tips for talking to your device for the best results Advice on making Reminders more effective Easy ways to locate a note How Siri makes e–mailing and texting faster Ways Siri can help you manage your time How to make Siri your DJ Fun things to ask Siri Learn to: Set reminders, alarms, and appointments using Siri Create texts and e–mails, tweet, and post to Facebook® Dictate to Siri, make phone calls, and search the web with your voice

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Marc Saltzman has reported on the tech industry since 1996. A syndicated columnist for Gannett ContentOne, CNN.com, and USAToday.com, he hosts Gear Guide, CNN′s Gaming & Gadgets, and Tech Talk with Marc Saltzman.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars States the Obvious 6 Jun 2012
By Sky - Published on Amazon.com
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In the wide ranging "For Dummies" books that have been written, the "For Dummies" part of Siri For Dummies never may be more true.

There is so much that Siri can do with voice dictation simply by asking her for help. And most of it can be discovered simply by asking. She'll recognize the voice command and immediately commence with the task, or prompt you for more info in order to do so. Just like the hands free voice activation system in my car, I have discovered most of what I would ever need of the voice activation system through trial and error...and that takes a lot less time than reading through a 175 page how-to manual, or in this case book.

Almost 20% of Siri For Dummies is devoted to revealing a bunch of useless, "fun" commands that Siri will recognize and either give a humorous, silly, snappy or witty response to. If you're looking for those commands this book can be somewhat fun. The other 80% of the book is an illustration and exercise in stating the obvious...for the most part. If you're trying to get Siri to do something and can't figure it out, the price of this book may be worth finding the solution. But you need not read through the entire thing. You can find your answer by glancing at the Table of Contents that should direct you to the appropriate section, or you can usually find even faster what you're looking for in the extensive, 3-page, alphabetized index.

Not a bad book, but if you want Siri to do something for you and you haven't tried asking...just ask. Want to get started? Trying asking, "Siri, how can I use you?" She'll actually give you a SIRIous answer!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and easy to follow instructions 21 Jun 2012
By Bakari Chavanu - Published on Amazon.com
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Siri is not that difficult to us, but there are some commands and features you may overlook. This book provides all the commands can you give to Siri in its present iteration. The book is well illustrated and the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow. You could probably find as much as you need to know with a quick online search about using Siri, but it's nice to have a book that save you the trouble of searching for all the good tips and ideas.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book to start using Siri more often 21 Jun 2012
By Mindcrime - Published on Amazon.com
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Siri isn't hard to use but it is hard to remember everything it can do. I was using Siri for basic things like checking weather, setting a reminder, or calendar entry. Outside of that I really was not using the full functionality as only times I would use were in my car or by myself some where. Have never felt really comfortable using it at work or out in public. This book is a good start and reference for things to ask Siri. It starts off giving some background on Siri for those who are not familiar with what it is designed to do. The book then walks you through each area of Siri functionality by showing you what to say for each area. The book covers the areas of reminders, alarms, and appointments. It also goes into other areas that users may not be familiar with, like texting, emails, twitter, and Facebook posts all through Siri. There are some areas that the book covers that very people probably know about like, alarms, web searching, getting information, and directions to someone in your contact list.

All of these are great features that allow you to start to use Siri to organize your day. The book does a good job of walking you through each area and showing the user with pictures what to say to Siri to have it perform your request. The book is a good reference to pick up if you forget, like I do, all that Siri can do. Siri will be updated with iOS 6 in the fall so this book will need to be updated but for now it is a good starting point so that you use Siri to its full potential. Siri will only become better with time.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All the little things you can do with Siri 1 Sep 2012
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Siri is one of the coolest smartphone features to come around since, well, the advent of smartphones. It takes the personalization of your daily tasks to a whole new level. Siri's also incredibly fun to use, and as many websites dedicated to it can attest, it has a very quirky dry sense of humor.

Most of the things that I've used Siri for I've picked up from the original Apple presentation of iPhone 4S plus a few additional adds and online tutorials. I've used Siri mostly to place phone calls, send text messages, add items to my calendar, and lookup information online or figure it out using Wolfram Alpha. However, there are many more only slightly more complex and ingenious tasks that Siri can be coopted into doing. Unfortunately, like with most other Apple products, Siri didn't come with a detailed user manual. "Siri for Dummies" more or less fills in that need. It's a very short book, but it will definitely increase your ability to get the most out of Siri. For me some of the most useful tidbits of information were the workarounds around Siri's inability to use Twitter, Blogger, or many other such outside messaging/posting services. It is very likely that in the future there will be an "official" way of contacting these services directly, but in a meanwhile it's possible to tweet using Siri by sending text messages to a particular Twitter-affiliated number. You'll find many such little nuggets in this book, and if you want to become a Siri power user, then you should definitely check it out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Siri for Dummies 1 Jan 2013
By Elizabeth Barbarick (Stuffed Shelves) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is an easy-to-read For Dummies title, that will teach you everything you need to know about Siri plus loads more of information. First introduced in the iPhone 4s, it's one of Apple's newest innovative technology.

So what exactly is Siri? It can be best described as a personal assistant inside your iPhone that is controlled by your voice, making productivity much quicker.

You can fully customize Siri to understand where you live, who your parents are, and what you prefer to be called, and Siri will respond accordingly. Once Siri knows more about you, you can ask for directions home, or to text dad.

Setting up appointments is easier now then ever with Siri as your assistant, all you need to do is tell Siri when and where, and the reminder or alert will be set in your phone in a snap. Just ask Siri questions like "What does my day look like?" and she will quickly give you a list of your reminders. Just as any other assistant might do.

Since Siri has GPS built inside, you can set reminders to alert you before departing or when arriving at a certain destination i.e. "Remind me to set the oven to 375 when I get home" or "Remind me to pick up dinner when I leave the office"

Having built in GPS is also helpful when you need to get directions or find the nearest banking center. Just ask Siri for directions or an address to the places you need to get to, and she will locate your coordinates with step by step directions on how to arrive at your destination.

Siri can also set up, change or cancel any alarms or reminders, all you have to do is tell Siri what you need. If Siri is lacking any information, she will simply ask for what is needed to confirm the task you need to perform.

You can ask Siri any question you desire regarding the weather around the world, and she can predict if you'll be needing an umbrella or if you should pack shorts or pants for your vacation to Nashville.

Of course Siri can also assist you in sending emails and texts as well as make calls, and even initiate Face-Time Calls. Siri is able to access your emails, read them aloud to you and respond by telling Siri what your would like your email to say. Don't worry about your emails not sounding as professional, just add in your punctuation as you speak by telling Siri when you need a period or a comma.

Need to Google something? Just ask Siri and you can perform a web search as you need it. Siri can perform mathematical equations, define words from a dictionary and answer almost any question that Google can.

Siri can access your music library to play songs as you wish, just tell Siri what you want to listen to. Any settings and controls that you can do with your fingers from your music library, you can easily do just as easy with your voice.

Basically Siri can do anything your human assistant at the office can do, besides make you a cup of coffee. To find even more details on what Siri is capable of, check out the book. It makes a great gift to anyone who is getting a new Apple Device. I give this book 5/5
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