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Talking to Siri®: Mastering the Language of Apple’s Intelligent Assistant, Third Edition

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*Includes a new Q&A with the creator of Siri!

Sweet-talk Siri for iOS 7 into doing practically anything!

Under iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Siri is better than ever: faster, smarter, more responsive. And it’s even more amazing when you really know how to talk to it. Top Apple experts Sande and Sadun introduce you to the newest version of Siri. This release offers more functionality than you ever thought possible! You’ll find tested step-by-step instructions for perfect results--including new Siri techniques and responses you won’t discover anywhere else!

  • Teach Siri to recognize requests and take dictation more accurately

  • Help Siri recognize, track down, and connect with family and friends

  • Transform Siri and iTunes Radio into your personal DJ (and tell Siri what songs you never want to hear again)

  • Check Yelp or Rotten Tomatoes reviews and place OpenTable reservations

  • Return calls, play specific voicemails, and check your email

  • Make appointments, take notes, and set reminders

  • Blog with Siri using email or text messaging

  • Tweet updates and track up-to-the-minute Twitter trends

  • Trigger reminders when you arrive at the supermarket, drugstore, or any other destination

  • Retrieve up-to-the-minute sports stats

  • Use Siri to control apps, access device settings, and enable Airplane mode

  • Teach Siri how to pronounce names correctly

  • Find the nearest store selling the products you need

  • Answer math and science problems with Wolfram Alpha

  • Make sure Siri responds only to you, not to an impostor

  • Discover the silly side of Siri (including our top 10 Siri jokes)

  • Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Contents
    4. Praise for Talking to Siri®, Second Edition
    5. Preface
      1. What’s New in This Edition
      2. Who This Book Is For
      3. How This Book Is Organized
      4. Contacting the Authors
    6. About the Authors
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. We Want to Hear from You!
    9. Reader Services
    10. 1. Getting Started with Siri
      1. Enabling Siri on iOS
      2. Enabling Dictation on OS X
      3. Privacy
      4. Launching Siri on iOS
      5. Saying Hello to Siri
      6. Cancelling Siri
      7. Repeating Siri
      8. Quitting Siri
      9. Getting Help
      10. Siri Listens
      11. Correcting Siri
      12. New in Siri
      13. Summary
    11. 2. Controlling Your Device with Siri
      1. Airplane Mode
      2. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Settings
      3. Music
      4. Summary
    12. 3. Asking Siri for Information
      1. Weather
      2. Web Search
      3. Sports and Siri
      4. Checking Stocks
      5. Using Wolfram Alpha
      6. Pokédex
      7. Summary
    13. 4. Using Siri to Stay in Touch
      1. Contacts
      2. Placing Phone Calls with Siri
      3. Missed Calls and Voicemail
      4. Text Messages
      5. Mail
      6. Social Networking
      7. Friends
      8. Summary
    14. 5. Talking to Your Day-Timer
      1. Calendars
      2. Reminders
      3. Creating Notes
      4. Clock Functions
      5. Summary
    15. 6. Going Shopping with Siri
      1. Products and Services
      2. Shopping Math
      3. Preparing a Shopping List
      4. Sharing Shopping Lists via the Cloud
      5. Turn-by-Turn Directions
      6. Making Restaurant Reservations
      7. Checking Out Movies
      8. Summary
    16. 7. Pushing Limits with Siri
      1. Launching Apps
      2. Talking to Apps
      3. Blogging with Siri
      4. Siri Security
      5. Music
      6. Summary
    17. 8. Siri Dictation
      1. Launching Dictation on iOS
      2. Launching Dictation on OS X
      3. Why Learn Dictation?
      4. Enunciation Practice
      5. Dictation 101
      6. Inserting Punctuation
      7. Including Abbreviations
      8. Dictating Technical Terms
      9. Smileys
      10. Dictating Formatted Text
      11. Dictation Practice
      12. Punctuation Practice
      13. Summary
    18. 9. Having Fun with Siri
      1. Siri Diversions
      2. Asking About Siri
      3. Siri Chitchat
      4. Pop Culture Fun
      5. Siri Miscellany
      6. Summary
    19. 10. Our Top 10 Siri Jokes
      1. 1. What the Fox Says
      2. 2. The Konami Code
      3. 3. Deep Thoughts with Siri
      4. 4. I Cannae Give Her No More
      5. 5. Laws of Robotics
      6. 6. Pets
      7. 7. The Lightbulb Joke
      8. 8. Is that You, Mary?
      9. 9. Going Python
      10. 10. The Meaning of Siri
      11. Summary
    20. Appendix A. Siri Quick Reference
      1. Asking About Contacts
      2. Finding Contacts
      3. Relationships
      4. Pronunciation
      5. App Launching
      6. Adding Events
      7. Changing Events
      8. Asking About Events
      9. Alarm
      10. Clock
      11. Timer
      12. Sending Email
      13. Checking Email
      14. Responding to Email
      15. FaceTime
      16. Facebook
      17. Find My Friends
      18. Lock Screen Reading
      19. Settings
      20. Maps
      21. Local Businesses
      22. Navigation
      23. Sending Messages
      24. Reading Message Alerts
      25. Responding to Messages
      26. Searching for Messages
      27. Searching for Movie Information
      28. Finding Movie Show Times
      29. Getting Movie Tickets (U.S. Only)
      30. Finding Movie Theaters
      31. Reading Movie Reviews
      32. Major Movie Awards
      33. Music
      34. iTunes Radio
      35. Notes
      36. Phone
      37. Voicemail
      38. Reminders
      39. Searching for Restaurants
      40. Reservations
      41. Restaurant Reviews
      42. Scores
      43. Game Schedules
      44. Standings
      45. Player Information
      46. Team Information
      47. Stocks
      48. Twitter
      49. Searching Twitter
      50. Facebook
      51. Weather
      52. Web Search
      53. Wolfram Alpha