Hey SiriCustomize Siri to respond only to your voice: This cool new iOS 9 feature upgrades the “Hey Siri” feature big time. Now, when your phone is plugged in and the feature is on (Settings > General > Siri > Allow “Hey Siri”), you can set up Siri to recognize only your voice.
It's Christen, not ChristianTeach Siri how to pronounce names correctly: Isn't it irritating when Siri can’t seem to get a name right? Did you know you can actually teach Siri how to pronounce a name or a word correctly? Just say, “That’s not how you pronounce it,” and Siri will immediately ask you for the proper pronunciation. From there, it’ll give you three options and you can select the right one.
Personal Assistant SiriSiri reads you emails: When you tell Siri to read your emails, the digital assistant will pull up your 25 most recent emails and proceed to read aloud the subjects. She’ll also tell you what time they were sent. If there is a specific email you’d like to respond to, you can actually tell Siri to “respond,” and from there, you can dictate your reply. (If you really want to feel fancy, you can change Siri's voice to project a British Male dialect like I did - aka Butler Siri at your service!)
Let's Fly SiriPreview your flight: When Mail or Safari detects a flight number and it’s hyperlinked, you can click on that link, which will bring up a “Preview Flight” option. The next screen will show you all the flight info + a nifty map. (Depending on the travel/airline app you have downloaded on your device - it will then be automatically saved for your
Can't Talk NowSend a canned or custom message when you can’t pick up: If you can’t pick up because you’re driving/in a meeting/indisposed, shoot the caller a text by hitting “Message” on the call screen. You can even customize it. Send yourself a callback reminder: When someone calls you and you don’t have time to speak to them, this handy little “Reminder” option pops up above “Slide to Answer.” You can set it to remind you to call them back when you leave, when you get home or in one hour. Send your location: To make it easier for a pal to find you, you can drop a pin or send your location straight from Messages. From your chat screen, tap on “Details” in the top right corner. Then, you can choose to “Send My Current Location” or “Share My Location.” The latter allows you to select whether you’d like to share your location for one hour, end of day or indefinitely. You have to make sure Location Services is turned on for Messages to use this feature.
Reading At NightInverting colors to make it easier on the eyes at night: Sometimes you stay up late on your phone, and maybe your partner is trying to sleep. One way to keep the light from your screen from disturbing anyone’s sleep is inverting the colors of your phone. Just go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on “Invert Colors.” Another way to more easily access this feature is Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut. From there, select “Invert Colors.” Each time you triple-click your home button, this feature will be activated. Set a time to turn off music: For those of us who like to go to sleep with soothing music playing, this is going to be your fave trick. Choose whatever music-playing app you want (could be iTunes, could be Spotify) and then go to your Timer app. From the screen, click into “When Timer Ends,” scroll to the bottom and select “Stop Playing.” Then, set your timer for however long you’d like. Your music will come to a halt by itself once the timer is up. These are just a few ways you can make the most of your iPhone experience with iOS 9. What are some of the things you can do with iOS 9? How are you looking forward to getting more out of your smartphone? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! via
If you’d like to teach Siri to pronounce contact names correctly in iOS 7, there are a few steps to follow. First, you’ll need to instruct Siri to list your contact information, then say, “That’s not how you pronounce” followed by the contact’s name.
For example, I said, “That’s not how you pronounce Shannon Rochon.”
Next, Siri will ask you to pronounce the first name. Once you’re finished, you’ll need to select a proper pronunciation.
Finally, Siri will ask you to pronounce the contact’s last name. After you’ve selected the proper pronunciation for the first and last name, Siri will confirm what you’ve selected by saying the name again. In the future, Siri should have no problem pronouncing the name correctly. Keep in mind, you’ll need to perform this action for each contact if you wish to change its pronunciation. (Can you imagine how many Rochons I have in my contact list? It was time consuming to say the least, but I can happily say that I won't ever have to bare the embarrassment of the family name being referred to as "Roaches" or the like ever again! LOL!)
Siri mispronouncing a name in your contact list? What are some of the craziest mispronounciations that Siri just can't seem to get right? Share your stories below.
- 25 billion apps downloaded! 25 billionth was downloaded in China.
- iCloud now. "iCloud keeps all of your content synced across all of your devices."
- 100 million iCloud users.
- iTunes in the cloud now supports movies!
- New Apple TV for $99
Siri is so pretty...No longer do I have to sacrifice my typing fingers for texts or calendar reminders - Siri does it for me. All with the push of a button - while I've been writing, Siri has:
- Reminded me to pickup my rental car.
- Reminded me to pickup my mother from the airport.
- Reminded me to bring items needed for this weekend's Blogalicious trip to DC.
- Sent 4 emails (via voice command) to business contacts.
- Located the closest Post Office.
- Make 5 phone calls (via voice command) to family members & friends.
Researchers anticipate the new iPhone 4S breaking sales records and Sam's Clubs everywhere are expected to sell out of the device quickly. If you weren't lucky enough to pre-order your phone online before the pre-order stock sold out, or don't plan on standing in line early this Friday morning, this may be your safest bet to getting the iPhone 4S. Looking for the closest Sam's Club near you with the iPhone 4S reservation? Check here. Have you made plans on getting the iPhone 4S yet?
After the rants and raves like an apocalyptic preacher, I preached that the iPhone 5 was on its way. Sadly enough, and much to everyone's
1. Dual Core A5 Chip For the past 4 Months (Since leaving my Blackberry in Detroit, while en route to LA and finally returning to NY never to see it again...) I've been using my old faithful iPhone 3GS. I got it unlocked while in LA and have been using it on the T-Mobile network. I've been forced to email, tweet and Facebook using
2. An 8 Megapixel Camera
With 60% more megapixels than the iPhone 4 - the 4S has be re-engineered with all new optics to make photos look clearer, brighter and better than ever. Personally, I'm ready to ditch my iPad (which I use often for photos) and completely use the 4S for many of my blogging efforts - and a good camera like this one will go a loooooong way! (Did I mention it has face detection and editing features without leaving the camera app? Yeah, it's that good!)
3. The New iOS 5
Boasting as the world's most advanced mobile operating system and its new easy-to-use interface - the iOS 5 may be the biggest reason why I'm excited to jump on the new 4S ship. The new update claims to have over 200 new features - including, a new notification center, iMessage (think BBM for iPhones), reminders, Twitter Integration, Photo editing within the app, thousands of apps, improved performance/stability and a partridge in a pear tree. *whew* that's a lot to take in RIGHT?
Up in the sky...it's a bird, it's a plane...No - it's all my stuff in the iCloud.
Storage space and tracking down where you saved stuff is a thing of the past with the iCloud. All your apps, ibooks, documents, photos and music available on all your devices ALL THE TIME. Need I say more?
WELL I WILL....*BONUS*
My Assistant Siri
Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is allegedly so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it. I can't wait to see how much easier Siri will make my life after October 14th.
Honestly, those are my reasons for making a pre-order and grabbing my iPhone 4S on October 14th - WHAT'S YOURS?