Starz has decided to go over the top and it has landed on iOS and Apple TV. The second most popular premium channel in the US, behind HBO but ahead of Showtime, is now available to subscribers for $8.99 a month, no cable television subscription required.
Siri on the Apple TV has had a somewhat stumbled rollout. The main culprit being Siri needing extra training from different parts of the globe pronounce names being the main culprit. That explanation is all well and good if you happen to live somewhere where that training has happened, and Siri is live on your Apple TV.
Thankfully there is a simple way to enable the new Apple TV’s excellent Siri support but are not in one of the eight supported countries, then you’re not completely out of luck.
Just in case you are wondering Siri is supported in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Spain or Japan.
Putting aside those useless headlines stating the obvious that dropping your glass covered remote on the floor may cause the glass to break (shock horror…physics and all that), Siri and Apple TV has more up it’s sleeve than you realise. Here’s some tips to make the best out of your Apple TV and Siri experience.
So the new iOS update dropped on us the other week and despite myriads of improvements not everybody is happy. One of the main gripes that I often gets to hear is that they don’t like the new Siri voice. Even though the new voices or of a higher quality and contain more information some people, for some unknown reason, want the old British Siri in iOS 7 .1 Seery no has two new voices. Even in the UK we can now choose between male and female voices. So if you are a fan of the old voices this is how you get them back. Adjusting the Siri Voice Settings You can adjust Siri using the Siri options found in Settings > General > Siri. Click on Language and choose from the following: English(Australian). English (Canada). English (United Kingdom). English (United States). If you miss the old Siri, we find English (Canada) to be more like the old Siri than the new English (United Kingdom) setting. Canadian Siri is not exactly the same as…
Siri, so close to being a dream come true for speech recognition fanatics like myself yet so far. A times you are a technological marvel, recongising every sylable with ease. At other times a frustrating mess of repeating the most basic of phrases before giving up and resorting to using my fingers. With that being said, here’s some more advanced commands you might not be aware you can do with Siri.
It is fair to say I’m a huge fan of speech recognition software especially when it works. The sheer amount of time and effort that can be saved with a decent bit of voice recognition kit is unbelievable. As a fan of Dragon Dictate for the Mac platform I’ve been waiting for ages to get my chance to review Dragon Express and finally that day has come.
Is the App store offering, retailing at half the price of its bigger brother, actually any good? We put Dragon Express for the Mac through some rather tough tests and see how well it intergrates with the daily routine. During the testing period we went between singing the praises of the Dragon Express to sheer and utter frustration
The race for smart TV gets more interesting, even before the release of Apple TV. Nuance, the makers of dragon dictate products and LG have announced a speech controlled TV set to be released in early May.
Essentialmac was there at the Nuance Wednesday press event hosted in London to get some idea of what Nuance have been up to the in the world of speech recognition and where they are heading. One of the most exciting announcements came in the form ofDragon TV.
According to a somewhat vauge report at Bloomberg, iPhone 4s phone users consume double the data of iPhone 4 users thanks, mainly, to Siri.
Network analyst Arieso claims that the voice navigation software could see users incur significantly higher bills, and mobile networks struggle with the volume of data being transmitted.
Arieso reached the conclusion after analysing the data usage of one million smartphone owners on an unnamed European network.
It seems that the age of speech recognition has been set alight by Siri. Vlingo might have been getting all the attention recently as an alternative but Dragon Apps have been around a lot longer but with reduced functionality. Dragon Dictation for Mac is a favourite app on the Mac for me right now so my ears pricked up when I came across Dragon Express.
Not having a chance to play with the app just yet it’s certainly shaping up to be an almost Siri like experience for the mac. Command’s such as