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.
It seems that Apple’s digital assistant, Siri, might be tied into Apple music a little deeper than we realise. Unless you subscribe to the Apple music service you aren’t going to get answers to those pressing questions like who’s top of the charts.
If you bought a Ford with the carmakers sync infotainment system before Apple’s car play was available it might pay to check again. Granted it’s not full on Apple Air Play but Ford has added Siri’s Eye to legacy vehicles with the synch 3.8.
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…
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
Well everybody its now official, invites have been handed out by Apple (where’s ours eh) for the a launch even on the 7th March. Quite what’s going to be announced is anyone’s guess and I’m sure you’ve all seen the news and speculation on what it could be.
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.
Okay let’s get the 1st statement out of the way, when Steve Jobs was quoted to say in his autobiography he had solved all that is wrong with the Apple TV the answer is not Siri based.