The quick and the curious received the new i. Phone 4. S on Friday. The new i. Phones are a lot like the old i. Phones—except for Siri.
She's the new voice- aware . I've seen people speaking to their Android phones while holding them in horizontal fashion, as if smoking a peace pipe, and I vowed never to follow their ridiculous example. By the end of the weekend, I was dictating texts to Siri like the second coming of Don Draper. And typing is now sooooo tedious. The official Apple videos for Siri suggest such earnest- use cases as asking, . If you curse her out, she'll reply with a dismissive !
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Less seriously, but probably more essentially for the Internet, Siri is also conversant in the cornerstones of geek culture. You can ask her to open the pod bay doors, beam me up, or for the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.
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And, yes, the meaning of life can be . She evokes a second- grade teacher, one who is fast with a response but also willing to patiently explain. There's also a pronounced robotic cast to the voice that I find reassuring, a reminder that the intelligence we’re dealing with is artificial. My crisp, maternal image of Siri applies only in the United States, Australia, and Germany, however.
In the United Kingdom and France, Siri speaks like a man. Or to take off the month of August. Kidding! And the joke, in the end, is on you and me. The more we talk to Siri, the better he/she/it becomes at interpreting our voice and understanding our requests. She's learning our nicknames, who's important to us, where we live, the places we go to run errands, and the music we like. Just yesterday came instructions for teaching Siri how to tweet. Tomorrow, she'll order lunch and negotiate with AT& T regarding irregularities on our data plan billing.