Edit: After half day, my wife’s Mac started having the same problem. I have then applied the solution that I found in the Apple
Siri: The Good, The Bad, And The Crazy
By now you all should have heard about Siri, the latest app released from Apple that it taking the world by storm. One of the best voice recognition and responsive services around, Apple totes this as an ‘intelligent personal assistant’. People have been talking about Siri for quite some time in anticipation of what this new feature will bring and how it will impact on iPhone 4S users and iDevice users in the future, but now may people are talking about her faults, her quirks, and her jokes. Even though the iPhone 4S hasn’t been on sale for very long people are already talking about Siri like she has been around for years, and there have already been a number of websites created on her behalf (try http://shitthatsirisays.tumblr.com/ for a great example).
For those who still don’t know what a Siri is as well as those who are still in line to buy the iPhone 4S, here are some of the good, the bad, and the crazy things about her.
There is a lot of good about Siri despite her only being in the Beta phase. For those who don’t know what that means, a Beta phase is the testing phase where there are still some kinks to be worked out. This means that there will be problems with her because she hasn’t been tested on a scale this large, and the next generation Siri will undoubtedly be a lot better than the one we are getting used to now.
One of the best things about Siri is the way that she understands human speech. Other voice recognition software systems needed to be spoken to in certain ways, but Siri picks out key words and phrases in your sentences to fill in the rest. A great example of this is her ability to tell you what the weather is like. In old system you would have to ask “what is the weather for *insert area code here*?” but Siri works differently. You can ask her to tell you the weather forecast in a number of ways including asking her if you need to wear a jacket or bring an umbrella when you go out. Siri access your location through your location services and will give you an answer like “I don’t think you’ll need a jacket today” and “you might want to bring an umbrella with you because it looks like rain”.
Like I said earlier, Siri is still in the Beta stage so there will be some bad at the present time. One of the main inconveniences about her is that she requires that users speak in US English when they’re asking for a location of a restaurant for example. If you have it on another setting like English UK or Australian, this means that you have to go back into settings and change it over. Siri has some trouble working with the different accents in this mode, and some users have said that it will take less time to perform an online search than to try to make Siri understand the accent.
Another bad is that Siri at the moment cannot open apps by herself, and for some commands you have to open the app before you can tell her to do something. This means to have her read an e-mail you first have to open the mail app yourself. However, when you get a new notification and Siri is turned on you can get her to read it to you from there before it is placed into your inbox.
The site linked above has a great example of some of the humorous things that Siri will say. She already comes with a number of stock responses to the question “what is the meaning of life?” and “beam me up”, but she can also make a joke without even knowing it. For example, if you ask her for the best place to hide a body she will bring up a list of possible sites such as mines, dumps, and swamps. If you tell her that you murder somebody she will respond with a list of mental health facilities in your area, and if you mention the words ‘sex’, ‘horny’, or anything related to those she will find you a local escort.
Siri is still new so she has a ways to go, but at the moment she is doing pretty well.
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