Apple’s Siri Learns New Jokes – Mac Rumors

Apple appears to have recently updated Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and HomePod with a slew of new jokes to tell. Based on reports on Twitter and from MacRumors readers, the new jokes started rolling out earlier this month.

When you ask Siri a question like “tell me a joke” on an iOS device, Mac, or the HomePod, Siri has dozens of fresh responses to share with you.

Apple seems to spend a lot of time honing Siri’s snark and humor, and much less time getting it to work for the things people want to use it for. It’s useless for me in playing music, because it doesn’t recognize many of the artists and albums I want to play. For many other tasks, it either fails or gets things wrong. I no longer trust it for anything other than setting reminders when I’m cooking, setting an alarm, or setting a timer. And even then, I have to check to make sure it gets things right.

Source: Apple’s Siri Learns New Jokes – Mac Rumors

Hey Apple, Fix This: Siri-ous mistakes: Apple’s personal assistant still needs a lot of work

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Siri, Apple’s voice-controlled virtual assistant, can be a wonderful tool. It can tell me what time it is, what the weather’s going to be, and even perform some basic calculations. I can use it to set an alarm, start a timer, or open an app.

But beyond those simple tasks, Apple’s virtual assistant doesn’t make the grade for me. And I’m not alone; Siri fails for a lot of people, even for simple questions.

Apple touts Siri as a miraculous tool that can simplify your life and turn your iPhone into a personal butler. But it doesn’t always work that way. It works fairly well with calendar events and emails, sends text messages efficiently, and calls people (if it understands their names).

Siri is one of those features that looks good in Apple’s ads, but that doesn’t always perform as it should.

Read the rest of the article on Macworld.

And after I wrote the article, I did some testing of Siri on the macOS Sierra beta. Why was I not surprised by this?

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Siri and the History of Art

Ask Siri “Who was the greatest French painter of the 18th century?”

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Works for other centuries too, such as 17th, 19th, etc.

I wonder where Siri went wrong with this one…

Turns out my friend Rob Griffiths figured something out. He found that if you ask “who is the greatest painter,” then Siri gets in right. It’s all about tense. Sort of.

Use Siri to Play Music on iOS Devices

Siri, Apple’s personal assistant that you can talk to (and that can talk back), can do lots of things. Set up appointments, get sports scores, find restaurants and more. One thing that I find Siri good for is playing music on my iPhone. When I’m out walking, listening to music with my Bluetooth headphones, I find it much easier to tell Siri what I want to listen to than to scroll through the Music app. Here’s an overview of the different ways you can have Siri play music.

  • “Play [artist name]” This plays music by the artist you name in shuffle mode.
  • “Play [album name]” will start playing an album in sequence.
  • “Play [playlist name]” will start playing a playlist in sequence.
  • “Play [song name]” will play the song you specify. If, however, you have an album and song with the same name, Siri will choose the album. For example, say “Play Wish You Were Here,” and Siri will play the album; say “Play the song Wish You Were Here” and you’ll hear the song.

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  • “Play [genre name]” Siri plays music from the genre you specify in shuffle mode.
  • “Shuffle music” Siri will play all of your songs in shuffle mode.

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  • “Shuffle [playlist name]” will play the playlist you specify in shuffle mode.
  • “Pause” tells Siri to stop playing. “Play” starts playback again. “Skip” tells Siri to skip the current track and go ahead to the next one.
  • “Make a Genius playlist from this song” tells Siri to create a new Genius playlist. The current song will continue playing.
  • “What’s playing?” Siri will show you (and tell you, if you have voice feedback turned on) the name of the song and artist currently playing.

iTunes Radio has a number of special Siri commands:

  • Play a specific radio station: “Play Bob Dylan radio.” Sometimes, if you tell Siri to play music by an artist “Play Grateful Dead,” it will play a radio station instead, if you have a station with the same name.
  • Favorite a song: “Play more like this.”
  • Never play a song: “Never play this song.”
  • Find out what’s playing: “What song is playing?”
  • Play a new station: “Play a reggae iTunes Radio station.”
  • Pause, stop, or skip songs: “Skip this song.”
  • Add a song to your Wish List: “Add this song to my iTunes Wish List.”

This is not a complete list of Siri commands to play music. If you know of any that I haven’t listed, please post in the comments, and I’ll add them.