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Let’s Talk About Siri

Posted on 03 January 2012 by yizhan

Lots of iPhone fanatics had a big disappointment when Apple didn’t release the iPhone 5. But instead,   Apple released  a more advance version of iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S. To eased the disappointment, Apple equipped the iPhone 4S with lots of amazing features and one of them is the “Siri“.

Siri is an AI equipped in to the iPhone 4S. Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. You can Ask Siri to do lots of things just by talking the way you talk to others. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.

So what does Siri can realy do? As it was first introduce, Apple claim that Siri can understand what you mean and just how you feel. Besides Siri’s voice recognition, it seems to me that Siri consists of three layers: a speech-to-text analyzer, a grammar analyzer, and a set of service providers.

A speech-to-text analyzer is a piece of software that takes audio and turns it into text. Simple as that. Except it’s not so simple—systems like Dragon Recognition Software have been refining this process for years. It’s really hard to get right, and I’ve never seen an analyzer that didn’t jumble a significant portion of what you say.

Some queston that Siri can Answer:

  • Ask for a reminder.
  • Ask to send a text.
  • Ask about the weather.
  • Ask for information (from Yelp, Wolfram|Alpha, or Wikipedia).
  • Ask to set a meeting.
  • Ask to send an email.
  • Ask for a number.
  • Ask to set an alarm.
  • Ask for directions.
  • Ask about stocks.
  • Ask to set the timer.
  • Ask Siri about Siri.

Siri, however, has a much easier job than Dragon or your Mac’s Speech Recognition system. And that, again, is because its job is limited and focused. It doesn’t have to understand just anything you might say. It only has to understand words and sentences that pertain to appointments, contacts, messages, and maps. This makes it easier for Siri to pick out what you’re saying, because there are only so many things that you’re allowed to talk about.

Another advantage is physical. A phone has a much better chance of hearing your voice up-close than a computer does. Phone microphone technology already incorporates a degree of noise cancellation. So your phone is more likely to be able to hear you clearly, even in the midst of noise, than your computer is.

There is one great feature that Siri can do…. Try ask Siri what she would look like when she was a human being.. Go now ask here and see what she’ll reveal…


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Rumored: 3 new iPhone prototypes

Posted on 09 April 2011 by yizhan

A few details from tw.apple.pro was translated by AppleInsider claiming that the iPhone 5 has three prototypes.  A  iphone with a slide out keyboard is one of them and another one is very similar to the iphone 4 but with much better component.  I hope they have resolve the antenna issue which has been a major problem with the iPhone 4.  An improve camera and a longer battery life was also included in the prototypes.

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The iPhone 5 is likely to include the Qualcomm baseband chip  that will allow multiple carriers on one device. Also the unconfirmed Apple “A5” 1.2 GHz dual-core and PowerVR SGX543 graphics will be included.   All this speculation are not confirmed yet so lets just wait and see.

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iOS 4.2 Now Available

Posted on 15 December 2010 by yizhan

iOS 4.2

The  long wait is over. iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone users can now update their device OS to 4.2.  iOS 4.2 offers a lot of  new features, It’s free. It’s easy. And it lets you do even more with the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.  Updating your device is easy, just connect your iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone to your Mac or PC and follow the iTune’s online instruction after download.

Multi-Tasking  Feature

Maximize your work progress and entertain yourself at the same time with the multi-tasking feature of the iOS 4.2.  Yes you can do both nicely and smoothly, no sweat..:)

You can do more applications at the same time hassle free, it will not slow down the foreground of your device and it will not even drain your battery.

Now your iPad has more room for more apps. You can now Move apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity to keep your apps organized for fast access to your favorites.

Another feature of this update and the most I like is the ” Find my iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch” feature, this feature helps you find your missing iPhone, iPad, and your fourth generation iPod Touch  and protect and wipe your data installed in it.  Once installed, you can find your lost device on a map, display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock, and initiate a remote wipe to delete your data. And if you eventually find your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can restore everything from your last backup.

There are lot of new features in this version, just visit Apple to find out more.

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Official Release of iPhone 4 by GLobe Philippines

Posted on 24 September 2010 by yizhan

News scattered in the net about the most awaited iPhone 4 will be officially available in the Philippines this September 26, 2010.  For those who want to avail of the iPhone 4 prepaid kits, you can avail the iPhone 4 16Gb Black version for the price of  ₱37,499.00 and ₱43,699.00 for the 32Gb Black version.

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The Pricing for the some Globe Plans featuring the Black iPhone 4

SKU LAP 250 – Plan 499 Plan 500 – Plan 799 Plan 800 – Plan 1199 Plan 1200 – Plan 1798
iPhone 4 16GB ₱29,199 ₱27,399 ₱25,199 21,599
iPhone 4 32GB ₱34,599 ₱32,899 ₱30,599 ₱26,999
SKU Plan 1799 – Plan 2498 Plan 2499 – Plan 3499 Plan 3500 – Plan 4999 Platinum
iPhone 4 16GB ₱9,899 ₱8,399 FREE FREE
iPhone 4 32GB ₱15,399 ₱13,799 ₱6,399 FREE

hopefully the price of the iPhone 4 will decrease in a few months, so lets just wait and see.

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iPhone 4's antenna issue resolved

Posted on 29 June 2010 by yizhan

The problem with the iPhone4’s antenna, loosing signal while gripping lower portion which we seldom do when we are making a call, has been a problem since the day it was released in the public. almost everybody noticed this problem.  Well Apple responded on this issue  and said.

“Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.”

I’ve read some articles from other blogs and found out that by just putting a bumper ( new product by apple for the iPhone 4) it will solve the issue of the antenna problem. The bumper is a plastic strips that wraps around the iPhone 4 and comes up with different colors that gives stylish look for your iPhone 4. The bumper cost $29.00 and only pits with the iPhone 4

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As Apple mention, by avoiding to grip the lower left corner of the iPhone 4 or by just putting a protective casing,signal strength will not drop. Well in this case putting a bumper to your iPhone 4 will resolve the issue. hmm… looks like a good investment to me.

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