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The Fix: Make Siri work smarter for you

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The Fix: Make Siri work smarter for you

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Find out how to make your smartphone personal assistant work efficiently and more accurately for you.

[MUSIC] Siri can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It's all about how you talk to her. So here are a few ways to make sure the personal assistant works a lot smarter for you. For instance, Siri doesn't always let you finish your sentence. Text my best frie- And just like that, she totally cut me off. So there's an easy way to make sure this never happens again. When you say your command, tap and hold the microphone and keep holding it until you're done saying what you need to say. Like this. Text my best friend, I finally figured out why the pizza didn't arrive, exclamation point. Ready to send it? She got everything I wanted. Problem solved. Okay, how do you pronounce the name? Sometimes Siri can't figure out how to pronounce a name, or recognize one that you're trying to call. So the next time that happens, do this. That's not how you pronounce Celso Bulgatti Okay, how do you pronounce the name? Celso. Okay, thank you. Which pronunciation should I use? Celso. That sounds right. Select. Okay, how do you pronounce the name? Bulgatti Okay, thank you. Which pronunciation should I use? Bulgatti. Mm-mm. Bulgatti. That's right, okay. Okay, I'll remember how to pronounce, Celso Bulgatti from now on. Perfect. Now we won't have any other problems with that name. Even though she has her quirks, you have to give her some credit. Siri can actually understand commands that go beyond the basic calls and appointments settings. Let me show you one. Schedule dinner next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m at Boca Nova with Alice and Tom Okay. I set up your event with Alice and Tom for June 25th, 2014. Shall I schedule it? Yes I scheduled your event with Allison Tom for 5:30 p.m June 25th, 2014. And since I have Allison in my contacts, she'll also receive an invitation for the event. If you need to launch an app or toggle a setting, using Siri can be a lot faster than digging up an icon. Siri can handle both tasks. So I can say something like, turn Bluetooth on Okay, I turned on Bluetooth. And she'll get it done for me. I can also do something like, launch Spotify And there's my app. Siri is smart, but you can make her even smarter by giving her constructive feedback. So for example, give me directions to Barbacco. Bako. Which Bako? Tap the one you want. At this point, swipe down to reveal the original command, and use the tap-to-edit function to correct her. Hit Done, and your correction will be sent to Siri for a new answer. Plus she'll understand you better in the future. Getting directions to Barbacco. Personal assistants like Siri aren't perfect. But, with a little bit of work, you can make the relationship a lot more beneficial for you. Okay, I'll send it.

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