“Hey Siri” Brings Hands-Free Operation to iPhone/iPad

When iOS 8 was released, one of the most useful features it added was “Hey Siri”. This new command allows you to complete functions hands-free while your iPhone or iPad is being charged. This works on any device with Siri capabilities, and is enabled within the Siri settings by selecting “Allow ‘Hey Siri'” (open the Settings app, then go to General, and then Siri). Once enabled, you can activate Siri on your device by simply speaking the command “Hey Siri” followed by the action that you would like performed.

Hey Siri iPhone 6I have been using this functionality on a daily basis since updating to iOS 8. While I am in the car, I always have my iPhone docked so that I can listen to music or podcasts on my iPhone. While it is plugged into my car dock, I simply say “Hey Siri, text my Wife”, and I am immediately prompted to speak my message. After I speak the message, Siri repeats it back to me and asks me if I am ready to send my message. I simply answer yes, and my message is sent. After I am done with Siri, I simply say, “Hey Siri, go away” and I am returned to my music.

Hey Siri Text MessageOnce you have Siri on screen, you can also continue to give commands without pressing any buttons. This is again accomplished by starting your command with “Hey Siri”. So for example, after sending the text message above, I could ask Siri to read my text messages to me by saying “Hey Siri, read text messages”. Siri would tell me how many unread text messages I have and then would proceed to read the messages. After each message is read, I would also be prompted whether to send a reply.

Hey Siri Read Text MessagesAlthough I find this functionality most useful while in my vehicle, I also use “Hey Siri” at home. After I wake up in the morning, I can find out the time by asking “Hey Siri, what time is it?”. I can check the weather by saying “Hey Siri, what’s the weather today?”, and I can check my schedule by asking “Hey Siri, what’s my schedule like?”. If I wake up before my alarm is set to go off, I can even say, “Hey Siri, turn off my alarm.”

If you want to use the “Hey Siri” command when your phone is not being charged, you first have to manually start Siri by holding down on your Home button. After Siri is on the screen, additional commands can be done hands-free by saying “Hey Siri” followed by your command.

Of course “Hey Siri” is only useful if Siri can understand you. I have found that Siri does a much better job of understanding my commands in iOS 8, but your mileage may vary. See our previous post for a list of commands that can be used with Siri.

 

Ultimate Guide to Using Siri on iPad and iPhone

Ultimate Guide to Siri

When Siri was initially released for the iPhone and then the iPad it did a few things, but its functionality was limited. Over the years since it was released it has become much more feature rich. The problem is that although Siri has grown to have much more functionality, Apple has turned its attention away from publicizing these features. Luckily, iMore has an excellent article describing everything you can do with Siri on the iPad and iPhone.

If you haven't used Siri recently on your iPad or iPhone, I recommend browsing through iMore's article for reminders on some of things you can do. The good news is that with iOS 8 even more functionality will be added, including being able to launch Siri hands free while your iPad or iPhone is being charged.

This post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being an editor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.

 

iMore’s Ultimate Guide to Using iPhone and iPad Features

Yesterday I posted an in-depth description of using Notification Center on your iPhone and iPad, today iMore posted an excellent guide for using all the basic features of iOS. Included in iMore's article are instructions for deleting apps, using the Control Center, creating folders, quitting apps, multi-tasking, and using Siri among other things.

This is a great article for any lawyer that is new to using an iPhone or iPad or who just feels like they can't use their device to its full extent. Keep your eyes on our site for further in-depth articles on features like these to come.

This post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being an editor at iPlug Delaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.

 

Siri Will Let Anyone Access Your Contacts from the Lock Screen

openlockA new “feature” of iOS 7.1.1 has been discovered by Egyptian Neurosurgeon Sherif Hashim. With a simple work-around, Siri will help anyone access your contacts, even if your phone is locked. The bug allows a user to launch Siri, and say “Call”, “Text” or “Email”, and then after using the keyboard to type a single letter, the user is prompted to “Clarify, at which time selecting “Other…” will provide them with the contact list on the device.

Beyond possibly revealing confidential client lists for attorneys (that keep clients in their contacts), once the contact list is seen, Siri can be used to “Text”, “Call” or “Email” anyone that was identified from browsing your contacts. This means that the malicious user can send messages as YOU to contacts on your device!

For those that want to prevent themselves from being a victim of this vulnerability, disable the use of Siri on the lockscreen. This can be done by going into the Settings App, choosing “Passcode” (or on iPhone 5s, “Touch ID & Passcode”), then disabling Siri access in the “Allow Access When Locked” section. No word on when a fix will be released.2014-05-07 09.59.23

For more information, see Gizmodo.