1/ What’s that song? In iOS 8, Apple incorporated Shazam’s technology into Siri, making it even easier to find out the name of a song you hear. Hold your phone close to the music source, activate Siri (by holding in the Home button for a couple of seconds) and ask what song is playing. After a few seconds, Siri should you the name of the music, the album it comes from –and, if it’s listed in the iTunes store, Siri even offers a buy button!
2/ Instant reminders — You don’t have to even open the Reminders app to add things to it, but first you have to set this ability up. Open the Reminders app and at the top you will see the option for adding a new category. Click on the + sign. Name your list where it says “New List” and pick a colour by clicking on the colour circle (as in the main picture at the top of this page).
Create your list and select a colour identifier, then create as many as you want (Home, Work, Shopping etc) – use names you’ll remember as bot you and Siri need these as identifiers. (The generic list called ‘Reminders’ is included as part of the app.)
Now open Siri and say something like ‘Add get milk to my shopping list.
Siri will confirm ‘You want me to add milk to your shopping list?’ [With my NZ accent, Siri kept changing ‘add’ to ‘ed’ no matter how I over-pronounced it, so you might want to try ‘put’ which worked every time.)
Siri should say ‘Alright, I will add get milk to your grocery list.’If you say ‘Remind me to call Tim Cook on Thursday’, Siri will say ‘Get off the grass!’ – no, that’s a joke. Siri will say ‘Here is your reminder, shall I create it?’ (If you didn’t specify a time, it’s entered at 9am.)
Confirm, if Siri got it right.
3/ Train Siri — In the case above, Siri might say ‘There are two numbers for Tim Cook. Which one do you want?’
Me: I touch the one I want.
Siri: OK, I will remind you. (Siri adds it to Calendar and sends a message via they iPhone at the time specified. The message is preceded by a tone)
4/ Train Siri to identify contacts by your own labels — Say you want to tell Siri to call someone Jim. There may be lots of Jims in your Contacts list, so you can tell Siri to call this particular Jim by his first and last name, assuming his name is easy to pronounce. You can take the time to train Siri to recognise that last name, but there is a faster way to tell Siri exactly who you want: assign a nickname to this Jim.
(Of course, the person under consideration must be listed in your Contacts along with their phone number.)
To have Siri recognise this specific Jim, hold down the home button until Siri appears. In a strong voice say “Jim is my Jimbo.” You may have to correct Siri a time or two until it gets it right. When it does, grant permission for it to apply the new term – from then on, you can say ‘Call Jimbo’ and you’ll only get this Jim.
Note — With Siri, you have to word requests precisely, in this case by saying “person is my xyz.” . You must put the word ‘my’ in front of the nick name.
5/ Trashed an image? No problem — With iOS 8.1, Apple finally aded a way to undelete an iPhone or iPad photo or video clip that you may have deleted.
Open the the Photos app, then tap the Albums tab at bottom right. At the bottom of your list of albums, you’ll find a new one labeled ‘Recently Deleted’; go ahead and tap it. Inside the album, you’ll see all the snapshots and videos you trashed within the past 30 days, with a countdown timer on each photo showing the number of days left before the image is deleted for good.
To rescue it, Tap the Select button in the corner of the screen, tap the image or video clip you want to save, then tap Recover.