Ellie is frustrated by Siri's use of punctuation, as it's very inconsistent. How can she teach it to do better? Leo says that Siri is mystifying when it makes that judgement, and there's really no way to fix it. It's not perfect, but it should get better the more it's used. Even if it's 95% accurate, that 5% can still be annoying. Siri is trainable, but whether it actually improves speech recognition is debatable.
Kenny is vision impaired and is looking for a way to have his TV read the channels and menus aloud. Scott says that he's never heard of that and neither has David. The chatroom says the Samsung J5500 can, though. Scott doesn't know if there is much choice out there for that, which is a shame because accessibility is important. If it's in the J series, it's probably in the K Series as well.
Steve updated his iPhone to iOS 9.3.5. Leo says it's important because it fixes the exploit that enables countries to spy on iPhone users. But now Siri isn't working for Steve. He gets an error that he can't understand: "Please Try Again." Leo says a dirty microphone can easily do that. If it's also an issue via Bluetooth, then it points to something else. It could be a bad update. He can still dictate messages, though. Leo says that's a Messages issue then. The only thing he can do is backup his phone and do a factory reset.
Mike has noticed that in iOS, you can ask Siri to enable 'Do Not Disturb' mode. After the latest update to iOS 9, you have to unlock the phone to do it. It's a new security feature. It's possible to turn that off, though. Now it's been fixed, and Apple says it was a bug.
The creators of Siri have moved on to create a new artificial intelligence platform called Viv. It is a new conversational interface, and it is brilliant. The original Siri developers say they believe it is better than Siri.
Richard is visually impaired and bought the iPhone 6s Plus. Richard's friend is hearing impaired and he wants to know if she could use her iPad as a kind of stop gap hearing aid or screen reader? Leo says that using dictation mode with Siri would do it. Google has a good voice dictation mode as well. But if he's talking about remote access via voice, that would be a challenge. But maybe Richard should learn to write apps and create it!
Alex is having trouble with Siri and using his contacts in iOS 9. Leo says that sometimes connecting a third party app like Facebook to contacts will cause multiple entries and that can confuse Siri. Especially if the contact in question has no phone and has the same name as the one that does. So it would be a good idea to merge his contacts. He should log into iCloud as well and see what his contacts look like. It's likely that Siri is just using a contact that has no number so it can't call or send a text. Merging the contacts will fix it, and it'll clean up his contacts as well.
Apple has sent out invitations to their annual fall iPhone event. Siri even has a "hint" about it if you ask her, but don't expect any real information from it. It's more of a fun little coy game. The September event is being held at the Campbell Center in San Francisco, a massive 7,000 seat auditorium, which Leo says has removable seats, so it's likely there will be a lot of product demos going on. He also wonders if Apple product announcements are becoming a bit ho-hum, expecting just the next thing. The magic just isn't really there anymore, it's just another electronic.
Karen finally got her Amazon Echo and she loves it. Leo says he just got his as well. This market of smart assistant technology has really been driven by Siri, Cortana, etc. Echo is the smartest one so far, Leo thinks. Leo says Amazon seems really committed to it.
There's also a great free service called IFTTT (If This, Then That), which will allow Karen to create recipes and set up automated tasks.
Matthew says that there's a hack that will crash the iPhone through iMessages. It'll crash the Apple Watch as well. Leo says it overloads the buffer overload and dumps the text on the memory, crashing the phone. And that's how serious exploits could occur as well.
But there is a temporary fix from Apple: