Tag : Voice

There IS a way to activate Siri with your voice, here’s how

So if virtual activation isn’t available on the macOS Sierra Public Beta through the Siri system preferences, then how do I get Siri to activate when I say “Hey Siri”? Through the Sierra Accessibility system preference that’s how.

The default Siri keyboard command in the Sierra Public Beta is to hold down the Command and Space buttons. You have to change, purely because the Accessibility feature doesn’t have a way to hold down a keyboard combination. Duh.

Okay first how to change the Siri keyboard shortcut

  1. Open the Siri system preferences  Apple menu > System Preferences  
  2. Find keyboard shortcut. A few options here for you, choose customize in order to create your own shortcut for the keyboard to acknowledge. siri-keyboard-shortcuts-100672179-large

Creating a Dictation command to activate Siri 

Now that you’ve tweaked the keyboard shortcut, you are ready to make “Hey Siri” work.

  1. System Preferences Apple menu > System Preferences 
  2. Click on Keyboard icon
  3. Click on the Dictation tab. If nothing happens, click on another tab and then click Dictation again (essentially just try it again)
  4. Look for a setting called Dictation. Turn it on. Select Use Enhanced Dictation. 
  5. If you have multiple microphones, you can select the one you prefer to use by clicking the pop-up menu under the microphone icon. sierra-beta-heysiri-keyboard-dictation-100672183-large
  6. Now click the Show All icon at the top of the window, then click on the Accessibility icon. Or, select View in the menu bar and select Accessibility.  sierra-beta-heysiri-accessibility-system-preference-100672184-large
  7.  In the left column of the Accessibility system preference, scroll down to find Dictation and select.
  8. Check the box “Enable the dictation keyword phrase” and type in “Hey”                                                                     A Blog
  9. Click the Dictation Commands Button.
  10. An overlay window appears with a selection list in the left column. Below is a box for “Enable advanced commands” Check this box.
  11. Click the + button. This will allow you to create a custom command.
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  13. Click Done.


Thank you mac world for the steps! Check out www.macworld.com for the full article.

With Algorithms comes Voice, with Voice there is No Offline

InformationAgeAutomationThe device in your hand, the one that half of you are most likely using to read this blog post, has been so fantastically adapted to the preferences of the user that sometimes we tend to read over how that device works for us. In the past decade alone mobile devices have taken a great leap into innovation, especially within the global smartphone market. Remember the Motorola razer? Yeah.

Perhaps it is hard for the population to have a desire to learn how such devices are working for us, rather than just learning how to control the device itself. For instance, Amazon. I can decide that I want to buy a pair of fuzzy cat socks, find the socks, buy the socks with one click, have them delivered same day, and that task has become a fleeting occurrence in my memory. But not to Amazon.

By quantifying or behavior, companies can deliver marketing strikes to potential customers that are so specific it is almost scary. The platforms that package this behavior are even more successful, making serious money selling it to advertisers. This is what the marketplace looks like with the innovation of algorithms. So when I decide to buy those fuzzy cat socks, and proceed to move on to reading an article on the web only to be startled by an advertisement on my webpage for fuzzy bunny socks, my brain does a little double take. How did they know that? Are they watching me? No. It’s Algorithms. Algorithms people.

Taking this idea one step further, think about those devices you don’t just click with, you talk with. You are literally telling your device what you want, what you like, what you need. You think developers haven’t noticed? Getting users to utilize voice control is a surefire way to use algorithms in an even bigger way. The always listening digital assistant devices we employ are doing exactly what we should already assume they do, always listening. These devices may only be activated into service by specific voice prompts but in order for that to work that microphone needs to always be turned on.

Now, I’m not saying any of this is a bad thing, in fact I think it’s brilliant. My point lies within understanding the technology that is working for you, if only at a minor level, so that technology can continue to work better for you, the user. Voice and audio activity items help technologies such as Google, understand what the user is saying when using voice search features, so you better believe those voice snips are saved in order for the device to be able to recognize that voice again. Eventually those snips will be perused for marketing data points in the form of audio content analysis, just like algorithms picked up on my purchase of fuzzy cat socks.

Technology is literally becoming unavoidable, and in my personal opinion that isn’t the worst thing in the world. Who doesn’t want a personal digital assistant to know exactly what you need when you need it? With a link to get it?



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