I meant I’m not optimistic that Apple is going to improve HomePod much. I hope 
they do. 

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> On Apr 8, 2018, at 7:30 PM, Sieghard Weitzel <siegh...@live.ca> wrote:
> 
> Hi Tara,
>  
> You said you hope Apple will not improve the Homepod? I would say most people 
> hope they will improve it!
> One thing I don’t find easy with Alexa is that if you install a lot of skills 
> you have to always remember their invocation word or phrase, if you talk to 
> the thing wrong it won’t do much.
>  
>  
> From: viphone@googlegroups.com <viphone@googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of 
> TaraPrakash
> Sent: Sunday, April 8, 2018 2:44 PM
> To: viphone@googlegroups.com
> Subject: Re: Do more with Siri on HomePod, Apple Support
>  
> I have tried all three. And I would rank homepod  at number three google home 
> at number to an echo at number one. Apples HomePod is nowhere close to 
> Amazon‘s echo when it comes to the variety and  options available
> And I share your concern but do not hope that Apple in their arrogance are  
> trying to improve home pod anytime soon
>  
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Apr 8, 2018, at 4:19 PM, Sieghard Weitzel <siegh...@live.ca> wrote:
> 
> Hi Alan,
>  
> I hope Maria is right and I can’t possibly imagine why Apple would not put 
> resources into improving SIRI especially since they now have the Homepod 
> which uses SIRI is it’s only interface. I am sure they know how big Alexa is 
> and also Google Home although I have a feeling Amazon is currently really 
> dominant. My problem is that I don’t want to own 3 different smart speakers 
> using 3 different platforms just as I wouldn’t want an iPhone and an Android 
> phone. I know some people own iPhones, 
> Android devices and even Amazon Fire devices, but I prefer to spend my 
> hard-earned money on whatever platform I find is best for me and don’t 
> necessarily think more devices give me more options or convenience. I think 
> sometimes more is not better because you then spend so much time learning all 
> the different systems, making sure you keep them updated and all that. Having 
> said that my wife and I who both have iPhones also bought some Amazon Echos 
> when Amazon finally offered them officially here in Canada. We use them 
> primarily with our Philipps Hue lights, Lyric Thermostat and I recently 
> realized I could install the Netatmo skill to ask about information from the 
> weather station. We also use the one in the kitchen all the time for setting 
> timers for cooking and baking and occasionally we use the Drop-in intercom 
> function because I have also an Echo Dot in my office at work. I do also use 
> them for conversions or if I want to know what day of the week a particular 
> date is. Of course SIRI does conversions and the date thing just as well, but 
> it’s usually easier to say “Alexa, how many Kg is 18 ounces” or whatever, my 
> iPhone is often in my hipholster and “Hey SIRI” does not work if the screen 
> is covered.
> As I said before, Alexa does not do well for me when it comes to playing 
> Podcasts and I have tried at least 4 times on different days and times to 
> enable the Sonos skill but each time I get an error message telling me that 
> it can’t connect to Sonos right now and to  try again later. I wonder if it’s 
> not available here in Canada, have to call Sonos one of these days and find 
> out.
> In my opinion all the digital assistants have some strength, but they all 
> have weaknesses and limitations and I look forward to them becoming more 
> capable over the next years.
>  
> Regards,
> Sieghard
>  
> From: viphone@googlegroups.com <viphone@googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of Maria 
> Reyes
> Sent: Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:23 PM
> To: viphone@googlegroups.com; viphone@googlegroups.com
> Subject: Re: Do more with Siri on HomePod, Apple Support
>  
> Not really. Just last week they hired Google's Chief AI person, so we'll see 
> what they come out with.
>  
> Get Outlook for iOS
> From: viphone@googlegroups.com <viphone@googlegroups.com> on behalf of Alan 
> Lemly <wale...@gmail.com>
> Sent: Sunday, April 8, 2018 1:10:50 AM
> To: viphone@googlegroups.com
> Subject: RE: Do more with Siri on HomePod, Apple Support
>  
> Sieghard,
> 
> I have to strongly agree with you. It seems apparent to me that Apple is 
> devoting its resources to things other than making Siri smarter. Alexa is so 
> far ahead of Siri that I hardly bother with Siri anymore. I expect Apple 
> enjoys a much higher profit margin from its hardware devices than from 
> allocating resources to making Siri more intelligent.
> 
> Alan
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: viphone@googlegroups.com [mailto:viphone@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of 
> Sieghard Weitzel
> Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2018 10:59 PM
> To: viphone@googlegroups.com
> Subject: RE: Do more with Siri on HomePod, Apple Support
> 
> Yes, it's all the basic stuff and after over 6 years of SIRI the thing still 
> doesn't even support multiple timers. I guess if you are heating up Pizza a 
> single timer is OK, but if you are cooking something more elaborate where you 
> want a 45 minute timer so you know when the scalopped potatos need to come 
> out of the oven, you then want a 15 minute timer for something else and a 
> 3-minute timer because you don't want to overdo the garlic which you put in 
> the saute pan then SIRI is useless and it's Alexa to the rescue.
> Oh yes, and the article forgot to mention that translation doesn't even work 
> in Canada where last time I checked we also spoke English. I think SIRI must 
> be one of Apple's biggest, unacknowledged embarrassments ever as it can do 
> little more now in 2018 than it could do when it came out in 2011..
> 
> Regards,
> Sieghard
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: viphone@googlegroups.com <viphone@googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of M. 
> Taylor
> Sent: Saturday, April 7, 2018 6:20 PM
> To: viphone@googlegroups.com
> Subject: Do more with Siri on HomePod, Apple Support
> 
> Do more with Siri on HomePod
> From getting the latest news to checking the weather, discover more ways that 
> Siri on HomePod can help you get answers to everyday questions.
> Plan ahead
> Siri on HomePod can help you check the weather, find places to go, and check 
> traffic so you can get to where you're going on time.
>  
> Check the weather
> Want to know if you should wear a coat or bring an umbrella? Just ask Siri.
> Say "Hey Siri," then say something like:
> .       "What's the temperature outside?"
> .       "Do I need an umbrella today?"
> .       "How's the weather tomorrow?"
>  
> Find places
> Want to try a new restaurant? Or want to know what time the grocery store 
> closes? Just ask Siri. Say "Hey Siri," then you can ask things like:
> .       "Where's a great place to eat Mexican food?"
> .       "What time does the Apple Store close?"
> .       "Where's the closest gas station?"
>  
>  
> Check traffic
> Whether you're on your way to work or just want to know how long it takes to 
> get somewhere, Siri can help. Say "Hey Siri," then say something like:
> .       "What's the traffic like getting to work?"
> .       "How long does it take to drive to San Antonio?"
>  
> Stay up to date
> Catch up on current events, sports, stocks, and more with Siri.
>  
> Get the latest news
> You can get news briefs from the top news sources in the world. Say "Hey 
> Siri," then say something like:
> .       "What's the news today?"
> .       "Give me the latest sports news."
> Want to switch to a different news source? Say something like, "Hey Siri, 
> switch to NPR instead."
>  
> Catch up on sports
> Want to know who won between the Cavs and the Warriors? Or when the Panthers 
> play next? Siri knows. Say "Hey Siri," then you can say things like:
> .       "What teams are playing in the World Cup?"
> .       "Did the Spurs win last night?"
> .       "How many completions did Joe Montana have?"
>  
>  
> Check stocks
> Stay up to date on the stock market, prices, news, and more with Siri. Say 
> "Hey Siri," then say something like:
> .       "How's the stock market doing today?"
> .       "What's the market capitalization of Apple?"
> .       "Where's the NASDAQ today?"
> .       "Compare AAPL and the NASDAQ."
>  
> More ways to use Siri on HomePod
> Siri on HomePod is great at answering questions about the things you want to 
> know and do in your home. Here's what you can do.
>  
> Cook with Siri
> Need a little help in the kitchen? Siri can help you measure ingredients, set 
> a timer, and even help you count calories. Say "Hey Siri," then you can say 
> things like:
> .       "How many cups are in a quart?"
> .       "Set a timer for 45 minutes."
> .       "Pause the timer."
> .       "How much time is left on the timer?"
> .       "How many calories are in an ounce of cheddar cheese?"
>  
> Be on time
> Need to wake up early to catch a flight? Or want to check the time in another 
> city? Siri can help. Say "Hey Siri," then say something like:
> .       "What time is it in Berlin?"
> .       "When is daylight saving time?"
> .       "Wake me up tomorrow at 6:00 a.m."
> .       "Change my 6:00 a.m alarm to 6:30 a.m."
> When the alarm goes off, you can say "Hey Siri, snooze" or "Hey Siri, stop."
>  
>  
> Ask Siri to translate
> You can ask Siri in English how to say something in Mandarin, Spanish, 
> French, German, or Italian. Say "Hey Siri," then you can ask things like:
> .       "How do you say 'nice to meet you' in Mandarin?"
> .       "How do you say 'thank you' in Italian?"
> .       "How do you say 'Good Morning' in German?"
>  
> Get answers
> From math to pop culture, Siri knows a little bit about everything. Say "Hey 
> Siri," then you can ask Siri things like:
> .       "Who sings this song?"
> .       "What's a 15% tip on $85?"
> .       "How high is El Capitan?"
> .       "What movie won Best Picture last year?"
>  
> Learn more
> .       With Personal Requests on HomePod, you can ask Siri to send and read
> messages, add reminders, and create notes.
> .       Turn on lights, adjust the thermostat, and control all of the
> products that you use in your home with Siri.
> .       Use Siri to listen to music and podcasts on HomePod.
> 
> Original Article at:
> https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208336?cid=tw_sc_homepod_040718
> 
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