eXtensions - Friday 7 April 2017
Cassandra: Apple's Clips - First Looks
By Graham K. Rogers
I am not always successful with Siri and I am not sure why: it is probably me. I have changed to the UK English input option, but the success rate is not 100%. If I am using the AirPods, three times in any week I might be able to start listening with, "Radio. Alternative", but the next time I will be told that a movie of that name cannot be found.
For me, this might work better if I ignore the captioning, but that is a shame because this is one of the main strengths - it works in Thai too, and many other languages - or to improve my clarity. Recording in another language is not automatic. The settings have to be changed. Not only Siri, but the iPhone language needs to be changed in Settings > General. That also needed me to enter iCloud password and with the flaky WiFi at the office that was not instant.
The potential here is fairly obvious in terms of social networking sites, but also other media. Instead of a basic talking head video, for example, a Cartoon or Ink (black outline like a pen drawing) would have a more dramatic effect as output. And using the rear-facing camera, with an added voice-over could make for some interesting documentary input. As with apps and other options users are given, they will always manage to do more than was originally imagined.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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