Hey Siri: shut up

The update to iOS 8 brought the ability to activate Siri simply by saying “Hey Siri”, so you can ask Siri to do things while your hands are otherwise occupied. Everyone illustrates this by talking about “while baking in the kitchen”. They don’t really know me at all…

I switched this on, despite having no idea when I might actually use it. But you never know, right?

Not to worry, Siri had plenty of ideas for me. For a start, Siri piped up when I was in bed watching the news. A story about Syria came on and obviously Siri thought we were speaking about “her”. All very amusing. How funny! Isn’t technology wonderful! Etc.

Two days later and Siri went off in my bag while I was in a client meeting. Not just the “beep” announcing she was listening, but the follow up “I”m sorry, I can’t help you right now…” verbal message. I’ve no idea what set it off, but it was awkward to say the least.

Cue lots of rummaging around in my bag to switch it off before it caused even more embarrassment. Luckily, my client saw the funny side. But I’m not that keen on a repeat performance.

I’ve switched this off in the options and wont be reactivating it until Siri is a little bt more discriminating in who she listens to. You can experiment with this at your own risk – read more here.

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