smarter Siri

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Ap­ple is rather proud of Siri’s voice re­vamp in macOS High Sierra. Al­though the vir­tual as­sis­tant hasn’t quite clam­bered out of the un­canny val­ley, Siri now sounds more nat­u­ral and ex­pres­sive

In High Sierra, Siri’s de­signs on be­ing your per­sonal DJ go up an­other notch. Al­ready, you could ask it to “play some mu­sic” or to start play­ing some­thing by a spe­cific artist. Now it can re­spond to moods and make rec­om­men­da­tions, pro­vided that you have sub­scribed to Ap­ple Mu­sic. (If not, Siri curtly notes “I can’t play mu­sic for a par­tic­u­lar mood.”)

Siri has one other trick in macOS High Sierra: In Sys­tem Pref­er­ences’ Ac­ces­si­bil­ity pane, se­lect Siri (un­der the In­ter­ac­tion head­ing on the left), and put a check mark next to “En­able Type to Siri.” Al­though this is pri­mar­ily in­tended for peo­ple who can’t speak to Siri, it’s handy if you need to ask the as­sis­tant some­thing, have head­phones on, and are some­where it’s best to be quiet. You can also have Siri re­spond with­out talk­ing to you by turn­ing off voice feed­back in its pane within Sys­tem Pref­er­ences.

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