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Got a new iPhone? How to personalise Siri and change her voice

Apple new iPhone 8 Plus (Picture: Apple)
Sometimes Siri doesn’t do the things you want her to do.

Like when you want to get her working on something but the HEY SIRI command won’t pay ball.

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Or when for some reason Siri won’t activate or for some reason she won’t speak aloud at all.

Those having difficulties are likely to not have Apple’s clever bot properly set up – so here are some things to try to get her up and running as well as how to personalise Siri’s voice to either British, American, Australian, male or female.

Make sure Siri is activated

If you haven’t activated Siri – you need to make sure it is activated before you can personalise it.

Do this by going into the phone’s SETTINGS and the section named SIRI. Make sure the switch is turned to the green ON selection.

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In the Siri section scroll down to ensure the HEY SIRI button is flicked to the green ON button.

It will then go through a set of instructions for setting it up… you’ll need to go through these, which usually include repeating HEY SIRI into your phone among other sayings. Tap DONE when complete.

If you need to change the language of Siri (there’s a difference between American and British English) it is just under the HEY SIRI button under LANGUAGES.

NOTE you can also set up Siri so it still works even when the lock screen is on by swiping the LOCK SCREEN button to green ON in Siri’s settings menu.

How to change Siri’s voice

There are both male and female versions of Siri and these are selectable under SIRI VOICE in the SIRI settings menu.

For English you can also chose different accents from AMERICAN, AUSTRALIAN and BRITISH.

If you change to a different language like French it can take a while to download the new voice options.

Anything else?

Yes, you can change Siri’s settings so that audio feedback is HANDS-FREE ONLY, CONTROL WITH RING SWITCH or ALWAYS ON.

ALWAYS means Siri will speak even if the phone is set to silent, CONTROL WITH RING SWITCH means that Siri will be silent when the phone settings are silent except when connected to Bluetooth, headphones or CarPlay.

HANDS-FREE ONLY means Siri will always only speak when connected to Bluetooth, headphones or CarPlay.

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By admin , in Uncategorized , at January 5, 2018

Surging price of the cryptocurrency Ripple makes founder richer than Mark Zuckerberg – but only for an afternoon

Ripple is a cryptocurrency that’s bought and sold online (Picture: Reuters)
The man who founded the cryptocurrency Ripple briefly became the fifth wealthiest person in the world as the digital dosh surged in value this week.

But Chris Larsen’s place at the very top of the rich list proved to be very brief after Ripple (which is also called XRP) dropped in price and he slipped back down the list again to end up in about 15th place.

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The ebb and flow of Larsen’s fortunes demonstrates the volatility of cryptocurrency markets, which are notorious for featuring more ups and down than The Alps.

He is unlikely to feature on official rich lists because of the extreme price rises and drops which characterise Bitcoin, Ripple and other cryptocurrencies.

Ripple was created by Larsen and Jed McCaleb, the founder of bitcoin exchange Mt Gox.

A chart showing the rise and fall of Ripple this week (Picture: CoinMarketCap)
Its value surged by 35,000 percent during 2017 – way higher than the 1,200 percent growth of Bitcoin.

That means £100 invested in Ripple in January 2017 would have grown to more than £35,000 by the start of this year.

Its value surged this week from about $2.30 to a high of $3.84, before sliding again to about $3.20 at the time of writing.

On Thursday, Larsen was worth about $59 billion, up from $37.3 billion on Monday, due to the 5.19 billion XRP stash he is alleged to hold and a 17 percent stake in the cryptocurrency.

Ripple’s price was on the rise due to rumours it would soon start trading on CoinBase, a popular, easy to use app which lets users buy and sell Bitcoin, LiteCoin, Bitcoin Cash and Ethereum.

However, the price rise came to an abrupt halt and shifted into reverse when CoinBase denied it was planning to take on new cryptocurrencies.

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In a blog post, it wrote: ‘We have made no decision to add additional assets to… Coinbase.

‘Any statement to the contrary is untrue and not authorized by the company.’

Of course, Larsen’s immense wealth is not quite the same as Zuckerberg’s because it relies on the price of Ripple staying high.

If he were to begin selling off his nest egg, there is a risk that the price could crash and his riches could vanish into thin air.

‘This is beyond insane,’ Jeremy Gardner, an investor who used to work at the virtual currency hedge fund Blockchain Capital, told The New York Times.

‘There’s absolutely nothing driving this rally except rampant FOMO [fear of missing out], misinformation, and speculation.’

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By admin , in Uncategorized , at January 5, 2018

Intel boss sold stock before chip flaw disclosure

Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich sold a large chunk of his shares in the company several months after it was alerted to a serious security flaw affecting its products, it has emerged.

Regulatory filings showed Mr Krzanich pocketed about $25m (£18.4m) before tax from the sale of stocks and options in late November.

It emerged earlier this week that Intel was notified by Google last June of a flaw in its processor chips that could leave memory and data vulnerable to theft – leaving the company, and its rivals, scrambling to mitigate the risk.

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Intel's shares have tumbled by 5% since the hardware issue came to light – the two known bugs named Meltdown and Spectre affecting not only Intel's processors but also those of AMD and ARM Holdings.

It is now understood that, following the sale of his shares in November, Mr Krzanich currently holds just above the minimum level of stock required of him by Intel.

Intel released a statement to insist there was no impropriety, saying the sale was “unrelated” and that he “continues to hold shares in line with corporate guidelines.”

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Market commentators said the activity mirrored a divestment path for Mr Krzanich that had been laid out in October.

GBH Insights chief strategy analyst Daniel Ives told the AP news agency the stock sale was “cookie cutter” and not of concern.

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By admin , in Uncategorized , at January 5, 2018

All iPhones, iPads and Macs hit by Intel flaw

Apple has confirmed an Intel glitch has affected all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.

The US tech giant said the processor flaws, known as Meltdown and Spectre, could leave millions of customers exposed to hackers.

It emerged this week that developers have been trying to prevent hackers taking advantage of the flaw in microprocessors built by Intel and ARM.

There has been no evidence so far the flaws have been exploited by hackers.

However, as developers try to fix the flaws this is causing devices to slow down by up to 50% when performing computer tasks requiring a lot of storage or network usage.

In a blog post, Apple said it had released software updates for iOS, its phone and tablets software, macOS, used by its computers, and tvOS for its television products.

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It said the Apple Watch is not affected by Spectre.

Users should only download apps from trusted sources to avoid being made vulnerable, the post said.

Image:The flaw affects Intel microprocessor hardware
“Security researchers have recently uncovered security issues known by two names, Meltdown and Spectre,” Apple added.

“These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems.

“All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time.

“Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store.”

Apple said it will release an update for its web browser, Safari, in the next few days.

A spokesman for the National Cyber Security Centre told Sky News: “We are aware of reports about a potential flaw affecting some computer processors.

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“At this stage there is no evidence of any malicious exploitation and patches are being produced for the major platforms.

“NCSC advises that all organisations and home users continue to protect their systems from threats by installing patches, as soon as they become available.”

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By admin , in Uncategorized , at January 5, 2018

High-speed chip race behind Intel fiasco

To the list of things we once thought brilliant and entirely safe, like smoking and asbestos, we must now add microprocessors.

For the last decade or more, nearly every CPU built into phones, laptops and servers have carried two extremely serious flaws.

The scale is unprecedented – it is Chipocalypse Now.

The elaborate temples of security that hardware manufacturers and software designers have built on top come tumbling down with a simple kick at the foundation stone.

Well, not that simple. To take advantage of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities requires a lot of skill, especially for the latter.

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Image:All iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by the Spectre flaw, Apple said
And although chip-maker Intel has acknowledged “several” ways that hackers could exploit the flaws to access data stored on chips, no one has seen hackers do this in the real world. So far.

The main effect is to flip our conventional understanding on its head.

Apple has said its devices – computers, phones and iPads – are also affected. Apple has a hard-earned reputation for being more secure, less hackable, than its competitors.

That counts for little when the fundamental building blocks of modern computing are deeply flawed. Meltdown and Spectre probably do not pose much of a risk for consumers, unless a nation state is keen to hack you, in which case, Godspeed.

Cloud computing is more of a risk. Microsoft, Amazon and Google have all rushed to mass-patch their estates – if you have a program running in the cloud, it shares physical space with other programmes. Sharing that hardware makes them all vulnerable.

Who’s to blame? Gordon Moore. Moore was a co-founder of Intel. Since the 1970s, his company has made chips that packed in twice as many transistors into the same space every two years, leading to an exponential explosion in computing power.

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Image:Gordon Moore is one of the co-founders of Intel
Moore noticed the pattern and now we call that phenomenon Moore's Law. It became a vaunting emblem of Silicon Valley’s awesome power and progress.

For a while this was a fairly straightforward phenomenon. But in recent years chipmakers, rubbing up against physical limits, have looked for clever ways to nevertheless increase processor speed.

That’s what happened here. One security researcher told me the problem came to exist because manufacturers “tried to make their chipsets run faster than they should”, using a technique called speculative execution, where a processor starts working on instructions before it definitely needs to.

The idea is to get ahead with some of the work that might be coming the CPU's way.

So perhaps it is our fault for wanting new, fast, shiny devices? Most of us don't, though. We want computers that work and that are secure.

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And we also want batteries that last longer, something faster processor power actually hampers.

Instead an industry that has been so obsessed with Moore’s Law as the benchmark of progress – of progress for progress's sake – neglected the fundamentals of security.

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By admin , in Uncategorized , at January 5, 2018

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