Jason Cartwright on TechAU says that Microsoft Tellme is NOT the same as Siri:

Over the past 24hours there have been a lot of posts about Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie, claiming that “Microsoft has had a similar capability in Windows Phone for more than a year… All that is already there, fully functionality for years.”

The video shows how accurate Mundie’s statement is. Reminds me of a previous voice recognition attempt from Microsoft.

(via Daring Fireball)

Enable Siri for iPhone 4S

When I opened my new iPhone 4S, the first thing I wanted to try was Siri. I held the button as it says to in the booklet, but was dismayed when I was shown the old Voice Control interface.

After trying the button again several times in a state of confusion, I ventured into the Settings. There I discovered Siri was turned off by default. I assume this must be because Apple is still calling Siri “beta”, and unlike most other companies they can be a bit cautious around handing out their betas.

To enable Siri, perform the following steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General → Siri.
  3. Switch Siri ON. You will then have further configuration options available.