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Updates to Apple's Siri voice assistant service have improved functionality for Canadian users, with the changes allowing better location recognition of weather and time queries.

As part of Apple's ongoing work to bring Siri out of Beta and into the mainstream, the company has rolled out improvements regarding location data over the past weeks that expand the virtual assistant's ability to answer certain Canada-specific questions, reports Canadian blog iPhoneinCanada.ca

Since Apple launched its voice-recognition service alongside the iPhone 4S in October, Canadian users were limited in what questions Siri could field. For example, some users had to rephrase questions like "what time is it" to "what time is it in Vancouver" as the service would not recognize certain locations in Canada.

Although the changes were unannounced, it looks as though Apple has expanded or tweaked its Canadian geo-location data as users are now receiving accurate answers to broad questions.

The newly-supported queries are available on iPhone 4S handsets running either iOS 5.1 or 5.0.1, meaning that the upgrades were made on the service's backend.


Screenshots showing improved Canadian time and weather compatibility. | Source: iPhoneinCanada.ca


The reported list of newly updated questions:

What time is it?
What is the weather today?
What will be the high/low temperature today?
Is it going to rain/snow today?

Canadians are still waiting for comprehensive geo-location capabilities to come to Siri, however, as directions and map integration have yet to gain support in the country.

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It's about fucking time. But Siri is still abysmal in Canada. Not sure why it's taking them so long to add the basic functionality.
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Lets get a move on it Apple! We are attached to the USA, and still don't have many Siri functions. Don't neglect your northern neighbours!
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Lets get a move on it Apple! We are attached to the USA, and still don't have many Siri functions. Don't neglect your northern neighbours!

I heard from a reliable source that it takes 3000 lines of code to get Siri to say 'a-boot' instead of 'about'.

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I heard from a reliable source that it takes 3000 lines of code to get Siri to say 'a-boot' instead of 'about'.

I don't know anyone outside of Newfoundland who actually says "a-boot" instead of "about."

I'm not sure why Americans believe Canadians all say that but it's about the same as assuming everyone in the US says "axe" instead of "ask."
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Who cares?! It's Canada. They don't count for anything..

Yeah what do we matter... guess we will need a multi trillion dollar debt, shitty economy and limited energy resources before we are something eh ?
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Updates to Apple's Siri voice assistant service have improved functionality for Canadian users, with the changes allowing better location recognition of weather and time queries. ...

I don't know about the highs and lows but we have always been able to ask Siri what the weather is in Canada and whether it will rain etc.

This is just not new at all.

Also, WTF does "better time queries" even mean. The time is the time. You ask Siri what time it is and it tells you.

What would be really valuable (and almost the entire utility of Siri), is being able to ask it about the world around you like where the nearest pizza place is or where a store is etc. Without being aware of the maps it's almost useless.
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I heard from a reliable source that it takes 3000 lines of code to get Siri to say 'a-boot' instead of 'about'.

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I don't know anyone outside of Newfoundland who actually says "a-boot" instead of "about."

I'm not sure why Americans believe Canadians all say that but it's about the same as assuming everyone in the US says "axe" instead of "ask."

It was a joke but I have plenty of Canadian friends who say that and they are from all over.
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Yeah what do we matter... guess we will need a multi trillion dollar debt, shitty economy and limited energy resources before we are something eh ?

"Siri, where is the nearest Tim Horton's?"

"Tim Horton's? Sure, thanks for asking, how are you doing?....Sure, you betcha, well anyways there are two Tim Horton's within two miles of your current location."
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I heard from a reliable source that it takes 3000 lines of code to get Siri to say 'a-boot' instead of 'about'.

Does Siri handle the word 'ruf' instead of 'roof'?
 
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5GB per 30 days is $35.00 on Bell, Rogers & Telus !!

iPads sold here work on any of the big three's LTE networks and on AT&T in the US.
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I heard from a reliable source that it takes 3000 lines of code to get Siri to say 'a-boot' instead of 'about'.

I figured the delay was due to Siri not being able to understand sentance-final "eh"s

Also, the weather app doesn't need to be improved for Canada. It only needs two responses.

(Nov-Mar): Siri what is the weather?
Siri: Shit.

(April-Oct): Siri what is the weather?
Siri: Not quite as shit.
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It was a joke but I have plenty of Canadian friends who say that and they are from all over.

No you don't.
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I figured the delay was due to Siri not being able to understand sentance-final "eh"s

They had to add support for y'all first I think
 
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Yeah what do we matter... guess we will need a multi trillion dollar debt, shitty economy and limited energy resources before we are something eh ?

Just because you're a Don Cherry fan doesn't mean you need to be sour grapes eh?
 
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Just because you're a Don Cherry fan doesn't mean you need to be sour grapes eh?

You are right; I was a little harsh, it does have to suck being China's bitch... I am sorry USA, Canada will be here for you.
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Just because you're a Don Cherry fan doesn't mean you need to be sour grapes eh?

Sour Grapes would be thanks to RIMs declining market share not Don Cherry
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Who cares?! It's Canada. They don't count for anything..

What are you, 12?
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So now Siri can say the weather and the time, boy what a breakthrough in technology...

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I heard from a reliable source that it takes 3000 lines of code to get Siri to say 'a-boot' instead of 'about'.

How embarrassing to resort to poorly executed, minsformed and bigoted sarcasm just to sugarcoat that Siri is a hardly a functional piece of software.
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Who cares?! It's Canada. They don't count for anything..

True, Canada is simply a safe and rich country that actually takes care of its own citizens and helps those around the world, instead of bombing and murdering them. Who needs a stable economy, universal healthcare, lower unemployment rates than the USA, and the absence of fear from being shot for nothing. The USA is a truly sad country that is economically and morally bankrupt and mocked the world over. What is the USA good for? Laughs at the expense of the illiterate trailer trash that write comments like yours.
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It was a joke but I have plenty of Canadian friends who say that and they are from all over.

No, you don't. Canadians say "a-boat". Scottish people say "a-boot."

Though I have heard Americans tell me I just said "a-boot" right after I said "a-boat". Maybe you all (or should I say y'all) have hearing problems down there.
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True, Canada is simply a safe and rich country that actually takes care of its own citizens and helps those around the world, instead of bombing and murdering them. Who needs a stable economy, universal healthcare, lower unemployment rates than the USA, and the absence of fear from being shot for nothing. The USA is a truly sad country that is economically and morally bankrupt and mocked the world over. What is the USA good for? Laughs at the expense of the illiterate trailer trash that write comments like yours.

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True, Canada is simply a safe and rich country that actually takes care of its own citizens and helps those around the world, instead of bombing and murdering them. Who needs a stable economy, universal healthcare, lower unemployment rates than the USA, and the absence of fear from being shot for nothing. The USA is a truly sad country that is economically and morally bankrupt and mocked the world over. What is the USA good for? Laughs at the expense of the illiterate trailer trash that write comments like yours.

He had it coming to him, and you delivered. Kudos.
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I don't know anyone outside of Newfoundland who actually says "a-boot" instead of "about."

I'm not sure why Americans believe Canadians all say that but it's about the same as assuming everyone in the US says "axe" instead of "ask."

Show me a clip of a Newfoundlander speaking whereby they say a-boot instead of about...
That's totally an Ontario and Prairies thing...
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True, Canada is simply a safe and rich country that actually takes care of its own citizens and helps those around the world, instead of bombing and murdering them. Who needs a stable economy, universal healthcare, lower unemployment rates than the USA, and the absence of fear from being shot for nothing. The USA is a truly sad country that is economically and morally bankrupt and mocked the world over. What is the USA good for? Laughs at the expense of the illiterate trailer trash that write comments like yours.

Oh quit your crying. Canada is the little brother we never had. And as such you will always be picked on by us, but deep down, we don't mean it and actually, we really like you as neighbors. But make no mistake, in a fight, we would kick your ass.
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Oh quit your crying. Canada is the little brother we never had. And as such you will always be picked on by us, but deep down, we don't mean it and actually, we really like you as neighbors. But make no mistake, in a fight, we would kick your ass.

You d have a rather Difficult task as the rest of humanity bar none, well, maybe Israel, would ally with Canada, easily.
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

I don't know anyone outside of Newfoundland who actually says "a-boot" instead of "about."

I'm not sure why Americans believe Canadians all say that but it's about the same as assuming everyone in the US says "axe" instead of "ask."

It was a joke. Lighten up. Many of us up here do say it that way

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post #30 of 76
Being from western Canada, and visiting the US frequently and buying neat things we can't get up here, I clearly have an understanding of all these previously-written posts. What people fail to mention in their RedNeck vs. Newfie paraphrases, is that we all are one people, separated by nothing but a conjured up border. If your blood is red, I don't care about the skin colour or language. I should point out that Apple is trying to achieve that very same thing with the technology in Siri. It's about the language AND geographic location...not the discrimination written on this website> Shame to all that don't contribute any valid point, other than verbal (i.e.. written) conflict and disrespect.
So all of you that find this posting for your bitches and complaints (pick your country description here), ...it's about a software-phone application, not an international showdown or comparison!
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But make no mistake, in a fight, we would kick your ass.

Really? The last time you tried to kick our ass we marched all the way to Washington and burned your precious White House to the ground - learn your sad history.

The "we will kick your ass" is precisely why you are bankrupt, economically and morally. Starting wars all over the place to "fight for our country" or "fighting for freedom" is a brilliant brainwashing feat by your corrupt leaders and Wall Street to bring your sons and daughters back in body bags so they can fill their pockets.

As for kicking our ass, you could not even win in Afghanistan, Somalia, eye-raq, Vietnam, Korea... need I go on?

Save your useless knuckle-dragging threats for someone who is afraid, we are not.
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I should point out that Apple is trying to achieve that very same thing with the technology in Siri.

True, as long as you are not Chinese working in their Foxconn slave camps.
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why, when you ask Siri about what time is it, it says 10:49, but shows a clock telling 5:49??
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Yeah what do we matter... guess we will need a multi trillion dollar debt, shitty economy and limited energy resources before we are something eh ?

Now you're catching on!

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I heard from a reliable source that it takes 3000 lines of code to get Siri to say 'a-boot' instead of 'about'.

I never understood the a-boot thing.

http://www.ic.arizona.edu/~lsp/Canad...rds/stout.html has the pronunciation of stout that I hear almost all Canadians say.

If that sounds like "stoot" to Americans, then I can understand why everyone thinks we talk like that.

Now, as for saying "eh", that I understand completely. I also hear eh on some British shows.
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Show me a clip of a Newfoundlander speaking whereby they say a-boot instead of about...
That's totally an Ontario and Prairies thing...

Show me a clip of someone from Ontario saying that. :-)
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Show me a clip of a Newfoundlander speaking whereby they say a-boot instead of about...
That's totally an Ontario and Prairies thing...

Not sure where you are from but that is not even close to true.

Watch Corner Gas, for starters. In the states we are constantly mistaken for Calinfornians (from Saskatchewan) We sound just like people on TV.

Ontarians in my experience also have a small accent, so they say "Torana" for Toronto but nothing like about
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Pfftt, people from Minnesota and the South have accents, most Canadians just speak english. Some of us are also bilingual, but the other language is french, not spanish.
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True, Canada is simply a safe and rich country that actually takes care of its own citizens and helps those around the world, instead of bombing and murdering them. Who needs a stable economy, universal healthcare, lower unemployment rates than the USA, and the absence of fear from being shot for nothing. The USA is a truly sad country that is economically and morally bankrupt and mocked the world over. What is the USA good for? Laughs at the expense of the illiterate trailer trash that write comments like yours.

Well said! If only Siri could say it too!
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I am looking forward to Siri's geolocation being expanded out of the US but have another problem.

I an a British English speaker based most of the time in China and the rest in the UK. I am happily able to use Siri with UK English but am not a good enough Chinese speaker (Mandarin) that I will be able to to Siri when it is open to Mandarin.

It seems that at the moment Siri is geolocated in the US based on one choosing US English. This will be a problem for me (not important to Apple or the rest of it's users) but it will be important in the future.

Siri is a useful tool which I like and use in the car and for making appointments, reminders and notes, but the geo based services will be really useful especially to those away from their locale, either on business or holiday/vacation.

So I really do appreciate it will be an enormous job to integrate the rest of the services in lots of other countries but it will be even more useful to a lot of people if the language and location are separated when this is implemented.
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