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Voice Control

I have been taking full advantage of the Voice Control feature of my 3GS. It works great. Some names do need to be simplfied.... It confused my husband and my father-in-law's names. I changed my husband's name to "Husband". Now, I press and hold my earbud mic and say "Call Husband". Problem solved. My wish: a sexy male voice - preferably Scottish.


From Apple: Voice Control (available only on iPhone 3GS) lets you make phone calls and control iPod music playback using voice commands. Use Voice Control: Press and hold the Home button until the Voice Control screen appears and you hear a beep. You can also press and hold the center button on the iPhone headset (or the equivalent button on your Bluetooth headset). Use the following commands to make calls or play songs. Call someone in contacts Say “call” or “dial,” then say the name of the person. If the person has more than one phone number, you can add “home” or “mobile,” for example. Dial a number Say “call” or “dial,” then say the number. Control music playback: Say “play” or “play music.” To pause, say “pause” or “pause music.” You can also say “next song” or “previous song.” Play an album, artist, or playlist: Say “play,” then say “album,” “artist,” or “playlist” and the name. Shuffle the current playlist: Say “shuffle.” Find out more about the currently playing song: Say “what’s playing,” “what song is this,” “who sings this song,” or “who is this song by.” Use Genius to play similar songs: Say “Genius,” “play more like this,” or “play more songs like this.” Cancel Voice Control Say “cancel” or “stop.” For best results: Speak into the iPhone microphone as if you were making a phone call. You can also use the microphone in your iPhone or Bluetooth headset. Speak clearly and naturally. Say only iPhone commands and names, and numbers. Pause slightly between commands. Use full names.

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Tracy Sebastian is the wife of a scattered businessman and the mother of four. The oldest is out in the "real world", the second is in college, and the third and fourth are in elementary school.

Tracy's goal is to make the lives of mothers better by sharing her mistakes - so they don't have to make their own. She loves to travel and take pictures and tries to incorporate both into her every-day life. Her motto - "Don't Panic - It could be worse."