A bug or a feature? Asking Siri to fully charge your iPhone will dial Emergency services
posted by Peter K. / Jul 16, 2015, 9:06 AM
Siri, Apple's voice assistant, is definitely one of the sassier voice assistants around. This was recently proved by Siri's discovered ability to "burn" users who ask it to divide zero by zero, a fun (and annoying) response discovered by Aaron Paul, the actor who portrayed Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad.
Needless to say, there are other queries that will make Siri show its funny side. But that's certainly not all, as it has numerous actually useful features.
That said, we don't know whether one of the most recently discovered ones is explicitly an implemented feature or a weird bug. It seems that asking Siri to charge your phone to 100% will make the voice assistant call Emergency services (police, fire brigade, emergency medical services).
Please don't try this if there's no emergency
From the looks of it, this could be a nifty security feature that might be of great aid in emergency situations. After you ask Siri to charge your phone and it acknowledges your query, you are given a five-second window to cancel the outcoming call. However, such a security measure has not been listed anywhere, which makes no sense - why would you implement such a security feature and keep it deeply hidden?
It might also be a weird bug that is potentially dangerous - exploiting the issue and abusing said Emergency Services can harm the lives of those who actually need them. Be on your best behavior.
source: The Verge
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That's a dangerous bug. But, who would ask Siri to charge their phone? You'd have to be a complete idiot. She can't charge the phone, it charges when you plug it in so I don't see a reason to ask. Who even had the time to figure this bug out? I can see it now, a bunch of iDiots with iPhone will certainly try ti to see if it in fact does this. Because they are just that stupid.
posted on Jul 16, 2015, 9:16 AM 8
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I really hope the 1969 in your name doesn't indicate your birth year. The idea that our middle-aged men actually say stuff like this is too depressing...
posted on Jul 16, 2015, 10:40 AM 1
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Doubt it's a feature. But, SOS on my Galaxy S6 is a feature, and it's awesome. Press the power button 3x and it takes a pic with front and rear cameras, records an audio clip, sends gps location and help message to whoever I set it up to send to.
posted on Jul 16, 2015, 9:18 AM 2
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I'm not a fan of Samsung, but that's an awesome feature! Strange that I've never read about it before.
posted on Jul 16, 2015, 9:32 AM 5
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Yeah awesome, really, but jailbroken iOS had it for years with Activator. I don't want to play games who had it first, just want to point that this is nothing new and that without jailbreak community smartphones would be missing a lot of funcionalities today
posted on Jul 16, 2015, 9:39 AM 0
Lol it ain't a feature or a bug. It's just a comedic response from Siri. You go, Siri!
posted on Jul 16, 2015, 9:50 AM 3
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You go Siri?? I've said it 100 times and you just helped prove it. iPhones are for teenaged girls.
posted on Jul 16, 2015, 10:42 AM 1
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How can this even be a bug??? What the hell were they thinking to translate the message to call emergency services?
posted on Jul 16, 2015, 10:40 AM 0
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It's a bug; other reports state that asking to charge to different percentages will try and ring those numbers too (eg charge to 50% will try dialling 50), siri hears "phone" and a number and tries to comply. I'm surprised it doesn't result in Siri getting mouthy if I'm honest Why 100 connects to emergency services is likely a world issue (101 is non-emergency police number here in the UK and in Belgium where my parents live 100 is emergency fire/medical number).
posted on Jul 16, 2015, 10:55 AM 1
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Siri is actually correct in this case since she could not believe that someone will ask her to physically chanrge a phone as she is a computer software. Thus she did as instructed to charge (english word meaning "Make an accusatory claim") the phone with something. The pwner should have waited to see what Siri will say when her called gets picked up.
posted on Jul 16, 2015, 11:52 AM 1
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