Problem-solving

Barbra Streisand said she convinced Apple CEO Tim Cook to change how Siri speaks

Barbra Streisand performs onstage during her "Barbra - The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic!" tour at Verizon Center on August 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage for BSB )

Legendary singer Barbra Streisand has battled an annoying little problem throughout her illustrious career: People are constantly mispronouncing her last name. The issue is so widespread in fact that even Apple’s personal assistant on the iPhone, the world-renowned Siri, mispronounced her name. In a conversation with NPR’s Scott Simon, Streisand explained the issue. “She pronounces my name wrong,” the singer said.

“Yeah, I noticed that,” Simon replied.

“Streisand with a soft S, like sand on the beach. I’ve been saying this for my whole career. And so what did I do? I called the head of Apple, Tim Cook, and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name, finally, with the next update on September 30th,” Streisand revealed.

Streisand added that she’s curious to see if Cook follows through on his promise to her. If it happens, it will turn out to be quite a feat of multitasking as she is currently on a nine-city U.S. tour supporting her latest album, Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, which features Streisand performing duets with a host of friends including Hugh Jackman, Melissa McCarthy and Alec Baldwin.

Streisand is a friend of Women in the World and in 2015 appeared onstage at the New York Summit to discuss an issue of “grave gender disparity” that’s near and dear to her. Watch the full video of her appearance below.

Read the full story at CBS News.

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