Sinus will try to connect with a lot of different services either remotely or locally on your Mac to tell you your location, your current weather or what time is at your place. However, if you have not set up Sinus or your Mac correctly, some misbehaviors might occur.
Be sure to have set up the Dictation feature on your Mac.
To understand what you are saying, Sinus must perform a speech-to-text operation. It does that by relying on OS X 10.8 integrated Dictation feature. Thus, you have to enable the feature in your System Preferences (Dictation & Speech). If not enabled, you can only write to Sinus in the Silent Mode.
Sinus requires an internet connection to access information.
Sinus is making use of different information sources, e.g., the weather information. To retrieve the data, an internet connection is required. Make sure, no firewall is blocking the app.
Let Sinus access your contacts.
Sinus uses your contacts of your address book only to be able to tell you contact details if you want to. Your data will not be stored on remote servers by Sinus. It also will not collect any statistical data based on your information.
If you have previously disabled the access to your contacts, go to your System Preferences. There, click Security & Privacy and switch to the Privacy tab. Check Sinus in the Contacts list.
Let Sinus access your location.
Sinus uses your location only to show you location based information, e.g., the time, the weather, etc. Your data will not be stored on remote servers by Sinus. It also will not collect any statistical data based on your information.
If you have previously disabled the access to your location, go to your System Preferences. There, click Security & Privacy and switch to the Privacy tab. Check Sinus in the Location Services list. Be sure to have enabled Location Services anyway.
If Sinus is still not able to access your location, make sure core services like locationd or geod are not blocked by a firewall.
When I click the Listen button, nothing happens.
You surely have not enabled the Dictation feature on your Mac yet. Please follow the guide on this page.
We take privacy seriously, promise.
Sinus is an application built around your personal context. It integrates into your daily computer lifestyle to provide you with useful information or to help you with certain tasks. Therefore, Sinus requires information about your context: your location (e.g., to check your weather, the news around you, etc.), your locale zone (for the current time, your language, the weather measure), your contacts (to be able to look up phone numbers, mail addresses, etc., for you) or your schedule (to be able to show you your current and upcoming schedule for you). Additional functions in future might require more personal data while staying true to our privacy principles.
This is confidential data, and we treat it as we would expect it from a software, that is, we don't have any interest in reading your personal data. No personal data is being collected and stored permanently while using the app (unless temporarily for providing faster access, which is called 'Caching'), no personal data is sent to remote servers, but, e.g., the city of your location for fetching the weather. However, if you use the Dictation feature of OS X to speak to Sinus, some of your personal details might be sent to their processing servers, according to the Dictation feature privacy agreement.
That is, the same data will be sent to Apple, as it is the case while using the famous personal assistant for iOS. If you do not want this, you can enable the Silent Mode, in which no Speech-to-Text processing will be performed.
Since Sinus connects to Third Party services to provide more useful information, e.g., the current weather, personalized requests must be sent to them. However, we make sure that these requests are as minimalist as possible: The request to fetch the weather only contains the city you are asking for, or your current city. Your GPS coordinates will be sent to Apple's reverse geocoder, a server to translate a tuple of GPS coordinates into placenames.
Sinus is a sandboxed app, which means that it meets higher security requirements. A sandboxed app cannot access your confidential data without asking you. Next, you can always deny the access later on from your System Preferences (see 'Security', there open the tab'Privacy'). It also means, that it cannot read or modify your system components and is thus safe to use. Read more about the so called Gatekeeper concept on Apple.com.
X Days until WWDC, aren't you scared?
No, not at all. This project is super fun and we have some great plans for future updates.
What about privacy?
The functionality is pretty constrained!
The Sinus software architecture is built to be extended. We will add more functions over time and we listen to your feedback.