Some SIRI Tricks You Might Not Know About

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
Some SIRI Tricks You Might Not Know About

Apple’s voice-activated assistant is now a well-known personality in his/her
own right, but unless you’ve taken the time to dig into all the features
that Siri offers you might not realize just how capable it is now.

Here are several ways to get Siri working harder for you.

1. Find a particular setting
Siri can not only “turn off Bluetooth” but will also help you find a setting
if you don’t know where it’s located. Try asking to “change the font size”
or “adjust the screen brightness” or “edit Safari settings,” and Siri will
direct you to the right options page, with no need for you to search through
screens yourself.

2. Passing planes
Ask Siri “what planes are above me right now?” and you’ll quickly get the
results back thanks to data pulled from the FAA’s database and Siri’s
integration with Wolfram Alpha. Unfortunately, it only works in the US for
the time being, but it’s a handy option to have if you’re wondering where a
passing plane is heading to or coming from.

3. Setting power naps
You can tell Siri to “wake me in 40 minutes” and your iDevice’s alarm will
be set accordingly. This is in addition to the standard alarm clock commands
that let you set an alarm for a specific time and date. If you’re so
jetlagged that you’re not sure what time it is but you know you need an
hour’s shut-eye, Siri has you covered.

4. Movie reviews and times
Siri pulls in data from the Rotten Tomatoes review site, so you can ask it
“how good is Finding Dory?” and get a response based on hundreds of reviews.
You might have to pick from a shortlist of potential options if Siri finds
several matches, but the process is still pretty painless. You can also ask
“how long is The Lego Movie?” just before you sit down in your seat, and get
a quick response.

5. food and drink
Not only can you search for restaurants and bars nearby, you can also look
for specific types of food or beverages, whether that’s sandwiches, steaks,
coffee or beer. Ask Siri to “find a whiskey” and you’ll get back the nearest
bars and restaurants where “whiskey” is mentioned in the description or
reviews. It’s a handy feature to have if you’ve got a hankering for a
particular dish or drink.

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