The ultimate guide to using Siri

Siri understands natural language, so on the one hand you might think that a guide to Siri might not be needed. But on the other hand, you may not be aware of the wide range of things that Siri can do. Plus, it helps to make requests in particular ways. I'm guessing that if you're like me, you're not using Siri to the fullest extent. And if you're like me, you'll find iMore's ultimate guide to using Siri a real boon. The guide covers every possible facet of using Siri, from asking for information to completing tasks to launching apps. The guide begins with several sections on setting up and configuring Siri. It then has sections on how to make calls and send email and text messages to your contacts using Siri. Other sections cover setting alarms and timers, setting reminders, updating tasks and to-do lists, creating and updating calendar appointments, checking stocks, creating and updating notes, checking the weather, playing and controlling music, searching a variety of search engines, finding movie information, looking up sports scores and information, finding restaurants and making reservations, launching apps, and shopping for Apple products.

As you can see, that's quite a comprehensive list. This is a valuable resource that will help you get the most out of Siri.

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And here's a tip if you want to use Siri to get transit directions. As you know, one of the raps against Apple's new Maps app is that it doesn't offer transit directions. If that's a need you have, you're forced to use a different app, such as Google Maps. And then you no longer have the convenience of being able to speak your query.

However, the friend of a friend pointed out that you can, in fact, use Siri to get transit directions. When you ask Siri for directions, you simply add "by transit" to your query. For example "directions to 77 Massachusetts Avenue by transit." Since Apple Maps doesn't do routing by transit, Siri will open a window that lists the other map apps you have. Click on the one you want to use, and Siri will launch it and fill in the information for you. Voila, you can use Siri for transit directions.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.