iPad mini: Figuring Out What to Ask Siri

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The beauty using Siri on your iPad mini is that there’s no designated protocol you must follow when talking to her. Asking, “Will I need an umbrella tomorrow?” produces the same result as, “What is the weather forecast around here?”

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It’s pretty darn cool that Siri now teams up with one of our favorite apps, Shazam, to identify the name and artist of the musical track that’s playing. Just ask Siri what song is playing and she’ll name that tune (assuming that she indeed knows the song). When the song is properly identified, you even get a chance to buy it.

If you’re not sure what to ask, tap the ?-in-a-circle to list sample questions or commands. You can tap any of these examples to see even more samples.

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Here are some ways Siri can lend a hand:

  • FaceTime: “FaceTime phone number my wife.”

  • Music: “Play Frank Sinatra” or “Play iTunes Radio.” “What song is this?” “Rate this song three stars.”

  • Messages: “Send a message to Nancy to reschedule lunch.”

  • Calendar: “Set up a meeting for 9 a.m. to discuss funding.”

  • Reminders: “Remind me to take my medicine at 8 a.m. tomorrow.”

  • Maps: “Find an ATM near here.”

  • Mail: “Mail the tenant about the recent rent check.”

  • Stocks: “What’s Apple’s stock price?”

  • Web search: “Who was the 19th president of the United States?”

  • WolframAlpha: “How many calories are in a blueberry muffin?”

  • Clock: “Wake me up at 8:30 in the morning.”

  • Sports: “Who is pitching for the Yankees tonight?”

  • Trivia: “Who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003?”

  • Twitter: “Send tweet, Going on vacation, smiley-face emoticon” or “What is trending on Twitter?”