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What the Tech? Siri secrets

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If you think moms of 6 year olds get asked a lot of questions, it's nothing like everyone's favorite voice assistant.

Apple said in its last announcement that it is answering over 2 billion questions a week on behalf of Siri. The artificially intelligent computerized voice that is a feature on both iPhones and iPads is most often asked about the weather forecast and for web searches. Many iPhone users also ask Siri to solve math problems and for directions, but there are other things Siri can do that you may not know about. 

We'll call them 'Siri Secrets'.

For example, Siri can do a Shazam­type search of songs you're listening to. Rather than open an app, just double tap on the iPhone's home button and ask "Siri what song is this?" She'll listen, then name the song and artist, often with a sense of humor. "But don't ask me to sing it."

Siri will also read text messages and e­mails out loud and ask if you want to respond.

Here are some of our other favorites you can try:

  • Call someone on speaker phone
  • Turn off Airplane mode. She cannot turn it back on since Siri needs the internet to work.
  • If you are using Apple maps for directions to a location, you can ask "Siri, are we there yet?" to get the estimated time of arrival.
  • "What is ____ tweeting?"
  • "Show me pictures of ___"
  • Flip a coin ? Roll the dice
  • Change the pronunciation of a contact's name
  • Settle trivia questions
  • Search through baseball historical facts and statistics
  • Show your photos based on name, place or time
  • "What planes are overhead?"
  • Change the name she calls you by saying "From now on, call me ____" 

And to see her humorous side try these questions:

  • "What is it like being you?"
  • "Tell me a joke"
  • "Read me a story"
  • "What's 0 divided by 0?"
  • "What does the fox say?"
  • "beatbox"
  • "Tell me a haiku"
  • "Where did I put my keys?"
  • "How old are you?"
  • "Where do babies come from?"
  • "What's the best cellphone?"
  • "Talk dirty to me"
  • "Will you go out with me?"

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