*TOP 11* Siri TRICKS!!

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Are you underutilizing Siri? We asked our Facebook fans about their favorite uses for Siri on their iPhone/iPad/Mac. Most people referred to the basic uses like using Siri to set a timer, but that little voice in your iDevice is capable of a lot more! Here’s David’s Top 11 (we couldn’t come up with a clean number like “10”) favorite Siri tricks.

About Smart Home Products
There’s a ton of different products in your home that can now be controlled by Siri. Here are a few of my favorites

1. Lights. When it comes to lights, the two “big dogs” are Philips Hue and LIFX. I own both and after owning both for over a year now, I significantly prefer LIFX. Why? The colors are more vibrant, the LIFX app just does more than Philips Hue, and now that they’re able to communicate with via HomeKit, there is no down-side that I can think of. LIFX bulbs also don’t require a hub (unlike Hue). LIFX makes several kinds of smart lights. This link will take you to all of them:

2. Thermostat – While I wish I could use this one myself, unfortunately, I have electric heat (and no smart thermostats work with electric heat). There’s several popular models. Here’s a few:
Nest:
Ecobee2:
Honeywell (lest expensive)

3. Wall Outlets. (CORRECTION: The WeMo only works with Amazon Echo aka Alexa however I also have a link below to one which does work with HomeKit aka your iPhone) I personally own two Belkin WeMo units. These allow you to plug in any kind of appliance and then be able to control it remotely. Make sure to set the device into the “on” position so that it can be controlled via the smart plug.

WeMo Link:
KooGeek (works with Homekit)

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  1. Just when I thought I knew everything about SIRI you found one I did not know about calling emergency services. Everyone needs to know that one, THANK YOU!

  2. Hi David, I have been following you for a short period of time, Every time I get on your site I don't want to leave, Everything is so informative and just what I need right now,
    I will start managing my time better so I can hang out with you more so I can get my learning on… -:)

    You are awesome!

  3. The tip on using Siri to call 911 in an emergency sounds great, but on my iPhone 6 Plus, in Settings – Siri – "Allow "Hey Siri", it says "You can speak to Siri without pressing the home button by saying 'Hey Siri' when connected to power." That limitation seems unfortunate, as I usually don't charge my phone during the day. If I left the phone on the kitchen counter during the day, the feature would not be available if it were not connected to power.

  4. I recently heard a video in which the speaker mentioned that Siri can memo transcripts and get them done for free.. Are you aware of this? This would be very interesting. Thanks

  5. I travel weekly for my job, and Siri and I have deep and entertaining conversations while I’m on the road. She’s pretty funny, and she thinks I’m awesome, so we’re pals!

  6. I still enjoy listening to your turnarounds and advice tho I’m being more proactive with my iPhone 5s 6s plus iPad and iPad Pro! Basicly I am a lover of Apple Tech and love to use it more than my MacBook Pro! Thanks again from Lesmahagow Lanark in Scotland!

  7. David, I always learn something new when I watch your videos.  Often times when I watch other peoples videos I find that I already know what they are telling me.  Not so with your videos!  Your videos are always very well done and I appreciate that very much!  Carry on sir!  Happy Hollidays!!

  8. If you ask Siri to set a timer rather than an alarm it is not saved into your clock.

    So "hey Siri, set timer for 30 minutes please" for example.

  9. TAKE ME HOME ( I'M ALWAYS LOST) & whats the temperature just before I walk my dog or if its going to rain. I use it a lot. Had heard of 911 feature but didn't know about the speaker call, have to go back a listen to that again. Or practice with a friendly call. Thanks.

  10. This is one of the most useful videos I have ever seen, if it worked. Every time I ask Siri a question it always says "I found this on the web" Even if I start asking Siri to send a message, every time I stop for breath Siri assumes that I have finished speaking and starts with ."I found this on the web" Do you know if there any way Siri can be made to listen for longer? I currently have an iPhone 7 and I’m on iOS 11.2 but I think it is because I’m from the UK, we mostly don’t speak as quickly as most Americans I’ve heard. I have a standard accent as opposed to some of the faster provincial accents. I keep trying to speed up but it makes no difference what I do. Is there any way you can help? I would be very grateful.

  11. Your talking is so cool. Let me know if you are coming to Srilanka. I’ll give free transportation around the country. Coz I love travelling too. When am on vacation this is what I do with my wife and daughter