How to send e-mails with Siri the easy way

Siri EmailWhen writing e-mails with Siri, usually you would do it like that:

You: “I would like to send an email.”
Siri: “To whom shall I send it?”
You: “Steve.”
Siri: “What’s the subject of your email?
You: “Lunch tomorrow”
Siri: “What would you like your email to say?”
You: “Hey Steve, lets have lunch tomorrow!”
Siri: “Here’s the email message to Steve. Ready to send it?”
You: “Send.”

While this process works perfectly fine, it isn’t fast. You can get Siri to write your email much faster by saying: “Email Steve about Lunch tomorrow and say Hey Steve, lets have lunch tomorrow!” That’s it!

So the formula is: “Email [name] about [subject] and say [message]”

To reply to a new email you can just say “Reply Ok, see you tomorrow.” Continue reading

How to open Applications through Siri using URL schemes

XcodeSiri doesn’t allow you to open Apps. However, there is a workaround that lets you do just that by using Siri and one additional click. Many App developers enable their apps to be opened from other apps or the web using “iPhone URL schemes”. For example, you can type fb:// into the Safari URL box, hit return and the Facebook app will launch.

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How to get Siri to send notes to Evernote

Evernote AppWe previously covered how to use Siri to post to Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and your Blog. A user brought to our attention that you can use the same method to send notes to your Evernote account. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Login to www.evernote.com. Create an account if you haven’t got one.
  • Go to the Settings tab and you should see an E-Mail address that looks something like username.12345@m.evernote.com

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How to Blog with Siri

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We already covered how you can use Siri to interact with Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Erica Sadun from TUAW explains how you can use Siri to blog:

  • You first have to send REGISTER to 256447 (U.S. only)
  • Blogger will then send you a URL for your new blog and a claim code which can be used to associate your number with an existing blog.
  • To create a new post, just send a text message to 256447 (or create a new contact “Blogger” with the number “256447”).
If you don’t have a text messaging plan, this method may be a bit expensive for you. Another way to make new posts is by using Mail-to-Blogger.

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How to search Google, Yahoo or Bing with Siri

Search Engine Logos Google Yahoo BingDid you know you can tell Siri which specific search engine to use on the fly?

In Settings > Safari you can define your default search engine. If you ask Siri to search for something, it will use whatever search engine you have chosen in your Settings. If you temporarily want to switch engines, all you need to do is ask Siri to search with a specific service. You can do so simply by saying “Search Yahoo for Siri”, and it will look up “Siri” on Yahoo without changing your default search engine.

How to use Google+ with Siri

Google PlusWe have already covered how to use Twitter and Facebook with Siri, now we want to explain how you can enable Siri to use Google+ as well.

  • Visit Google+ and go to your settings page.
  • Scroll down to “Set delivery preferences”, add your cell phone number and click “don’t notify me”.
  • Verify your number with the code google sends to you via text message.
  • Create a new contact named “Google Plus” with the number 33669 (U.S. only).
  • You can now update your status by telling Siri “Text Google Plus …”.