by Dom Esposito
December 13, 2012
Whether you’re new to iOS, or just want to pick up some useful tips and tricks, we're here to help. This is iOS Advice. Using Siri is a great way to find an answer to almost any question you may have, but sometimes the answers aren’t 100 percent accurate. If you ask Siri a question, the answer that's returned comes from a wide variety of sources on the Internet. Wolfram Alpha happens to be one of those sources, and in my opinion, possibly the best one. With the help of Wolfram Alpha, you can drastically improve Siri's answers by adding a couple of words before your question. If you’d like to improve Siri’s accuracy, watch the video or follow the steps below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyVR4XKeuUA Step 1: First, invoke Siri by holding down the home button. Step 2: Next, ask Siri a question, but precede it with “Wolfram Alpha.” For example you can say, “Wolfram Alpha, what time will the sun set tomorrow?” As I demonstrated in the video above, preceding your question with “Wolfram Alpha” will return an answer with more accuracy. When I asked Siri the same question without the assistance of Wolfram Alpha, I was given the time of when the sun had set that day. This won’t work with every question, but utilizing the Wolfram Alpha integration is a great way to get a detailed answer with improved accuracy. Now that you’ve learned how to improve Siri’s accuracy, if there’s something else you’d like to see on iOS Advice, please let us know. Send us an email with your question or comment and we might feature your suggestion in a future article. If you need a little more advice, check out our other helpful tutorials. Thanks, Mr. Luigi.