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12-16-2011, 07:45 PM #1
Siri Can Now Search Through Best Buy's Entire Product Database
Siri can now find users the best deal on anything sold in Best Buy. Wait, people still shop at Best Buy?
No this isn’t some marketing ploy by Best Buy to delay their inevitable demise. Rather, it is a result of Wolfram Alpha’s clever use of Best Buy’s public APIs. Siri uses Wolfram to search for answers to certain questions users ask the digital assistant. Wolfram is using the previously mentioned Best Buy APIs to give users access to more than 35,000 appliances and consumer electronics sold at Best Buy.
Currently the search results are in a simple graph format listing product brand names, models, and prices. While the layout is the same as other Siri-Wolfram search results, the ability for Apple to utilize Best Buy’s public APIs could lead to more involved search results, complete with product images, categories, and other data according to 9to5Mac.
While I like to believe there is a special place in hell reserved for Best Buy, the ability for Apple to utilize company’s custom APIs to enrich the search result experience is intriguing. Imagine searching for “cheapest earbuds” and having the search results display earbuds by category, brand, and price via an interactive flow chart that would cull data from Newegg, Amazon, and whatever other online retailers the user frequently shops.
I wouldn’t mind completely hands-free shopping. Would you?
12-16-2011, 07:54 PM #2
Nice, I'll give this a try.
12-16-2011, 08:11 PM #3
I don't get it. Was this a failed attempt at ripping on Best Buy? Inevitable demise? WTF?
12-16-2011, 08:16 PM #4
Too much inventory, not enough sales, razor thin margins, the only money they make is on Rocket Fish cables which employees can buy for $3 a pop (hmdi) with their discount.
12-16-2011, 08:26 PM #5
It's like best buy slept with you gave you syphilis changed their number and on top of it....your pregnant. Hahaha best buy is bloody awesome and I buy all my electronics from there....nobody(brick and mortar) gives discounts on apple products except them and their coverage compared to apples? Come on now. Anyways great article besides that.
12-16-2011, 08:38 PM #6
I avoid Best Buy as much as I can. The mark up on some of their items is way to much.
12-16-2011, 08:52 PM #7
If I say anymore - or what's going thru my head as someone "from the inside" - I feel some ninja dressed in blue and khaki is going to reign terror upon me in the form of a pink slip.
12-16-2011, 09:09 PM #8
One of the oddest posts I've seen. Why all the hate for Best Buy? What part of the country do you live in? I live in San Diego, CA, and here Best Buy is VERY popular. Perhaps you live in a different country or world then I.
Most people I know (and dont know) go to Best Buy for anything tech related. It is by far the most popular electronics store, and one of the more popular stores in general. It has a great reputation, with both customers and employees.
I had a friend who loved it when they worked there before leaving for school. Higher pay then most employers, lots of room to advance, and regular raises. I've only heard good things.
The few people that I have encountered that dislike Best Buy are "Tech Snobs", and don't want to go to a store where they feel "superior" to the staff working there.
Personally I like best buy simply because they have some great deals (Xbox 360 slim 250gb, fable 3, halo reach, 3 months Xbox live, $200!! So happy bout that one!)
I haven't crunched the numbers, and don't know there future business outlook, stocks, etc....but they have a great reputation, and most people love shopping there, and it is the average persons "go to" spot for any electronics. That will take you pretty far.El Zurdo
12-16-2011, 09:15 PM #9
12-16-2011, 09:49 PM #10
Well I love shopping online. No tax! Been shopping electronics @ newegg for years.😄😄
12-16-2011, 09:58 PM #11
I once prayed to God for an iPhone, but quickly found out He didn't work that way...so I stole an iPhone and prayed for His forgiveness.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. - Josh Billings
12-16-2011, 10:02 PM #12
Best Buy is a 13 billion dollar a year business and their stock dropping percentage points is not a forecast of their demise. Anyways and more importantly, their API's being available to Siri might turn out to be the precursor of "the next best thing" for retailers, voice-activated shopping. (Of course picking up your phone and calling notwithstanding).
Siri is the hottest thing and competition looms in the horizon. Siri-searches, finds your product options, shows you the pricing matrix and allows you to complete a sale, think about it. Just a thought...
Last edited by metaserph; 12-16-2011 at 10:05 PM.@Metaserph
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12-16-2011, 10:30 PM #13
12-17-2011, 01:28 AM #14
I think Best Buy as cool as it is is probably doomed to fail. But uh cool about the siri thing to? Lol
12-17-2011, 04:08 AM #15
Went into Best Buy a few months back to get a micro usb cable so I could jailbreak my Apple TV. The salesman told me that there was no such thing. Went in not long after (fool me once) looking for a Mini Display to HDMI adapter which I had seen on their website. Was once again told by the salesman that there was no such thing.
Thank you Best Buy...
12-17-2011, 04:34 AM #16
12-17-2011, 06:26 AM #17
Feature is useless considering how inaccurate the database is. I would never shop at best buy anyways bunch of rip off items.
12-17-2011, 01:32 PM #18