Get Siri to show directions via Google Maps app

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By now, you’ve likely already downloaded the recently released (and excellent) Google Maps app on your iPhone and made it your primary navigation tool. Unfortunately though, there’s no way to make it your default maps app without jailbreaking. But what if there was a way to make it so that Siri will give directions to a location using Google Maps? JailbreakNation discovered that by adding “via transit” to the end of your Siri command, a go-between “Routing Apps” page will appear and allow you to select desired navigation apps. For example, you can say “Give me directions to [destination] via transit“, or “Take me to the closest [POI] via transit“. Voilà. You can then select Google Maps and choose from one of the suggested routes. It’s not a perfect integration, but at least it’s there if you’d like to use both Siri and Gmaps. Check out the demo video below.

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ALO the Pan Am Headphone amplifier/DAC in Review

After an evening of Ghostbusters, it’s hard to want anything more than a date with the Sigourney Weaver of 1991. Keymaster? That’s me. Hell yeah! But, returning to my desk, I am met by another comedy great – or the likeness of one. Indeed, Bender lives on in ALO’s Pan Am, a wonderfully competent full-size headphone amplifier/USB DAC that just happens to, like Bender, enjoy galavanting around different spaces.

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Centrance DACmini PX Audiophile Desktop System in Review

Centrance’ entrance at TouchMyApps is the Mac mini-sized DACmini PX, an all-in-one DAC/headphone amp/power amp that plays with the big guys. Most of you already know Centrance and are familiar with their excellent USB DACs for guitar, microphone, and headphones. You know that their audio devices are free of noise. You know that they put on a steady and graceful show no matter what they are driving. You know that this review will end with a kiss.

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iPhone 5 already jailbroken

Well that didn’t take long to jailbreak the iPhone 5. Renowned Cydia dev Grant Paul (aka Chpwn) tweeted last night an image of an iPhone 5 running Cydia, which is the first known jailbreak for Apple’s latest iDevice and A6 chip. Another tweet shows a 640 x 1136 screenshot (the new iPhone’s display resolution) of Cydia’s homepage. This iPhone 5 Jailbreak is not currently available to the public, and it’s not currently known when it will be. Hopefully, it’ll be sooner rather than later, as I’m definitely missing tweaks like SBSettings and Zephyr on mine. Two days ago, a jailbreak for iOS 6 was released in the form of redsn0w, though it is a tethered one and only works on the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4th gen and iPhone 3GS.

[Engadget]

tyype HD brings swipe gesture editing to the iPad

About a month ago, we’d posted a video of a prototype iPad keyboard that would allow the movement of the onscreen cursor left or right by simply dragging a finger in either direction. Such functionality would indeed make it much easier for the user when editing text on the iPad. Well for all you non-jailbreakers out there who want to try out gesture based editing on your iPads, developer iApp have recently released tyype HD, a simple enough app that let’s you do just that. Sliding your finger above the virtual keyboard, you can move the cursor left or right. To quickly select text, use two fingers, while three fingers move the cursor twice as fast. In addition, pinch gestures will scale the font size. tyype HD is available now on the App Store for the intro price of $0.99, and after several planned updates (multiple file support and Dropbox/iCloud sync), it’ll sell for $2.99. Check out the video demo of the app in action after the gap.

tyype HD iApp, tyype HD - $0.99

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VoiceUtils lets Siri open apps, unlock phone and reboot on iPhone 4S

Well it didn’t take long for Siri tweaks to surface after the Untethered Jailbreak for A5 devices (iPhone 4S and iPad 2) went live several days ago. VoiceUtils, a newly released Cydia app developed by Nick Frey, finally allows Siri to open stock and third party apps, unlock the device, reboot/restart/respring the phone, and even enter Safe Mode. These actions were previously not available to Siri, and many users have wondered why Apple has decided not to (for the time being at least) include basic functionality such as launching apps. At least now for iPhone 4S jailbreakers, the free Cydia utility will give them more control over their device and simple actions like restarting the SpringBoard is only a voice command away. Check out the video demo of VoiceUtils in action after this space.

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redsn0w 0.9.10b4 update includes iBooks fix

RedSn0w, the popular jailbreaking tool has been updated to version 0.9.10b4 and now includes the long awaited fix for iBooks not being able to run on jailbroken iOS 5.0.1 devices.

The b4 version of redsn0w incorporates the 5.0.1 fix for iBooks, and also for sporadic problems with launchctl.  Thanks to @xvolks for merging the iBooks (sandbox) fix from @comex’s github into the overall corona untether from @pod2g!  As usual, you can choose to install the fix either by re-running redsn0w over your existing jailbreak (de-select Cydia if you do that), or by installing the corona package from Cydia (it’s the same set of files no matter which way you choose).

If you’ve previously jailbroken your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch using redsn0w, all you need to do is re-jailbreak it using 0.9.10b4, but do remember to uncheck the “Install Cydia” option beforehand. Conversely, you can run the latest version of the Corona package (1.0.4) on Cydia in order to use iBooks once again.

[via dev-team blog]

Video shows off jailbroken iPhone 4S (untethered)

Just a few weeks ago, the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 was released thanks to the efforts of hacker pod2g. Sadly for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 users, it only supported A4 iDevices (iPhone 4, iPad 1 etc). Well pod2g has posted another video (made by Chronic dev team member Dustin Howett) of a jailbroken iPhone 4S rebooting without having to tether to a computer. While no date has been given of its public release, pod2g did say “Only a few to wait now”. Could mean a few days or maybe even weeks, but at least we now know that the wait shouldn’t be that much longer.

Update: The untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is now available for Windows and Mac, courtesy of the Jailbreak toolkit Absinthe.

Spire, the first legal Siri Port for iPhone 4, iPad 1, and iPod Touch 3/4G, released on Cydia

There’s a new Siri Port in town and this time, it’s completely legal (unlike this one). Brought to you by jailbreak developers chpwn and Ryan Petrich, Spire allows older (jailbroken) iOS 5 devices like the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3/4G and iPad 1 to run Siri. Available on Cydia as a 100mb download, the port will also require additional info from an iPhone 4S (needed to communicate with Apple’s servers) and a proxy server.

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Fully functional Siri port finds its way onto the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G

Since the release of the 4S, developers and hackers have attempted to make Siri work on the iPhone 4 (and other older iDevices). While successful in installing the digital assistant, they weren’t able to make Siri fully communicate with Apple’s servers. But it appears that a group of Chinese hackers (the CD-Team) has successfully ported the full functionality of Siri to jailbroken iDevices – the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G in particular. Called H1Siri, the port – over a 100mb download – is found on Cydia via the Cydia.be and iphone3gsystem.fr/cydia repositories. While using Siri on your iPhone 4 is highly desirable no doubt, there are several red flags when it comes to installing the package. Aside from legality issues, this proxy hack involves sending your personal information to a third party server, which isn’t exactly desirable to say the least. But if you still want to give it a try, a step-by-step tutorial showing you how can be found here. Below is a video of a youtube user running H1Siri on his iPhone 4.

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