TouchMyApps » Siri http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:23:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Get Siri to show directions via Google Maps app http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/18/get-siri-to-show-directions-via-google-maps-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/18/get-siri-to-show-directions-via-google-maps-app/#comments Tue, 18 Dec 2012 18:22:39 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71411 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 … Read more]]>

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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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Google Search for iPhone and iPad to receive Siri-like functionality in upcoming update http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/08/08/google-search-for-iphone-and-ipad-to-receive-siri-like-functionality-in-upcoming-update/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/08/08/google-search-for-iphone-and-ipad-to-receive-siri-like-functionality-in-upcoming-update/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2012 20:48:07 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=69295 For those who you who don’t have an iPhone 4S (or the new iPad with iOS 6) and feel left out with not being able to converse with Siri, you’ll soon be able to do many of the same things that Apple’s digital assistant is able to. Along with Google’s announcement today that Knowledge Graph will … Read more]]>

For those who you who don’t have an iPhone 4S (or the new iPad with iOS 6) and feel left out with not being able to converse with Siri, you’ll soon be able to do many of the same things that Apple’s digital assistant is able to. Along with Google’s announcement today that Knowledge Graph will be making its way outside the US, and the introduction of the Gmail in personal search results feature, the Big G has made it known that the Google Search app for iOS will be updated soon and it’ll include voice-based questions and answers.

From the Google Blog:

Often the most natural way to ask a question is by asking aloud. So we’ve combined our speech recognition expertise, understanding of language and the Knowledge Graph so that Voice Search can better interpret your questions and sometimes speak the answers back as full sentences. This has been available on Android for a few weeks and people love it. It’ll soon be available on your iPhone or iPad (iOS version 4.2+).

You just need to tap the microphone icon and ask your question, the same way you’d ask a friend. For example, ask “What movies are playing this weekend?” and you’ll see your words streamed back to you quickly as you speak. Then Google will show you a list of the latest movies in theaters near you, with schedules and even trailers. It works for everything from celebrity factoids to the height of Kilamanjaro and more. When Google can supply a direct answer to your question, you’ll get a spoken response too.

Here’s Google’s demo showing what enhanced voice search on the Google Search app will be capable of.

And here is a video comparing Siri with Google Search running on a Google Nexus (with Jelly Bean)

According to The Verge, the updated Google Search app (iOS 4.2+ required) for the iPhone and iPad will be available in the “next couple of days”. It’s definitely exciting to see some real competition for Siri, not to mention that all iDevice users – especially those without the iPhone 4S – will be able to enjoy in the coming days a much improved voice-based Q&A experience.

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Siri has added Japanese to her language repetoire http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/02/15/siri-has-added-japanese-to-her-language-repetoire/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/02/15/siri-has-added-japanese-to-her-language-repetoire/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:32:41 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=66398 It appears that Siri has all but confirmed that Japanese support for the iOS digital assistant will be coming soon. If you ask Siri now what languages she speaks, you’ll get the reply “I can speak French, English, Japanese, and German… but I’m always learning.”. That said, Japanese isn’t an option yet under Siri’s languages … Read more]]>

It appears that Siri has all but confirmed that Japanese support for the iOS digital assistant will be coming soon. If you ask Siri now what languages she speaks, you’ll get the reply “I can speak French, English, Japanese, and German… but I’m always learning.”. That said, Japanese isn’t an option yet under Siri’s languages setting. For full support, that may not happen until the next iOS update (5.1). As for additional languages, the FAQ section for Siri states that more will be arriving in 2012, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish. So if you’re an iPhone 4S user who speaks one of these languages, hopefully it won’t be much longer before you can whisper sweet nothings to Siri in your native tongue.

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Siri does translation thanks to Lingual tweak http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/26/siri-does-translation-thanks-to-lingual-tweak/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/26/siri-does-translation-thanks-to-lingual-tweak/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 19:33:15 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=65763 Tweaks to extend Siri’s functionality have been rolling in over the past few days, one of which was VoiceUtils, a tool that allows users to open apps on their iPhone 4S via voice commands (among other things). The latest to hit Cydia is Lingual, a hack that essentially transforms Siri into your personal translator. Created by … Read more]]>

Tweaks to extend Siri’s functionality have been rolling in over the past few days, one of which was VoiceUtils, a tool that allows users to open apps on their iPhone 4S via voice commands (among other things). The latest to hit Cydia is Lingual, a hack that essentially transforms Siri into your personal translator. Created by CodeThemed, and based on the AssistantExtensions platform for Siri development, Lingual taps into Microsoft Bing’s Translate API and is able to translate from english to over 30+ languages through Siri. So you can ask “What’s Where’s the bus stop in Spanish” and Siri will display the translated text for you momentarily. It won’t actually say aloud the translation, but it’s still really neat nonetheless. Lingual is free to download and can be found by simply searching for it on Cydia. Check out the video demo of how it works after the gap.

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VoiceUtils lets Siri open apps, unlock phone and reboot on iPhone 4S http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/24/voiceutils-lets-siri-open-apps-unlock-phone-and-reboot-on-iphone-4s/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/24/voiceutils-lets-siri-open-apps-unlock-phone-and-reboot-on-iphone-4s/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 21:00:18 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=65417 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 … Read more]]>

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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Evi brings Siri-like functionality to iOS devices http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/24/evi-brings-siri-like-functionality-to-ios-devices/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/24/evi-brings-siri-like-functionality-to-ios-devices/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:39:53 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=65406 If you think Siri’s a bit too snobbish for your liking (as in you don’t have an iPhone 4S), there’s a new digital assistant in town, and she’s not exclusive to only one iDevice. Meet Evi, the app that works on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (iOS 4 and higher required) and Android phones. Evi is the … Read more]]>

If you think Siri’s a bit too snobbish for your liking (as in you don’t have an iPhone 4S), there’s a new digital assistant in town, and she’s not exclusive to only one iDevice. Meet Evi, the app that works on the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (iOS 4 and higher required) and Android phones.

Evi is the revolutionary artificial intelligence here to help with all of your everyday information needs.

Unlike a search engine, which simply looks for matching words and shows you a list of websites, Evi understands what you want to know and gives back exactly what you’re after.

Need to know where the nearest bank is? Not a problem. Going out for dinner but can’t decide where? She can help with that too. The more you ask, the more she will learn, and thus she is improving all the time.

Similar to Siri, you can ask it a bunch of questions, like “What’s the capital of Spain”, or “How many pounds are there in a kilogram”. Evi will even tell you where the nearest banks and restaurants are (local searches only supported in US and UK at the moment). What it won’t do however, is interact with your calendar, like set an appointment/reminder for a specific time/date.

Evi sells for $0.99, though due to overwhelming demand since its launch, users have been encountering the error message “I’m having trouble getting a response from my servers, please try again in a minute”. The developers behind Evi are well aware of the connection issues and are said to be working around the clock to better prepare it for the high volumes of incoming requests. For those of you who’re interested in checking out Evi, you may want to wait until their servers are able to handle the traffic before downloading the app. Twitter users can follow @EviKnows for the latest updates on when the all the kinks have been ironed out.

Evi True Knowledge, Evi, – $0.99

App Description

Say hello to Evi.

Evi is the revolutionary artificial intelligence here to help with all of your everyday information needs.

Unlike a search engine, which simply looks for matching words and shows you a list of websites, Evi understands what you want to know and gives back exactly what you’re after.

Need to know where the nearest bank is? Not a problem. Going out for dinner but can’t decide where? She can help with that too. The more you ask, the more she will learn, and thus she is improving all the time.

Life is simpler with Evi.

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On Monday 23rd the world learned about Evi and responded in a phenomenal way. To see how many people were excited by Evi and her app was overwhelming and hugely exciting for us. Unfortunately the enormous response was more than our servers were able to handle and so many users experienced connection problems.

Weíd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who downloaded the app, and to assure you that the team are working around the clock to get Evi back on her feet and ensure that she is better able to handle the huge number of people who wish to ask her questions.

So many thanks from everyone on the team, and Evi herself, for your patience and understanding.

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Features:
• Voice or text input – Chat to Evi in plain English and she will understand
• Local information for UK and USA – Shopping, news, dining and more. Evi knows where you are and gives answers based on your location
• One tap words – Allowing you to build your question super-fast
• Built in browser – No need to swap to a different browser, view web links within Evi’s app
• A learning and adapting intelligence – Rate Evi’s answers to help her learn more about the world
• More than a search engine – Evi takes the searching out of search, able to review and compare nearly a billion facts from her database to give you exactly what you need

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Spire, the first legal Siri Port for iPhone 4, iPad 1, and iPod Touch 3/4G, released on Cydia http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/27/spire-the-first-legal-siri-port-for-iphone-4-ipad-1-and-ipod-touch-34g-released-on-cydia/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/27/spire-the-first-legal-siri-port-for-iphone-4-ipad-1-and-ipod-touch-34g-released-on-cydia/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:14:23 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=63349 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 … Read more]]>

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.

From chpwn’s blog:

Spire is my (along with Ryan Petrich) new tool for installing Siri on previously unsupported, but jailbroken, devices. Spire is a small download, but while installing it will download Siri itself (directly from Apple). Spire is available in Cydia right now — go get it! This will use about 100 MB of data, so please connect to Wi-Fi before installing.

However, Spire is not a complete solution. Apple still requires authorization to use Siri, so information from an iPhone 4S is still required. To insert this information, Spire allows you to enter your own proxy server address. I’ve put up a list of my ideas on how you might get access to a proxy; hopefully you can figure something out.

Spire uses a new method to obtain the files necessary for Siri, so it doesn’t have thecopyright issues encountered by previous attempts. Similarly, rather than directing all traffic through a specific proxy server (and the associated privacy issues), Spire allows you to specify your own proxy server.

Obviously, getting Spire to run is not exactly a seamless task. The biggest hurdle for those not technically savvy would be setting up their own proxy. chpwn’s detailed several steps on how you can accomplish this and get Siri communicating with Apple’s servers:

There’s any number of ways for you to get a proxy that will help you connect Siri to Apple. Here’s a few of my ideas:

  • westbaer’s SiriProxy fork
    • Own an iPhone 4S too: Maybe you already own an iPhone 4S, and just want Siri on another device of yours. This is simple; you can just use the above proxy yourself.
    • Find a friend: Maybe your friend has an iPhone 4S and will let you use their authentication tokens (maybe in exchange for some cool SiriProxy plugins). Then, you can share the authentication. Or, maybe you gave your relative your old iPhone when you got your iPhone 4S: now you can share your token and give them Siri.
  • Pay up: It’s very likely that soon we will see for-pay services online to rent you some space on a Siri proxy, attached to one of their iPhone 4S devices. I haven’t seen anything like this yet, but I’ll keep my eye out, and I would encourage anyone who is interested to set something like this up.
  • And now for something completely different: As I suggested earlier, you might be able to replace Siri entirely. A simple method might be to use Google Chrome’s speech “API” hooked up to some code to decode the Siri requests and parse Google’s result. Or, someone could hook it up to some logic backends like many of the clones available on Android: the possibilities are endless.

For those adventurous enough, you can grab Spire from Cydia; simply search for it and install it on your jailbroken iDevice. No new repos need to be added as Spire’s already available on the default BigBoss repository. Of course, you can always wait for Apple to officially release Siri on the iPad or iPhone 4, though that’s not looking likely, at least for the time being.

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Air Dictate for iPhone 4S uses Siri to type for you on a Mac http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/27/air-dictate-for-iphone-4s-uses-siri-to-type-for-you-on-a-mac/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/27/air-dictate-for-iphone-4s-uses-siri-to-type-for-you-on-a-mac/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 19:21:37 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=63342 Avatron, the company behind the excellent Air Display (TMA Review), has released Air Dictate, an app that lets you use your iPhone 4S’ speech recognition and turns it into text on your Mac computer. It’s quite to similar to the recently released Vocal app, though Air Dictate’s sole purpose is to act as a personal transcriber. You’ll need to … Read more]]>

Avatron, the company behind the excellent Air Display (TMA Review), has released Air Dictatean app that lets you use your iPhone 4S’ speech recognition and turns it into text on your Mac computer. It’s quite to similar to the recently released Vocal app, though Air Dictate’s sole purpose is to act as a personal transcriber. You’ll need to have Air Dictate installed on your iPhone 4S, the free Air Dictate Receiver app installed on your Mac and have on the same WiFi network. Then:

On Mac:
- Launch any app that allows text input. For example: TextEdit, Mail, Pages, Microsoft Word.

On iPhone 4S:
- Launch the Air Dictate app.
- Choose your Mac from a list of nearby computers.
- Press the microphone button, speak for a while, and press the button again to stop.

Air Dictate’s a pretty simple app, though for those who’d rather “type” with their voice rather than an actual keyboard, Avatron’s latest utility will get the job done. The app’s also only sale now for intro price of $0.99, so if you have an iPhone 4S and want to check it out, you may want to pick this up sooner rather than later.

Air Dictate Avatron Software, Air Dictate, – $0.99

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Siri: The Holiday Horror Movie – A more sinister side of Siri http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/22/siri-the-holiday-horror-movie-a-more-sinister-side-of-siri/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/22/siri-the-holiday-horror-movie-a-more-sinister-side-of-siri/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 20:20:12 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=63075 Check out this rather hilarious video trailer by Rooster Teeth Productions. If you’ve ever had a nagging suspicion that Siri’s true intention is to take over the world, just know that you maybe not so paranoid after all. [Mashable via Tipb] … Read more]]>

Check out this rather hilarious video trailer by Rooster Teeth Productions. If you’ve ever had a nagging suspicion that Siri’s true intention is to take over the world, just know that you maybe not so paranoid after all.

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Siri hacked to “play” Yamaha Disklavier piano http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/21/siri-hacked-to-play-yamaha-disklavier-piano/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/21/siri-hacked-to-play-yamaha-disklavier-piano/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 19:40:13 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=62992 Siri’s been hacked to remotely start a car and even change channels on a TV set, though this is likely the first time iPhone 4S’ digital assistant’ hasbeen made to “play” an instrument. Using an AirPort Express and some special MIDI files, this Siri hack is able to make the not-so-cheap Yamaha Disklavier piano play requested … Read more]]>

Siri’s been hacked to remotely start a car and even change channels on a TV set, though this is likely the first time iPhone 4S’ digital assistant’ hasbeen made to “play” an instrument. Using an AirPort Express and some special MIDI files, this Siri hack is able to make the not-so-cheap Yamaha Disklavier piano play requested songs. Here’s how the setup works according to The Loop:

Take a standard MIDI songfile and convert it to an audio file (while maintaining the MIDI data). The songfile is then sent wirelessly via WiFi to an Apple Airport Express (which is mounted underneath a Yamaha Disklavier reproducing piano. The audio output of the Airport Express is then connected to the analog MIDI inputs of the Disklavier, using a standard audio cable.

Then, you simply ask Siri to play your favorite song from your iTunes library, and Siri responds immediately, by making the Disklavier’s keys and pedal move up and down, recreating the performance, including full orchestration.

For those fortunately enough to own a Disklavier, there’s even an iOS app – Disklavier Controller - that lets you perform similar functions like song selection and playback. Of course, this is no where near as cool as asking Siri to do all the hard work for you.

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Fully functional Siri port finds its way onto the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/05/fully-functional-siri-port-finds-its-way-onto-the-iphone-4-and-ipod-touch-4g/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/05/fully-functional-siri-port-finds-its-way-onto-the-iphone-4-and-ipod-touch-4g/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 19:51:57 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=61806 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 … Read more]]>

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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Siri Hacked to change channels, power TV off http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/01/siri-hacked-to-change-channels-power-tv-off/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/12/01/siri-hacked-to-change-channels-power-tv-off/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:51:32 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=61622 Previously, we saw how Siri could be hacked to remotely start a car. Well you can add another to the list of cool stuff Siri can do (when hacked). Vimeo user toddtreece has cleverly found a way to change channels on his TV by simply talking to his iPhone 4S. The hack involves using a proxy … Read more]]>

Previously, we saw how Siri could be hacked to remotely start a car. Well you can add another to the list of cool stuff Siri can do (when hacked). Vimeo user toddtreece has cleverly found a way to change channels on his TV by simply talking to his iPhone 4S. The hack involves using a proxy to send commands to an Arduino microcontroller on a local network via a TCP socket. The program schedule info is then scraped from a tv listing website, and the requested data sent to the phone. Watch the video below to see how this nifty setup works. Gotta love it when Siri says ”I changed the channel for your lazy ass“.

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