By now it seems we’re all well aware of the many Easter eggs Apple has left for us in Siri, the intelligent assistant baked into the iPhone 4S. She has enough answers to silly questions to delight you for a weekend or more. Some sites are getting a lot of mileage out of finding each and every amusing answer Siri has up her sleeve.But once the novelty has worn off, will you really use Siri in your everyday life — or will she fade into the background, an unwanted extra like Apple’s previous iPhone voice control feature? After using the 4S for more than a week, I think Siri will enter our lives in small but vital ways. Most of these are things you could do before, but that required too many cumbersome steps that Siri can easily overcome.
Archive for October, 2011
The default setting for Apple’s new Siri personal assistant app for iPhone 4S allows much of the handset’s functionality to be used even when the phone is locked.The security worry means that anyone can pick up your iPhone and dictate texts, emails, make calls and have Siri list calendar appointments, while the 4S is passcode locked.Siri – the little harlot – will also tell anyone details and addresses from your contacts book, but it can’t open apps without unlocking the phone.
Now that iOS 5 is available, scores of eager iOS users are busy downloading and updating their devices to the latest and greatest OS. We’ve already weighed in with our in-depth review but wanted to spend some time highlighting ten of the best and most upgradeworthy features in iOS 5.
Alongside today’s release of iOS 5, Apple also pushed out version 4.4 of the software for its iOS-based Apple TV set-top box. As noted by Macworld, the update brings a number of new features to Apple TV.
- AirPlay Mirroring: Now with video mirroring – wirelessly stream what’s on your iPad 2 screen to your HDTV.
- Photo Stream: View photos recently taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud.
- Trailers: A whole new way to browse and view hundreds of the latest theatrical trailers.
- National Hockey League: Watch live games. View highlights, scores, and more.
- Wall Street Journal Live: Watch up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis from leading experts.
Do Yourself a Favor: Set Up These Custom Typing Shortcuts on Your iPhone Right Now
In his Google Code blog entry, Dart software engineer Lars Bak lists the following as the new language’s design goals:
Create a structured yet flexible language for web programming.
Make Dart feel familiar and natural to programmers and thus easy to learn.
Ensure that Dart delivers high performance on all modern web browsers and environments ranging from small handheld devices to server-side execution.
Adobe is developing an upcoming feature for Photoshop that could end the problem of blurred photos forever.
The new feature was demoed at the company’s MAX 2011 event, drawing gasps of amazement from a crowd that witnessed a blurred photo, retouched and perfected in seconds. Advanced algorithms calculate the movements of the camera at the time the image was taken, enabling the user to ‘fix’ the image by unblurring it – saving what would ordinarily be a disappointing, dud image.
Google has finally brought its efforts to muscle in on the digital books market to the UK.
Google Books is now officially available to British customers, with the company also pushing out the accompanying Android app.
“Readers in the UK now have access to the world’s largest ebooks collection, with hundreds of thousands of ebooks for sale – from major UK publishers like Hachette, Random House and Penguin – as well as more than two million public domain ebooks for free,” says a Google statement.