Apple is expected to launch an iOS powered TV by the year end. Codenamed iTV, very little of this device is known so far. If rumors are to be believed, iTV has already taken shape and potential carrier partners in Canada are testing its prototype. A report by The Globe and Mail claims Apple is in talks with Rogers and BCE regarding broadcast partnership for the iTV. Read more
Ever since the release of iPhone 4S, developers and hackers have been working on bringing Siri to older iOS devices. Some of the developers did manage to port Siri to iPhone 4, but it wasn’t release to consumers, until now. A Siri hack dubbed Siri0us has been released for jailbroken iOS devices and works not only with iPhone 4 but also with iPod Touch and iPhone 3GS.
Unlike earlier hacks, Siri0us does not require any UDID’s, files or keys of iPhone 4S. All you need is an jailbroken iOS 5 device with Cydia installed. Just add ‘http://apt.if0rce.com’ as a source on Cydia then search and download Siri0us, and start talking to the smartest voice based personal assistant ever.
At the launch of iPhone 4S, Apple announced that Siri would be exclusive to this device. But given the fact that Siri was earlier listed on the App Store and worked with earlier iOS devices, many believed that its exclusivity to iPhone 4S is only a marketing gimmick. We don’t know, but Siri hackers have definitely didn’t buy Apple’s announcement.
Various hackers might be working on porting a functional Siri to iPhone 4, other creative once are making it do wonders. A proxy server, a car, some hacking and this developer can unlock the car and even start its engine using Siri.
The developer of this hack has released a video showing how he starts and stops his car using voice commands. Check the video below. Here’s how the developers claim he built this hack.
The “Siri Proxy” plugin I wrote handles interaction with a php script that runs on my web server. The php script, which I developed months ago for personal use, allows me to send commands to my car which has a Viper SmartStart module installed … Current commands accepted are: “Vehicle Arm”, “Vehicle Disarm”, “Vehicle Start”, “Vehicle Stop”, “Vehicle Pop Trunk”, and “Vehicle Panic”.
Self driven cars may be a distant future but could development of this hack further lead to voice driven cars? Since its release, Siri has drawn many developers to take it beyond just voice search. Is it time that Apple should release Siri up to developers? Tell us in the comments.
Since the release of iPhone 4S, people have been talking mostly about Siri. It is also the only feature perusing iPhone 4 users to upgrade. Now, a developer has managed to hack Siri and ported it fully-functional to iPhone 4 as well as iPod Touch. Read more
An iOS 5 screenshot running on a test device has been unearthed by 9to5mac which shows a new feature called ‘Assistant’. According to the source of this screenshot, Assistant is a voice guided navigation system that would be released with the launch of iPhone 5.
Apple bought Siri in 2010 and Assistant is said to be based on their technology. Siri for iPhone, “your virtual personal assistant” is much more than just voice inputs to the phone. Which means, as an intrinsic feature with the next iOS device the service would offer more than just voice inputs. Assistant would collect users data securely and integrate it with different voice commands to generate results. For example, a user might command ‘plan dinner with friends’, and the Assistant would take user’s location data and search for seat availability in nearby location, book tables and inform ‘friends’ contact group on the device. Ofcourse, the data would be crowd sourced and such execution may be seen in the final iteration of Assistant, after a few updates.
The tipster claims that Assistant is currently in a developmental phase and may not be available by the launch of iPhone 5. But, we certainly hope it does.