The problem with voice-enabled “intelligent” apps is that there are way too many that are just OK Siri wannabes. Some are limited in features, intelligence levels vary widely, and there’s always one or two that have been hastily knocked together by opportunistic developers. Maluuba is a new virtual intelligence app that claims to be more than just a personal assistant — and it has big plans to prove it’s better than Siri.
Astrid is one of our favourite to-do list managers, but the ability to add tasks by voice is a premium feature. Using IFTTT and Siri on your iOS device, you can add to-dos with your voice quickly without the hassle and the price tag.
Apple’s likely to show off the newest version of iOS this Monday at WWDC, their annual developer conference, and it’s got us thinking about the features we’d like to see in iOS 6. We also asked you to share what’s on your iOS wish list, and we got some interesting responses. Here are six of the best.
Siri is one of the main selling points of the iPhone 4S, but can it really realise the promise of a true digital assistant making hands-free communication easier? Kotaku editor Mark is about to find out the hard way after he vows to communicate with his wife only using Siri and texting.
Dear Lifehacker, I really like using voice control features on my phone, but have to admit I feel like a weirdo talking to my phone when others are around. Got any suggestions or etiquette rules I’m supposed to obey or ways I can look less creepy while talking to my phone?
It’s hard to argue that there’s a better virtual assistant for the iPhone when you’ve got Siri, because Apple can create an app that is completely integrated with iOS. That said, if you don’t have Siri there are plenty of great options that may even be better some day. Here’s a look at why Siri’s great and plenty of other excellent alternatives as well.
Perhaps you’ve seen the the jailbreak hack that allows you to use Siri hands-free but haven’t wanted to jailbreak your device. Lucky for you, there’s a built-in feature that’ll let you use Siri without the need to press and hold the home button. To set it up, just follow these steps: