Automate Everything In Your Home Using Siri And A Raspberry Pi

We’ve shared quite a few DIY tips for automating your home, but YouTube user Elvis Impersonator takes it a step further, controlling everything in his house with the help of Siri and a Raspberry Pi.

iOS 6.1 Update Suggests Imminent Jailbreak

Apple released iOS 6.1 today, which fixes some bugs in iTunes Match, adds LTE support in a number of new countries and plugs quite a few security flaws. More excitingly, the release increases the likelihood that we’ll finally see an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.

Teach Siri To Correctly Recognise And Pronounce Names

Siri isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, and she often misunderstands unusual words and names. Fortunately, you can teach her how to speak properly by adding phonetic pronunciations to your contacts.

Ask Siri For Directions 'Via Transit' To Use Google Maps Instead Of Apple Maps

We’re happily using Google Maps on our iPhones, but find it frustrating that using Siri to ask for directions with anything other than Apple’s default app requires a bit of work. Software blog Addictive Tips found a clever workaround: you only need to say “via transit” after your request and Siri will offer other routing options.

How To Ask Siri For Directions On Google Maps

iOS: We’re all excited to have Google Maps back on our iPhones, but the app loses some of its usefulness because it doesn’t integrate with Siri. If you want to ask iOS’ virtual assistant for directions, however, MacStories figured out a workaround to map your favourite places with minimal effort (and no jailbreak required).

NowNow Creates A Shortcut For Google Voice Search On Jailbroken iPhones

iOS (jailbroken): Google recently updated its Search app on iOS to include Siri-like voice searches. If you like Google’s offering better (or can’t get Siri on your older device), free tweak NowNow lets you launch Google’s voice search with a home button shortcut, Siri-style.

Tweak Siri's Volume Separately From The Rest Of Your iPhone

iOS: Siri, Apple’s personal assistant for the iPhone 4S and above, can be a little bit of a chatterbox. Redditor iQuitter notes, however, that Siri has separate volume from the rest of your phone — so if you want to turn her down, you’ll have to do it independently of your ringer volume.

Maluuba Opens Private Beta To Australian Fans

If you were interested in Maluuba, the Samsung-backed competitor to Google Now and Siri, the company is inviting Australians with Android handsets to participate in a private regional beta. Send them a tweet or an email if you want to get in on the action. [Twitter]

Maluuba: Meet Siri's First Real Competitor

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.

Use Siri And IFTTT To To-Dos On Astrid Using Your Voice

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.