Siri seems to get new powers all the time, but it’s still not useful unless you’re really hooked into Apple’s apps. If you want to add some new commands and don’t mind a slow response time, GoogolPlex is a clever little hack that let you control all sorts of things from Spotify to a Nest thermostat.
In iOS, most of your apps have their settings tucked away in the main Settings app — not very useful if you’re in the app itself and want to tweak something. In iOS 7, you can ask Siri to jump right to that app’s settings for you.
Siri sees something of an upgrade in iOS 7, including new male and female voices, multiple new languages, and some smarter commands (not to mention a few more jokes). If you’d rather speak to your iPhone or iPad in your own language, or have a male virtual assistant instead of a female one, here’s how to make the change.
iOS: Siri can be frustrating when it doesn’t understand you correctly. If Siri doesn’t get it right the first time, you’re stuck repeating yourself into your phone and looking like a fool. However, as Redditor ThatIsPrettyGood points out, you can correct Siri by tapping the speech bubble and editing it.
iOS: Astrid, one of our favourite to-do apps, now features full Siri integration. You can ask Siri to remind you of something and have it directed right to your Astrid to-do list, which you can then see on your phone, tablet or on the web.
iOS (Jailbroken): Siri is a fine assistant if you’re using all of Apple’s default software, but it doesn’t support third-party apps. AssistantEnhancer is a jailbreak tweak that adds a bunch of new commands to Siri, including the ability to control third-party music apps including Spotify and Pandora.