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.
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.
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).
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.