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Dec 5 2011

H1Siri Update

Manu Singh

~Huge news on H1Siri~
H1Siri is illegal, corrupt, and is broken.

~Illegal~ H1Siri contains the same files from Siri on the iPhone 4s, which are copyrighted by Apple. So the developers had no right or power to actually give out the repository and the software.

~Corrupt~ The people that actually run the server that sends the Siri commands to Apple’s server, can also easily access all the data, from personal contacts to messages, on you iPhone. Not saying that they actually do that.

~Broken~ Since Siri requires a unique code from an iPhone 4s, the developers used one of their own. Since the traffic from that code was so high, Apple was easily able to discover what was going on and close it. Even if the developers chose new code, Apple could easily just block another code.

Will developers ever be able to create a real working model of Siri that can connect for any user? We will have to see in the close or far off future.

Nov 26 2011

Editorial: The Bright Future of Siri

Adam Shear

With the iPhone 4S, Apple has brought a magical new feature to separate this new iPhone from the rest, Siri. Originally being an application, Apple bought the company Siri not too long ago after their voice recognition app, which was deleted off of the App Store recently, became a success. From there, it was obvious that Siri would go from being an impressive app to being a native part of the iOS experience. I might have not said too many good things about Siri in my iPhone 4S review, but my opinions really have changed since then. I am now always able to access Siri and no longer get error messages saying that Siri cannot connect to the network. Kudos to Apple on fixing that. Siri also feels more accurate as I have noticed a few less errors when I use it.

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Nov 9 2011

Siri And The 4S

Manu Singh

Will older iDevices ever support Siri legally, from an update by Apple? Information from a leaked email states that Apple’s intention was never to support the Siri feature on other, older devices. However, what is the differences between the 4S and the other iDevices? From the source, iFixit, the only difference is that the 4S has gotten an upgraded proximity sensor and microphone, for Siri to know you are going to ask something. The real question is: do the previous iDevices really need this upgraded equipment? Seems like some hackers want to prove Apple wrong!

Oct 27 2011

Is Google Voice Search Feeling A Bit Overshadowed By Siri?


With the launch of Apple’s iPhone 4, a voice operated personal assistant, Siri was announced – essentially a refined version of Google’s Voice Search, and to be honest, much better than Google’s voice search. Google Voice pales into comparison to Siri; for one, you can tell Siri to make a reminder or put something in your agenda for certain time, and it will do so. While Google’s Voice Search can listen to you commands, it’s at very basic stage. I think one of the main reasons Google’s Voice Search hasn’t reached the stage and popularity Siri has, is because many people who have Android phones don’t even know it exists or aren’t even sure of its capabilities; myself and many tech savvy users certainly know about it, but when I asked many other colleagues, they thought I downloaded a new app for them, although it was bundled with the OS.

Google is now growing increasingly aware of the potential of Voice Search and how awesome it could be – the introduction of Siri certainly helped! I think Siri actually got Google saying to themselves, “We gotta get a move on.” Shortly after Siri was announced, Android developers came out with their own iteration of Siri, the ironically named Iris. I think Google can take the concept or Iris, if not buy them out and completely revamp the way their Voice Search works, expanding its capabilities. That’s just my two cents, but in the meantime, Google’s Australia Voice Search team put together a series of tests showing of the capability of Google Voice Search, and they urge you to use it. You can even use it underwater!


Oct 25 2011

“Slide to Unlock” Patented! How Can This Change Android?


“A device with a touch-sensitive display may be unlocked via gestures performed on the touch-sensitive display. The device is unlocked if contact with the display corresponds to a predefined gesture for unlocking the device. The device displays one or more unlock images with respect to which the predefined gesture is to be performed in order to unlock the device. The performance of the predefined gesture with respect to the unlock image may include moving the unlock image to a predefined location and/ or moving the unlock image along a predefined path. The device may also display visual cues of the predefined gesture on the touch screen to remind a user of the gesture. In addition, there is a need for sensory feedback to the user regarding progress towards satisfaction of a user input condition that is required for the transition to occur.”

Apple has won the patent know as “Slide to Unlock.” So what does this mean for Android? Well, for starters in Google’s new platform, Ice Cream Sandwich, Google has introduced the Face to Unlock feature. It allows you to now use the front facing camera to recognize your face, to unlock your Android phone. It’s a pretty cool feature and a new way to unlock your phone. I want to go next level on this, “How will you unlock your phone in the dark if you can’t use a slide to unlock feature?” I am going to leave this one to our users to comment.


Via 9TO5Mac

Oct 22 2011

Review: iPhone 4S

Adam Shear

Another year, another iPhone.  There’s no doubt that the iPhone 4S was the most anticipated iPhone ever, leading up to its reveal in early October.  While most people were left disappointed when expecting a completely redesigned iPhone, the iPhone 4S still left people very happy.  While it looks exactly like an iPhone 4 on the outside, the iPhone 4S is a completely different beast on the inside.  It’s faster, has a better camera, and includes Siri, the only exclusive feature the iPhone 4S has to offer, in terms of software.  Does the iPhone 4S make for a good buy for current iPhone users and newcomers to the platform?  Be prepared to find out in my review.

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