That Siri gal is certainly making the rounds these days. When she’s not answering your questions on a 4S, she’s showing up on iPads and elder iPhones. Not one to play favorites, Siri’s now lending her considerable talents to an iPod touch. Two enterprising young hackers, euwars and rud0lf77, are the ones who put Siri on the iPod, and you can see the results of their labor in the video after the break. Of course, Apple’s servers still aren’t as friendly as the virtual voice assistant, so Siri’s latest cameo remains a silent one — but some Siri’s better than none, right?
Continue reading Siri shows up on an iPod Touch, no longer plays favorites in the iOS family
Siri shows up on an iPod Touch, no longer plays favorites in the iOS family originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 19:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, ios 5
, young hackers
Developers wasted no time bringing Siri to the iPhone 4
, and nine days later, it’s been brought to the iPad as well. This version, running on a first-generation jailbroken
Apple tablet, suffers from a similar problem as past non-iPhone 4S ports: it’s still not talking to Apple’s data servers. This means that until devs manage to get voice commands recognized and initiated, the iPad’s unofficial virtual assistant will remain effectively gagged.
Siri ported to iPad, still getting silent treatment from Apple servers originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 10:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, ios 5
Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.
Nearly 25 years passed between Apple’s first foray into handheld electronics — the Newton MessagePad — and the far more successful iPhone. But while phones have replaced PDAs for all intents and purposes, few if any have tried to be what Newton really aspired to — an intelligent assistant that would seamlessly blend into your life. That has changed with Siri, the standout feature of iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S, which could aptly be described as a “personal digital assistant” if there weren’t so much baggage tied to that term.
Siri is far more than parlor entertainment or a simple leapfrogging the voice control support in Android and Windows Phone. At the other end of the potential spectrum, Siri may not be a new platform in itself (although at this point Apple has somewhat sandboxed the experience). In any case, though, Siri certainly paves the way for voice as an important component for a rich multi-input digital experience. It steps toward the life-management set of functionality that the bow-tied agent immortalized in Apple’s 1987 Knowledge Navigator video could achieve.
Continue reading Switched On: As Siri gets serious
Switched On: As Siri gets serious originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 16 Oct 2011 21:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, artificial intelligence
The iPhone 4S’ Siri integration may be a potential game changer, but she’s not quite the world traveler some of us would like her to be. In fact, it seems she’s as lost outside of US borders as any unprepared tourist. Looking for a pub in London? Better find a traditional map. Need to know the time of day in Canada? Siri admits she has no idea, go buy a watch. Business search (via Yelp), directions, traffic data, and Wolfram Alpha search all appear to be US-only features for now. The automated assistant’s international failings aren’t too big of a surprise, however — Apple’s own Siri page outs the service as a beta, noting that some features may vary by area. Stuck with sub-par international support? Sit tight, it’s coming: Apple’s Siri FAQ states that additional language support (including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian and Spanish), maps and local search content are set to go international in 2012.
Siri gets lost internationally, promises to do better next year originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 15 Oct 2011 20:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, location services
, voice integration
, voice navigation
, wolfram alpha
Rearing to make the most of the iPhone 4S’ new AirPlay compatibility
? How about streaming not just one device to your big screen, but four
? That’s the setup Firemint is teasing for its next big update to Real Racing 2
: four-player streaming over AirPlay. The apps’ upcoming “Party Play” feature lets an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S play host to up to three additional iOS devices running the game, piping the stream for all four to your boob tube via Apple TV. The update also promises to make the most of the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S’ A5 processor
, kicking the graphics up a notch. Now you can relive those lazy summer days playing Mario Kart
in your friends garage, albeit with faster cars and minus those infuriating blue shells.
Real Racing 2 shows off iPhone 4S’ graphical chops, brings split screen gaming to iOS (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 07 Oct 2011 07:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Tags: airplay mirroring
, real racing 2
While the iPhone 4S takes the headlines with its dual antennas and upgraded processor, we also have a new white iPod touch joining the family. Pricing for the “#1 portable game player” (Apple’s words, with some numbers to back them up) still starts at $199 for the 8GB version, going up $399 for a 64GB. All will be available in black or white October 12th. There’s no hardware changes to speak of, so hopefully all those sweet iOS 5 upgrades are enough to hold you. Check out the full details in our live blog or in the press release, conveniently available after the break.
Follow along in our ongoing liveblog right here!
Continue reading iPod touch still maxes out at 64GB / $399, available in white October 12th
iPod touch still maxes out at 64GB / $399, available in white October 12th originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 Oct 2011 13:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, breaking news
, ios 5
, ipod touch
You’ve heard the rumors
, and Apple has now confirmed that it will be bringing Siri voice control to its new iPhone 4S — and, yes, it will still be called Siri
. That will let you use natural language to perform tasks like asking for a weather forecast or getting directions, setting an alarm or making a calendar appointment, and searching Wikipedia or Wolfram Alpha for information (among many other possibilities). Described as a “humble personal assistant,” Siri will work in English (including the UK and Australia), French and German for now, and it’ll work with all built-in apps and over both 3G and WiFi. It’ll also be a beta to start with, and Apple promises that it “gets better” as it learns your voice. Unfortunately for current iPhone owners, however, it looks like Siri will only be available on the iPhone 4S (at least initially).
Update: Perhaps not surprisingly, Apple appears to have pulled the existing Siri Assistant app from the App Store. There’s also somewhat curiously no mention of Siri at all on Apple’s Canadian website, although the Siri app itself was never available in Canada to begin with. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
Update 2: Already enjoying the fruits of a voice navigated lifestyle with Siri on your iPhone? Don’t get used to it, as users are receiving messages like this one indicating it will shut down for the non-iPhone 4S owning plebeians as of October 15th. [Thanks Shawn & Lloyd]
Apple brings Siri voice control to the iPhone 4S originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 Oct 2011 14:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, game changer
, ios 5
, voice control
Hey! You made it! But it’s a little early. Not to worry, though — bookmark this page (yes, this one!) and return at the time listed below for our blow-by-blow coverage live from Cupertino!
Psst… and toss your own time zone / day in comments below!
07:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
06:00PM – London
07:00PM – Paris
09:00PM – Moscow
02:00AM – Tokyo (October 5th)
Continue reading Apple’s ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ keynote liveblog!
Apple’s ‘Let’s Talk iPhone’ keynote liveblog! originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 04 Oct 2011 12:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Tags: apple iphone
, iphone 4
Here’s the scenario: A., You’ve been getting your wireless print on with Canon’s PIXMA MG8220, MG6220
all-in-one inkjet printer, and B., you own an iDevice. Well, feel free to do a little dance
(just not this one
), because Canon’s added AirPrint
support for the lucky three aforementioned. Simply (we hope) update your printer to the latest firmware, and boom
, you’ll be printing over iOS 4.2 and beyond. Better yet, it’s also stated that the “majority” of forthcoming PIXMAs will follow in a similar AirPlay-enabled fashion. Need more info? Full PR is just past the break.
Continue reading Canon enables AirPrint on a trio of PIXMA wireless printers, plans to keep up the trend
Canon enables AirPrint on a trio of PIXMA wireless printers, plans to keep up the trend originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, ios 5
, pixma mg5320
, pixma mg8220