Siri – The crown jewel of the iPhone 4S is now legally available for previous generation devices. Yes folks, a recent Siri port, called ‘Spire’ promises to bring the Siri experience to your older generation devices, and best of all, it’s legal. As everyone probably knows, Siri is a personalized digital assistant provided by Apple in its latest generation iPhone, the iPhone 4S. The flexibility and the effectiveness that Siri provides have made it a very desirable tweak for other smart phones, especially for previous generation of iPhones.
With the release of iPhone 4S and the groundbreaking Siri technology it is no wonder, and no surprise that whisper, and rumors are continuously being heard regarding a solution, and the release of a new Sir port. These ports have been rumored to have the technological capability to allow older generation devices to make use of few of the newer advancements; such include a voice activated phone assistant. While there have been both hits and misses when it comes to the actual operation of such a port, as many turn out to be a GUI port that mimics Siri. But on the other hand it is noteworthy that their have also been genuine and actual hacks to achieve Siri like usability, but quite sadly the distribution of these files to masses require some illegal file distribution.
Rivalries and competitions have always been an interesting thing to watch for a bystander, even in the technological world. And indeed with the dawn of the New Year it seems another competition is starting to blossom. This particular conflict that I speak of is between is a rumored one, and it is in between Kindle, and iPad. Although both have already been competing tablets, rumor has that Apple is developing a new 7.85 inch tablet to compete with the newer range of tablet devices, specifically the Amazon Kindle Fire.
It is also rumored that the company has already started to source products for this new device, so that production can begin by mid-next year.
The latest iPhone, the iPhone 4S has certainly caught the worlds attention. Ever since the release of the iPhone 4S, the one things that has really created a buzz has certainly been ‘Siri‘. Without a doubt ‘Siri’ is certainly ‘that one thing’ that has really caught everyone’s eye. And considering Siri’s functions, and the lack of any legitimate competition, it is hardly surprising!
One of the recent news that will have the developers among our readers especially interested is that Apple has finally rolled out the Apple iOS 5.1 beta 2 version for developers. While there is one good development, the new iOS 5.1 beta 2, also has a few disappointments.
The major improvement that is found on the new iOS 5.1 beta 2 is the one that has been requested many times before, which is that all the photos taken from iOS 5.1 from any of your device can also be deleted from the Photo Stream. Plus that photo will also be automatically deleted from the Photo Stream of all your other iO 5.1 enabled devices. On the other hand the older photos will have to be treated, and deleted manually. This change is a major improvement as compared with the previous version, version 5. In iOS 5 if you can not delete a single photo from the Photo Stream, you must ether live with the photo, or delete the entire stream.
To the Twitter Community out there – This one goes out to you guys. Twitter has now officially released the new version of its iPhone, and iPod touch app. Download the Twitter version 4.0 on your iPhone, and iPad, and you’ll find out that this new version is packed with some great new UI, and some cool new features. Plus it’s way faster!
The first thing you’ll notice is the changed UI. The new UI is a shade sleeker, and way more stylish than anything the company has ever released before. While the UI will interest people, but the tweak that I personally find most interesting is that this app fast, and I mean really fast. The speed of this new app is almost 2X if compared with its predecessor. The new transition tweak that has been included between various pages really gives the user the ‘feel’ of the app being fast.
For a long time technological breakthroughs have been trying to digitize our daily lives, this change is also visible in publications such as magazines, newsletters etc. Up till now the go-to-app for magazines, and publications was Flipboard for the iPad. Flipboard has made a lot of its customers happy, and for sometime enjoyed being the most favored of its category, in fact Flipboard just recently launched its Flipboard for iPhone. That although is no longer the case, for those who don’t know, Google has just entered the race! Yes, with the launch of Google Currents for iPhone, and iPad, Team Google has emerged as a very strong and competitive suitor.
It wasn’t enough to see amusing iPhone auto correct photos from time to time that screenshots of Siri conversations have started to hit the internet. We all know about Siri’s wit and humor and the wide range of mind blowing responses it has in its database. Whether you’ll be amazed or not to know that most of the screenshots posted on the internet are fake, making Siri funnier than it actually is, what you yourself can do too, is make such conversations too, whether you possess an iPhone 4S or not.
Have a look at the image below.
While the news of Carrier IQ’s surveillance activities on smart phones have struck Android users the most, it is equally important for iPhone users to educate themselves on the probable presence of this spyware and what bad it could bring. For those who don’t know, Carrier IQ is a key logging software that accounts for collecting data such as usage trends and actions and reports back to the exploiters.
While some Android devices have been reported to be have been logged for SMS texts, web usage, conventional key strokes etc, things are fairly less frightful for iPhone users.
While experts estimate that iTunes software is present on more than 250 million Mac and PC machines combined, you would rather be shocked to know the fact that you have been spied so far, as long as for the last 3 years, as per what the latest reports reveal. News of the security flaw, though unknown whether deliberate or mistaken, are beginning to shock users who own an iPhone, an iPad or an iPod touch. In the light of the reports revealed in past, we do know how much organizations such as Google and Facebook earn for selling data to the US government, the CIA and other agencies, the track record of Apple hasn’t been satisfying either. Few months back, Apple updated its iOS 4 after being charged with the Location-gate tracking issue. Here’s a new report that brings in limelight the fact that a British company named Gamma International, known for computer hacking services for governments and agencies, has been marketing a security program which it calls FinFisher, to governments, spy agencies etc, in order to track iTunes users on both Mac and PC – thanks to the security exploit in iTunes, of which, Apple was warned about in 2008, but it didn’t take the required prompt action.