How To Change Device Settings Via Siri In iOS

Siri can create reminders, send messages, initiate calls, enable alarms, and give you the weather update. As of iOS 10, it can also let you send a message via a third-party app like Whatsapp or Skype. Apple is slowly opening Siri up to developers but on its own, Siri can still do quite a few things. You can use Siri to change your device's settings i.e. change the brightness, enable night shift, turn on Bluetooth, and more. Here's how to change device setting via a Siri command and a list of device settings you can change. Read More

Turning Off Siri Access From Home Button Turns It Off Completely In iOS 10.2

There are two ways to use Siri; long press the Home button or say 'Hey Siri'. For older devices, you can only use 'Hey Siri' when your device is connected to a power source. Newer devices have 'Hey Siri' set to always on. This is awesome for when you can't manually access Siri via the home button. iOS 10 has new settings in the Accessibility menu that let you disable Siri access from the home button. Unfortunately, disabling Siri access from home button turns it off completely so that you can't even use it via a 'Hey Siri' command. This is the very definition of one step forward and two steps back and Apple needs to fix it before iOS 10.2 hits the stable version. Read More

How To Activate Siri With ‘Hey Siri’ On macOS Sierra

Siri was integrated in macOS Sierra but oddly enough, the 'Hey Siri' voice command wasn't added to the desktop. macOS users can access Siri from the menu bar icon, or they can use a keyboard shortcut. The reason 'Hey Siri' support wasn't added isn't quite clear. A Macbook definitely has the battery life for it compared to iPhones. If nothing else, the feature could have been modeled after its implementation on iOS devices i.e. it would work if a Macbook were plugged into a power outlet and not otherwise. Things being the way they are, there isn't official support for the 'Hey Siri'  command. There is however a pretty neat little hack that you can do to get it working anyway. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Customize The Keyboard Shortcut For Siri In macOS Sierra

Siri is one of the most highlighted features introduced in macOS Sierra. It does the usual things you would expect a virtual assistant app to do. Almost every command you can give Siri on your iOS device, you can give it on macOS Sierra as well. The one key difference is that you can't invoke Siri by saying 'Hey Siri'. Instead, you either have to click the Siri button in the Menu bar or you have to hit the keyboard shortcut Command+ Spacebar. If the default shortcut doesn't suit you, or it interferes with an app or script you have installed, you can change it. Here's how. Read More

How To Control Apps Using A Siri Command In iOS 10

iOS 10 has opened up access to a lot of stock apps. Siri is now more powerful simply because it can connect with other apps. Prior to iOS 10, Siri could only send a message via the stock Messages app. As of iOS 10, you can ask Siri to send a message through any app that now supports it. In fact, all apps, not just messaging ones, can now connect with Siri. You can use you reminder app of choice to create a new reminder or ask Siri to make a note in your preferred app. At present, Viber and Whatsapps have both added Siri support. Here's how to get Siri to start using your preferred apps for sending a message. Read More

How To Keep Siri Quiet When Your iPhone Is Set To Vibrate

When you're phone is set to vibrate, you expect everything on it to respect the 'silent' setting. The camera shutter shouldn't make a sound, neither should the keys, nor should Siri for that matter. If you ever decide to use Siri when your phone is set to vibrate, you're already breaching some level of noise but Siri will top you because she is set to the same volume as the ringer. If you accidentally press too long on the home button, Siri will pop up with a very loud tone. Ignore her, and she'll announce she didn't quite get that in an equally loud voice. Siri is meant to be controlled by audio commands and to read out texts, reminders etc, but she does come with a 'silent' mode which when enabled will keep her silent when your phone is set to vibrate. Here's how to switch Siri to silent mode. Read More

New Siri Capabilities & Commands In iOS 7

Siri might not have managed to become a part of many people’s daily life, but the talking assistant hasn't exactly failed either. To make it more useful, Apple keeps improving it with every iteration of iOS. Although iOS 7 hasn't brought as much new stuff to Siri as iOS 6 did, the additions are still pretty exciting. A lot of changes are related to Twitter, and Siri is now also capable of performing web searches without requiring the launch of Safari. Some other seemingly routine yet important tasks can now also be handled by Siri. You can make it check your emails, read out their subjects, and then start composing a reply, all through voice commands. The UI is also more in sync with other changes in iOS 7, and Siri is finally more than simply a microphone icon. Read More

JARVIS, Iron Man’s Voice-Controlled Assistant, Comes To The iPhone

Siri might be the most popular talking assistant available on iOS devices, but it is by no means the most popular voice-controlled assistant in the fantasy world. In the past, Space Odyssey's HAL 9000 gained a lot of notoriety, and these days, JARVIS from the Iron Man franchise is all the rage. If you have watched Iron Man 3, you might have wished for a suit just like Tony Stark’s, complete with its own virtual butler. Well, you'll have to keep waiting for the suit, but the latter, JARVIS, is here. Marvel has released a new iOS app that replicates the looks and voice of Tony Stark's assistant, while also doubling as an alarm clock. If you have an Iron Man 3 Blu-ray disc, JARVIS also has the ability to act as your second screen, and a controller for the movie. Read More

Use Google Search’s Text-To-Speech Engine To Command Siri With Googiri

Ever since the release of Google Now for iOS, Siri must be feeling a bit insecure for the first time, as prior to that, even the best third-party personal assistants have struggled to give it any real competition on the platform. Although Google Now is more feature-rich, Apple’s own talking assistant enjoys better integration with the OS, and has the ability to create reminders, launch apps and perform other similar system tasks. On the other hand, Siri’s speech recognition isn't something to write home about. People have often suffered placing awkward calls to their contacts while trying to create a simple reminder. Won’t it be just perfect if you could have Siri's features accessible through the speech recognition prowess of Google Search? Googiri is a new Cydia tweak that makes this dream come true. By saying ‘Siri’ before any request made to Google’s voice search, users can get the results of their queries from Siri. You can even choose to stop using Google’s search altogether, and completely switch to using its text-to-speech engine with Siri. Read More

Quickly Ask Siri Predefined Questions Using Gestures With Ask Assistant

While the jailbreak store has a lot of tweaks meant specifically to enhance or augment Siri, we doubt if any developer has previously come up with the idea of using everyone’s favorite personal assistant in conjunction with Activator. MyAssistant does have support for gestures to some extent, but the idea behind Ask Assistant is completely different from that. This tweak lets you define five questions, and then you can program Activator to launch Siri with the answers to these questions. For example, to view weather through Siri, just define that question in the tweak’s menu. Now you can invoke Siri simply by performing an Activator gesture of your choice, without even long-pressing the Home button and trying to make Siri understand what you are saying. Read More

Secretary For iPhone Narrates Alerts When Headphones Are Plugged In

We often hear people say that the iTunes App Store boasts close to 800,000 apps, but the implications of this statement are rarely mentioned. The presence of so many different apps means that we now have apps for all occasions, pretty much every kind of users, and a variety of purposes. As dangerous as it can be, a lot of people just can’t help but whip their phone out every time a new notification shows up while they are driving. Thankfully, there are apps that can help you multitask in a safer manner. DriveSafe.ly reads out updates from various sources, while a similar Cydia tweak exists for adding this functionality to the stock Messages app as well. Secretary is a new Cydia release that takes the features offered by VSNotifications to the next level. With this tweak, you get a spoken summary of any items that need your attention, and also get incoming text messages read out to you. Read More

Enable ‘Do Not Disturb’ On iPhone Using Siri Or A Lock Screen Toggle

Judging by the popularity of SBSettings, iOS users really like shortcuts for important system toggles. The dropdown window can be configured to show controls for Airplane mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G and various other functions. One thing glaring omission from the support list however, is Do Not Disturb. The feature is fairly new to iOS, and maybe that’s why there haven't been a lot of shortcut options available for it until now. Thankfully, the Cydia community has finally started recognizing the true potential of this little gem, and there are now a few decent options to control Do Not Disturb without having to launch the Settings app. Two of the best tweaks for this purpose are Flusterless and Crescent. While Flusterless adds a very neat and unobtrusive toggle to the lock screen, the newly released Crescent hands the control of Do Not Disturb to Siri. Read More

Astrid For iOS Now Lets You Sync Reminders & Add New Ones Using Siri

There can be no denying the fact that apps like Astrid outshine Apple’s Reminders by a long margin, but many users still prefer the stock app because of its integration with Siri. Astrid does have a dictate mode of its own, but nothing beats Siri when it comes to creating reminders using just your voice. Also, the stock Reminders sync across all your Apple devices over iCloud, which is great if you own multiple iOS or OS X devices and want to access your tasks on all of them. If you have been an Astrid user for a long time but still crave for these feature of the stock Reminders app, Astrid has just taken care of it. With Astrid’s latest update, you can now set reminders for it using Siri, make the app import to-dos straight from the Reminders app, and keep your tasks synced across various devices over the cloud. Read More

AssistantEnhancer Adds Loads Of New Siri Commands To Your iPhone

In the past, a lot of Cydia tweaks have claimed to take Siri to the next level, but the addition of just one or two features is rarely enough to call it the next level. For AssistantEnhancer, however, the title of a steroid injection for Siri might be justified. The tweak offers more new features for Siri than Apple added to the talking personal assistant in iOS 6. The main focus of AssistantEnhancer is to enrich Siri with music controls for apps like Pandora and Spotify, but the other options it offers are equally important as well. Thanks to this tweak, you can view system information, make Siri bookmark your present location with a single verbal command, and ask it to perform searches within the App Store, or for particular images. There’s a lot more that AssistantEnhancer can do, so keep reading for details. Read More

How To Use Siri To Get Google Maps Directions Without Jailbreak

After months of rumors and reports, Google finally released Google Maps for iOS yesterday. In many ways, the new version is far superior to the iOS 5 Google Maps app and the stock iOS 6 Apple Maps app, thanks to more accurate and rich map data, transit directions, turn-by-turn navigation and Street View, all wrapped in a user interface that is arguably better than any maps app on any mobile platform today. Now, if you use Siri for navigation and prefer Google Maps over Apple Maps (who doesn’t?), you’ll be interested to know that there’s a simple 'hack' of sorts that you can apply to get this functionality working. Read More

Don’t Have Siri? Quickly Launch Google Voice Search From Anywhere On Your iPhone

NowNow might not sound like the name of a seriously useful Cydia tweak, but that’s exactly what it is. While the Google Search app's new voice search feature for iOS doesn’t offer nowhere near as much options as Siri does, it has the potential to give Siri’s search capability a run for its money. The Search app’s voice recognition is visibly faster, if not better, than Siri, and its search results support rich information cards for a variety of topics, which are read out loud in their entirety, while Siri remains silent on Wolfram Alpha results. So, if you want to have a powerful voice search option handy all the time, NowNow is the perfect tweak for you. NowNow lets its users choose any Activator gesture to initiate Google voice search from anywhere. It's almost like having Google Now on iOS. Read More

A Detailed Walkthrough Of New Siri Commands & Functions In iOS 6

What was the biggest marketing (and selling) point for iPhone 4S? Not the new A5 processor, right? Nor was it the 8MP shooter, or the expanded RAM. These things were awesome, but what Apple really touted as the distinguishing feature for its 5th generation iPhone, was Cupertino’s talking virtual assistant, Siri. Be it official advertisements, parodies, memes, rants on blogs or anything else related to iPhone 4S, the one thing that everyone talked about was Siri. While the personal assistant worked pretty well in most cases, it suffered two major caveats: neither did Siri work worldwide (for all queries, that is), and and nor was it supported on any device other than the iPhone 4S. Now that Apple has reaped the benefits of massive 4S sales thanks to this exclusivity, they’ve decided to bring Siri goodness, with iOS 6, to the new iPhone 5, the new iPad 3, and the 5th generation iPod touch. Aside from removing the device discrimination, Siri also now works worldwide, and has underwent some major improvements in terms of features that it can support. Past the jump, we’ll take a look at what areas have received a functional overhaul. Read More

Speaktoit’s Talking Personal Assistant Comes To Windows Phone

Siri might be responsible for creating all the hype for personal assistants having speech recognition capabilities, but there are services and apps that adopted the concept long before Apple introduced Siri. Speaktoit Assistant is one such service that is among the pioneers of talking personal assistants. Since the Assistant app has had more time to evolve and learn, it is much better than Siri in many regards. The app has been around for iOS and Android for quite a while, and after the two bigger smartphone platforms, Windows Phone has become the third one to receive the app. Assistant for WP7 has got all the features that made it popular on iOS and Android. You can use the app as your day planner, newsreader, music and video player, web browser, or just a buddy you can have a light chat with every once in a while. Read More

SiLight: Toggle On Your iPhone’s LED Flashlight via Siri

Siri can do a lot of things thanks to the vast array of Cydia tweaks available in the jailbreak store, and even more new features will be added to its repertoire in iOS 6. Most of the tasks Siri is capable of performing are related to the software aspect of your phone, or other apps, and there is not much Apple’s personal assistant can do if you want to control any hardware component of your iOS device. That is exactly why SiLight is a rather unique tweak for Siri-enabled iDevices. Using SiLight, you will be able to toggle on the camera flash on your iPhone with a simple verbal request to Siri. This promises to be the fastest flashlight solution for all iOS devices that have access to the speaking virtual assistant. Read More

HiddenHelper Keeps Siri’s Interface Invisible Unless It Displays Certain Info

Although Siri is pretty popular among iOS fans, there is still room for improvement. Some really good changes are coming to Siri in iOS 6, but there are Cydia tweaks in the jailbreak store that can make Apple’s personal assistant even cooler. HiddenHelper is a tweak that makes your conversations with Siri more convenient and natural, and thanks to the tweak, you are sure to feel like you are talking to your iPhone rather than an app. HiddenHelper lets you use Siri without launching its interface. You can still ask Siri any questions, but if the answer does not require any text or graphical support, Siri will just speak the answer out loud, and there will be no visible change on your device’s screen. The best thing about HiddenHelper is the fact that it is up to the user to decide what they want to view in Siri’s interface, and what they want to remain hidden in the background. Read More