vThinking Studio has announced the release and immediate availability of Voice Calendar 1.1, an update to their voice activated productivity app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Available on iTunes App Store worldwide, Voice Calendar understands what you say and it sets up a daily schedule for you. Voice calendar supports various time expressions. For example you may say:
As we mentioned yesterday, hacks using Siri Proxy has caught the fancy of many developers as we continue to see developers creating cool plugins for Siri Proxy.
Another developer with YouTube handle phildman14 has created a custom Siri Proxy plugin, which allows him to control devices in his room.
As you can see in the video below, the developer has figured out a way to create a plugin that can pull the curtains, control the lights in a room, turning on the fan and turning off the desk lamp using Siri.
Microsoft’s Craig Mundie shoved his foot knee deep in his mouth this week when he said that Siri was nothing special, and Microsoft’s own voice capabilities have been around for over a year. The reason for Siri’s success? Marketing, of course.
People are infatuated with Apple announcing it. It’s good marketing, but at least as the technological capability you could argue that Microsoft has had a similar capability in Windows Phones for more than a year, since Windows Phone 7 was introduced.
Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, has been the highlight of the iPhone 4S launch. Not just because it’s very sophisticated and can make stuff easy for you, but because it’s funny. As David Pogue said, it’s entirely possible that a bunch of Hollywood joke writers, camped up in Apple’s North Carolina data center, are coming up with the funny responses Siri has in store for iPhone 4S users.
This Is My Next’s Joshua Topolsky experimented quite a bit with Siri early on when he reviewed the iPhone 4S, and needless to say discovered a number of funny responses.
After the iPhone 4S went on sale to the public, Siri’s humor became widely known with multiple screenshots of Siri’s funny responses doing the rounds on Twitter. It went onto become viral, and even got the Tumblr treatment every meme gets.