Siri is the clever new Voice Recognition tool which is integrated into iOS5 on the iPhone 4S. Siri can understand many voice activated command and is a valuable time-saving tool but currently it is unable to send Tweets on your behalf.
If you try you get the following Error Message:
However there is a work around which allows you to send messages to Twitter with Siri Voice Commands by using the Twitter SMS interface, but first you need to configure your Twitter account to work with SMS messages.
To Configure Twitter to Allow Tweeting using SMS:
- Go to Twitter.com and sign in using your Twitter account.
- Go to http://twitter.com/#!/download and click on the Use via SMS button
- Enter you details into the information box
- Twitter will now ask you to send an SMS message to phone number this will complete the set up. (make sure you read all of Twitters T&C’s and cost details)
- Twitter will now give you a SMS short code to send messages to.
- Create a new contact on your iPhone called Twitter and enter the Twitter SMS short code into the mobile phone number field
- If you don’t want to receive Twitter updates over SMS text Stop to the Twitter number
Your account is now ready for SMS tweets.
To send a Tweet using Siri
- Activate Siri by holding down the home button.
- Say the following commands “Text Twitter”. Siri will now check your Contact list for the Twitter contact.
- Dictate your message and say send.
Siri will now send your message to Twitter
The traditional full keyboard on the iPad provides a great way to type on the move when the iPad is in landscape mode, but when the device is turned to into portrait mode the keyboard becomes a little squashed and more often than not you’ll have to type using only one hand. With the recent release on iOS5 there is now an alternative method of typing whilst the iPad is in portrait mode, the Split Keyboard.
The Split keyboard divides the keyboard into 2 sections across both sides of the screen and allows you to hold the iPad in both hands and comfortably type using only both thumbs, and although the split keyboard does take some getting used to but after you do it’s possible to type at a reasonable speed.
The Split Keyboard
To activate the Split Keyboard activate the keyboard so that it is displayed on-screen, then place on finger on one half of the keyboard and one finger on the other half of the keyboard and then simply drag each half of the keyboard towards the edge of the screen. To revert back to the traditional keyboard simply drag the 2 halves of the keyboard back together again.
Pancake Pile is a fun little game with a difference, it was designed by a 9 year old.
The concept is simple, pancakes fall from the top of the screen and you have to guide your chef to catch and collect them on his tray. Controlling the chef is easy, rather then using a virtual joypad you tilt the iPhone to the left or right and he follows your direction.
As you collect more pancakes it becomes more difficult to move around and your chef slows down, and to make the task more difficult not all the falling objects are friendly. Some food types some be avoided eg toast and scrambled eggs but you can gain extra points by topping your pancakes with fruits and syrup. Some falling objects will daze your chef and will cause your pancake stack to wobble and should be avoided at all costs.
The game graphics are bright and colourful and along with the cartoon style music, and easy controls Pancake Pile is a great game for kids.
Welcome to iPhone-experience’s first iOS5 article, as we take a look at the new built-in dictionary.
Previous on the iPhone if you wanted to use a dictionary function on the iPhone then you would need to download and use a separate app, but in iOS5 the ability to look up the meaning of a word is integrated into the operating system, with the addition of the simple to use define menu option .
To use the new dictionary function on iOS5:
1) Press and hold on the word that you want to look up until the selection frame appears (in the same way you would copy text)
2) Choose the Define option and the dictionary window will be displayed, it’s that easy.
The Define option is a great little addition to iOS, it’s useful, easy to use and integrated into the OS so that it’s available automatically in most Apps.
One important application which is missing on the iPad is an alarm clock, a basic application which proves to be very valuable on the iPhone.
Fortunately there’s a beautiful solution by the people who brought you the great Beautiful Alarm Clock for the iPhone, the delightful Dolphin Alarm Clock on iPad.
When running the app you are presented with a gorgeous underwater scene and a clock. The waters are initially quiet but double tapping the screen will call your dolphin who will appear and perform a set routine. It’s worth mentioning that the dolphin isn’t a computer generated model but each scene is a recorded video, if anything this means that the image and animation quality is constantly wonderful.
Tap on the clock and the alarm screen is displayed. Simply choose the hours, minutes and the days of the week that you want the alarm to activate and then choose am or pm to set the alarm.
By selecting the ‘Wake To’ option you can choose the sound that wakes you up, there are a large number of ring tones available for selection, but most people will opt to be woken by the Dolphin option.
Remember to make sure that your iPad is connected to a power supply or has enough battery to make it through the night and you will be woken by an incredible alarm call.
Dolphin Alarm clock is an incredible App, albeit a large one, it’s truly wonderful and adds a crucial function to the iPad.
To install Dolphin Alarm clock search for it in the App Store.
As a rule we don’t normally publish news articles on this site but this one caught our eye.
The original Infinity Blade on the iPhone continues to be one of our favourite iphone games.
It’s use of the Unreal 3 engine proved that the iPhone can produce the high level of graphics normally associated with home consoles. It also used the iPhones touch screen effectively to provide a responsive and fun interface to control the on screen action. It went on to become on of the highest grossing games available through the App Store.
At the recent Apple iPhone event Infinity Blade 2 was announced, the game will build on the original and will become a showcase for the capabilities of the new iPhone 4s.
Infinity Blade 2 will be released on 01/12/11 and will include new locations, new weapons, deeper RPG elements and improved multiplayer modes.
We can’t wait and a review will follow when the game hits the App Store.
The iPhone’s standard Clock App has a built in alarm function which works well but only allows you to choose from a limited number of standard alarms.
Beautiful Clock Radio is an attractive iPhone App which allows you to select an Internet based radio station or iPod playlist to wake you up.
The interface changes depending on the current time of day, look at the clock during the day time and you see a lovely bright and illuminating image, look at night and you see an appropriate dark night time.
Beautiful Clock Radio also shows you the weather forecast and using the iPhones GPS functionality this is tailored for your current location.
There are 5 buttons running along the bottom of the screen press one of these and the associated radio station starts to play. You can change the buttons associated radio station by holding down the button and you will be presented with a selection screen where you will be able you select one of hundreds of Radio Stations or supply a URL of your favourite online station.
To set an alarm slide your finger along the bottom of the screen and the alarm settings will be displayed. From here you set the time, frequency, and what type of alarm music wakes you up.
The app is easy to use but if you need help a link to a comprehensive video guide is included in the app.
Beautiful clock radio adds an important piece of missing functionality to the iPhone, turning it into a true travel companion, if you use the alarm function on the iPhone then you should check it out.
Beautiful clock radio can be found in the Apple App Store.
Mobile phones are the perfect medium for foreign language tools as you can carry them with you no matter where you travel, and here’s a free tool to help you learn Japanese. Japanese Phrases Free by Kotoba.
The free version of Japanese Phrases offers a good introductory course for teaching yourself Japanese, with study guides, lessons and Quizzes the App is easy to use and follow.
Supported by hundreds of included audio files, and the occasional video stream (although these require an active Internet connection) you soon find yourself picking up key sentences and phrases.
The course starts with a FAQ and basic introduction before guiding you through Structured lessons on the Japanese language and associated culture.
Helpful study cards offer you the chance to reenforce your learning, showing you the original Japanese, phonic and English versions of a sentence, you can also play an audio version of the sentence back to you. Your progress is recorded and marked along the way so you can keep a record of your learning.
Ultimately it’s always difficult for computer based training packages to replace face to face classroom teaching, but Japanese Phrases is free, a good reference guide and would compliment a language course perfectly.
‘Odd Spotting’ has become one of our favourite iPad casual games, and Micromicron have released a followup called ‘What’s Different? HD’.
Using the same graphical style and characters as ‘Odd Spotting’, ‘Whats Different?’ is instantly familiar and builds on similar concepts found in the original game.
In ‘Odd Spotting’ you had to spot the odd item out amongst many similar items, where as in ‘What’s different?’ you need to spot the difference between 2 near identical pictures. This style of game should be familiar to many of you as it’s been used in Puzzle Books and Pub Quiz machines for many years.
In ‘What’s Different?’ there are 12 puzzles to solve with each puzzle having 8 differences to be found, as you would expect some differences are major and easy to spot and some are minor and more difficult to spot, there are 3 levels of difficulty and these really change the way in which you play the game.
In easy mode there is no time limit on the game and is therefore more suited for children but on medium and hard modes the time limit adds the excitement of challenge, more so in hard mode, and random guessing is punished by a reduction in the time left to complete the level.
‘What’s different?’ is a good value, fun, casual family game and continues to add to the Star Cats brand and if you enjoy a good puzzle game then you should really check it out in the App Store.
Yesterday Stephen Fry recommended a game on Twitter, and he only ever recommends products which he genuinely enjoys or loves so I thought I would give it a go. The Game is Contre Jour and it is wonderful.
Spread across several themed Chapters Contre Jour (French for Against the Light) is a visually stunning physics game with a simple purpose, guide your large eyed character to the shinning door on each level.
To achieve this you can raise and lower the terrain to a certain extent and through the use of living tools, like elastic tentacles and hot air streams which blow you across the screen, you can guide your character to his exit. Frequently you need to work with multiple tools at the same time which means you need to experiment and think through your strategies.
The game isn’t as simple as getting from A to B. Spread across each level are 3 particles of light, and if you don’t collect enough of the particles across the levels in a chapter then the next chapter remains locked and you will need to replay levels until you meet the minimum requirement.
Contre Jour is an incredibly atmospheric game with a relaxing sound track and stylish graphical style. It’s fun to play and whilst challenging it never seems to get as frustrating as some physics games. Coming in both a standard and universal HD edition this game is an absolute bargain and is a true benchmark for how well iPhone games should be produced and in many ways it puts full console games like Little Big Planet to shame.