Siri has seen many cool hacks, from using it to control watching videos on Plex to starting a car. Today, another clever mind shows Siri controlling a piano to play tracks on an iPhone. Yamaha specifically develops the hack for the Disklavier piano, and it uses a special MIDI version of the music file to stream to an AirPort Express. The hack even uses the foot pedals and the piano’s keys.
Local government authorities are investigating last weekend’s explosion that injured 61 people at the Shanghai factory of an Apple iPad 2 back-panel supplier after much outcry from China Labor Watch.
CLW was founded in 2000, according to their website, and it is an independent not-for-profit organization that has collaborated with unions and labor organizations to assess factories in China.
The Dec. 17 blast at Ri Teng Computer Accessory Co., owned by Taipei-based Pegatron Corp., was similar to the explosion at a Foxconn Technology Group facility in May, according to a Dec. 19 statement from CLW.
“The blast in Riteng is a result of aluminum dust in the workshop where ipad cases are polished,” said CLW in its press release. “A similar blast happened in the same workshop of a Foxconn’s factory in Chengdu, killing 3 workers and hurting another 15.”
CLW said there was “a lot of aluminum dust in the workshop,” but apparently, the workers were not aware of the “potential danger before the blast.”
The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration said aluminum dust is highly combustible, according to its online health guidelines. The administration stressed the need to take special precautions in handling the substance in occupational settings.
A new hack by a Chinese manufacturer will allow a user to make an iPhone 4/4S’s Apple logo glow. Much like the MacBook’s, the logo will glow once you turn the device on.
K.O. Gadget, the maker of this mod, said it can be done at home in less than five minutes. For $42, K.O. Gadget will send you the kit to perform this hack, but it would void an iPhone’s warranty.
The mod is easy because all you’re doing is replacing the back panel on the iPhone. The backpanel has a transparent Apple logo that allows light to pass through, but the key is the “light strip” that is added in. You can see the addition in the video below.
The light strip and custom backing doesn’t add any thickness to the device, because it uses the same glass material that Apple uses. K.O. Gadget also said there isn’t any over heating issues or battery life issues.
If you’re the adventurous type, this is something definitely worth checking out. Check out the install process below:
Affiliate partner MacUpdate today offers their new $49.99 Dec 2011 Bundle headlined by TechTool Pro, TotalFinder, Postbox 3 and FontPack Pro Master Collection and seven more quality apps for $49.99. TechTool Pro, which retails for double the entire bundle price, includes a bootable DVD disk for disk repair and diagnostics.
8 of the 11 100% Mac OS X 10.7 compatible apps are available as demos, which can be downloaded in a single dmg from here. (TechTool Pro 6, FontPack Pro Master Collection, and Neverwinter Nights 2 do not have demos)
As a bonus, the all-new IconBox 2.5 goes to the first 15,000 buyers. $49.99 at MacUpdate
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Macworld reminds us of a cool trick for iPhone photographers that will enable steadier shots than using the volume button on their iPhone. The trick is related to the volume trigger button on your iPhone’s Remote Earbuds, where you open the camera app, and then use the volume button on the headphones as a trigger. This is already helpful for steadier shots, or taking a better front-facing shot.
However, this trick can even be used with a Bluetooth device, as a sort of wireless remote, once paired. Interested in more iOS 5 camera tricks? Check out the iPhone’s built-in panorama mode.
Curious to see how Windows Phone feels, but don’t have a device around to do so? Us neither. But Microsoft has just released a new HTML 5 website that allows iPhone and Android users to get a taste of the Windows Phone 7 (Mango 7.5) operating system. The trial requires no downloads or registration, and you can try it out by just going to the webpage http://aka.ms/wpdemo on your mobile device.
While it doesn’t use any of the data on your phone like your contacts, the demo does give you a pretty comprehensive look at all of Windows Phone’s features. Microsoft uses a blue dot to guide you around the operating system, and obviously some features like voice recognition just don’t work in the browser. Drat, that’s something we really wanted to try.
Will this draw users over to the Windows Phone platform? Probably not, but it’s always cool to see what the competition is up to.
The Siri Dictation feature that is currently exclusive to the iPhone 4S — along with Siri — can now be used on the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, and iPhone 3GS. Developer Eric Day has released a new jailbreak package called Siri0us, that is available via a Cydia repository, and will allow you to easily get Siri Dictation working. As you can see in the video above, Siri0us works just like Siri Dictation would on the iPhone 4S, but sadly it does have ads. This tweak uses Nuance’s technology, but it’s cool nonetheless.
Meanwhile, developers are still working to bring a Siri port to the iPhone 4, and have already come up with some pretty cool custom use cases. If you already have your iPhone 4 jailbroken this wouldn’t be a bad thing to check out.
Update: The developer has pulled the app from Cydia as he finds a new voice recognition service to do this legally.
We already know about all of the excellent Black Friday deals popping up in our live price guide– like an 11” MacBook Air for $849.99, and this 13″ 2.4GHz MacBook Pro for $1050. In addition to all of the great hardware on sale, almost all of the biggest iOS app publishers are running Thanksgiving and Black Friday promotions too. There’s also some great Mac App Store apps on sale. We’ve compiled the best of the best… Read more
It’s Black Friday and we’ve got the best deals from around the web on Apple products and accessories. Although most of the Apple Store prices (which we stumbled upon a few days ago) are moderate discounts, some are actually the lowest we could find, especially in iPads and accessories. We’re updating all day long so come back early and often…and don’t forget to check 9to5toys.com.
|MB Airs||11″ Air 2GB/64GB||$999||$898||$938.99|| $954
|11″ Air 1.6GHz 128GB||$1,199||$1,098||$1,139.99|| $1,098
|13″ Air 1.7GHz 128GB||$1,299||$1,198||$1,197.99|| $1,230
|13″ Air 1.7GHz 256GB||$1,599||$1,498||$1,497.99|| $1,550
|MB Pros||13″ 2.4GHz MB Pro||$1,199||$1,098||$1,097.99|| $1,054.09
|13″ 2.8GHz MB Pro||$1,499||$1,398||$1,397.99||$1424.99||$1429.99|
|15″ 2.2GHz MB Pro||$1,799||$1,698||$1,697.99||$1709.99||$1709.99|
|15″ 2.4Ghz MB Pro||$2,199||$2,098||$2,058.99||$2059.99||$2059.99|
|17″ 2.4GHz MB Pro||$2,499||$2,398||$2,348.94||$2299.99 $2299|
|2.3GHz Mac Mini||$599||$599||$564.99||$594||$568.95|
|2.5GHz Mac Mini||$799||$799||$759.99||$769||$769|
|2.0GHz Mac Mini Server||$999||$999||$959.99||$972|
|21″ 2.5GHz iMac||$1,199||$1,098||$1,097.99||$1156 $1049|
|21″ 2.7GHz iMac||$1,499||$1,398||$1,397.99||$1398||$1419|
|27″ 2.7GHz iMac||$1,699||$1,598||$1,597.99||$1598||$1607|
|27″ 3.1GHz iMac||$1,999||$1,898||$1,894.95||$1895||$1895|
|8GB iPod Touch||$199||$178||$189.98||$190||$145*||$184 MC|
|32GB iPod Touch||$299||$268||$274.95||$275||$275||$260 MC|
|64GB iPod Touch||$399||$358||$364.95||$364||$365||+$40GC|
|16GB Wifi||$499||$458||$454.99||$75 GC|
|Misc:||Apple Digital AV adapter||$39||$39||$29|
|Apple Thunderbolt Display||$999||$999||$959||$929 MC|
|Apple TV||$99||$99||$94.99||$89.99||$89.99||$89.9 MC|
|iTunes Gift Cards ($100)||$100||$90||varies||$80|
Apple Store Refurbished items come with Apple’s one year warranty and are as good as new. AT&T has 64GB iPad 3G for $479. DailySteals has a 16GB iPad for $280 (refurb). iPhone4 16GB Refurb is $49 with activation, Frys has $25 off of current iPhones
- Microsoft Office for Mac is $70 at Amazon or $100 for the Family Pack
- Parallels is $35 PLUS you get $40 off Windows when you buy Parallels, VMWare Fusion is $28
- Adobe Photoshop Elements $48 at Amazon, Premiere Elements: $50, Lightroom Student Teacher :$89 Full Version $100 CS5: $289
- Quickbooks 2012 is $125
- Toast 11 Pro $80
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Last week we saw how a developer created a proxy server to sit between Siri and Apple to make certain commands perform command line functions. Another developer today took that proxy server and hooked it up to his Viper Car system which allows him to turn his car off and on.
The “Siri Proxy” plugin I wrote handles interaction with a php script that runs on my web server. The php script, which I developed months ago for personal use, allows me to send commands to my car which has a Viper SmartStart module installed.
Current commands accepted are: “Vehicle Arm”, “Vehicle Disarm”, “Vehicle Start”, “Vehicle Stop”, “Vehicle Pop Trunk”, and “Vehicle Panic”.
Siri hacking is rapidly turning into a fun sport. How long until Apple blesses third parties with this type of functionality?
Locking and arming the car alarm video below:
Samsung’s Series 7, originally intended for Windows 7, has been hacked to run a Hackintosh version of OS X Lion, a user on the tonymacx86 forums highlighted today. Awkward, considering the whole Samsung vs Apple fight. As you can see in the video above, the version of Lion runs relatively smoothly, but the big issue is an external monitor is needed to display the video. The user highlights the tools needed:
8GB USB KEY, mini-HDMI to HDMI cable/adapter, USB Keyboard and mouse. After you make a UniBeast USB key you have some space still left on it so I made a folder and downloaded MultiBeast 4.1.0: Lion Edition.
If you’ve got a Series 7 laying around and are tired of the bleh Windows, you should definitely try this hack out (if you’ve got the technical know-how). With specs close to the MacBook Air — an 11.6-inch display, 64GB SSD, and i5 processor — this device seems pretty perfect to run full on OS X in a mobile setting. It also gives you a little more horsepower than an iPad 2, though that’s like comparing Apples and Oranges.
For all of the technical details, hit up the tonymacx86 forums. We’ve already shared our thoughts on the Hackintosh community, and we’re certainly proponents of what they’re doing. We’re going to keep an eye out as this project gets more bug fixes, specifically the screen issue. Luckily, the developer says he is committed to working on this project.
If you don’t know by now, Apple has officially opened up their iTunes Match service to the public, bringing with it 256-kbps AAC DRM-free copies of your non-iTunes purchased music for $25 a year. To help familiarize users with the service, Apple has posted the following chart walking us through some new iTunes Match related iCloud icons you’ll start to notice in iTunes.
In addition, they also dropped some helpful guides explaining the ins and outs of the service including Troubleshooting iTunes Match, How to subscribe to iTunes Match, How to add a computer or iOS device to iTunes Match, and How to delete songs from iCloud.
In the troubleshooting guide, we learn you can enable a column within iTunes to display the iTunes Match/iCloud status of any given song in your library. For example, whether it’s a “Matched” song or just “Uploaded”. To do this, click “View > View Options” or press “Command-J“, and click the “iCloud Status” checkbox (same place you also enable “iCloud download”).
A MacRumors forum poster also offers a few helpful hints, while noting iTunes Match keeps your meta-data (a nice touch if you tend to edit data associated with your songs), the post clears up some concerns regarding the intricacies of what happens with your local copies: Read more