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Since Siri first made its appearance on the iPhone 4S in 2011, Apple has taken great strides in improving its functionality, specifically over the last few months. Though it’s pretty well known that Siri certainly isn’t perfect, you can’t deny its usefulness in certain situations where other voice recognition software just fall short.

Now that Google has updated their already great Google Search app on iOS to include their much praised voice recognition functionality from Android Jelly Bean, I can’t help but be excited about the possibilities of having access to the best of both worlds.

Let’s take a closer look at how to effectively utilize both Siri and Google Search’s voice recognition to help you get things done the right way. Read on for more. (more…)

Every so often, an app comes along that changes the game in it’s respective category. Shazam revolutionized how people identified songs. Instagram changed the way people capture and share photos. Evernote made it incredible easy to share notes across multiple platforms. While it’s become increasingly difficult for apps to change how people do certain things, it’s all the more impressive when one does.

When it was originally released for the iPad in 2010, Google Search certainly wasn’t a game changer. It provided a easy way to use the world’s favorite search engine, but it definitely wasn’t a replacement for Safari. However, with the release of version 2.5, Google Search now offers a voice search functionality that rivals Apple’s baked in voice function, Siri. Join us after the jump to learn more about Google’s new streaming voice search. (more…)

iOS 6 has been announced, and there are plenty of exciting features arriving on our iPads come the autumn! For a good roundup of the salient points, check out Jacob’s review of the new features right here. If you want to see exactly how Apple is promoting its next mobile operating system then head over to their iOS 6 Preview.

What I’d really like to know is which feature you’re most looking forward to? Are you just aching to talk to Siri on your iPad, or has the dramatic overhaul of maps got you excited about taking some serious road trips?

If I’m being totally honest I’m probably more excited about the updates to maps than I am about Siri. I think that Siri will be superb in the future, but it’s of relatively limited use at the moment – whereas maps has needed a big re-think for ages, I can’t wait for the iPad and iPhone to be able to provide proper turn-by-turn navigation.

Let me know in the comments why you’re most looking forward to your choice?

“Sequences shortened.”

It’s a short phrase that, on the surface at least, seems pretty innoucous. Obviously you have to cut down your ad slot to fit the allotted time; nobody minds not seeing how long it takes to actually connect a phone call or wants to see Mail downloading new messages – we know it’ll take a few seconds, nobody’s calling foul on that.

The problem arises when the phrase “Sequences shortened” starts to feel like trickery, an understatement intended to make something that’s a work in progress look like a finished product; akin to advertising a beautifully produced and engineered song, and then selling people a pretty sketchy demo.

Here lies Apple’s dilemma, they desperately want to portray Siri as effortless, seamless, and emminently helpful, but it’s just not.

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As you may very well know, Apple Monday unveiled their next big revision of iOS, bringing it to version 6.0. This is a sizable update with a plethora of wonderful features that amount to over 200 in all. However, interestingly enough, Apple put more emphasis on the iPhone side of things during the WWDC keynote and left out some of the major things that could be beneficial to iPad users – well yes, of course they mentioned Siri.

I’ve gathered a list of the most important features that are in iOS 6 and of significance to those who utilize their iPad on a daily basis. In addition, I’ve taken a deep look at the OS itself, seeking out interesting features and jotting down my thoughts on them. Keep reading for the full scoop.

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Earlier this week 9to5Mac broke the news that it looks like Siri is coming to the iPad in iOS 6! I’ll let you read their report for details, and a few mockups, but would like to ask a very simple question; are you excited about getting Siri on the iPad?

Since Siri first launched we knew that it would eventually come to the iPad, Apple wasn’t going to keep it exclusive to the 4S. The real question is, after all the hype has died down, do you actually care if Siri’s on the iPad?

I have to admit that I’m using Siri on the iPhone less now than I did in the past, but I’d definitely like to have it available on the iPad – if only to schedule calendar events and to show off to my friends…

Let me know you you think, and perhaps tell me in the comments what you think you’d use Siri on the iPad for most!

Last week we ran a poll entitled “What Are You Most Excited About in 2012?” The response was great, but relatively unsurprising. People want to see what the next generation of both the iPad and the iPhone looks like!

There has been a huge amount of speculation surrounding Apple making a new move in the television market, and that showed up in the polls – there was also concrete interest in a potential Apple Television. However, today I want to look at a few of the reasons I’m personally excited about the new iPad…

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This week, developers ripped apart the code of the beta release of iOS 5.1 and found a reference to two possible new Apple products: the long-awaited iPhone 5 and iPad 3. With the chatter ramping up on what features the new reincarnation of the world’s most popular tablet computer will contain, I’ve rounded up the top 10 features I would love to see on the new iPad.

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I’ve been thinking recently, which is a pastime many of us (myself included) neglect, and have had to let go of some assumptions that have been lurking in my subconscious since the first time I slid my fingers across the words ‘slide to unlock’. Pictures under glass, the primary mode of interaction with the iPad, might not actually be the future.

It might appear to be the future, for the next decade at least, and things could very well move further in that direction, but is it a particularly coherent or sensible vision in the long run?

The article that got my mind turning was a fascinating piece by Bret Victor on the future of interaction design, in which he argues fervently for designers to consider the incredible complexity of our hands when looking forwards. He asks the question:

With an entire body at your command, do you seriously think the Future Of Interaction should be a single finger?

His discussion was open-ended, intended to make you think, but I want to dive a little deeper and look at the myriad possible directions of interaction. Let’s start with another question to get you thinking:

Why, when we have developed language as the most effective form of human communication, would you completely disregard it in the design of future interfaces?

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