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More Cool Things You Can Do With Siri

Her calm and capable voice is everywhere these day – she’s Siri. Apple’s synthetic personal-assistant has risen to global prominence in a relatively short time. And fans of the technology know that it doesn’t take long to fall under Siri’s spell.


Siri is the virtual assistant at the heart of the iPhone 4S. 

Cool New Siri Tricks
With this many users, it only makes sense that Siri has become a celebrity unto herself, there’s practically an industry around exploring the technology and discovering cool new ways to showcase Siri’s many unseen talents. Some of these capabilities offer nifty practical uses while others are just for fun:

  1. Change your iPhone 4S settings using Siri. Not only can you change your brightness using Siri, you can perform special tasks, such as checking your iPhone’s battery level.
  2. Update your Twitter using Siri. You can also perform nine other Siri hacks, ranging from helping improve Siri’s pronunciation of phonetic names to parlor tricks like controlling Siri from across a room.
  3. Looking for laughs? The are plenty of Siri tricks to turn her into a comedian.

 
Siri for Other Phones
Don’t have Siri on your iPhone? A new app allows you to turn your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS into a Siri phone - but you will have to jailbreak the phone – which voids the warranty. Google is also developing a Siri-like assistant, although based on insider reports, the technology will not be as smoothly integrated throughout the phone as Siri is in the iPhone 4S.

Developing Future Siri’s
Siri is a great iPhone app. Future apps like Siri will be created by young app developers. Do you want to learn app development? Why not get started this summer at a app development summer camp like Digital Media Academy. DMA offers hands-on training in app development from industry professionals. They’ll start you on a career and give you the skills to create your own Siri.

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AstroClip Turns Your iPhone 4 into Space Camera

For many people, amateur astronomy (i.e., star-gazing) is an exciting and enjoyable hobby – one that lets you connect with the vastness of space while learning more about planets, stars and other cosmic phenomenon. Now there’s a new gadget that lets you attach your iPhone 4 to any telescope and take pictures of the deep reaches of space.


A photo of the Moon taken with AstroClip.

Called AstroClip, the molded plastic clip connects easily to your iPhone 4 and allows you to attach it to any telescope that uses a 1.25-inch eyepiece. Once you attach the clip by snapping it on your iPhone 4 – and then adjusting three small screws to secure the accessory to your telescope – you can then take pictures of the sky, or any distant object for that matter, using your iPhone.

Shoot the Moon…and More
The concept of the AstroClip is not new; astronomers have been attaching cameras to telescopes for years. However, such camera mounts have typically only worked with specific models or with heavier cameras that often made it necessary to start using a bulkier telescope tripod to keep the telescope from falling over.


Three small screws (shown here) secure the accessory to your telescope.

The AstroClip, because it works in conjunction with the featherweight iPhone 4, doesn’t put an excessive weight strain on your telescope’s tripod. Nor will AstroClip put a strain your wallet, as it costs just $25 (which includes shipping anywhere on our planet). Previous camera mounts carried significantly larger pricetags. AstroClip is a great deal for a novice astronomer.


The small, compact AstroClip makes it easy to bring along on an evening astronomy adventure. 

Follow Your Star
Unlike many hobbies that are scientific in nature, amateur astronomers actually play a key role in making genuine discoveries. Just recently, an amateur astronomer in Austria discovered a nebula created as a star began dying. Matthias Kronberger’s “soccer ball” nebula discovery was validated by Hawaii’s Gemini Observatory.


 It may look a little like a blue soccer ball, but it’s really a nebula – the last gasps of a dying star. This amazing gaseous form was discovered by an amateur astronomer in Austria, and later confirmed by scientists, who named the discovery “Kronberger 61” after the stargazer who found it. (Credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA)

Want to have a star named after you? Maybe you want to discover your own planet? Today’s technology puts scientific wonders within everyone’s reach. For aspiring astrophysicists, you just need to start your adventures in science and you too could unlock the keys to the universe.

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An Introduction to Stop-Motion Animation: iNside the iPhone 4

Let’s take a look at the iPhone 4, from the inside. No, really we mean from the inside of the actual iPhone.

iPhone 4 Deconstruction

This stop-motion video was produced (in a dust free room no less) by our friends at TechRestore and it shows the iPhone 4 being disassembled, piece by  piece, screw by microscopic screw. And just because the guys at TechRestore can, they reassemble it back into a perfect working state:

Ok, so while watching that, we realize how cool the iPhone 4 and stop-motion animation are. And while you probably don’t want to take apart your iPhone 4, you might want to shoot your own stop-motion video.

DMA Student Stop Motion Film

Stop-motion is a old school film animation technique that is still as amazing as was years ago. Check out this awesome stop-motion video shot by Annie Lynch at Digital Media Academy summer film camp in Chicago, she made her film by using high quality photos and piecing the .jpgs together in Final Cut Pro:

Ray Harryhausen

Another famous stop-motion filmmaker? Ray Harryhausen. He influenced everyone from George Lucas (“Star Wars”) to Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings”). Ray was using stop-motion in movies like “Jason and the Argonauts”to create amazing movie scenes like this skeleton battle in Jason and the Argonauts:

Interested in learning more about stop-motion animation? Check out DMA’s Adventures in Filmmaking.

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