iOS 8’s Hey Siri! — It’s surprising how much Erica Sadun both loves and is bothered by the new [coming, in iOS 8] Hey Siri feature. It offers what’s probably the best and the worst of all iOS 8 features at the same time.
Get your books read to you —Erica Sadun investigates more automated solutions for book reading. Voice Dream Reader (pictured above, NZ$6.49, additional voices available with in-app purchases) represents one of the better-reviewed text-to-speech apps currently available in the App Store. She tested excerpts from several books.
Microsoft, HTC use Windows Phone’s Cortana to poke fun at Apple’s iPhone in new ad — A new television spot from Microsoft’s Windows Phone division again puts Siri on the iPhone 5s up against Cortana on an HTC One M8, though the video slants more toward a hardware comparison than Microsoft’s previous Siri-focussed efforts. [Microsoft and Samsung look like they’re getting increasingly nervous about Apple’s forthcoming September 9 announcement, if you ask me, with all these attacks.]
Reddit launches new Ask Me Anything app for AMA sessions — Reddit today has released its new Ask Me Anything iOS app with support for both live and archived Reddit AMAs. The new app is designed for mobile users who are visiting Reddit’s website in increasing numbers.
Digital Guide to fishing knots — If you follow the tips and steps to tying proper knots in this app you won’t need to talk about the “one that got away” with your fishing buddies. The Digital Guide to Fishing Knots is an iPad app that costs NZ$1.29 and needs iOS 6.0 or later.