Siri hacked, Facebook fakes and cheap solar panels [Today's Top Tech News]
Super Siri hack
Thanks to a new app for jailbroken iPhones, you can finally make Siri realise its potential. AssistantExtensions, from Cydia, not only lets you access apps to do things like tweet, simply by saying “tweet” followed by the message, it also lets you fiddle with the phone’s settings. So now you can turn your Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on and off by simply saying it. We, of course, already have a PA to switch our phone settings around.
Logitech puts Skype in your lounge
Logitech is launching a 720p TV Cam HD that connects via HDMI to any TV and lets you use Skype via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. And with a Carl Zeiss lens, four noise-cancelling mics, and always on alerts for incoming calls we’d be happy to spend the US$200 this’ll cost. Because now we have an excuse for fitting a 42″ plasma in his corner office. We need it. For important video conferences. From the comfort of the office sofa.
Cheap solar panels are coming
There’s nothing we like better than catching some rays, and now our house can too. Those clever clogs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have come up with a new solar cell technology called screening-engineered field-effect photovoltaics. Without going into detail the discovery will mean that virtually any semiconductor material can be used to create photovoltaic cells.