[Review] SiriNBA - Get NBA Information Through Siri
While Siri is a powerful iOS companion, she could be a lot more powerful if Apple permitted it. Unfortunately, they don’t – so we jailbreak our devices, and it allows us to do more with her. A recent jailbreak application called AssistantExtensions
has provided a framework for developers to add more third-party support to Siri. One of the latest is an add-on for Siri dubbed SiriNBA
by iOS developer Evan Coleman
, which allows you to get information about NBA games right through Siri.
Requiring iOS 5 and any kind of Siri functionality, including but not limited to Spire, you can ask SiriNBA questions such as, “What’s the score of the Knicks game?” or, "Who won the Knicks game tonight?" and Siri will intelligently locate the score of the game as it’s being played for you. The Cydia description for SiriNBA states that the add-on can also distinguish between shortened names such as saying “Cavs” instead of “Cavaliers.”
To find SiriNBA even the least bit useful, you have to be a sports fan. If you’re not, then you probably won’t be too inclined to care about asking Siri questions about the NBA. If you’re a sports fan, then SiriNBA is free in Cydia through the BigBoss repository and Evan says that he will be producing future add-ons for Siri for other sports as well so you can query more than just the NBA. There is no eye-candy interface for SiriNBA like there have been for other AssistantExtensions add-ons, but it looks simple and successfully does what it says it will do.
SiriNBA will not cause any lag for Siri and the response times are quick. When a game starts, SiriNBA will have all of the information for the game, but it won't have information if a game is not being played. Check it out if you're an NBA fan.
Developer: Evan Coleman
Sources: Evan Coleman