Siri Can Pour You A Beer And Unlock Your Front Door

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Developers are so excited about Siri that they’re not even waiting for Apple to open up the API.They’re building their own hacks every day that make it possible for you to do all kinds of things simply by talking into your phone.

Many of these hacks seem to revolve around Siri’s texting capabilities, but that’s fine by us — as you’ll see in the following hacks, you can do a lot with SMS.

Siri will check your bank account balance

Most banks have a service that will send you your bank account balance via SMS. Ryan Spahn outlines the steps to interact with 5 major banks via Siri to keep track of your spending.

Building your own Siri API

Github developer Aman Gupta has opened up a world of possibility by putting his own server in between Siri and Apple. It passes standard Siri queries to Apple for interpretation, but it handles his custom queries on its own. In this example, he's asking who else is in the office with him.

Siri will tweet for you

Add 40404 to your contacts list under the name 'Twitter.' Text 'START' to that number, then respond with your username and password. Any time you want to tweet by voice, you can say 'Text Twitter.'

Use Siri to unlock your door

Home automation! Siri sends a text to a phone number that pushes it through web servers and delivers it to a special thermostat

Stay on top of Facebook updates

You can use a similar method to update Facebook via Siri. Add 'Facebook' to your contacts as 32665. Then tell Siri to text Facebook with whatever status update you want to share.

This guy used Siri to blend his iPhone 4S (skip to 50 seconds in)

Siri says some funny things sometimes

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