Blind Redditor pays $1,000 to have Siri read the news

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I can't wait to get my hands (and ears) on Sireader. Photo:
I can't wait to get my hands (and ears) on Sireader. Photo: Philip Tennen

Want to see something neat to start off your day? How about a Siri RSS reader?

RSS readers, as most readers will be aware, are great at aggregating news headlines from a variety of different websites that get updated throughout the day. While they’re useful tools, they’re less than ideal for blind or partially sighted users, however.

With that in mind, one blind Redditor recently announced that they were posting a $1,000 bounty for any developer who could create a jailbreak tweak capable of not only keeping track of RSS feeds, but also getting Siri to read them out loud.

Alien Blue is now Reddit’s official iOS app

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Screenshots: Alien Blue
Screenshots: Alien Blue

Alien Blue, the most popular third-party Reddit client for iOS, has been acquired by Reddit itself. To celebrate, the ‘Pro’ upgrade in-app purchase is available for free instead of $2. The iPad app is also free to download.

Developer Jason Morrissey has joined Reddit, and he will continue to develop Alien Blue and add new features.

Reddit or not, here comes the official Ask Me Anything app

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Reddit's official AMA finally brings its hugely popular Ask Me Anything threads to iOS. (Picture: Reddit)
Reddit's official AMA finally brings its hugely popular Ask Me Anything threads to iOS. (Picture: Reddit)

Reddit AMAs (Ask Me Anythings) are everywhere, attracting even the likes of President Obama (who answered his questions on a MacBook) to respond to questions fielded by users from around the globe.

Up until now there have been some pretty great apps for viewing Reddit AMAs, such as Interviewly, which takes AMA threads and polishes them to look more like a Sunday newspaper feature than an online forum. However, to date there has been no official AMA app available on iOS.

How a Reddit user convinced Tim Cook to change Apple’s on-hold music

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"Low-fi on-hold music at Apple? Not on my iWatch!"
"Low grade on-hold music at Apple? Not on my watch!"

When you’re a company the size of Apple (whose co-founder Steve Jobs famously made comments about how it’s not the job of users to know what they want) you’d be forgiven for thinking they don’t listen to the little guy.

Over the weekend, a story popped up on Reddit, however, revealing how one user supposedly convinced Tim Cook to change Apple’s on-hold music — telling him that it sounded distorted and therefore surprisingly un-Apple-like in its lack of quality. Cook apparently listened and – hey presto! – people dialling into Apple now get better-sounding hold music while they wait.

The full post can be read below: