We’ve seen iPhone 4S’ signature feature Siri being ported to older iPhones like 3GS and 4, and we’ve also seen Siri make its way to the iPad 2 and iPod Touch, but now, thanks to developer/hacker @plamoni, Apple’s automated personal assistant might just find its way everywhere.
What exactly the guy has done is this: he created his own proxy server on his computer and made Siri interact with this server instead of Apple’s servers (guzzoni.apple.com). He just set up a DNS server on his network and forwarded requests made to Apple’s servers to his own proxy server in his computer. With this, developers can now create custom Siri handlers for different actions with only their imagination being their limit. One such basic example is shown by the developer in a video where he sets and checks the status of a WiFi thermostat:
..it doesn’t require the iPhone to be jailbroken. My iPhone 4S is not jailbroken. The only action I needed to take on my iPhone was to install my fake Root CA. Which you can do without jailbreaking. Everything else is done outside of the phone, so it requires no jailbreaking or code to be placed on the phone itself.
This hack just shows the potential power of Siri, and the fact that Apple hasn’t even opened it up to third-party developers yet is just proven to be even more criminal. We want to be able to fly our RC helicopters using voice, damnit!
News is coming in that Adidas website has been hacked. The German sportswear and equipment maker has taken its website content offline after suffering a ‘sophisticated and criminal’ cyber attack. The company couldn’t confirm whether consumers’ data had been impacted, but nevertheless it took down the affected sites to be on the safer side and investigate into the matter.
“Nothing is more important to us than the privacy and security of our consumers’ personal data,” the company said in the statement. “We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time,” it added.
Well, we hope there isn’t much loss to the company and to the users whose data is there with the company.
Following a progress report of sorts of the iPhone 4S on the jailbreak scene, renowned iPhone hacker and a member of the Dev-Team, MuscleNerd has some good news for iPad 2 owners as well, explaining that the iOS 5 jailbreak on iPad 2 has gone down well but, just like the 4S, there’s still a lot of work to be done on this front. Via Twitter:
Here’s a short video of current JB working on iPad2: youtu.be/oJVGl1eRW2A (Just like iPhone4S, lots of hurdles remain, no ETAs)
(For completeness (& post-verification this is real), here’s the iPad2 iOS5 ioreg dump musclenerd.com/ioreg_ipad2.txt .. 4S is earlier in timeline)
And just like in the case of the 4S, he’s provided proof in the form of a screenshot…
We have some good news for jailbreakers: the iPhone 4S has been successfully jailbroken by the Dev-Team, though there is still a lot of work which is yet to be done before the tools are made available for public consumption. Nonetheless, its a good sign and an indication that a public release is not too far away. Here’s what famous iPhone hacker and Dev-Team member MuscleNerd had to say on Twitter:
VERY preliminary 4S JB: twitpic.com/76vcp4 twitpic.com/76vct2 (Huge missing pieces prevent public release. LOTS of work left)
Google’s Chrome OS, announced in July last year, has been caught running on Apple’s iPad, thanks to a hacker called Hexxeh. The first, official Chrome OS running netbooks are expected to be out early next year.
With the Blackberry PlayBook making its way into the market, the iPad is seeing so many things being done for it, just so that the tablet from Apple remains in the limelight. Nice from the Apple Fanboys. Or is it another of those old school Apple tricks again?