Sherif Hashim, an Egyptian neurosurgeon and part-time iPhone baseband hacker, has found what appears to be a privacy failure in iOS 7 that allows users to access your contact list through Siri even if the iPhone is locked.
Siri is some seriously impressive technology being able to have what feels like a very real conversation with a piece of technology should not be underrated as an impressive technological feat. New patent application may suggest that Siri is on its way to other devices, thanks to a pairing method that would see Siri live on an iPhone, but then be jacked into a second device. The two devices listed as possibilities in that patent application? Both desktop and notebook computers.
Dag Kittlaus, one of the co-founders of Siri, reveals that Steve Jobs didn’t originally like the name during a speech about entrepreneurship, start-up culture, and the accelerating pace of technological advancements at Technori Pitch, reports NetworkWorld.
When iOS 5 was first introduced to the world for public consumption in October 2011, it was immediately evident that it contained a number of highly useful features which would quickly become the focus of the jailbreaking development community. The introduction of Notification Center was seen as a huge, much needed feature addition to iOS, but also provided an entirely new entity for developers to hook into and enhance on a jailbroken device.
As part of its yearly hunt for a new Superbowl ad, Doritos has asked its customers to put together their own ads with the aim of having theirs chosen to be the one which runs during the halftime ad break. Obviously the competition proves rather popular amongst fans of triangular snacks.
I had mentioned in an earlier post that one of the things which I was most looking forward to with the release ofthe iPhone 4S jailbreak was the new and innovative uses for the personal assistant, Siri. Developers have been itching to get their hands on a jailbroken 4S to allow them to test, amend and then release their tweaks and enhancements which will bring more power to the already very functional and intelligent voice analysis software.
As we mentioned yesterday, hacks using Siri Proxy has caught the fancy of many developers as we continue to see developers creating cool plugins for Siri Proxy.
Another developer with YouTube handle phildman14 has created a custom Siri Proxy plugin, which allows him to control devices in his room.
As you can see in the video below, the developer has figured out a way to create a plugin that can pull the curtains, control the lights in a room, turning on the fan and turning off the desk lamp using Siri.
According to German-language site Macerkopf.de, iOS 5.1 will enhance Siri with the ability to control hardware aspects of your device. In its current incarnation, Siri, a beta product exclusive to iPhone 4S, won’t let you control, say, the phone’s camera with your voice nor are you able to tell it to switch off WiFi, for example.
Developers have cracked Siri’s security protocols which will make it possible to use the assistant on any device including the iPad or even Android smartphones, according to Applidium.
Here’s some of what they discovered:
The iPhone 4S really sends raw audio data. It’s compressed using the Speex audio codec, which makes sense as it’s a codec specifically tailored for VoIP. The iPhone 4S sends identifiers everywhere. So if you want to use Siri on another device, you still need the identifier of at least one iPhone 4S. Of course we’re not publishing ours, but it’s very easy to retrieve one using the tools we’ve written. Of course Apple could blacklist an identifier, but as long as you’re keeping it for personal use, that should be alright!