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Coders are beginning to take advantage of the Siri proxy server released last week to hijack Apple's voice assistant for other apps. First out the gate: FastPdfKit developer MobFarm.

The MobFarm team have used software writer @plamoni's Siri Proxy code to allow Siri running on an iPhone 4S to enable their app to be voice controlled.

Here's the hack in action:

Siri Proxy sits between the 4S on a Wi-Fi connection and the internet bridge to Apple's guzzoni.apple.com server, which interprets the voice recording and squirts back the decode as an XML file. Fresh Siri commands can be supported through Siri Proxy plug-ins.

The in-bound XML data gets relayed to the FastPdfKit, which performs the dictated actions accordingly, such as word searches and page navigation.

ModFarm demos it on a separate device to show it in operation - Siri takes up the whole screen on the iPhone.

Siri Proxy builds on developer Applidium's successful decoding of the protocol Apple uses to send data back and forth between Siri and its servers. ®

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