Appellancy the New Facial Recognition System for iOS.

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Created by Elijah Frederickson and available on his repo cydia.abovezero.com is Appellancy. The Tweak is exactly the same solution for facial recognition as RecogniseMe was, but supports iOS 7. Here’s More info from his reddit page:

Appellancy is a next-generation face recognition tweak for your device that supports all iPhones, iPods, and iPads running iOS 7. It is nearly flawless in its recognition[1] . It integrates into the native look and feel of iOS 7 so well that you’ll wonder why Apple didn’t create it.
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Currently Appellancy supports facial recognition to unlock your device. See down lower for incorporating into other tweaks and stuff.
It has an app icon on the homescreen for registering and testing faces, and a settings page to configure options. No icons yet, however; I have no designing skills :P.
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Some (most?) of you may think that Facial Recognition is inherently insecure (or dangerous).
Yes, it is somewhat inherently insecure. A picture could dupe it. Or a look-alike. Or a random glitch. Or whatever. However, what makes Appellancy so much more secure is that it, by default, includes a database entry of random faces (don’t worry, none of those random faces are people that would actually use Appellancy – it’s mostly celebs/dead people/etc) to populate a deny entry. This causes Appellancy to deny (nearly) any face except yours.
In my highly unscientific tests of scanning faces off Google images to see if it matched, only one or two of at least fifty were accepted. By enhancing this database and the facial recognition methods in the future it will become even more secure.
Currently if you add ~50 or more faces it begins to lag on startup due to the training of the recognizer. I’m looking into saving/loading the recognizer data/state or something to drastically speed it up.
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Appellancy features an incredibly simple API for use in other projects.
Appellancy was designed to be used system-wide. It features an incredibly simple API for other tweaks to use. I hope to someday see it integrated into tweaks such as BioLockdown, BioProtect, iTouchSecure, AppLockWhatever, etc. I have yet to put up the documentation and sample project though. That will be done by release.
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This beta expires on April 1, 2014. At which point, it will either be submitted to a default repo (probably for $1.99 unless you guys think it should be less) or a new beta will be released if it isn’t yet ready.
If a designer would like to create an icon set (for the application, settings page, and a Flipswitch toggle) that would be great, and I am willing to compensate them for their work. The same goes for a web designer to help create a beautiful web site/page for Appellancy.
I also have plans to create an advertisement video/screenshots for Appellancy by release time.
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Official (currently crappy and thrown together) website and some other beta information: cydia.abovezero.org
If people would like to use/test it, please do. BUT, please report any bugs you encounter, enhancements you’d like to see, etc.
[1] – like I said previously, there are some bugs and whatnot. Different lighting scenarios will mess it up too. Edit: Beards seem to work fine! glasses do too.

Coming Soon! Crazy Taxi: City Rush.

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For those of you old enough to remember the Sega Dreamcast, which launched to mediocrity in the U.S. on 9/9/99, there was a widely popular game “Crazy Taxi” (available free as of this post on the AppStore). Coming soon from the same creators is “Crazy Taxi: City Rush”. Players rush about picking up passengers and whisking them off to their destinations collecting coins and increasing their score by doing various tricks along the way.

iOS 7 Jailbreak Is Here!!!

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In a surprise to many jailbreak enthusiasts the Evasi0n team released a jailbreak for iOS 7.x.x as a surprise early Christmas present. The tool comes with only one caveat…. mobilesubstrate which is required to run many tweaks such as winterboard isn’t fully compatible with iOS 7… yet. An update for mobilesubstrate is expected very soon to fix the issue. So head on over to the source link to get your iOS 7 jailbreak on. But remember, as always in the early days of any jailbreak many tweaks and apps wont be compatible!

Source:Evasi0n Jailbreak

REVIEW: Lili By BitMonster

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Available for any device that supports iOS 5 or later is Lili by BitMonster, inc. The game sports beautiful retina graphics that could rival those of console and ps vita games. With it’s rich and highly detailed environments Lili is a must have game. Utilizing the Unreal Engine, users play as Lili a college student out looking for rare flowers to use in a report. Gameplay is ultra simple, tap to walk, double tap to run and simply drag your finger around the screen to look around and direct Lili where to go.

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There’s a lot more to the adventure than just picking flowers. Players will come across “spirits” that grow flowers out of their heads. To defeat these spirits Lili must jump on their backs plucking the flowers in a specific sequence before the final special flower appears thus defeating said spirit. Go pick this game up now in the AppStore.

iOS 7 Gives Spotlight A Big Improvement

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With the release of iOS 7 brought an overlooked but big improvement, Spotlight Search. In previous iterations of iOS you had to swipe entirely to the left to get to it. Often this could be a problem if you had more than one page of icons. One to many swipes and you have ended up on Spotlight search unintentionally. That may not seem like a big deal but it can be on older, slower devices. The only possible problem there could be is some people may try to activate notification center and instead activate spotlight search or vice versa. Needles to say iOS 7’s new search feature is an overlooked and improved feature.

REVIEW: Apple Earpods

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Available from Apple are the new Earpod headphones. Apple put a lot of work and science into this product by scanning hundreds of ears to find a commonality. Okay all that boring info can be found on nearly every blog! These headphones are amazing. I also own the Beats by Dre Studio edition and these are just as good as those. The Apple Earpods, in my opinion, sound just as good without the vacuum and pressure that I experienced with the Dre headphones. These come free with the iPhone 5, newest iPod Touch and iPod Nano but, retail seprately for $29.99.