The Overly Generic ‘Doom’ Cover Fits Virtually Any Game

Doom is one of the most iconic FPS games of all time, although it did have the advantage of being one of the very first games to kickstart the entire genre, giving it a distinct advantage for a lot of years. Now the game is set to return to our screens once again. Doom is currently pegged with a release date of May 13th, which isn’t particularly far away, but it’s just long enough to give the developer time to delay again; let’s hope they don’t.

The release date isn’t the only reason we’re hearing a lot about doom this week, however, as the artwork for the latest Bethesda bullet-em-up comes across as one of the most generic covers of all time. Following that infamous orange and blue theme that so many hundreds of game and movie boxes have adopted, the game’s logo can be swapped out for almost anything and still looks like it belongs.

How about adding him to Halo 5? Seems fine to me.

I think I’ve actually seen this guy in a few Final Fantasy games, have you?

OK, this one I’m not so sure about, but if you didn’t know who Professor Layton was, it’s still pretty convincing.

Well, that’s just an easy match up these days.

This definitely looks like something I’d be eager to play!

Scrap that, this is the one I really want to play. Running around with a sawn-off frying pan and causing chaos.

Gaming artwork can be quite generic, as we’ve seen here today, but it’s not the end of the world. Fortunately, we won’t have too long to wait for the release of the game and fingers are crossed around the world that it won’t be generic to play.

What was your favourite entry in the Doom series? For me, nothing will beat the original two games on MS-DOS.

Website can Identify Birds Through Photos

A new website has crept up recently, created in a collaboration between Cornell University and Visipedia research project.

The website isn’t fully automated just yet; it current works off an image that you upload and then asks you to pinpoint certain features such as the beak, tail and eye(s). From here it will search through the millions of archived images from eBird.org and find matching images with known species. Along with other images and the possible species, it will give you sounds and songs that the bird is known to make

Along with other images and the possible species, it will give you sounds and songs that the bird is known to make. The only drawback is that the service only currently works on birds found in North America and Canada.

The system uses machine-learning technology, which betters itself the more it is used; Science professor Serge Belongie said:

“Computers can process images much more efficiently than humans—they can organize, index, and match vast constellations of visual information such as the colors of the feathers and shapes of the bill. The state-of-the-art in computer vision is rapidly approaching that of human perception, and with a little help from the user, we can close the remaining gap and deliver a surprisingly accurate solution.”

I tested out the service, but because I have zero knowledge on North American or Canadian birds; it didn’t work. However, the service did present me with similar images. The service is free to use but is currently unavailable on smartphones and tablets. It will be added to the Merlin app once all of the kinks have been sorted.

Are you an avid bird watcher? or do you have an image of a bird that you want to know the species of? Then head over to Merlin Bird Photo ID and take a look at what it has to offer.

Thank you to engadget for providing us with this information.

Iowa Creating App For Digital Driving Licenses

The state of Iowa in the US is developing a smartphone app that will allow citizens to display their driving license on their devices.

The new app is intended to make it easier for drivers to carry their license, as many people simply don’t bother carrying it anyway. Besides driving, the app will also come in useful for other times ID is required, such as at airports and for purchasing age restricted items. Residents will still of course be allowed to carry their conventional license, as the app is not seen as a complete replacement.

Governor Terry Branstand told the Des Moines Register, “We are really moving forward on this”, with the app currently under development and with a pilot program to take place next year. The app will use a pin number and biometric scanner for verification.

Source: BBC News

 

Face Recognition Technology Currently Being Tested by the FBI

Face recognition technology is nothing new, having agencies such as the National Security Agency denying the use of such technology on people, images and most likely anything that has a human face on it. However, the FBI looks like they are not trying to hide the technology or its use at all.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has stated that it is in the process of building a database called the “Next Generation Identification database” by feeding portraits from local law enforcement agencies into the system.

It is said that the software is being built by MorphoTrust, a company which has been stated to have helped the State Department create its own face recognitions database. However, MorphoTrust and the State Department cannot currently join databases.

However, FBI Director James Comey appears not to rule out the possibility of eventually merging both databases in the near future. An estimated 52 million images have been said to be imported in the database by next year, having the Electronic Frontier Foundation already alarmed by the gigantic figure.

The EFF states that there is a strong possibility of many innocent people slipping into the pool. Despite the EFF warning, Director Comey apparently was unable to deny or at least assure people who will not be the case and that their driving license photos will be ‘safe’. Furthermore, the FBI director has also stated that he is not even sure if the EFF’s claims are accurate.

Having been asked specifically about the driving licenses, Director Comey related to possible circumstances in which pictures of people who are being granted special driving licenses to transport children or explosive material are being sent by state departments, thus having a high chance of eventually ending up in the database as well.

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Individual App Locking With Touch ID Available Through AppLocker Jailbreak Tweak

It was consistently rumored that Apple will introduce a fingerprint scanner with the iPhone 5S, and that did happen. However by default the Touch ID scanner is limited to either locking or unlocking the device or authorizing purchases through Apple’s content stores. Users would have liked the ability to secure individual apps using the fingerprint scanner, but Apple hasn’t introduced that feature now, though it hasn’t denied the possibility of a feature like this making it to iOS in the future.

With the recent release of iOS 7 untethered jailbreak, a whole new world of tweaks and customizations was opened up for all the new Apple mobile devices, which include the iPhone 5S. AppLocker is a jailbreak tweak that has been around for quite a while, previously it let users simply add a passcode lock to individual apps. Its latest update brings the ability to lock a single app using the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Users won’t be required to go through a complicated setup process, the tweak will simply use the fingerprints already saved in the device during the initial Touch ID setup.

Nevermind that the fingerprint scanner is only found on the iPhone 5S. Those with other iOS 7 devices can also use this tweak, but they’ll have to use a password to lock apps. AppLocker is available right now in the ModMyi Cydia repository for $0.99.

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