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Given recent events surrounding the security of cloud-storage accounts, Apple is keen to reassess any updates to iOS. The company has revealed that any Healthkit apps storing a user's private wellness data in iCloud will be flat-out rejected from the App Store. That same info, gathered by apps using the Healthkit API, is under even further restrictions when it comes to advertising and data-mining, as well. As 9to5Mac spotted, if an application uses the data for reasons other than "improving health, medical, and fitness management, or for the purpose of medical research," the app won't survive. This is just another bit of evidence from Cupertino as to why it rejects applications from the App Store. The thumb-downs go for other possibly less-nefarious aspects as well, including what happens with collected keyboard-activity data. If you're interested in poring over the updated list of terms yourself, Apple's got you covered. We recommend pouring a frosty beverage, though -- reading the full roster could take until September 9th.
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Source: Apple Developers
Let's face facts for a minute: you're probably still playing Minecraft on your Xbox 360 more than anything on the Xbox One that's sitting under your flat-screen. That's perfectly fine! To sway you into spending more time with Microsoft's new console, however, Redmond has a clever plan in mind. When the game releases this Friday, you'll get a hefty 75 percent discount off the $20 purchase price. That's right, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition could cost you as little as $5. You simply need to own and have played the previous version and have it tied to your Xbox Live account, according to Xbox Wire. Pretty rad, yeah? Just when you'd finally recovered from the news that importing saved worlds from the previous hardware was a thing, boom, this hits like a creep in the night. It's a bit later than earlier promised, sure, but unlike the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita versions, at least there's a firm date in sight. Lady geeks and gentlenerds, ready your pick-axes.
Source: Xbox Wire
Want a shot at filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy) peeking over your macabre masterpiece? Sure you do. Come September 22nd, YouTube Spaces is opening its doors to Partners with over 10,000 subscribers and giving them access to a handful of del-Toro-inspired sets as well as pro-grade equipment, in part, to find new voices within the genre. It's also a promo for del Toro's upcoming horror flick Crimson Peak. Del Toro (above) will review the finished products and the best one will get the push to either a digital series or fully-fledged movie. As Variety points out, this runs along the lines of the apparently popular competition Legendary Pictures held to help promote the Godzilla reboot earlier this year. Let's just hope the end results for this contest skew more toward Lights Out rather than, say, #GodzillaProblems.
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Via: AV Club
We learned on Tuesday that ISIS has beheaded a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, so naturally Sean Hannity went straight to Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson for analysis. (Hannity says he sees him mainly as a "minister," though you probably know Robertson as that guy who made offensive comments about gays, ... More »
Tablet fatigue: We have it, you have it. We all have it. That said, we'd be remiss if we let IFA go by without mentioning Lenovo's new Android slate. The Tab S8, as it's called, is an 8-inch device that manages to be almost as thin as both the Retina display iPad mini and the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4. In particular, it measures 0.31 inch thick and comes in at 0.65 pound, making it lighter than the iPad and almost as light as the Tab S. More importantly, though, Lenovo's listing it at $199 -- about half the price of what Apple and Samsung are selling.For the money, it even looks like it performs decently, thanks to seven-hour battery, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1,920 x 1,200 screen, 2GB of RAM and a quad-core Intel Atom processor -- a first for Lenovo's Android tablets. On the software side, it runs an unskinned version of Android 4.4 KitKat, so you're off the hook on software updates until Android L comes out. All told, it actually seems like it might be a good deal. Hopefully we'll test one ourselves; if not, you can pick one up this month and write a user review for us.
Slimmed-down gaming laptops seem to be all the rage, but most of the designs we've seen don't have anything larger than a 14-inch display. Lenovo, however, appears to be taking a chance on big screens. The company just announced the Y70 Touch, a 17-inch machine that manages to come in at just 7.5 pounds, making it surprisingly thin and light for its size class. Other than having a larger screen, it features the same design as the existing Y50, which is to say it sports a brushed-metal chassis and red backlit keyboard (you can't have a gaming laptop without red accents, apparently). Tucked on the bottom you'll find a subwoofer with JBL speakers. Unfortunately, the touchscreen is slightly less impressive: It tops out at 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, whereas many smaller systems now give you the option of playing at 3,200 x 1,800 or 2,560 x 1,440.
Under the hood, the Y70 combines a quad-core Haswell-series Core i7 processor and up to 16GB of RAM and NVIDIA GTX graphics, with a 4GB 860M GPU being the highest-end option. As for storage, you can opt for either a 256 SSD or a 1TB hybrid hard drive with 8GB of cache. Battery life, meanwhile, is rated at five hours -- not that you're likely to travel without a charger. Look for it in October, starting at $1,299. As ever, Lenovo won't let you configure these to order; there'll instead be several pre-configured models to choose from.
Lastly, Lenovo also announced a new gaming desktop, the Erazer X315. To be clear, this won't replace either the existing X510 or X700; this is just meant to be a more affordable option, at $599. For the money, you get up to an AMD Kaveri A10-7850K processor, a 2GB R9 260 GPU, up to 12GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage with 8GB of cache to go with it. Expect that to go on sale sometime in November.
A limitation of the first phone lines in the late 1800s was that there had to be a line for each phone, which was connected to an exchange. Each call was then manually connected by an operator. Thus, the necessary lines were held by towers that looked like fibers connected to a loom.
These vintage photos show the Telefontornet, the telephone exchange tower in Stockholm, Sweden. A typical configuration, it was fraught with risks of danger from storms, fires and other calamities. By 1913, phone technology had progressed to the point that the Telefontornet was no longer used, though the tower stood until 1953 when it caught fire.
See more photos by browsing the collection at Stockholm's Museum of Technology, Tekniska Museet. Via Colossal.
Images: Tekniska Museet
Michael Sam was cut from the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, but it looks like he's still on track to become the first openly gay athlete to play in the NFL. According to ESPN, Sam is on his way to Dallas to take a physical for the Cowboys on Wednesday, ... More »
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