Facebook wanted users’ medical data for a research project

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CNBC reports today that Facebook was recently designing a research project that would match users' Facebook data with their medical information. The project has since been halted, but the company had approached a number of health organizations includ…
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Weekly poll: is the Huawei P20 Pro the flagship you wanted?

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We’re starting to understand why marketing departments love huge numbers they can push. “What’s that, Samsung and Apple? Your camera shoots only 12MP photos? How quaint!” When you have the only 40MP camera on the market like the Huawei P20 Pro has, the ad basically writes itself. You can take a gander at the camera samples we took – both in the native 40MP mode and the 10MP supersampled mode. One is great during the day, the other does its magic at night. What do you think? DxO loves it. We have to say that the hybrid zoom was quite impressive. It’s a combo of the 3x telephoto lens (8MP…

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Ni No Kuni II is the Studio Ghibli game I’ve always wanted

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The worlds of Studio Ghibli movies are places that I’ve always wanted to visit. In fact, many of them seem like the perfect setting for a role-playing game. I can imagine stopping in the quaint town of Kiki’s Delivery Service for a restorative break in between battles or seeking out important magical items in the Spirited Away bathhouse. Even the cast of Howl’s Moving Castle feels ripped out of a Japanese RPG, with a cursed old woman, a shape-shifting wizard, and a sentient turnip all teaming up for a long, arduous quest.

This is part of the reason that 2013’s Ni No Kuni was so exciting. It was the first time Ghibli had ever worked on a game, partnering with Level-5, the studio behind acclaimed RPGs like Dark Cloud and Dragon Quest IX….

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The MacBook Air is finally getting the Pro feature we’ve wanted for years

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Some rumors said not too long ago that the MacBook Air’s demise is almost certain, even though the Air is one of Apple’s most iconic designs and an inspiration for so many products from the competition. The new 12-inch Retina MacBook was seen as the Air’s replacement, and Apple did kill the 11-inch model.

But a recent batch of rumors indicated that Apple is looking to introduce an even cheaper MacBook Air this year. Currently, the $ 999 MacBook Air is the cheapest Mac you can buy from Apple. News from Asia, however, says that Apple might not reduce the price of the laptop. Instead, MacBook Pro feature Air owners wanted for years is finally making its way to the notebook.

Sources familiar with Apple’s supply chain told Digitimes that the new entry-level MacBook will be launched at the end of the second quarter, priced “bout the same level as that of the existing MacBook Air or slightly higher.”

This entry-level MacBook can only be an Air model because the same report says the device is getting a 13.3-inch a-Si panel made by LG Display. The screen will have the same 2560 x 1600 resolution as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Current MacBook Air models sport 13.3-inch screens with 1440 x 900 resolution. The MacBook, meanwhile, has a 12-inch display with 2304 x 1440 resolution.

The report notes that LG Display will begin supplying the panel in April, with the new MacBook Air expected to enter mass production in May or early June. Quanta Computer won 70% of the orders, and Foxconn the rest. The report doesn’t mention an actual launch date for the new laptop, but a WWDC 2018 launch certainly makes sense.

Apple wants to manufacture six million units this year, although analysts expect volume to reach only four million.

Finally, the same Digitimes says that Apple is also going to release a new “inexpensive” 9.7-inch iPad, which will be a refreshed version of the current model. The tablet will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018, while new iPad Pro models are due in the second half of the year.

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FCC blocks two cheapskate tactics Internet service providers wanted to use

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The cat pillow you’ve always wanted is now available for pre-order

Three weeks ago, Yukai Engineering wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign in which it raised approximately $ 110,000 for the Qoobo, which is a pillow with a robotic cat tail that responds to physical interaction with the user. Now, interested bu…
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Apple makes its intent on the battery fiasco clear. And not in the way it wanted.

As a longtime fan of Apple products and the company’s mastery of marketing strategy, I was initially in Apple’s corner when it confirmed that it had been deliberately slowing down older iPhones. It was the only way to halt a much worse problem, namely that the devices would periodically shut down without notice. This all happened because the batteries would weaken over time.

But when Apple issued its “apology” on Thursday (Dec. 28), it went so far out of its way to avoid the actual issue that it killed any sympathies I had. Indeed, that “apology” made the case better than anything else that this all indeed had been a marketing scheme to push upgrades/sell more phones. I have to assume that Apple’s best marketing minds had checked out for the holidays when this note was crafted.

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Straightforward Space Shooter ‘Starfighter Neon’ Hits Steam Today, Testers Wanted for iOS and Apple TV Version

Top-down space shooters are a staple of the iOS platform since even before the App Store was officially around. With a genre that’s so well-trodden, most new games try to add in complexity and features to try and mix up the formula somewhat. Which is great of course, but there’s also something to be said for a straightforward, no nonsense space shooter, you know? That is the aim of Starfighter Neon from developer Michael Higgs aka MadeOfDinosaurs. Starfighter Neon proudly boasts no “epic settings, huge boss battles or an emotional story line” and promises that “it isn’t / won’t be free!” It’s weird we live in a world where a game not being free is a positive feature, but that’s mobile games in 2017 for you. Starfighter Neon will have no ads or IAP, just lots of glowy retro visuals and lots of enemies to blast to bits.

Starfighter Neon launched on Steam today for the paltry price of $ 1.49, which is 25% off its already absurdly low regular price of $ 1.99. I’d expect the iOS version to cost about the same. Speaking of the iOS version, MadeOfDinosaurs is working on that version as well as a version for the Apple TV right now, and is looking to gather some testers. If you’re interested in beta testing this one, head over to the thread in our forums for the details on how to sign up. Otherwise look for Starfighter Neon’s iOS and Apple TV versions to release in the very near future.


10 things we wanted and didn’t get from The Last Jedi

Major spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The non-spoiler review is here.

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson made a point of answering questions set up by The Force Awakens, and giving fans some answers they were slavering for. He directly addressed the mystery of Rey’s parentage, instead of stringing it out for another couple years. He explained, in brief, why Kylo Ren rebelled, while leaving plenty of the character’s past open for later reveals. He reunited Luke and Leia for the final touching moment of closure they really needed, considering Carrie Fisher’s death. He even brought Yoda back to lay down some smack on Luke one more time. There’s a whole lot of satisfaction to go around in this movie. But…

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