According to new figures from IDC Worldwide, detachable tablets have bucked the downward tablet sales trend and experienced triple-digit year-over-year growth, with shipments of more than 4.9 million units representing all-time high sales figures for the first quarter of a calendar year. And it seems that it’s Apple’s iPad Pro that is having most success in this growing market.

IDC went on to say that traditional “mobile first” vendors such as Samsung and Huawei have also started to venture into the detachable table market.

Source: IDC

Drake has today released his new album exclusively on Apple Music for one week, after which it will be available elsewhere.

AppleInsider writes that Drake held a global listening party for the new 20-track album, “Views,” on Apple’s Beats 1 radio show on Thursday, during which he announced that Apple Music would have exclusive rights to the album for one week, starting today, Friday, April 29. The album is also available to buy exclusively from iTunes for one week.

Views includes singles One Dance and Pop Style.

Drake already has a very close relationship with Apple Music, having been one of the artists who announced the service, and Apple even financed his Hotline Bling music video.

Source: Drake says new album's Apple Music exclusivity just one week long

Fast Company reports today on the first wave of health apps that have been developed to take advantage of Apple’s CareKit, with the CareKit service just launching today via Github’s open source community. The service is designed to enable developers to create apps that can help patients collect their own health data, manage their own symptoms, and also send reports to their care team.

While not much has been heard publicly about CareKit since it was announced by Apple in March. the CareKit team has been busy beavering away behind the scenes, working with three startup companies that were given early access to the CareKit code. These are One Drop, for diabetes management; Glow, for reproductive health; and Iodine, which is an app to help people with depression manage their medication. The Cleveland Clinic is also currently working on an app for people who have respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

"We had about a month to play with CareKit," says Iodine founder and CEO Thomas Goetz. "It has been especially helpful for us to slot in important context in a way that makes sense to patients, like our trend data on what they can expect from an antidepressant."

It’s going to be fascinating to see what all these developers come up with, and how CareKit could revolutionize personal healthcare.

Source: Apple's First CareKit Apps Are Here

The third expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s award-winning online strategy card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now live. From today, players have the chance to collect and battle 134 new cards, including the legendary Old Gods, C’Thun, N’Zoth, Yogg-Saron, and Y’Shaarj.

This latest expansion, entitled Whispers of the Old Gods, will turn the familiar world of Hearthstone on its head, as former allies have been corrupted, new monstrosities have entered the fray, and the Old Gods of Azeroth have reappeared to spread their sinister power throughout the tavern.

Whispers of the Old Gods adds an exciting new set of creepy, corrupted cards to Hearthstone,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see how creative players are with the ancient evil of the Old Gods in their hands.”

Players will receive legendary Old God C’Thun, as well as two Beckoner of Evil cards, when they open their first Whispers of the Old Gods card pack. And as an added bonus, for a limited time only, everyone who logs into Hearthstone will receive three free Whispers of the Old Gods card packs.

Players also now have the chance to win Whispers of the Old Gods card packs as quest rewards or prizes in the Arena, and can also craft cards from the expansion with Arcane Dust, collected from disenchanting unwanted cards.

Source: Blizzard Entertainment

MCV reports on exciting news from Nintendo today, which has revealed that it will be bringing its Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises to the smartphone market, something that fans have been wanting for a long time.

“Both of these are pure game applications,” said Nintendo today. “Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business.”

Nintendo said that it “will provide more details about these applications closer to their launch period, and aims to have multiple types of apps that appeal to different audiences and different groups of people.”

Nintendo also said that the Fire Emblem smartphone game will be “more accessible” than the previous console and hand-held versions of that franchise, and that the Animal Crossing game will be “connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems.”

The Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem games will arrive on iOS and other devices sometime this Autumn.

Source: Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing smartphone games confirmed by Nintendo
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Which is more disconcerting to you... That the FBI might lie/exaggerate to keep from sharing the iPhone 5C security vulnerability with Apple, or that they are too incompetent to even understand the hack to begin with? That's the situation the Federal Bureau of Investigations is currently presenting the public (if the report from the Wall Street Journal is accurate). As a quick recap for those who missed it, the FBI went to hackers and purchased a method to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5C for a rumored $1.3 Million dollars.

According to the WSJ report, the FBI understands "so little" about this hack that they are going to recommend to the White House that an internal government review makes no sense. The governmental review is one of the only ways that the FBI will be forced to share the hacking method with Apple, and only the White House can order the review.

Basically, this review would be conducted under the U.S. Vulnerabilities Equities Process. This process lets federal agencies determine if critical security flaws should or will be shared with private companies. Without this review, the FBI will not be compelled to share the hacking secret (although they could do so voluntarily).

In trying to explain why he doesn't think a review should proceed forward, FBI Director James Comey said "We are in the midst of trying to sort that out. The threshold (for disclosure) is, are we aware of the vulnerability, or did we just buy a tool and don't have sufficient knowledge of the vulnerability to implicate the process?"

It all boils down to the fact that the FBI wants to continue to use the hacking tool when necessary, and would prefer to share it with Apple only after Apple has already patched it. Isn't that putting the cart before the horse?


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