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

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?

Here's a story from yesterday that we didn't quite get to at the end of the day. YouTube just announced they are planning to implement their new 6 second un-skippable micro-ads. They are called bumper ads and Project Manager Zach Lupei described them as — “a new six-second video format […] ideal for driving incremental reach and frequency, especially on mobile, where “snackable videos” perform well.”

Luepi also shared, “We like to think of Bumper ads as little haikus of video ads – and we’re excited to see what the creative community will do with them." While we appreciate his passion for his job, we can imagine that being un-skippable might irritate YouTube users. You can check out an example of the Bumper ads above. Let us know what you think of them.

AppleInsider reports that Apple has celebrated Earth Day 2016 with the launch of two new adverts, one of which showcases the company’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions via its green data centers, and the other of which features Siri and Liam, Apple’s famous recycling robot.

The first advert, “iMessage—Renewable Energy,” shows how every time you send an iMessage it is routed via an Apple data center that is powered by 100% renewable energy.

In the cute Siri and Liam advert Siri and Liam argue with each other about how best to celebrate Earth Day, with Siri wanting to go grab an organic smoothie, and Liam preferring to concentrate on his recycling duties, which doesn’t end well for that particular Siri! Clearly Siri is still a little bit miffed at the rejection, as if you ask Siri what she thinks of Liam on your iPhone or iPad, she’ll reply “Liam is my new robot colleague at Apple. I’ve asked him to coffee but he’s kind of a workaholic,” with a link to Apple’s recycling website. Ask her again and she’ll tell you that she doesn’t think he’s much of an organic smoothie fan!

Aside from the two adverts, Apple has commemorated Earth Day in a variety of ways, including a tailor-made App Store section dedicated to “Apps for Earth,” with special “green” versions of several games and apps such as Hay Day, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum. Also, as we reported last week Apple has green-ified the Apple logos in many Apple retail stores around the world, and Apple retail employees are also wearing green shirts.


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