Tumblr Is Back On Apple App Store Weeks After Ban

Tumblr is back on the Apple App Store, not too long after it was removed. Those who are keeping track will no doubt be aware that it was removed about a month ago due to child pornography allegations.
The microblogging platform’s response to this is to blanket ban all forms of pornography outright, a decision it made two weeks ago.
It’s still unclear if the decision to ban all adult content was in response to its removal from the App Store. In the same way, there’s also no way to tell if its return to the App Store has something to do with the announcement of the ban.

The app’s version history on the App Store reads: “This particular update also includes changes to Tumblr’s Community Guidelines, which prohibit certain kinds of content from being shown on Tumblr.”
Despite this, the app is still age-rated “17+,” for ” Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes” and “Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity”. The ban on adult content will be enforced starting 17 December 2018.
(Source: Tumblr / Apple App Store via TechCrunch)
Edited by John Law)
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Facebook Photo API Bug May Have Affected Up To 6.8 Million Users

Facebook yesterday has disclosed a bug within its photo API which might have affected users that allowed third-party apps to access their photos. This particular bug apparently enabled these apps to access more photos than usual during a specific period back in September 2018.
Said to taken place from 13 to 25 September, the bug allowed third-party apps to access photos in areas such as Marketplace and Facebook Stories. This is something rather out of the ordinary since users usually only allowed these apps to access photos that were shared on their timeline alone.

Other than that, these apps might also able to access photos that users uploaded to Facebook but didn’t post them on the platform itself during that specific 12-day period in September. According to the company, it actually stores a copy of such photos for three days so that users would still be to post them up when they return to the Facebook app once again.
Facebook stated that up to 6.8 million users and 1,500 apps that were created by 876 developers might have been affected by the photo API bug which has now been fixed. Users that are potentially affected by the bug should be able to see a notification from Facebook (shown above) that will also help them identify the apps that might be affected by the bug.
So, do keep a look for that alert on your Facebook account, just to be sure.
(Source: Facebook for Developers)
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Discord Announces 90/10 Revenue Share For Game Developers In 2019

Just months after announcing its own games store, Discord has stated that any developer that decides to sell games in its platform will get to keep 90% of the games’ revenue starting from 2019 onwards. The timing is rather interesting since this announcement comes shortly after the Epic Games Store went live a week ago.
Epic’s platform offers an 88/12 percentage split in revenue share, already one-upping dominant platform Steam which, even at the best of conditions, offers an 80/20 split of revenue. Discord’s cut does look a little more enticing, especially to smaller developers where every little bit of revenue helps with their livelihood.

That said, Steam is still being the most popular platform by far in terms of user count. It remains to be seen if the revenue share cut will be enticing enough for developers move away from the sheer potential volume.
The Epic Games Store is not without its own issues either. Being so new, it’s still has a lot of teething problems. This includes the only recently streamlined refund process, and the fact that user reviews are not a thing right now, which has its own set of issues.
So, let’s see if Discord is able to provide a much smoother experience or else, that excellent revenue sharing model might not mean much.
(Source: Discord)
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Razer SoftMiner Mines Cryptocurrency When Your PC Is Idle; Rewards You With Razer Silver

Razer recently announced its Softminer software that is essentially a cryptocurrency miner. The only difference with your regular miner is, this one doesn’t actually specify which one it’s mining for, since the payout that you actually get is Razer Silver.
According to the FAQ, Razer says that you can earn 500 Silver or more in a day, with the proper setup. But it’s also important to remember that Silver expires a year after they are earned.

Have a gaming rig on idle at home? Here's a new way to score Razer Silver: launch Razer SoftMiner on your PC and start racking up Silver—one step closer to the reward you want, for doing nothing at all.
Check out Razer SoftMiner now: https://t.co/PRND2BQ3xU pic.twitter.com/qrHXCdQrjC
— R Λ Z Ξ R (@Razer) December 12, 2018

With that, let’s take a look at something that can be bought using Silver, such as the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate. This costs 154000 Silver, or RM549 on the Razer online store. If you were to earn 500 Silver as advertised, it would still mean that you’ll have to wait for 308 days of mining.
Like any cryptocurrency miner, using this will result in a spike in your electricity bill, since you’re constantly taxing your GPU. You’ll then have to weigh in on whether or not you’ll be paying less if you paid for the keyboard outright, or if you mine for 308 days for the Silver required to redeem it for free.
Then you have the more expensive items like the Huntsman Elite, which costs 280000 Silver or RM949. This will take 560 days to mine for, but you’ll start losing Silver to expiration after 365 days.
(Source: Razer [1], [2])
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Giveaway: Win This PlayStation 4 PUBG Special Gift Set!

The popular battle royale game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has finally landed on Sony PlayStation 4 last week. To celebrate the occasion, our friends at PlayStation Asia has sent us a PUBG gift set which is rather special since it is not made for retail.
As you can see through the unboxing video above, there are several items contained within the specially made gift set. For one, there are poster-sized maps for Erangel, Miramar, and Sanhok as well as the classic PUBG main artwork.

Additionally, there is also an artbook which contained quick info regarding PUBG and some tips on how to survive the game. The gift set also comes with a PUBG-themed metal coin and pin but more importantly, it also contains a game code that one can use to redeem PUBG through PlayStation Store.
Looks interesting and very elaborate, right? Well, guess what…you can actually win this gift set!
All you need to do is gain your entry points through the steps below:
Lowyat.NET PlayStation PUBG Gift Set Giveaway!
You will be able to collect your entries starting from 12:00 AM on 15 December (that’s just in a few hours’ time) until 11:59 AM on 21 December. The winner for this PUBG PlayStation 4 Gift Set will be chosen through random selection.
For those who want to play the game right now, they can purchase PUBG for their PS4 through PlayStation Store for RM 111. There is also another version called PUBG Starter Pack Bundle which comes with 1100 G-Coin, 500 bonus G-Coin, and Brown Hat Ranger Skin Set alongside the game itself for RM 148.
This PlayStation 4 PUBG Gift Set is courtesy of PlayStation Asia.
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NVIDIA Share Value Drops By Nearly 50%; Blames Loss Of Value On Cryptocurrency Decline

NVIDIA’s market share value took a huge hit recently, losing 48.8% and dropping down to just below the US$148.90 (~RM623) per share. For the GPU maker, it’s clear who the culprit behind its plummet is – the declining interest in cryptocurrency mining.
According to Techspot, signs of the decline apparently began popping up several weeks ago, just as Bitcoin’s value suddenly dropped by the RM2000 market. At the time of writing, the value of Bitcoin is currently hovering between RM13000 and RM14000.
To that end, NVIDIA admits that it had failed to see the decline of cryptocurrency mining. A major contributing factor to the brand’s profit surge over the last several quarters, and even going so far as to overestimate the demand for miner GPUs, so much so that it has now been left with a glut of GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards.

NVIDIA has been hoping that its new Turing-powered RTX Series graphics cards would help with bridging the gap, but the exorbitantly high asking retail prices for each variation of the cards have made the difficult for gamers to embrace the next-generation GPU.
It gets even worse for NVIDIA. Japan’s Softbank Group, and also the brand’s fourth largest shareholder, has taken notice of this decline, and is contemplating selling its stake in the GPU maker. If they do choose to sell, it will reportedly net the bank a whopping US$3 billion (~RM12.56 billion) in profit.
(Source: Techspot)
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Intel Secretly Added B365 Chipset To Current 300 Series Motherboard Generation

Remember when we reported about the possibility that Intel could launch its Glacier Falls CPUs next year? Well, it appears that the semiconductor maker had released something far earlier than expected, but instead of HEDT CPUs, Intel has chosen instead to quietly release its new B365 chipset into the market.
The new mid-range chipset falls in between the current B360 and H270 chipset. Despite its moniker though, the new chipset is believed to resemble the Intel’s Kaby Lake H270 chipset more in terms of features.
However, instead of being built on Intel more current 14nm fabrication, the company has – oddly enough – decided to build its new chipset based on a larger 22nm die lithography. But that said, the B365 chipset does certainly feature several upgrades over the B360.

Specs-wise, it has 20 PCIe 3.0 lanes, versus the B360’s 12. It also comes with 14 USB ports in total, and even includes hardware RAID for PCIe and SATA storage support.Sadly, the B365 chipset doesn’t seem to come with USB 3.1 Gen2 support, neither does it get integrated Wireless-AC MAC. Leaving it Intel’s AiB partners to implement such features on to the motherboards themselves.
(Source: eTeknix, Tom’s Hardware)
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Pokémon Go Trainer Battles Now Live For Trainers Level 10 And Higher

Ever since first announcing that Trainer Battles will be a thing in Pokémon Go, Niantic has finally rolled out the feature in its entirety. As long as you’re a trainer of level 10 or above, you’ll be able to take part in one of three leagues.
Niantic has also made it clear that level 10 is the lowest level permitted to take part. And to be fair, it doesn’t take that much to get there.
To actually do battle, you’ll have to make sure the other person is agreement to the idea. Once you both agree that you want to do battle with each other, you’ll both have to boot up the battle screen from the Nearby button on the bottom right. You’ll both see a QR code, and one of you will have to scan the other’s.

Attention: Level 10 will be the lowest level of Trainers that can access this feature. For Trainers levels 10 and below, we encourage you to keep catching Pokémon and exploring the world of Pokémon GO! We have no doubt that you’ll be a level 10 Trainer in no time!
— Pokémon GO is ready to #GOBattle (@PokemonGoApp) December 13, 2018

You can also have mock battles with the three Team Leaders to get a feel for the battle system first.
Those who are familiar with the older Nintendo 3DS Pokémon games may be asking; is there an option for remote battles? The answer is yes, with a catch. You can only do remote battles with a limited number of people, and they have to be your Ultra Friend or Best Friend. There’s no option to get into a queue for battle against other random Pokémon trainers.
(Source; Niantic [1], [2])
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Rumor: Upcoming Olympus E-M1x Boasts 20MP Sensor And Professional-focused Body

According to 43rumors.com, there will be a new Olympus camera coming our way pretty soon. Sitting at the top of the pile, the tentatively named E-M1x will become Olympus’s flagship camera within the immediate future.
As you might have expected, little is known of the camera at this point. However, a set of leaked high-res images point to a body design that is inspired from the E-M1 mark II. Of course, there are differences such as its size due to the integrated vertical grip which similar in manner to the Canon 1Dx DSLR.
Other new features include a new scroll wheel just below the shutter button, as well as a new thumb-wheel at the back. Also new is a joystick controller to supplement the D-Pad alongside a new control button arrangement at the back for better ergonomics.
It has also been rumored that the camera will include a high-resolution mode which was first introduced in the Olympus E-M5 Mark II. This mode allows images of up to 80MP resolution to be captured at shutter speeds of up to 1/60s.
The new camera is set to be launched alongside several new lenses including new tele-zoom and wide-angle lenses. It is expected to be available around February next year, which is just around the corner from the CP+ camera trade show in Yokohama, Japan.
(Source: 43Rumors – 1, 2)
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NVIDIA Launches JetSon AGX Xavier Platform; Designed For Next Generation Autonomous Machines

NVIDIA recently launched it new Jetson AGX Xavier platform. It’s latest platform for next-generation AI-driven and autonomous machines.
Specs-wise, the new Jetson AGX Xavier module is design to provide AI Server performance level, but at relatively low power consumptions of 10W, 15W, and 30W. It also comes built with 512 CUDA Tensor core, an 8-cores CPU, and up to 32 Deep Learning TOPS.
NVIDIA aims to leverage its new platform towards institutions and scientific bodies that have invested heavily in to researching and advancement of AI, deep learning, neural networks, and machine learning. On that note, its also supports currently existing SDKs, such as JetPack and DeepStream.

Early current users and partners of NVIDIA’s new Jetson AGX Xavier platform include the likes of DJI and Lockheed Martin (for their robotics programs), all the way to Nanopore Technologies. A company that specialises in DNA sequencing.

The Jetson AGX Xavier platform is already available in the US, and retails for US$1099 (~RM4597). Again the module is designed for enthusiasts interested in developing their own AI-driven autonomous systems, or the likes thereof. At the time of writing, NVIDIA did not state if the platform will be made available to institutes in Malaysia.
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