Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.1 Coming Early October with Ivalice Raid; Tons of Info Announced

Today, during a Letter from the Producer Live broadcast, Final Fantasy XIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Global Community Producer Toshio Murouchi were joined by Legendary Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics Director Yasumi Matsuno to present the first information on update 4.1.

First of all, we learn that patch 4.1 is going to be titled “The Legend Returns,” and it’s going to be released in early October.

Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.1 Coming Early October with Ivalice Raid; Tons of Info Announced

The update is going to include the continuation of the main scenario quest, new sidequests (including more for Hildibrand), new beast tribe quests focused on the Kojin, a new instanced dungeon titled the Drowned City of Skalla, a new primal battle (Shinryu extreme mode).

Below you can see the first screenshots of the new dungeon and of the new primal battle.

We’re also getting new PvP content titled “Rival Wings,” which is a 48-man training battle between two teams of 24. It will include Illuminati mechas. This will actually come in patch 4.15.

The battle system will be updated with older alliance raids to be added to the duty roulette. Alliance size will also become unrestricted.

Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.1 Coming Early October with Ivalice Raid; Tons of Info Announced

The Lost Canals of Uznair will get new maps leading to deeper levels. New monsters and treasures will of course be included.

Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.1 Coming Early October with Ivalice Raid; Tons of Info Announced

The adventurer squadron feature will be updated, and you’ll be able to bring your squadron in dungeons. Of course the NPCs won’t be as strong as other players. Level cap will be increased and glamours will be unlocked at level 51. Squadrons will get their own limit break.

Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.1 Coming Early October with Ivalice Raid; Tons of Info Announced

Housing will get an update with the availability of plots in Shirogane. People will be able to relocate from their old plots and to swim in housing areas. A pool will be added to the Goblet and a stream to the Lavender Beds.

Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.1 Coming Early October with Ivalice Raid; Tons of Info Announced

Of course, crafters and gatherers will get their own new goodies, including a new client for custom delivery. Beast tribe currency and venture scrips will be moved to the currency menu, freeing up some inventory slots.

Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.1 Coming Early October with Ivalice Raid; Tons of Info Announced

The “Perform” system is going to be added, allowing bards to play instruments note by note, with new instruments and sounds to be added gradually patch by patch.

Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.1 Coming Early October with Ivalice Raid; Tons of Info Announced

Alliance raids will be made cross-world, alongside custom PvP matches,  friend lists and /tell, letting players communicate across servers. More “big” cross-world features will come in 4.2 and 4.3.

Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.1 Coming Early October with Ivalice Raid; Tons of Info Announced

New content will be added for those who want extreme challenges, it will be defined “Ultimate.” The first of those challenges will be The Unending Coil of Bahamut (Ultimate). The reward will be a weapon, but the item level won’t be higher than that granted by Omega Deltascape Savage 4.0. The design will be different, and completion will grant a token so that you just need to do it once to get the weapon you want. There is no increase in the maximum item level in update 4.1.

The update’s key artwork was showcased, featuring characters that definitely look like Ramza and Delita from Final Fantasy Tactics.

Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.1 Coming Early October with Ivalice Raid; Tons of Info Announced

Return to Ivalice will be the new alliance raid written by Yasumi Matsuno with bosses designed by Keita Amemiya.

Final Fantasy XIV Update 4.1 Coming Early October with Ivalice Raid; Tons of Info Announced

More artwork related to the raid and the design of a boss were revealed, and you can check him out in the gallery below. Matsuno-san actually shown a picture of the raid as a tease on his smatphone. The city shown is Rabanastre from Final Fantasy XII.

Part of Ivalice will be implemented in a way within Final Fantasy XIV, located in Dalmasca, north of Othard, where you can find Rabanastre. It’s basically going to work as a sort of theme park within the game. The team working on it is made by big fans of the game sets in Ivalice, so they’re working very hard to recreate the atmosphere and characters carefully.

We get the set list of the upcoming concert that will be hosted in September in Tokyo.  Yoshida-san will actually present the concert, that will not include music from Stormblood. A special music box will be sold for the occasion, alongide a conductor moogle plushie and keychain, a special gift bag and a music CD.

At Tokyo Game Show there will be a Feast tournament and a New Players’ Corner. We can also see the merchandise that will be sold at the show.

Last, but not least, we get to see the equipment set created from the design content, the rewards for high ranked players in The Feast, and one outfit that will be made available only for female characters in the Mog Station today.

If you want to hear more from Yoshida-san himself, you can check out our recent interview from Gamescom. You can also check out our review of the latest expansion, Stormblood.

An Instagram Bug Let Celebrity Private Info Slip

This week in security, we took a long look at a long-running scam: A man who hacked his way into at least 78 hotel rooms over the course of several years, thanks to a known bug that let him slip in and out like a ghost. Or if you’re into something a little more whimsical, we found what very much appear to be the Amazon Wish Lists of several of Donald Trump’s inner circle. Something for everyone! And there’s so much more.

The alt-right has said they came to Charlottesville with peaceful intentions, but online chats leading up to the event suggest at least some of them had violence on the brain. North Korean president Kim Jong-Un appears to have had a similar mindset this week, sending a missile over Japan with no warning, a direct and defiant response to Trump’s previous nuclear bluster.

Thinking more locally, it turns out to be alarmingly easy to steal money off of gift cards. The rates that prisons charge inmates to conduct video chats with loved ones are so exorbitant that they amount to a different kind of theft. We also took an in-depth look at how the Android Security team helped fortify the recent Oreo release—and took big steps to help solve the operating system’s ongoing fragmentation woes.

Of course, there’s more, which is why we’ve rounded up all the news we didn’t break or cover in depth this week. As usual, click on the headlines to read the full stories, and be safe out there.

An Instagram Bug Let Celebrity Private Info Slip

While it’s not clear exactly which celebrities were impacted, Instagram acknowledged this week that a bug in its API allowed hackers to get their hands on the phone numbers and email addresses of “high-profile” Instagram users, which presumably means verified accounts. No passwords were compromised, and Instagram says it has contacted all impacted accounts. The worst-case scenario here would be some semi-elaborate social engineering that led to an account takeover, but mostly, if you’re famous, you might want to change your number.

Nearly Half a Million Patients Need to Patch Their Pacemaker Firmware

It turns out that digital security gets pretty messy after we’ve put computers in our pockets, our cars, our door locks—and perhaps most of all, our bodies. There’s no better evidence of that than hundreds of thousands of people with heart conditions being told by the US government that they need to update their pacemakers’ firmware or face a potentially deadly hacker attack. This week the FDA warned 465,000 people with pacemakers made by St. Jude Medical, now owned by the healthcare company Abbott, that they’d need to visit a doctor who can perform a firmware update on the digital devices in their chests designed to fix a critical security vulnerability in those life-saving gadgets. Last year the hedge fund Muddy Waters revealed with the help of the security consultancy MedSec that St. Jude’s pacemakers were vulnerable to hackers who could take control of the software used to configure the pacemakers and wirelessly attack them from as far as 100 feet away. That would allow hackers to disable the pacemakers or even use them to deliver potentially fatal electric shocks. While Muddy Waters used that revelation as an opportunity to short-sell St. Jude’s stock in a controversial move, their findings were nonetheless backed up by security firm Bishop Fox, which independently tested the pacemakers. The FDA’s announcement this week means that pacemaker patients now have a solution to that cardiac security threat—but one that requires a doctor’s appointment rather than a mere internet update to implement.

An Obnoxious New Spambot Targets 711 Million Email Addresses

Spam scourges are not new to the internet. But the recently discovered Onliner spambot looks like a particularly nasty specimen. The list comprises 711 million records, which include email addresses and, in some cases, passwords as well. The spambot sends emails to each of those accounts that contain a single, invisible tracking pixel, which sends back details about the target’s operating system. That helps an attacker know who to target with so-called Ursnif malware, which only affects Windows devices. What makes Onliner particularly insidious is its ability to circumvent spam filters, by using confirmed email addresses gleaned from previous public breaches to disseminate the spam. Bad times! As always, don’t open emails from people you don’t trust, and if you do, set your inbox to block images to make it harder for pixels to track you.

Kaspersky Exposes a Russian Embassy-Hacking Operation

Kaspersky may be under constant suspicion—and even an FBI investigation—due to its ties to the Kremlin, but that doesn’t stop it from occasionally exposing Russian hacking operations. This week the company revealed that in February it alerted its customers to a hacking operation it called WhiteBear, which it believes is likely a subgroup of the hacking team Turla, believed to be employed by the Russian government. The WhiteBear operation penetrated a series of embassies and consulates around the world from February to September of 2016, Kaspersky’s analysts say, but switched to targeted military organizations in the first half of 2017. Kaspersky has been under FBI investigation for possible ties to the Putin regime, and the cybersecurity industry has repeatedly warned that its antivirus software could be used for covert spying. But the WhiteBear report should serve as a counterexample to anyone who describes Kaspersky as a simple pawn of Kremlin spy agencies, and it’s not the first time Kaspersky has exposed Russian spying. At its Security Analysts Summit in April, the company’s researchers detailed connections between Turla and a 20-year-old backdoor used in Russia’s global spying operation known as Moonlight Maze.

This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 pricing & event info, 4K Apple TV details, new betas, more

In this week’s top stories: The announcement of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 8 inches closer, Apple releases new betas, more whispers about the iPhone 8’s price tag, and much more. Read on for a full recap of this week’s news.

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A report citing carrier sources this week pegged Apple’s event date for the iPhone 8 as September 12th. This would then mean pre-orders of the device on September 15th and a release on September 22nd. While Apple has not yet sent out invites for the event, we should expect them to come next week should this report reign true. A New York Times report also offered new information on the pricing structure for the iPhone 8.

A video found within the iOS 11 beta this week offered a look at how the multitasking app switcher will be activated on the iPhone 8, whereas a report from KGI said Apple is two years ahead of competitors with its 3D sensing technology. Meanwhile, an Asian report indicated that the iPhone 8’s face recognition system will work in “millionths of a second.”

Apple this week also released new betas for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. The new iOS 11 beta brought minor changes such as interface tweaks and more. Jeff went hands-on with the new changes in a video.

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Beware of free WiFi at coffee shops, railway stations! 96% people risk giving up personal info while using public WiFi: Symantec

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About 96 percent of Indians risk giving up their personal information while using public WiFi by logging into the bank accounts, personal email accounts or sharing photos, says a recently conducted survey by security software provider Symantec.

The report which was named ‘Norton WiFi Risk Report’ polled more than 15,500 mobile device users across more than 15 countries who had connected to a publically available WiFi network.

The key findings of the report include 55 percent of mobile users globally finding it unable to resist a strong, free WiFi network.

It says 73 percent Indian users are ready to watch a 3-minute video or install an app from an unverified third party website, allowing access to a personal photo or even share personal information in order to get strong, free WiFi network.

What is more alarming is that people are also ready to allow access to their entire phone contact list along with complete permission to access and even edit social media accounts.

The poll revealed that while about 31 percent individuals have used public WiFi for watching porn or explicit content, about 44 percent users admit accessing such contents in a hotel or Airbnb.

Interestingly, about 50 percent of users polled admitted to having accessed a WiFi network without the permission of its owner. Users admitted to have either guessed the passwords, hacked into the networks or simply logged into open networks.

Alarmingly, even on a global level, 75 percent of users never used a virtual private network (VPN) to securely log onto a WiFi network out of which 29 percent had never even heard of a VPN before.

The report reveals 74 percent users can’t tell if their apps are transmitting information in a secure way over public WiFi networks.

As a protective measure, the report strongly suggests usage of VPN from a trusted vendor. A VPN encrypts a user’s data by providing a ‘secure tunnel’ thereby making it difficult for hackers to tamper through a user’s browsing session.

It also advises users to check for HTTPS in a URL to make sure one has logged onto a secure website. HTTPS or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is a protocol which suggests that all communication between your browser and a website is encrypted.

What is the Pokémon Go Anniversary Event, how do you catch the special Pikachu and what’s in the Anniversary Box? All the info

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All you need to know about the in-game event, which is being held to mark the first year since launch

AMAZINGLY Pokemon Go is about to celebrate its first birthday. Even though it feels like the groundbreaking game has been around for much, much longer.

Here’s what you need to know about the in-game Anniversary Event which is being held to mark the first year since the game launched…

The Anniversary Event offers fans a chance to catch a new Pikachu and buy loot crates... but not much more

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The Anniversary Event offers fans a chance to catch a new Pikachu and buy loot crates… but not much more

What is the Pokémon Go Anniversary Event? When is it?

Pokémon Go‘s Anniversary Event is an in-game celebration which is being held to mark a year since the augmented reality game’s release.

The event kicked off at 9pm on 7 July, and runs right through until 9pm on July 24.

Fans had hoped that the event would involve Legendary Pokémon being unleashed upon the world.

But as far as we know, the summer Legendary launch will be completely separate from the birthday party.

What is on offer, however, is a new version of Pikachu – called Ash Hat Pikachu – and the sale of new Anniversary Boxes.

There is also a chance that more surprises will be unveiled throughout the course of the event.

The in-game celebration will run right up until the start of the game’s celebration in Chicago

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The in-game celebration will run right up until the start of the game’s celebration in Chicago

How can you get Ash Hat Pikachu?

The Anniversary Event’s main draw is the release of a new version of Pikachu.

Ash Hat Pikachu is a new skin for the popular Pokémon, and works in the same way as Santa Hat and Party Hat Pikachu.

This time, the yellow critter will be wearing the iconic cap worn by Pokémon trainer Ash, from the cartoon series.

Pikachu will have the exact same stats regardless of his headgear, and has been cropping up all over the world.

But the big deal with Ash Hat Pikachu is that the he will keep his cap when he evolves to Raichu.

This means it’s wise to catch two – one to evolve and one to keep… Forever!

What are Anniversary Boxes?

Alongside the cap-wearing sidekick, the event’s other new feature is the release of Anniversary Boxes.

These crates of loot are available for a limited time only, and are packed with discounted in-game goodies.

One box will set you back 1,200 coins, but it’ll come loaded with loot.

Each crate contains six Incubators, six Max Revives, 20 Ultra Balls and two Raid Passes.

What’s the Pokémon Go Chicago festival?

Fans have criticised the Anniversary Event for being a tad sparse, content wise.

But in developer Niantic’s defence, there is a big Pokémon Go event coming up later this month.

Starting on July 22, Pokémon Go Fest Chicago will be a big bash in Illinois to celebrate the game’s birthday.

More content is expected to be realised along with this celebration – so players still have plenty to look forward to.

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Gamasutra: Ben Weber’s Web site – Reproducible Analysis: StarCraft Info Mining


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In 2009 I printed a paper on predicting create orders in StarCraft: Brood War using unique classification algorithms. I made the data set available for other researchers to check out, and some academic projects have made use of this data set. Nonetheless, I never ever made the source code offered for the experiments and inevitably dropped it, equivalent to Blizzard and the source code for the original StarCraft. Since transitioning to the game titles sector, I’ve begun advocating for my coworkers to create reproducible investigate. This indicates authoring code that outputs final results and that gets rid of manual methods, and using environments that can be reproduced on unique devices and platforms.

There is been renewed desire in StarCraft AI investigate because the announcement of StarCraft Remastered and Google’s DeepMind being used to StarCraft II. Now that just about a 10 years has passed because I initial printed this investigate, I was curious if I could reproduce the experiment, and see if much more the latest strategies these kinds of as XGBoost would outperform the former classification algorithms I examined.

Authentic Setup 
My unique setup for these experiments was a blend of Java code and the Wekalibrary. I initial examined out unique classifiers using the interactive Weka GUI, and then switched to using the Weka API at the time I desired to operate experiments. My Java scripts would operate experiments and output the final results to text files, which I manually copied into excel when making charts. I ran experiments on both my Home windows laptop and the university’s Unix servers.

The important experiment I desired to reproduce was predicting opponent create orders at unique simulated occasions through the recreation. The output of this experiment from my paper is demonstrated over. As much more information and facts is made offered to the unique algorithms, they grow to be better at determining the opponent’s create purchase. The 1000+ replays had been labeled with 6 unique create orders, and my tactic for labeling the create orders in covered in much more depth in the paper.

New Script 
My new tactic for operating this experiment in a reproducible way is to use R Markdown, which is a markdown language that can embed R code and visualizations. The purpose of this tactic is to take away all manual methods when operating experiments. The markdown script downloads the vital data files from github, operates the experiments, and renders the final results to a pdf document or html file. The script is available here, and the final results are offered in pdf and html formats. Just one of the outputs of this script is the figure demonstrated down below.

The script loads the data frame for Protoss vs Terran create orders straight from Github. This eliminates the need to copy files locally for the experiment.

df <- read.csv("https://github.com/bgweber/StarCraftMining/
                         raw/master/data/scmPvT_Protoss_Mid.csv")

The experiment starts at 12 minutes game time, and then steps backwards to simulate different time steps during the games. I used this approach to avoid having to reload the data frame multiple times. The segment below shows how the data frame (df) is filtered to a specific game time (frame).

for (i in colnames(df)) 
  if (i != 'label') 
    index  frame 
    df[i][index] <- 0
  

I applied classifiers from the following packages: nearest neighbor (class), decision tree (rpart), neural networks (nnet), and xgboost(xgboost).

predict <- knn(train, test, train$label, use.all = FALSE)
reg <- nnet::multinom(label ~ ., data=train, trace = FALSE)
model<- rpart(factor(label) ~ ., data = train)
bst <- xgboost(data = trainM, label = train$label, ... )

And plot the results using ggplot2, which produces the figure above:

ggplot(data=melt(results, id="minutes"), aes(x=minutes, y=value,   
                         colour=variable)) + geom_line() + ...

The results show that xgboost does outperform the best performing algorithm from the paper, LogitBoost, at 10 minutes game time with an accuracy of 96% vs 94%. However, the original finding of nearest neighbor approaches outperforming the other classifiers during the early game still stands.

The script also generates a second chart, which is the importance of different features at 8 minutes into the game. This is a type of analysis that I did not include in the original paper, but is interesting to include here because it shows what players should look out for when scouting an opponent. The importance of features changes over time, based on the trained model. The visualization below was generated using the xgboost functions xgb.importanceand xgb.plot.importance.

New Environment 
I wrote the R Markdown script on my Windows laptop for testing. To make the experiment reproducible across different machines and environments I used Docker. I started with the CentOS image, installed R, setup the libraries and other dependencies such as pandoc, and then ran the script which outputs an html file with the visualizations. I spun up a EC2 instance on AWS, using the Amazon Linux instance, and ran the following commands. Some of the commands are highlighted in the segment below:

# install and start docker 
sudo yum -y install docker 
sudo service docker start

# get the centos image, and start it in interactive mode 
sudo docker pull centos 
sudo docker run -t -i centos /bin/bash

# install R, which requires updating the repo 
yum -y install R
# install required R packages 
R -e "install.packages('caTools', repos='http://cran.us.r-project.org')"
...

# download the RMD file 
wget https://github.com/bgweber/StarCraftMining/SC_Data_Mining.Rmd

# run the script! 
Rscript -e "rmarkdown::render('SC_Data_Mining.Rmd')"

For this example, I ran the container in interactive mode. If I wanted to persist the environment for running the experiments in the future, I would create and apply a docker file and save the resulting image to a docker registry. This would ensure that changes to the R libraries or other dependencies do not impact the experiment environment.

Conclusion
If I were to rewrite this research paper today, I’d recommend using tools that make the experiments repeatable. Using R Markdown and Docker is one approach that can help accomplish this goal.

Reposted from my Medium Blog. The Science Team at Twitch is growing! 

Final Fantasy XIV’s Genji Armor Revealed, Info Shared on Savage Omega Raid and Upcoming Updates

Today Square Enix hosted Final Fantasy XIV‘s 37th Letter from the Producer Live broadcast, starring Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida,  Global Community Producer Toshio Murouchi and Art Director Hiroshi Minagawa as they shared new information and answered questions from the game’s fans.

Since there have been complaint about the lack of strength on tank gear, prompting some to equip accessories from before the expansion, a minimum amount of STR will be added to newer accessories. The stat won’t scale the same as vitality in upcoming higher item level gear.

The team held back a little the new Tenacity stat because it’s very powerful, and otherwise players would focus entirely on it. Yet, they’re confident that its effect will be felt with the implementation of the Savage Omega: Deltascape raid, that will come in Patch 4.05 next week.

Some more changes will be made to tanks. The casting time of Paladins’ Holy Spirit will be adjusted (read: nerfed) while the Oath Gauge loss when changing oaths will be removed. Warrior’s Shake It Off will also be adjusted after version 4.05. The lost in Beast Gauge when changing stance will also be removed, and the potency of Storm’s Path will be improved. Dark Knights will also get their combo damage increased.

There are no plans to increase the number of role actions that players can slot, while discrepancies in DPS between different jobs due to discrepancies in difficulty will be lowered. Dragoons will be adjusted focusing on the uniqueness of the job.

The team is considering changes to scholar and astrologian so that two healers of the same job can see each other’s aetherflow status and cards. This will come with version 4.1.

Adjustments will be made to healer classes in 4.05 as follows.

Adjustment Details:

Scholar

  • The introduction of “Miasma II” as a job specific skill.
  • Changed the cooldown of Emergency Tactics to 20 seconds.
  • Indomitability [stay tuned]
  • Strengthening Excogitation.
  • Changed the range of Fey Union to 15 malms.
  • Aetherpact has been changed to increase Faerie Gauge even when Aetherflow actions does not inflict an effect on the target.
  • Introduction of a trait reducing the cooldown of Aetherflow.

Astrologian

  • Arcana and Royal Road cards can now be discarded via an action.

White Mage

  • Adjustments to the rate of which Healing Lilies are granted.
  • Plenary Indulgence will see some major adjustments.

DPS classes will also get a few changes:

Black mage

  • MP is being adjusted to avoid loss during skill rotation
  • MP cost for Foul has been removed.
  • Recast time for Triplecast has been reduced from 90 to 60 seconds.
  • Recast time for Fire IV and Blizzard IV has been reduced from 3 to 2.8 seconds.

Ninja

  • Potency for Gust Slash will be reduced. The reason for this is because the players found a stronger skill rotation than those the dev. team was using while making adjustments.

Machinist

  • Hot Shot
    • Increased physical damage effect from 5% to 8%.
    • Increase to Heat Gauge reduced from 10 to 5.
  • emoved the Heat Gauge reduction effect from Quick Reload.
  • Increased Rook Overload potency from 400 to 800.
  • Increased Bishop Overload potency from 300 to 600.
  • And more.

Players will get the ability to change the size of Demi-Bahamut, but it won’t come in time for 4.05.

The team is considering adjustments to sprint, since the increased cooldown is inconvenient as players run between NPCs to perform quests.

An alliance raid roulette will come in patch 4.1, and alliance raids will be matched across worlds as well. The team is also adjusting Labyrinth of the Ancients so that it will only require one tank.

The team is also considering changes to how Frontline works, including having the featured game mode switch once a week.

The team is considering to bring players back to the areas where they fought the last boss of Stormblood during the main scenario questline. There are also many requests to have areas like that or the Archbishop’s room available outside of quests, and this is being considered.

Omega: Deltascape Savage will have gear inside a chest at the end of each version, and everyone will obtain tokens. Version 4.0 will drop a weapon in the chest that can be exchanged for a weapon corresponding to their current job. All drops will be limited to once a week.

Final Fantasy XIV's Genji Armor Revealed, Info Shared on Savage Omega Raid and Upcoming Updates

The Genji gear set that will come from the Omega: Deltascape Savage raid has been revealed, and you can see it below alongside a lovely new glamour outfit.

The level 70 version of Aquapolis named The Lost Canals of Uznair has been revealed, and you can see the first screenshots below. It comes with a Thavnairian theme, and drops Materia VI and other rewards.

The team is considering make some event battles from the main story quest replayable, like the showdown in the Azim Steppe, but more time will be required. A namazu minion is coming,

The team is working on a simplified version of the job gauges (which should come in 4.1), and on separating effect icons between buffs, debuffs and non-battle-related.

As linkshells will be expanded to be cross-world, the team may be able to allow players to change their order.

Last, but not least, the team is working on adjusting glamours, including the ability to access to a glamour history.

If you want to read more, you can enjoy our review of Stormblood, that topped the PS4 download charts in Japan in its debut week. Some new artwork has also been recently released.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is currently available for PC and PS4. Support for the PS3 version has been recently discontinued.

Apple Aiming to Make iPhone ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Medical Info

Apple wants the iPhone to serve as a comprehensive health repository for every iPhone user, keeping track of medical data like doctors visits, lab results, medications, and more, reports CNBC.

Apple is said to have a “secretive team” within its health unit that has been communicating with developers, hospitals, and other industry groups about storing clinical data on the iPhone. With all of their medical data at their fingertips, iPhone users would have a better overall picture of their health, which could also be readily shared with doctors.


Apple has been hiring developers familiar with protocols dictating the transfer of electronic health records and has talked with several health IT industry groups, including “The Argonaut Project,” which promotes the adoption of open standards for health information, and “The Carin Alliance,” a group aiming to give patients more control over their medical data. According to CNBC, Apple VP of software technology Bud Tribble has been working with the latter group.

Apple is also rumored to be looking at startups in the cloud hosting space for acquisitions that would fit into its health plan.

Essentially, Apple would be trying to recreate what it did with music — replacing CDs and scattered MP3s with a centralized management system in iTunes and the iPod — in the similarly fragmented and complicated landscape for health data.

Such a move would represent a deviation in strategy from Apple’s previous efforts in health care, the people said, which have focused on fitness and wellness.

A centralized way to store all of a person’s health data would allow the medical community to overcome existing barriers that prevent the transfer of patient information between medical providers. Hospitals and doctors offices often don’t have a simple way to transfer patient information, and online medical portals are sometimes difficult to use with little info available to patients,

Apple already allows iPhone users to record medical data and health information gathered by the Apple Watch and other connected devices in the built-in Health app, and it has delved into health research with CareKit and ResearchKit, but based on these rumors, the company’s goal is to expand its health efforts far further in the future.

Report: Apple has secret team working to turn iPhone into ‘one-stop shop’ for medical info

It’s no secret that Apple has a growing interest in the health industry as it continues to expand health tracking capabilities with the iPhone and Apple Watch. Now, a report from CNBC claims that Apple is looking to turn the iPhone into “one-stop shop” for all medical record information.

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The report explains that Apple has a secretive team within its health unit that is working with developers, hospitals, and other industry groups about the possibility of integrating clinical data into the iPhone. This could include information such as detailed lab results and allergy lists. With the information stored on their iPhone, patents could then choose who to share it with, such as hospitals, health tracking applications, specialists, and more.

To boost its efforts in this area, Apple is reportedly considering potential acquisitions of companies in the cloud hosting space. Such acquisitions would help Apple learn how to manage health data in a way that’s safe and secure.

Apple has been “involved with discussions” with members in health IT industry groups that are working to help solve the problem of fragmented health data, according to the report:

These include “The Argonaut Project,” a private sector initiative that is promoting the adoption of open standards for health information, and “The Carin Alliance,” an organization that is looking to give patients a central role in controlling their own medical data .

Leading talks with The Carin Alliance is said to be Bud Tribble, Apple’s VP of software technology. Tribble has a background in the health industry as a trained physician and work in medical research.

Furthermore, Apple has hired developers involved with FHIR, a popular protocol for exchanging and managing electronic health records. The company has hired Sean Moore as a software engineer with a background at Epic Systems, a major medical records company. Additionally, Apple has hired Ricky Bloomfield, a physician from Duke University with work in medical informatics

The CNBC report likens Apple’s end health goal to what it did with music:

Replacing CDs and scattered MP3s with a centralized management system in iTunes and the iPod — in the similarly fragmented and complicated landscape for health data.

In the past, it’s been reported that Apple is working on a “breakthrough” diabetes treatment with Apple Watch, while the company unveiled a host of health improvements at WWDC this year.