Bits and Bytes
02 Site News: Tomorrow is the big day, IFA. Every smartphone maker under the sun is going to announce at least one new device, probably even more. Today's Tab Dump is light for three reasons: One, there's no point in me covering leaks when the hard facts will be out in less than 24 hours. Two, Americans had yesterday off, so there weren't that many stories to turn into tabs. Three, IFA is in Berlin, so a lot of journalists are currently traveling, further reducing the pool of stories available. Also, due to time zone issues, tomorrow's Tab Dump might be delayed by an hour or two as I wait for press releases to hit the wire.
03 Apple: Here's the official Apple statement on the naked celebrity photos that were allegedly stolen from iCloud: "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report."
04 Apple: If you can't wait a week until Apple unveils the iPhone 6, then this three minute Russian video is for you. Shot on a super high quality camera, the people who made this hands-on demo show you pretty much everything there is to know about the body of the 4.7 inch iPhone 6.
05 Apple: They've published a website for developers that tells them why apps are rejected from the App Store and what they should do to avoid getting the red light.
06 Google: According to Android Police, Google will offer an accessory for the next Nexus tablet that essentially turns it into a Microsoft Surface. Translation: Flip cover with a built-in keyboard.
07 Nokia: Despite no one being able to give me a straight answer as to what "5G" actually means, Nokia (the part that Microsoft doesn't own) says they're going to build a 5G network in the city of Oulu, Finland next year for testing purposes.
08 Samsung: Take a wearable no one wants, slap some bling on it, and now you have the new Gear S Swarovski Edition.
09 Tox: A bunch of 4chan members have created a messaging app called "Tox" that uses peer-to-peer technology. It's very new at this point, but does it stand a chance? Hard to say. The Bit Torrent guys are working on their own chat app, plus there seems to be a new chat start-up cropping up every other week.
10 Uber: First they were banned in Germany, then they were un-banned, and now they're re-banned. Uber's response? "We will continue to operate in Germany and will appeal the recent lawsuit." Screw laws, am I right?
11 YouTube: You can now give people money on YouTube to support their creative endeavors. Note that this only works in Australia, Japan, Mexico, and the United States.
The Real World
12 China: "Last year, a new museum in China opened its doors almost every day. This year a further 100 are slated to be built." This article is about a museum that focuses on one of China's signature dishes, roast duck.
13 China: Construction has begun on a gas pipeline between Russia and China. Earlier this year, China agreed to buy $400 billion worth of gas from the Putin-land. This pipeline is expected to be complete in 2019.
14 Iraq: According to a newly published report by Amnesty International, the Islamic State (IS) is committing genocide in Northern Iraq. Phrases used in the report: "waves of ethnic cleansing" and "blood soaked killing fields".
15 Japan: Dengue fever is back. There are 22 confirmed cases. The last time dengue fever was even diagnosed in Japan was 1945.
16 Russia: Remember the five geckos that Russia sent into space to see how zero gravity affects reproduction? They're dead. Pour one out for our dear lizard friends tonight.
17 UK: "The number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer treatment in England rose by nearly a third in five years, official figures show. In 2007 there were 87,685 admissions, while in 2011 there were 123,808." Stop tanning.
18 UK: Different strains of Clostridium difficile (group of bacteria) give off different scents. Scientists at the University of Leicester have invented an "electronic nose" that can differentiate between the different strains. Why is this important? We now have yet another tool to detect infection, and that's a good thing.
19 Ukraine: Things aren't looking good for the Ukrainians. The Russians are starting to deploy tanks in the eastern part of the country. A lot of tanks.
20 USA: Just three weeks after the Ferguson riots, local police are now wearing cameras while on duty. How many cameras are we talking about here? As of last Saturday, about 50.