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Windows Store Weekly: Gunpowder, YumVy Cooking Companion, HealthVault, Qool, The ESPN App

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Windows Store Weekly highlights 5 of the coolest apps in the Windows Store each week. In just 5 minutes you'll get to know what's new, what's hot and what you should be checking out in every app category out there.

Please add your suggestions for awesome Windows 8 apps in the comments section. This week we take a look at:

Gunpowder - GAMES

YumVy Cooking Companion - FOOD & DINING

HealthVault - HEALTH & FITNESS

Qool - PRODUCTIVITY

The ESPN App - SPORTS

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  • Ian WalkerIan2 In geeks we trust ...

    Great show as ever Laura.  Keep up the good work!

    Ever thought about taking up the piano?

    http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/learn-piano/86f391bc-1844-4719-924e-f3760cb96161

  • Doctor WhoDoctor Who Picture is of Tom Baker, who played the Doctor, from 1974 to 1980.

    Just saw this episode. I'm interested in the HealthVault app. I like how there's a HealthVault website, app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone (I'm still at 7.5, but I see there's an app for that as well), and I also like the fact that it appears to work with my FitBit. But got some questions about it. My biggest question concerns who has access to my personal health data? In looking at this app and the website, I come to the conclusion that the data is stored, probably by Microsoft, somewhere in the cloud (Azure?), but since Microsoft has it, can they peruse it? Or is my personal health information encrypted in some fashion, so that even though they have the data, they can't peruse it? And besides them, how about FitBit? Do they have access to the data in HealthVault? Just how pervasive is this data?

  • Doctor WhoDoctor Who Picture is of Tom Baker, who played the Doctor, from 1974 to 1980.

    OK, I found this about the HealthVault app, but it still doesn't exactly answer my question. Who "owns" this database? Where does it reside? Who has access to it?

  • Sean NolanSean Nolan

    HealthVault data is stored in Microsoft secure data centers, is encrypted in transit and at rest, and by (FTC enforceable) terms of service there are strict limits on how Microsoft uses and accesses the information. In a nutshell, the user has explicit, opt-in control over how the information gets shared; the full privacy policy is here: https://account.healthvault.com/help.aspx?topicid=PrivacyPolicy ... happy to discuss further, you can find me via the contact form at http://familyhealthguy.com. Thanks!

  • Doctor WhoDoctor Who Picture is of Tom Baker, who played the Doctor, from 1974 to 1980.

    HealthVault data is stored in Microsoft secure data centers, is encrypted in transit and at rest, and by (FTC enforceable) terms of service there are strict limits on how Microsoft uses and accesses the information. In a nutshell, the user has explicit, opt-in control over how the information gets shared; the full privacy policy is here: https://account.healthvault.com/help.aspx?topicid=PrivacyPolicy ... happy to discuss further, you can find me via the contact form at http://familyhealthguy.com. Thanks!

    Thank you very much for this information, Sean!

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