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Posted: Dec 29, 2014
Top 5 Trends and Tips for 2015 Business Success in whatever field you may be in now, or in the future. Use it as a primer before reading others' lists. Good luck! You'll be just fine.
Posted: Oct 12, 2014
In the expanding world of mobile-integrated patient and provider communications, healthcare organizations are faced with a challenge and opportunity: creating best practices for a relatively new way to interact within and around health systems.
Posted: Sep 29, 2014
A Canadian startup called Algolux says that by computationally accounting for imperfections in lenses (or photographers), it can get higher-quality images out of today’s cell phones and eventually make phone cameras thinner and cheaper.
Posted: Aug 12, 2014
IDC's recently released report, Creating Business Value from Mobile-First Development Practices, shows proven business returns at companies investing in mobile. But only 16 percent have an enterprise-led mobile strategy. Mobility presents a new set of challenges for organizations. It also, however, presents a key opportunity to drive business transformation and benefits, including increased sales, better brand awareness, competitive advantage and decreased costs.
Posted: Jun 08, 2014
Apple has made a series of announcements that many considered an “about face” from prior practice. The first product worthy of examination in the Apple 180 is the heavily rumored “iWatch,” which most analysts have pegged for a launch around October of this year. It's nearly certain to work invisibly in tandem with the iPhone. If you have an app on the phone that tracks activity, it should transparently use whatever data it can. Everyone believes Apple will open the platform to third-party “apps” of some kind. This is significantly different from the way the AppleTV works, where apps only get added through a negotiation process with Apple. OUR TAKE: Apple's product will be the best available thus far, but leads to the usual temporary digital divide: the haves will have access to enhanced digital and wearable health tools, and the have-not-as-much majority will have a lesser degree of options and features on their wearables. The plus is that it pushes Samsung and the rest to add more wearable intuitive and meaningful use features, and to keep improving. -JS
Posted: Apr 24, 2014
If you have young children, you’ve most likely endured caring for an ear infection or two. Or perhaps you’ve experienced a mysterious rash. Those situations generally mean a trip to the doctor’s office and time away from your job, if you work outside the home. But what if you could snap a photo of your rash, or your child’s ear canal, and send it to your doctor? The New York Times takes a look at a new breed of apps and devices that increasingly put medical tools in the hands of consumers.
Posted: Apr 19, 2014
Fifty-one percent of adults over the age of 55 now own smartphones, up 10 percent from Q1 2013, driving the growth in smartphone penetration to seven out of 10 Americans overall (70%). As of Q1 2014, for the first time, a majority of Americans of all age groups own smartphones. In fact, And smartphone penetration continues to grow every day, with 85 percent of recent acquirers picking smartphones when purchasing new handsets.
Posted: Mar 10, 2014
According to eMarketer’s estimates, the amount of time spent daily by US adults with smartphones and tablets exceeded that spent with PCs for the first time in 2013, albeit by only 2 minutes. And whilst growth rates for time spent on internet activities on desktop and laptop computers have seen little change since 2010, smartphone and tablet time looks set to accelerate further in 2014. Summary: Mobile is no longer optional.
Posted: Feb 03, 2014
Canalys has published its final smart phone shipment estimates for the 50-plus countries that it tracks. Just shy of 1 billion handsets (998 million) shipped in full year 2013, a 44% increase on 2012. Android’s dominance grew with the platform running on 79% (785 million) of the devices shipped in 2013, up from 68% in 2012. Conversely, Apple’s iOS share fell from 20% to 15%, despite shipments increasing to 154 million. Microsoft saw a percentage point share rise to 3% as shipments increased 90% in 2013 to 32.1 million, driven by Nokia’s Lumia devices, and putting it ahead of BlackBerry, at 19.8 million. Samsung also performed strongly in 2013 and strengthened its position as the world’s leading smart phone vendor. Its market share jumped from 30% in 2012 to 32% in 2013. With Apple in second place, Huawei edged past Lenovo to claim third place, albeit by fewer than 5 million units.
Posted: Dec 06, 2013
The Internet Of Things represents a major departure in the history of the Internet, as connections move beyond computing devices, and begin to power billions of everyday devices, from parking meters to home thermostats. By definition the IoT will be a diffuse layer of devices, sensors, and computing power that overlays entire consumer, business-to-business, and government industries. It will account for an increasingly huge number of connections: 1.9 billion devices today, and 9 billion by 2018. That year, it will be roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers, and PCs combined.