News 12/24/09

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Millions of Blackberry users across 2 continents suffer through a 2nd outage in less than a week.  Canadian-based Research in Motion blamed the outage on a software upgrade that was confined to North and South America.  Phone service remained available, but “Crackberry” users were unable to send or receive e-mails and instant messages… causing a period of intense cravings for millions of addicts.  This comes at a tough time for Blackberry, which is under mounting pressure from iPhone and Android.

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San Francisco is considering passing an ordinance that would require retailers to prominently display the amount of radiation emitted by cellphones.  Taking it a step further, Democrat Andrea Boland from Maine has proposed to State legislators that cell phones directly carry permanent labels, warning of the risk of cancer from exposure to low-grade electromagnetic radiation.

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Lexi-Comp On-Hand now available for Android.  The apps are coming in full force, but where are the devices?  Google’s device bid is making more sense with each passing day.

TransMedia releases its Glide OS Extension for Internet Explorer.  According to the Company, “Glide effectively transforms the Microsoft Internet Explorer into a browser OS with a complete application suite fully compatible with Microsoft Office and 20GB of free storage.”  Seeking to broaden the base of its rights-based Glide OS media sharing service, Transmedia created a spin-off back in October called Glide Health Corporation.  Glide Health markets itself as the complete mobile desktop for patients, doctors and other healthcare professionals.  The Glide Health service, hailed as a true cloud solution, is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Palm Pre, Symbian, and Windows Mobile.  Stay tuned… this looks interesting.

PWC releases its Top 10 Health Industry Issues in 2010. The report includes some good data points for anyone researching the industry.  Of particular interest, the report includes a reference extracted from a PWC Consumer Access Survey that suggests 21% of consumers are willing to use mobile devices (including text messaging) to access healthcare.  I guess that means keep the iPhone apps coming…

And if it’s industry research data you’re looking for, check out MobiHealthNews’ Wireless Health:  State of the Industry, 2009 Year End Report. The report is a comprehensive year in review, including analyst numbers, venture deals, and mergers and acquisitions activity.  MobiHealthNews has done a great job collecting and collating data without a heavy-handed interpretation or leaf-reading.  Kudos.

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