Readers Write 4/30/10

Setting Your Data Free

By the UI Guy

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News 4/26/10

I wanted to make a quick follow-up comment to my last post about the iPad. Someone who bought the iPad as soon as it came out told me they had some of the same concerns about handling the iPad – it’s sleak and slick, a little heavy if you were to carry it around in your hand, and just too precious to risk dropping. The person noted that those thoughts disappeared as soon as he put the iPad in the case that he purchased with it. In fact, he said he couldn’t possibly imagine having the device out of the carrying case. I was a little intrigued so went back to the Apple store to check it out. Interestingly enough, the store doesn’t show the carrying case at all. I had to get an associate to hunt down an iPad in the case being used by another employee. The tip-off was absolutely correct. The carrying case totally alters my view of handling the iPad. It’s a little odd that Apple doesn’t more prominently showcase the carrying case. I realize it’s a beautiful device, but my concerns are hardly unique. A simple carrying case can go a long way towards addressing them. The person who sent me the comment also noted that he thought the iPad was a perfect consumer device – streaming movies, reading ebooks, surfing the Net – but said he couldn’t see using the device for business purposes… Just another data point.

And if it’s love the iPad is looking for, it just found a little… Israel lifts ban on imports of the iPad. After banning the devices about two weeks ago for fear they would interfere with other wireless devices, Israel is now allowing people to bring the iPad into the country. Israel consulted with Apple, a recognized international lab, as well as European counterparts before concluding that the device could successfully locate Wi-Fi access points and adjust its settings automatically. Craig Mathias, writing for InformationWeek, speculates that the ban probably had more to do with political sentiments than genuine technological concerns… Either way, the bottleneck in Apple’s global distribution network has been removed and the 20 devices confiscated over the last two weeks are being returned to their owners.

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News 4/20/10

I finally had the chance to stop by the local Apple retail store to check out the iPad. I have to say…not quite what I expected. As always, and really this goes without saying, Apple has created a gorgeous device that resembles art more than science. And the dozens of people groping to get their hands on one of the many devices being displayed like artwork would back me up on this. Once I got past the shock and awe, however, my innate craving for the newest, coolest gadget (from Apple no less) was quenched. Why? I just couldn’t see using it… Let me take that back. I think this is a perfect device for plane trips. I could absolutely see myself – snugly packed into a seat – watching a movie. I could let the device sit on the tray, put it in my lap… maybe even hold it for a few minutes. Best of all, I could effortlessly slide my hand into my bag and pull it out 10 minutes after lift-off. Don’t have to worry about opening a laptop. Don’t have to worry that I can’t get my laptop to open once the person in front of me crushes me with their seat back. Yes, the perfect flight companion. Anywhere else, I’m not so sure. When I first saw the specifications, I couldn’t believe it only weighed 1.5 pounds. When I held it in my hands, I couldn’t believe how heavy 1.5 pounds is. With its sleek and smooth lines, there’s not much to grab onto with the fingers. My hands are starting to sweat just thinking about it. I guarantee you a lot of devices are going to be hitting the ground. I haven’t seen any dropped iPads, but I’ve seen plenty of dropped iPhones. Not a pretty sight. Now that I’ve had the chance to play with the iPad, I’m thinking a tablet needs to be in the 5 to 7 inch range, somewhat ruggedized, and half the weight. For healthcare, needs to be heavily ruggedized, anti-microbial, etc…

No sooner said… Dell Streak tablet lineup leaked. According to Engadget, which first obtained images of the devices, Dell will be adding 7-inch and 10-inch versions to the Dell Streak 5 (previously named Mini 5). All 3 tablets will run on the Android OS. The Streak 5 is expected out this summer, with the Streak 7 to follow towards the end of the year, and the Streak 10 at the beginning of 2011. Not much is known about the 7-inch and 10-inch models as Dell has not officially announced. However, prototype models of the Streak 5 have been floating around for a couple of months. The device is not just an internet-enabled mobile device. It also serves as a 3G phone. No sooner will the HTC Evo arrive with its 4.3-inch screen this summer only to be trumped by the Streak 5 where screen size is concerned.

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News 4/15/10

Apple previews iPhone OS 4.0. Apple is touting the iPhone OS 4.0 as the biggest and most exciting iPhone software update yet. The new OS includes more than 100 features, including: multi-tasking for third-party apps; unified email inbox; enhanced enterprise support with improved security, management, wireless app distribution, and more; Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform; and iBooks, the company’s new ebook reader and online bookstore recently debuted on the iPad. In addition to the preview, Apple released a beta version of the new OS, which includes an updated SDK.

Simbionix introduces their first mobile app for surgical education. The company, which provides medical education and minimally invasive surgery (MIS) simulator products, created an interactive mobile application for training medical professionals. The first application, developed for Johnson & Johnson, is a course about umbilical hernia repair using a partially absorbable mesh patch. Simbionix will be releasing a library of mobile apps to address a variety of medical topics and procedures.

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HIStalk Mobile Interviews Peter Hudson, MD

Peter Hudson, MD is Co-Founder and CEO of Healthagen

When did you decide that you wanted to start this company? Can you just walk us a little bit through what’s happened over the last couple of years from inception to where you are today?

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