News 5/18/10

Mayo Clinic, Dossia partner to offer online health help. Employer organization Dossia and Rochester, Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic have partnered to integrate the Dossia personal health record (PHR) with the Mayo Clinic’s EmbodyHealth portal. EmbodyHealth is an online application that helps individuals to better manage their health and wellness by offering resources such as health assessments, behavior change programs, tailored behavioral messages, instructional videos, questions and answers from Mayo Clinic specialists and a health reference library.

Medtronic launches new cellular accessory for the Medtronic Carelink Network. The new Medtronic M-Link cellular accessory provides cardiac device patients with an option to securely send information stored in their implanted devices to their clinics via the CareLink Network using cellular signals, rather than a telephone landline.

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News 5/11/10

Apple sells 1 million iPads. Just 28 days after releasing the iPad, Apple sells its millionth device. That’s less than half the 74 days it took Apple to sell its millionth iPhone. Not bad when you consider that more than 45 million iPhones have been sold globally. iPad users have already downloaded 12 million apps from the App Store and over 1.5 million ebooks from the new iBookstore. Next on the slate? Upgraded iPhone hardware and OS due out this summer, not to mention the highly anticipated CDMA iPhone due out later in the year.

Meanwhile, Research in Motion is feeling pretty confident itself. The company had a record-setting fiscal year 2009 in which revenue grew 35%, to $15 billion. While the emphasis remains on email and corporate security, co-CEO Jim Balsillie says RIM is taking steps to make BlackBerrys more fun and functional. A host of new versions of the phone (probably including some touchscreen models) will be unveiled later this year, and Balsillie promises a much better web-surfing experience…BTW, I’ve been hearing murmurings for quite some time about Blackberry’s new web experience. Whether it’s a game-changer remains to be seen.

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News 5/4/10

HP to acquire Palm for $1.2 billion. In what many are considering a surprise, HP will purchase Palm at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved by the HP and Palm boards of directors. With sluggish sales, and declining fourth quarter estimates, the acquisition saves Palm from near certain demise. While there is some speculation that HP is overpaying for Palm, the acquisition of Palm’s webOS should help HP broaden their reach, particularly into the lucrative smartphone market.

Verizon Wireless launches DROID Incredible. The new device is being touted for its enterprise capabilities, including Exchange Active Sync. It is powered by the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and supports 8GB onboard memory as well as an 8 megapixel camera. It runs Android 2.1 and has access to over 50,000 apps on the Android Market.

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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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