News 3/8/10

Short news blast following last week’s melee…

iPad vertical

Apple made it official Friday, announcing the iPad will go on sale April 3 with pre-ordering starting March 12. Apple says it will first sell its Wi-Fi enabled iPads on April 3 and will sell Wi-Fi and 3G equipped models "in late April." On March 12 you’ll be able pre-order either model. Apple says iPad will be available in Wi-Fi models on April 3 in the US for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. iPad will be sold in the US through the Apple online store, Apple retail stores, and select Apple authorized resellers. As part of the launch of the iPad, Apple says it will also officially release the free iBooks app for the iPad that gives the iPad e-book functionality. Starting on April 3 the iBooks app will be available along with Apple’s iBookbookstore – available through iTunes. Apple says availability of the iPad will first be in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K. Pricing for countries outside of the U.S. is expected in late April.

FCC broadband czar defends national plan. Blair Levin, executive director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative created last year by the Federal Communications Commission, said he is confident the final version set for release March 17 will meet the enormous mandate set by Congress. One part of the plan, released at the end of February, aims to free up 500MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband use.

Palm Pre Video

Palm releases WebOS version 1.4.0 upgrade. The most substantial change in a fairly large release gives users the ability to capture, edit, and share videos. It’s pretty nice that device owners don’t have to go out and buy a new phone in order to gain such a substantial feature. Other changes include enhanced shortcuts, such as calling directly from a messaging conversation, or by pressing and holding a highlighted number in a web page, email, or message. The LED in the gesture area now lights and pulsates if a message or notification has been received. Despite the frequent updates to an elegant device, Palm is under increasing pressure. It’s stock fell to an 11 month low following last week’s announcement that it would not meet revenue forecasts.

Here’s a nice, short video from AT&T that touches on a few of their partners who are offering some of the hottest mobile solutions in healthcare today, including AirStrip and Wallace Wireless’ WIC Pager. Based on my current poll to the right of which is the hottest new app in healthcare, it would have been nice to see Voalte included in the video.

There are a few other mobile apps getting quite a lot of interest, including the WIC Pager, which I did not include in my poll. Send me a comment or an email letting me know who I left out.  Who do you think is the hottest mobile company or mobile app in healthcare today… and tell me why?

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