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September 15, 2014
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Apple's HealthKit could be a highly effective tool for monitoring patients with chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. However, there's perhaps no sector in which security, confidentiality and privacy are more important than in healthcare. Medical trials soon will be under way to explore the usefulness -- and potential challenges -- of Apple's HealthKit. [More...]

September 15, 2014
Fires may be easy to start, but putting them out is a different matter. Case in point: the Systemd inferno. What started a few weeks ago as a relatively straightforward controversy over an oft-debated technology Visit the VMware Tech Center has now virtually blown up in Linux fans' faces. The latest flareup? None other than the suggestion that Linux be split in two. [More...]

September 15, 2014
Taken separately, last week's announcements from Apple, Intel and T-Mobile were impressive. Intel and T-Mobile basically announced they were going to explode the existing mobile market, changing it dramatically. Apple embraced some slow-moving technologies, which should speed them up dramatically. I don't think what Apple announced is in the same league, but it also will drive change. [More...]

September 12, 2014
The Obama administration threatened Yahoo with fines of $250,000 daily if it wouldn't comply with demands to hand over user information to the NSA, Yahoo has disclosed. Yahoo had filed suit against the demands in 2007, citing the Fourth Amendment. "They basically said you must do this thing that you don't want to do or we'll put you out of business," said ITIF's Daniel Castro. [More...]

September 12, 2014
Enterprise IT is a very serious matter, but you might not know it judging by the software tools that are often integral to its operations. The list of odd names in today's data centers and enterprise IT shops also highlights the ongoing trend of polyglot programming. Today's applications and services are based on a wider variety of application components and run on a wider array of infrastructure. [More...]

September 12, 2014
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Google has taken a strong interest in health technology, and its acquisition of Lift Labs aligns with its goals in that field. Where Lift's efforts will be directed under Google's umbrella is not yet clear, but it already produces eating utensils for people suffering from mild to severe tremors, and it's working on a range of related products, including personal hygiene tools. [More...]

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September 12, 2014
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The Apple Watch is equipped with Near Field Communication technology, which enables the new Apple Pay mobile wallet. That came as a surprise, since the technology is also in the iPhone 6 -- but it will enable owners of the last two generations of iPhones to use Apple Pay as well. That's a smart tactic when Apple's trying to rope in as many Apple Pay users as it can. [More...]

September 12, 2014
Verizon in the first half of next year will launch an Internet TV service that offers a selection of custom channels as well as a bundle of content from the Big Four networks, according to reports. Represented in the mobile-minded bundle will be not only content from ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, but also millennials-focused programming from DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness TV. [More...]

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