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Google Testing Live Video Chat with Doctors

Google Testing Live Video Chat with Doctors

Internet and technology giant Google is in the early stages of a groundbreaking pilot program that seeks to create real-time interfaces between doctors and patients. The company is currently testing real-time video links between doctors and people who use Google’s eponymous search engine to look up information about medical symptoms. In an age of instant information and rising healthcare costs, many people are choosing to research symptoms online before booking a doctor’s appointment. Google is giving a select number of online patients the option of discussing their symptoms with a doctor via a live video chat window. The project is…

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Apple iPad and iPhone Are Bankrupting Finland

Apple iPad and iPhone Are Bankrupting Finland

With his country currently experiencing some economic turbulence, Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said that Apple was partially to blame for Finland’s problems. In an interview with CNBC, Stubb said that several traditionally strong Finnish industries were in decline, and pointed to Apple as a major reason why. Finland was once one of the world’s leading exporters of pulp and paper, but with demand for those products dwindling in the digital age, the industry is suffering. Worse, Apple’s outperformance of Finland’s one-time tech giant, Nokia, is largely responsible for Nokia’s dramatic decline. Microsoft purchased Nokia’s device and services businesses this…

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The “Wild West” of Domain Names All Over Again

The “Wild West” of Domain Names All Over Again

Until recently, businesses and entrepreneurs establishing websites had a limited selection of available domains to choose from. The Internet was dominated by .com, .net, .org and, to a lesser extent, .biz. Yet, with an aggressive expansion of available domain names in the online world, that’s all set to change. The only remaining hurdle is awareness. Specifically, the problem is that most businesses and entrepreneurs simply don’t know of the multitude of alternatives now available to them. This expansion is largely being driven by the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. The nonprofit organization has triggered a rush…

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1 in 3 Doctors Expected to Buy the iPhone 6

1 in 3 Doctors Expected to Buy the iPhone 6

The Apple iPhone has been a hit with doctors since its initial release, and that trend is expected to reach new heights with the upcoming release of the company’s new iPhone 6. Apple’s new flagship iPhone line is replete with activity sensors and health and fitness tracking features, prompting some industry analysts to suggest that as many as one in three American doctors will own one by the Thanksgiving holiday. Dr. Nate Gross, the cofounder of the physician-oriented social networking service Doximity, American doctors adopted the iPhone 5 an astonishing 400 percent faster than the overall population. According to Gross,…

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Banks Hungry to Cash in on “Apple Pay” Mobile Commerce

Banks Hungry to Cash in on “Apple Pay” Mobile Commerce

U.S. banking giants are in a race to entice Apple Pay subscribers to select their branded cards when they set up their payment options. Various media outlets have reported that while every major bank in the country has set aside a sizeable “war chest,” Apple is imposing strict guidelines on how financial institutions may and may not market Apple Pay services to bank customers. As many industry onlookers expected, Apple announced on September 9 that its upcoming iPhone 6 line would support mobile payments through near-field communications (NFC) technologies. This feature will enable users to make fast, easy payments at…

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HealthKit Enhances Disease Research and Patient Monitoring

HealthKit Enhances Disease Research and Patient Monitoring

Even though iOS 8’s HealthKit has yet to be officially released, it is already helping doctors at Duke University and Stanford University keep track of patient wellness in individuals suffering from cancer, diabetes and other chronic health conditions. At Stanford, doctors have entered into a partnership with Apple as part of a pilot program to monitor blood sugar levels in diabetic children. The Duke programs include the application of HealthKit’s proprietary health metrics to help doctors improve quality of life for patients with heart disease and cancer. These applications are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in terms of…

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Chinese Tech Company Alibaba Makes IPO in History

Chinese Tech Company Alibaba Makes IPO in History

Shares of Chinese tech company Alibaba rocketed during the company’s high-profile IPO. Investors and tech industry analysts are already drawing comparisons with Facebook, Tom.com and other recent examples in which speculators flocked to buy a stock without really understanding how the company was going to generate a positive ROI. In Facebook’s case, it’s safe to say that the majority of investors had an incomplete understanding of the company’s business model and its strategy for monetizing its ubiquity. Tom.com generated a huge buzz during its IPO in 2000, despite a near-complete lack of assets. So with Alibaba’s IPO, now is the time for…

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Apple Pay Marks Major Leap for Digital Payments

Apple Pay Marks Major Leap for Digital Payments

In addition to unveiling the Apple Watch and the new iPhone 6 models, Apple also revealed plans to sync up both devices with the Apple Pay digital payment system. The move will allow users to complete online and point-of-sale payments with their smartwatches and smartphones. Apple Pay uses near-field communications (NFC) technologies to allow connected devices within close range of a receiver to make online bank and credit card payments. The inclusion of NFC chips in the new Apple products brings instant payments closer to becoming a common feature of the retail landscape. In the words of Apple CEO Tim…

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Apple Watch to Offers Health and Fitness Tracking Features

Apple Watch to Offers Health and Fitness Tracking Features

Apple has finally made its move into the wearables market official with the unveiling of the Apple Watch at an industry event in Cupertino, California on September 9, 2014. As expected, the Apple Watch is built around comprehensive health and fitness tracking features, something the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, has said is “personal” to him. Some industry observers expressed surprise at just how comprehensive these health and fitness tracking features are. Many had expected that Apple’s first foray into the wearables market would be tempered with a conservative approach, with the Apple Watch limiting itself to features seen in its…

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