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Google Launches Android Studio 1.0 IDE for Developers

Google Launches Android Studio 1.0 IDE for Developers

Google finally launched its long-awaited Android Studio 1.0 Integrated Development Environment (IDE) platform. The move marks the first time Google has made a stable version of its Android development support platform available to independent developers. It is available for download from Google’s official Android Developer website, and is compatible with the Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems. The Android Studio platform was first officially announced in May, 2013. Google framed the original announcement with a straightforward endorsement that the upcoming platform would be “the” official IDE for Android developers. Intended to replace the incumbent Eclipse IDE platform, Google also pledged that…

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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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China Passes the U.S. as Apple’s Largest Smartphone Market

China Passes the U.S. as Apple’s Largest Smartphone Market

According to a recent report, Chinese consumers have been warm in their reception of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, ordering a whopping 20 million units in their first weekend of availability. With the new iPhone’s official release, China is likely to surpass the United States as the single largest national iPhone market. Americans preordered 10 million iPhones during the first weekend they were offered. Two major factors were cited as fueling Chinese demand for iPhones. First, China’s middle class continues to grow, and its strengthening economy means that increasing numbers of people have disposable income. Second, the country is…

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The Apple Watch’s Worst Enemy is the iPhone

The Apple Watch’s Worst Enemy is the iPhone

With Apple finally unveiling its long-awaited Watch, tech industry analysts are starting to anticipate an unexpected hindrance to its potential success: the company’s own flagship device, the iPhone. Computing wearables are being touted as “the next big thing,” and the Watch represents Apple’s first major move to capture a large share of what is predicted to become a burgeoning market. But as the Internet of Things and wearables continue to evolve into a major factor in the tech industry landscape, there are those who believe that the iPhone could turn out to be a stumbling block to the Watch’s success….

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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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