The Top Five Most Innovative Tech Projects Of 2014 So Far

The Top Five Most Innovative Tech Projects Of 2014 So Far

As the world sits in awe as another smartphone is launched, a gaggle of engineers and bright-eyed entrepreneurs have been quietly innovating behind the scenes. Want a natural alternative to street lighting? Or how about driving – via your iPhone – a free-roaming scalextric toy car that can blast […]

 

Apple, Google, Samsung vie to bring health apps to wearables

Apple, Google, Samsung vie to bring health apps to wearablesFor decades, medical technology firms have searched for ways to let diabetics check blood sugar easily, with scant success. Now, the world’s largest mobile technology firms are getting in on the act. Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co. and Google Inc, searching for […]

 

It’s messy: Digital health platforms must be high tech and high touch to win

It’s messy: Digital health platforms must be high tech and high touch to win

Apps are out, platforms are in. Investors and entrepreneurs have figured out that not only does it sound better to call your product a platform, you can charge more too.

At the start of June, two new healthcare “platforms” have started to take shape. At its annual developer conference, Apple gave us a few more clues about its Healthkit:  […]

 

Apple’s Big Innovation At WWDC: Becoming The Fabric That Binds Apps

Apple's Big Innovation At WWDC: Becoming The Fabric That Binds Apps

If the technology community was hoping for glitzy new innovations from Apple at its annual WWDC  keynote on Monday , they’ll find as much of it in the dull, backend infrastructure to iOS 8 apps as they will in the stuff that consumers see everyday. Apple seemed to  borrow heavily from other […]

 

Don’t expect Apple’s ‘Healthbook’ to be just a watch; it will be a platform

Don’t expect Apple’s ‘Healthbook’ to be just a watch; it will be a platform

Apple will put on its big show at its world wide developers conference on Monday, and you can expect it to take the opportunity to introduce its long-rumored health and fitness app and platform, “ Healthbook .” The announcement will be both more and less than the rumored “ […]

 

Samsung reveals the Simband, its answer to Apple’s rumored Healthbook

Samsung reveals the Simband, its answer to Apple’s rumored Healthbook

Samsung Wednesday laid out its framework for a new consumer-centered biohealth ecosystem, featuring a new sensor-filled watch and a cloud platform for storing health data collected by the device. The health watch, called “Simband”, looks like the first Samsung smart watch, the Galaxy Gear , but its wrist band contains […]

 

Americans Predict a Future Like Science Fiction

Americans Predict a Future Like Science Fiction

Given the fast-paced changes that happen in technology, predicting the future has become more fun than guessing who will win the Super Bowl or “Dancing With the Stars.” Earlier this year Frogdesign, an industrial design company that has worked with Apple and Sony, offered a vision for the future […]

 

The Soviet “Immortalization Commission” Is Alive and Well In Silicon Valley

 

The Soviet \Human knowledge is increasing today more than at any time in the past, and at an accelerating rate. But big ideas tend to come and go in cycles, and the idea that technology can defeat aging and even death is a case in point. Early last year it was announced that Google’s Sergey Brin and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, together with Russian venture capitalist Yuri Milner, were joining forces to set up a nonprofit foundation that will award prizes for breakthrough research in life extension. The foundation will be headed by Art Levinson, an influential figure in Apple and the biotechnology company Genentech. […]

 

 

Inside the fall of BlackBerry: How the smartphone inventor failed to adapt

download (70)Late last year, Research In Motion Ltd. chief executive officer Thorsten Heins sat down with the board of directors at the company’s Waterloo, Ont., headquarters to review plans for the launch of a new phone designed to turn around the company’s fortunes.  His weapon was the BlackBerry Z10, a slim device with the kind of glass touchscreen that had made Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. the dominant names in the global smartphone market.  But one of RIM’s directors was frustrated by what he saw, and spoke out, according to one person who was in the room. There is a cultural problem at RIM, he told the group, and the Z10 was a glaring manifestation of  […]

 

Google starts new health company to tackle aging

Google starts new health company to tackle agingGoogle is not happy just organizing the world’s information. The Internet search giant wants to help you live longer now too.  Google unveiled Calico Wednesday, a new health technology business focused on aging and related diseases.  It will be run as a separate company and operated independently, however, Google is an investor alongside Arthur Levinson, the chairman of Apple and biotech company Genentech, who will be Calico’s CEO.  This is the latest project that takes Google away from its Internet search origins. The company is already developing driver-less cars and giant hot-air balloons that bring Wi-Fi to remote corners of the world.  […]

 
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