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Government releases massive data set that reveals top Medicare billers in US

The Department of Health and Human Services today released a large set of records that offer an "unprecedented" look at just how lucrative the Medicare program is for many physicians and other health professionals. "Currently, consumers have limited information about how physicians and other health …

The Spotify Effect: Why Every Company Is Now A Data Company

<i>Marius Moscovici is the founder and CEO of Metric Insights.</i><p>After landing a $200 million credit line and acquiring music data platform The Echo Nest, Spotify is widely expected to announce its IPO in coming months. Spotify is a unique spin on the same fundamental formula that generated value for …

Ludei aims to lure HTML5 developers away from Adobe's Phonegap

Ludei takes a swing at Adobe today, announcing that HTML5 games and apps built with its CocoonJS tools can run 10 times faster than similar apps made with the older company’s traditional Phonegap development tools.<p>Normally, most HTML5 developers use Adobe’s Phonegap tool to develop their games and …

Smart pills one step closer to reality, clinical trials to begin soo

Back in March of last year, Motorola showed off a smart pill made by Proteus Digital Health. At the time, Motorola envisioned such a ‘device’ could be used to open up the door to unique ways to authenticate mobile users. Fast-forwarding to today, Proteus is one step closer to making the smart pill …

Where Time Comes From, An Inside Look at Atomic Clocks and Timekeepers at the United States Naval Observatory

“Where Time Comes From” is a fascinating short video by The Atlantic featuring Dr. Demetrios Matsakis, Chief Scientist for Time Services at the …

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BeyondCore raises $9M to automate data analysis

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sergey Nivens<p>BeyondCore, a San Mateo, Calif.-based company whose software automatically analyzes data …

The Dash Is The World’s First Pair of Smart Headphones

The Dash in-ear headphones are about to change your daily run or gym trip. That’s because, not only do they pump music into your ear holes like any …

Bluetooth Headset Vigo Knows When You Are Tired Before You Do

When I was a student, sometimes I’d stab myself in the leg with the tip of my mechanical pencil to keep from dozing off during lectures. That usually didn’t work. Now sleepy students–and other people who need to stay alert for long periods of time–can benefit from Vigo, a Bluetooth headset that …

Google is developing smart contact lenses that monitor blood sugar

Google’s latest moonshot is a smart contact lens that diabetics can use to monitor their blood sugar levels.<p>Led by Google’s Brian Otis and Babak Parviz, the project envisions a painless, non-invasive, and accurate way for people suffering from diabetes to keep their blood sugar level under control. …

A Guide to the Best Activity-Trackers

This year will be remembered for many things, but for anyone in the market for a dedicated activity-tracking device, 2013 welcomed more than a few fresh contraptions to the market.<p>Indeed, with so many players now vying for a piece of the fitness-tracking pie, it can be difficult to keep up with …

Tikker Is A Watch That Counts Down To Your Death, Because YOLO

You wait in the doctor’s office with a furrowed brow and a heavy heart. When he returns, his face is somber and his eyes concentrate on the clipboard in front of him.<p>“You’ve only got a little time left,” he says apologetically. “If there’s anything you want to do before you die, now’s the …

Next IT Launches Alme For Healthcare, A Virtual Assistant For Chronic Disease Management

Next IT has been working on building natural language processing and artificial intelligence based virtual assistant systems for enterprise customers for years. Its tools are currently being used by major airlines and insurance companies to provide answers to their customers with voice and …

Fitbit Force brings smartwatch features to a fitness tracker

Fitbit is making its latest device to quantify your activity, the wrist-worn Force fitness tracker, official today. The Force is an evolution of the Flex, Fitbit’s other wrist-worn tracker, and offers an OLED display and altimeter on top of the features included in the Flex. It's very similar to …

A Morbid Carpe Diem: Tikker Watch Counts Down Wearer’s Life Expectancy

We write a lot about smartwatches that count steps and measure heart rates. But here’s one that quantifies the biggest life metric of them all — time.<p>…

Finally, FDA tells mobile health app developers what it plans to regulate

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: iadams<p>More than two years after issuing its draft guidance on the regulation of mobile health apps, the U.S. Food and …

The Extremely Quantified Self: Meet Rachel Kalmar, Who Wears 21 Fitness Trackers at the Same Time

Rachel Kalmar wears a sleeve’s worth of step-counting wristbands and a sort of ammo belt of clip-on trackers. Nike FuelBand, Fitbit, Basis, Pebble, …

Calico: How Google’s stab at the fountain of youth could transform health care

Google is back in the health business with a mysterious new initiative to combat death itself.<p>Google’s top executives didn’t say much about the biotech venture, called Calico, when they announced it on Sept. 18, except to say that it would focus on health, wellness, and the challenge of aging and …

Wearables: A companion to smartphones or a companion to you?

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Now that Samsung has entered the smartwatch game with its Galaxy Gear, we have one of the biggest players yet trying to sell a …

When FuelBand fails: Human for iPhone simplifies the daily workout

Can 30 minutes of exercise per day save your life?<p>In 2006, Renato Valdés Olmos weighed 320 lbs. "Dude, you will die of heart disease or worse before your 30th birthday," he admitted to himself before embarking on a massive effort to lose 150 lbs over the next three years. Olmos succeeded, no thanks …

Sensoria Smart Sock Hits Goal On Indiegogo – A Fitness Tracker That Knows When You Suck At Running

There are already plenty of step-counters and fitness trackers on the market, but Sensoria is trying to appeal to a more serious athlete. The Smart …

Serenity Now: Apps to Help Manage Your Stress and Mood

When people ask me how I’m doing, my standard answer is “I’m fine,” or “Doing well, thanks.” But sometimes I’m lying straight to their face.<p>As anyone …

NTT DoCoMo's prototype breathalyzer knows if you're burning fat, could toughen-up boot camp

Next time you're back from a run, questioning whether it's been worth the agony effort, you might actually be able to find out for sure. Well, perhaps not the next time, but soon, thanks to a prototype breathalyzer developed by NTT DoCoMo that promises to instantly let you know whether your body is …