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What Do Doctors Think Of Apple's HealthKit?

<i>Answer by Jae Won Joh, MD, on Quora,</i><p><b>It has</b> <b>tremendous</b> <b>potential.</b><p>I watched the keynote, and initially Healthkit seemed fairly unremarkable, just another way for consumer apps like Nike+ and sleep trackers to output their data into pretty charts. A cursory look at their website (Apple – iOS 8 – Health) …

Android 4.4 KitKat review: designed by Google, for Google

In 2011, Google introduced Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," which took some of the design direction it had begun on tablets and moved it to phones. In the intervening two years, we've only seen "point" updates for the platform: some subtle refinements and a few big new features, but never a big …

“Aggressive” Apple To Control 49.8% Of In-Car Infotainment Systems By 2018

Google’s algorithmically-driven cars may be partially designed to give commuters more time to surf the Internet (using Google, natch!), but if a new report from ABI Research is anything to go by, it’s Apple who have the real early adopter advantage in terms of connected in-vehicle infotainment …

Tim Cook

Report: Windows Phone Overtakes iOS In Italy, Progresses In Europe

There’s good news for Microsoft’s mobile efforts, as according to a latest report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech showing data for the three months to September 2013, Windows Phone has overtaken iOS in Italy and now makes up one in 10 smartphone sales across five major European markets — the UK, …

Enabling Software To Eat The World, One API At A Time

A couple of years ago legendary Venture Capitalist and technology entrepreneur Marc Andreesen famously opined that software is eating the world. Andreesen should know, as someone who sits on the boards of Hewlett-Packard, Facebook and eBay, he is both a disrupter and someone navigating a path …

New LinkedIn apps target army of mobile users

LinkedIn is adopting a new multiple mobile app strategy to meet the changing demands of a membership that's relying more on smartphones and tablets for work, the company said Wednesday.<p>Instead of just one main mobile app, LinkedIn is highlighting several new or redesigned apps and features, …

Apps

Can You Trust LinkedIn With Your Email Credentials?

LinkedIn launched an innovative new feature yesterday that brings its network of business information and contacts right into Apple’s native iOS email service, but there are already alarm bells ringing about potential pitfalls.<p><b>Update</b>: LinkedIn has provided further details of the process, which …

Inside Evasi0n, The Most Elaborate Jailbreak To Ever Hack Your iPhone

In Apple’s eternal cat and mouse game to control what you can and can’t run on your iOS device, score another one for the mice.<p>On Monday a team of hackers that calls themselves the evad3rs released evasi0n, the first jailbreak program that works for the iPhone 5, as well as the iPad 4, the iPad …

Tesco Revolutionizes Retail And Gears Up For 'Battleground Of The Future'

Tesco, one of the world’s leading retailers, is blending in-store technologies and new digital services to create a retail shopping experience that is unlike anything consumers have known.<p>Having already invested in demand forecasting and supply chain capabilities, Tesco is developing innovative …

Microsoft starts repackaging popular mobile web sites as Windows Phone ‘apps’

Microsoft is taking a new approach to its lack of Windows Phone apps. The software maker has started publishing Windows Phone apps for websites like Lowe’s, TMZ, and J.Crew that are simply the mobile version of the sites packaged into a Windows Phone app. In a move that <i>ZDNet</i> notes is part of …

Samsung Is Stealing Apple's iPad Market Share

Here's the problem Apple hopes to cure tomorrow when it unveils its new 2013 model iPads. While the iPad is still the biggest brand in the tablet market it's essentially being nibbled to death by competitors.<p>Samsung is the most robust of those foes. But note how Microsoft — which markets the …

With $1M In Funding, Appsee Promises Mobile Developers Real Insight Into Their Users

Israeli startup Appsee says it’s taking a different approach to mobile analytics.<p>I wrote about the company more than a year ago under its old name, UserVOD, when it focused on making video recordings of mobile app user activity. Now the company is launching a broader iOS analytics platform, where …

Adobe dabbling with iPad app to rival PowerPoint

Adobe Systems, in an apparent effort to tap into the computer industry's move to mobile devices, is involved with a tablet software project called Ginger to help people create compelling presentations and sales pitches.<p>"A great story, well told, can change the world, but showing a great story is …

Samsung Opens Up Mobile Devices to Developers to Make Them More Attractive to Businesses

Aiming to further its pitch to businesses, Samsung is looking to create an ecosystem of developers building specialized products and services around …

Mobile

Mobincube, An App Builder That’s Spawned 18K Apps, Raises $946K For U.S., Int’l Push

Spanish startup Mobincube has closed a €700,000/$946,000 seed round for its drag and drop, web-based app builder which lets non-developers build their own mobile apps using a series of templates. The round was led by early stage VC firm Inveready. Others investors include the VC arm of Spanish …

CloudBees Platform Now Connects To iOS Tool Chain For Enterprise Developers To Build And Test Apps

Developers are pushing to do more app development in the cloud, but IT has a history as a command and control environment that has focused on locking down infrastructure more than opening it up. CloudBees is a company that is offering a middle layer that connects the cloud and enterprise worlds so …

AppSeed turns your sketches into functioning app prototypes

<b>Kickstarter project AppSeed allows you to photograph your sketches on paper or a whiteboard and turn them into a functioning prototype of your app.</b><p>In …

Prototypes

Ubuntu's smartphone OS will be ready to launch on October 17th

The Ubuntu Edge smartphone may have missed its crowdfunding goal by a huge amount, but the Ubuntu Touch operating system is far from dead — it now has a planned release date of October 17th. That's according to a blog post from Canonical employee and QA community coordinator Nicholas Skaggs, who …

Microsoft sees phones as the future of Windows RT

The man in charge of Windows promises unified apps across all devices<p>One of the big changes in Microsoft's recent reorg is the merging of the traditional Windows business with Windows Phone. While Microsoft has long promised a "common app platform" between the two, the company has placed Terry …

Apple’s iOS 7 includes a surprise: a ticket to the next generation of the internet

For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it …

Mobile Devices

A Few Tricks All The New iOS 7 Users Should Know

At long last, iOS 7 has arrived. That is, it arrived for everyone who didn’t say “Developer? Oh, yeah, I’m totally a developer. Cough” and wiggle into the Beta months ago.<p>iOS 7 is a strange new land, especially on day one. Out with the gradients, in with the trippy fluorescents. Your favorite app? …

Young People Are Sleeping With Their Phones. Their Parents Are Sleeping With People.

Do you snuggle up in bed with your smartphone instead of your significant other? If you’ve fallen asleep with an electronic device, you’re not alone.<p>Sixty-three percent of smartphone users age 18-29 admit to drifting off to sleep with a cell phone, smartphone or tablet in their bed, according to a …