Over in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a group of more than 60 doctors have revamped their mobile phones and iPads for use in emergency departments across the region with a little help from a familiar application: the popular Box.com file-sharing services. Using Box, they’ve built a new system that lets them share procedures, journal articles and — perhaps most importantly — conversations.
It’s a small step, but doctors like Iltifat Husain at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center love the thing. A year earlier, this would have meant trudging over to the ER’s workstation and looking up a PDF on the hospital’s intranet. Instead, he tapped open the Box software on his mobile phone and looked it up right there.It saved maybe a handful of minutes. But for Husain, minutes count. “In the ER, the faster I can do something, the more time I can spend with other patients,” he says.
Doctors may be the people who change our lives most profoundly with cutting-edge science and drugs, but the sad truth is that medicine is only just starting to enter the digital era, says Eric J.Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and the author of, Creative Destruction of Medicine, a 2012 book about how digital technology is changing health care. “Medicine is ultra-conservative, historically.”
At Wake Forest, the Box set-up isn’t a full-fledged social network. It’s a document sharing workhorse. And with hundreds of journal articles and procedures — all uploaded, available via mobile phone and set up for comments — the system has in just a few short months become an important tool for the doctors who use it.
More than that, it’s also a great learning tool for residents, says James O’Neill, an M.D. and assistant professor with the hospital’s department of emergency medicine.
Online discussions have enhanced the residents monthly “Journal Club” meetings, where doctors meet do discuss the latest medical research. The system gives them an easy-to-use discussion platform where doctors and residents can debate what works and what does not work, direct from the emergency department. “When the residents find something that works for them, they can get it up there,” O’Neill says.
“We’ve been able to create this community in the cloud among residents,” says Husain. “You can literally have free flowing comments using Box, which really has the potential to change the way medical education is done.”
Yelp today updated its Yelp app for iOS to version 6.5.0, offering improved social search search results and a redesigned iPad business page. Yelp on the iPad is now streamlined, with easier access to hours, menu items, and phone numbers.
“Explore the Menu” and Yelp Deals, which have both been offered on the iPhone for some time, are now available on the iPad. Search results on both the iPhone and the iPad have been enhanced with information on friends who have checked into businesses, and the Yelp app now offers clearer notifications on restaurant hours. The update also includes several bug fixes and performance enhancements.
We gave our iPad business page a whole lot of love. It’s now more streamline and clear, with more emphasis on business photos. In addition, we’re now showing Yelp Deals and our new “Explore the Menu” feature. Yelp search just got more social: Now you can see which friends are checked in to businesses directly from your search results. Getting to a restaurant just after closing is a major bummer. Now we’ll indicate if a business will be closing soon or is just about to open. We also got in a TON of bug fixes and enhancements: showing your review first in the reviews list, supporting updated reviews on iPad, swipe-able photos on the business page, and huge speed improvements on iPhone5!
Yelp is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free.
Apple’s various iPhones and iPads accounted for eight of the top ten devices activated by enterprise entities for the fourth quarter of 2012, with the current iPhone lineup taking the top three spots. Good Technology’s quarterly Device Activations Report for quarter four 2012 found that Apple’s iOS garnered nearly 77 percent of all activations for the sector, up from 71 percent. In comparison, Google’s rival Android mobile platform dropped from 29 percent of activations to 22.7 percent over the same period.
For the study, Good, which provides security mobile device, app and data security, analyzed activations across its network of over 4,000 corporate customers, which includes half of the Fortune 100.
Apple was clearly dominant during the three-month period, with the iPhone 5 itself accounting for roughly nearly one third of all device activations. The iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 followed, showing a slight increase bump in activations for the quarter attributed to the annual price drop Apple employs when a new flagship model is released. Rounding out the top five was Apple’s third-generation iPad and the iPad 2. Android’s top performer was Samsung’s Galaxy S III, which netted six percent of total device activations, good enough for sixth place.
Apple has shown its charisma to the public is still at the top. Even with the rampant selling of android phones and tablets, Apple is still going strong and there is no sign that it will stop. Apple is clearly dominating the market with its innovative design and savvy iDevices.
The National Football League is said to have plans to integrate Apple’s iPad on the field. They say that it can help diagnose the condition of players following big hits and concussions. The NFL will be providing each team with an iPad application designed to help teams diagnose whether one of their players has suffered concussion almost immediately following impact, ESPN reported on Saturday. League officials demonstrated the app and a new diagnosis system at the league’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis on Friday, showing how team doctors could employ the technology on the sidelines.
Prior to the start of the season, and at different intervals throughout the season, the system will be used on players to perform a number of tests in order to establish a baseline score. In the event of a possible concussion, team doctors will use the app to evaluate players, and the app will compare their post-hit results against their established baselines. A large discrepancy could indicate that the player has suffered a concussion, and the protocols for such an injury would go into effect.
Concussions stemming from America’s most popular televised sport rose to a focal point during the 2012-2013 season, where more than 160 players went down with a head injury, spawning multiple lawsuits and serving as a catalyst for major reworkings of the league’s rules by its Head, Neck & Spine Committee. Studies have tied concussions to long-term brain damage and lingering psychological issues, and a number of suicides by former players have largely cemented those ties in public opinion.The NFL isn’t the first organization to turn to Apple’s popular tablet for health applications. The iPad is very popular among physicians worldwide, and the iPad mini may only expand its popularity
MiniSuit, the accessory manufacturer of Apple, has already created the case for the next generation of iPad. Case manufacturers often obtain case specs ahead of product releases to get a jump on manufacturing. It should be noted that case makers are notoriously unreliable in “leaking” designs of future Apple products, as they obtain information from suspect supply chain sources that are many times offer up incorrect data in exchange for a paycheck. A 2011 exposé on the operations of popular manufacturer Hard Candy revealed that the company spent tens of thousands of dollars to get a leg up on competition, and bought moldings it believed to be a next-generator iPhone. The leaks ended up being false, leaving the company with $50,000 worth of useless metal.
If we take a look on the leaked photo, the case looks slimmer than the existing iPad which supports the rumors that the next generation iPad will have the same designs as the iPad Mini, most notably featuring smaller side bezels. In addition to slimmer bezels and a smaller size, the iPad 5 is said to be thinner than the iPad 4, featuring the chamfered edges of the iPad mini, which is apparent in the less angled design of the iPad 5 case.
Little else is revealed in the one photo that shows the supposed purpose-built case alongside those made for the iPad mini and current-generation iPad. A hole near the top of the case is said to be meant for the rear-facing microphone, while the bottom port holes show a dual-speaker arrangement like the stereo offering of the iPad mini.
Regarding the release date of iPad 5, there are several speculations that it will be released by March or by mid-October. MinisSuit also added that the release of the iPad 5 will be on June.
Rumors are spreading like wildfire regarding the increase in cost for the iPad Mini 2. As we all know, increase in cost will subsequently means an increase in retail price. Chatters of these rumors started in Asia. Speculations of the increase would be in the 30% bracket.
The reason for this jump in increase is due to the implementation of the Retina display. “If iPad mini adopts the Retina display, the dots per inch (DPI) will be higher and the brightness of the backlight modules will have to improve. This also means the number of LEDs used will…[increase the total cost] by more than 30% if it is equipped with the 7.9-inch Retina panel.” This was in the commentary of Digitimes which is close to the components suppliers in Asia.
The commentary was almost similar to what Vinita Jakhanwal said in an interview. The integration of the Retina display on the next generation will have design problems if they want to maintain its current design. “They would have had to compromise on thickness and weight and price,” Jackhanwal said previously. When Apple introduced the 9.7 inch Retina, speculations also arise regarding increase price on the end user. Luckily it maintained the same price. As for now, we can only hope that prices of the upcoming iPad Mini 2 will be retained after the rumored increased production cost. The 7-inch tablet segment may account for 45 to 60 percent of total shipments this year, Digitimes said. With all those said, what we could just do now is wait and hope for the best once the next iPad Mini is launched.
PlugBug World is an international version of the popular Twelve South PlugBug. PlugBug World brings the dual charging convenience of PlugBug to Mac users everywhere. PlugBug uses the clever trick of attaching to any Apple MacBook Power Adapter by replacing its attached plug or extended power cord. When snapped into place, PlugBug not only allows for worldwide charging of MacBook, but also provides a separate 2.1-Amp USB charger for iPad/iPhone. Once attached, simply select your local plug, or use your extended cable, to power both your MacBook and iPad or iPhone from a single outlet. This powerful accessory is a lifesaver in locations where finding multiple wall outlets can be a challenge, and where charging your MacBook and iPad quickly is mission-critical to your next meeting or presentation.
Made with the traveler in mind, PlugBug World has snap-on plugs for use in US/Canada/Japan, UK/Hong Kong/Singapore, Continental Europe, Australia/New Zealand and China. They’re available for purchase now, and Twelve South is picking up shipping costs in the US. International customers can get flat-rate shipping to most countries.
Even if you’re not a world traveler, it’s great to have that extra USB port when plugging in a MacBook Pro. Its 10 watts of power is a gracious plenty for any iPad, iPod or iPhone — twice as much power as the 5-Watt charger for the iPad mini, for example. This extra power results in a faster charge.
The PlugBug World uses a feature of Apple’s already clever charger design. The iPad and MacBook chargers are the same the world over, and ship with different AC plugs for different parts of the world. These tips are interchangeable between iPad and MacBook chargers, too, making Apple’s own travel charger set very handy indeed.
The PlugBug World is available now for $44.99 and the original, compatible with outlets only in the US, Canada and Japan is $34.99
Yesterday accessory manufacturer Belkin introduced a thin and light Bluetooth wireless keyboard for the iPad mini -the FastFit Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard Case. Built with anodized aircraft grade aluminum, weighing less than the iPad mini itself and not adding bulk.
The case combines a physical keyboard typing experience, easy portability and convenient power capabilities in one package. At 7mm (0.28″) thick, the FastFit keyboard cover is thinner than the iPad mini itself.
The FastFit connects to the iPad mini through Bluetooth and is able to deliver 155 hours of “active use” for all those typing demons out there. Also, just like Apple’s Smart Cover for the iPad, the FastFit has a magic magnetic sensor so that it can automatically lock and wake up your iPad mini when it’s opened and closed.
Belkin’s FastFit Bluetooth keyboard case will cost $79.99 and be available for pre-order soon.
Yesterday Apple added its new 128GB iPad to the Apple Store . It`s supposed that any order will be shipped within 1-3 days.
The new device comes in two models: Wi-Fi only ($799) and Wi-Fi+LTE ($929). Previously, the 9.7-inch iPad with retina display was available only with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage.
Apart from the increased memory, the new iPad is identical to the other models in the line. There are two colors to choose from: black or white.
Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing explained:
“With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs” .