Mobile can drive down healthcare costs and improve care

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Jawbone, wearable technology for a healthier lifestyle.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) aims to provide more people with access to healthcare. With a larger population of people insured, the ultimate goal — and the only way to keep costs down — is to improve the health of the overall population.

 

 

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This is your brain on a smartphone

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A mobile junkie.

When is the last time you powered your smartphone all the way down?  Try turning it all the way off now. Take your phone out and turn it off (note: this is not advised if you are reading this on your mobile. In this case you are probably too far gone). Fair warning, you will experience a short stint of anxiety and emptiness. These mobile withdrawals are unpleasant (and slightly pathetic) but the sobering and liberating experience is worth more than your 25th snapchat today.

 

 

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Online and mobile advertising hits $43 billion

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Digital revenue surpassed broadcast TV this year.

Digital advertising online and via mobile crossed the $40 billion mark for the first time ever this past year, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau. Since 2004, the average growth rate has been 18 percent. And this year, digital ad revenues surpassed broadcast television for the first time.

 

 

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3 trends that will transform how employees use their phones

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Many organizations are unprepared for the mobile future.

There are hundreds of entrepreneurs every year whose business plans include the “mobile” buzzword. Many of them are app companies that target consumers or ad networks and platforms that help reach them. But there are even bigger opportunities for startups that leverage mobile technology to solve the most pressing problems for enterprises.

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Mobile video viewing increased 719% between 2011 and 2013: Ooyala

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Mobile viewership will double by end of 2015.

TV isn’t just a box in the living room anymore, it also includes smartphones and tablets. A new report from video services company Ooyala provides more evidence of that trend. By analyzing viewing data from 200 million people, the Global Video Index report found mobile and tablet viewing increased 719% from 2011 to 2013. In 2013 alone, the share of videos watched on mobile phones increased by 10 times.

 

 

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What mobile features travelers want most from hotels

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74% of all travelers surveyed were open to having hotels proactively enhancing their stay.

The iPhone was launched less than seven years ago, yet we tend to forget how life was ‘before’ the advent of smartphones. Social media has flipped the power from brands to travelers, with review sites now common and influential in the decision-making process. Not to mention everyday access to increasing amounts of content and services now accessible via tablets and smartphones 24/7, anywhere in the world. How are hotels embracing thia change?

 

 

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Data becomes major revenue driver for U.S. mobile industry

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In the fourth quarter of 2013 was the turning point in which the U.S. mobile industry started making more money off of data than from voice. Data became a bigger revenue source for carriers than voice services. From this point on data will be the primary growth driver for the U.S. mobile industry, while voice will recede in the rearview mirror.

 

 

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California proposes ‘kill switches’ on mobile phones

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California could be the first state to mandate a way for consumers to disable lost or stolen mobile phones.

Legislators in California are expected to outline a proposal requiring mobile devices sold in the state to come equipped with “kill switches” that would disable them if stolen or lost, beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

 

 

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The internet population in China hit 618 million in 2013 with 81% connected via mobile internet

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Mobile Internet users increased year-on-year by 80 million people in China.

China is become an increasingly connected country aided not least by the growth of mobile internet access. Last year, China ended up with 618 million Internet users and 500 million mobile Internet users, according to a report published by state-affiliated research organization China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), spotted first by Tech in Asia.

 

 

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Top 10 trends at CES: Venture Beat

Curved displays by Sony at CES 2014.

Venture Beat tried to cover all of the 2 million square feet of exhibit space at the 2014 International CES.  They saw only a portion of the tens of thousands products on display at the huge tech trade show. They saw fads like 3D glasses for TVs fade away. And it was interesting to see how “phablets,” or phones with huge, tablet-like screens, have caught on in places like Asia even though we’ve ridiculed them in the past.

 

 

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