The smartphone physical: Medical checkups of the future

The smartphone-enabled checkup will actually improve doctor-patient relationships.

Can you imagine a comprehensive, clinically relevant well-patient checkup using only smartphone-based devices? The data obtained during the checkup is immediately readable and fully uploadable to an electronic health record. The patient understands – and even participates – in the interaction far beyond faking a cough and gulping a deep breath.

 

 

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The Nest: A thermometer that measures the environment using your smartphone

The Nest

The Nest, a smart thermostat for your smartphone, has received a lot of well-earned praise.  But the device might have limited use for those of who live in apartments where the heating and cooling systems aren’t under our direct control. However, for all you environmental geeks out there, there’s another way to harness technology to measure the environment using your smartphone. (Video)

 

 

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Moms lead trend in mobile shopping

Moms tend to lead shopping and mobile trends.

More shoppers are becoming increasingly comfortable using the smartphone or tablet to browse retailer offerings, look for discounts and compare products. For moms especially, who tend to lead shopping and mobile trends, the use of these smart devices may have reached the tipping point: Mobile has become more than a nice accessory to augment the shopping process; it has become an essential stop in the path to purchase.

 

 

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70 billion mobile apps will be downloaded in 2013

70 billion apps will be downloaded worldwide in 2013.

Ten apps will be downloaded for every single woman, man, and child on the planet in 2013. According to ABI Research, half of those apps will be Android apps, which will have 58 percent smartphone app share and 41 percent of those will be iOS apps. Thirty-three percent of smartphone app downloads will be for the Apple iPhone while the iPadwill take 75 percent of tablet app downloads. Windows Phone and tablet devices will account for the majority of the rest, with BlackBerry taking about a 2 percent share.

 

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Most smartphone and tablet users don’t care if they run iOS, Android, or Windows

The survey found there is no widespread loyalty among consumers about operating systems.

Google and Apple better watch out.  According to a new study by Accenture,  two-thirds of smartphone and tablet owners don’t have strong brand loyalty to any one particular operating system.

 

 

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