When it comes to computing devices, tablets should not be put into the same category as smartphones.
It might be hard to believe, but tablets are not mobile devices. For one thing, tablets are rarely taken out of the home, and, for another, Google says so, that's why. We offer four reasons why organizations should not consider tablets mobile devices, and what that means for existing and future mobile plans.Full StoryMobile Marketer READ MORE
The clinic offers Android support for customer-facing apps, but internal apps are for iPhones and iPads only.
The Mayo Clinic has rolled out several mHealth apps to let doctors to look up medical records, find detailed contact info about colleagues and tap into expert advice from them. The apps have now been installed on more than 15,000 devices and doctors credit them with saving tons of time. What devices are these apps being accessed from? While Mayo makes patient-facing apps for both Android and iOS, its internal apps are iOS only.
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'Instagram for heart attacks' is a model for the ways in which mobile and social technology can be leveraged to overcome healthcare challenges.
Instagram is the inspiration for ECG Capture, an iPhone app that assists in helping heart attack victims get treatment quicker. With the app, the user takes a photo of his or her ECG and sends the image, via a cell phone network, to a secure server at a hospital. At the hospital the heart attack victim is being sent to, physicians are able to see the ECG before they arrive and determine the best course of action. It appears to work faster than the traditional way of sending ECGs. In more than 1,500 tests, it was found to transmit images in less than 6 seconds; the traditional method took up to 114 seconds to send. The app isn't perfect (there’s always the concern, for example, of being in an area where there’s no cell service), but it's a good model for adapting social media technology to health care.
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When it comes to time-saving value, the return on investment for smartphones is extremely high.
Americans addicted to smartphones have something to feel good about: Findings from a new poll show that the average smartphone owner paid $174 for his current smartphone but that the device actually put as much as $12,000 in time-saving value in the owner's palm.Full StoryDataquest READ MORE
Windows Phone has overtaken BlackBerry in marketshare, but it's something of a pyrrhic victory when you consider iOS/Android numbers.
IDC quarterly numbers show that, for the first time, Windows Phone marketshare has eclipsed BlackBerry. During the first quarter of 2013, Windows Phone devices accounted for 3.2% of all smartphones shipped around the world, while BlackBerry devices made up 2.9% of the market. That's a change from last quarter, when Windows Phone made up 2.6% of all shipments, compared to 3.2% for BlackBerry. While that's good news for Microsoft in a relative sense--it has been trailing BlackBerry for third place for quite some time--it's still a two-horse race between Apple and Google, with Android and iOS making up a whopping 92.3% of the market.Full StoryThe Verge READ MORE
Despite early signs of success, the U.K.'s NHS is seeing a complex--and not altogether positive--picture emerging.
The UK's National Health Service (NHS), which is hoping to slash the cost of caring for an aging population, has tried to settle the question by backing the world's largest trial of telecare and mHealth. Preliminary results were excellent, and, not surprisingly, the government embraced the new way of working. However, the latest detailed findings from the Whole System study paint a more complex picture. A study measuring the quality of life of people using telecare finds that the technology had no measurable effect on feelings of well being.
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If Apple does release a smartwatch, it'll most likely be very different from what you expect.
At some point, Apple is expected to release a miniature computer for your wrist. Assuming the rumors pan out, you are going to hate whatever is released--because it's not going to do many of the things that you think such a device should do. But an Apple watch will still be a big deal. Here's why.Full Storyreadwrite.com READ MORE
After healthcare, respondents to a Deloitte survey said, retail and finance are the two most promising industries for 4G services.
According to a recent Deloitte survey, 78% of senior mobile industry executives view healthcare as the most promising new growth channel for 4G services. After healthcare and the life sciences, those interviewed picked the retail industry and the financial industry as the second and third most promising industry verticals for mobile growth potential.
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Half of Walmart shoppers in general own smartphones, with about three-quarters of younger Walmart shoppers potential mobile customers.
Gibu Thomas, head of mobile for Walmart, says the concept of “smart shopping” will be driven by mobile technology. Thomas said half the base of Walmart customers now own smartphones. For the age 35 and under crowd of Walmart shoppers, the smartphone penetration rate is approximately 75%.Full StoryMobile Marketing READ MORE
The number of retailers that plan to adopt mobile point-of-sale systems is down from a year ago.
With 33% of retailers having no plans to adopt mobile point-of-sale systems soon, the results of a survey suggest that plans to deploy smartphones and tablets in-store have slowed compared to a year ago.Full StoryMobile Commerce Daily READ MORE