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IBM names a new leader of its Watson Health unit

Former Philips Healthcare CEO Deborah DiSanzo is the new General Manager of IBM’s Watson Health unit, which aims to provide the company’s cognitive computer system to health care professionals and patients. At IBM, DiSanzo leads more than 2,000 employees and is charged with scaling Watson Health globally and expanding IBM’s Watson Health Cloud initiative. The Watson Health Cloud attempts to collect large amounts of patient data and make it easier for doctors and companies to make health decisions. IBM has teamed up with Apple (specifically, ResearchKit and HealthKit), Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic and other companies for the Cloud initiative.

Additionally, IBM announced new partnerships in its Watson Health business, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Columbia University and Teva Pharmaceuticals. Plus, the company laid out two new endeavors: the IBM Watson Health Cloud for Life Sciences Compliance, which helps biomedical companies send products and innovations into the marketplace, and IBM Watson Care Manager, which “allows medical professionals to factor a broad range of determinants into a personalized patient engagement program, with the intent to vastly improve individual health outcomes,” IBM says.

[Image credit: IBM]

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Tags: IBM, IbmWatson, watson, WatsonHealth, watsonhealthcloud


You now live on a planet with a Tumblr clothing line

Tumblr has launched its own clothing endeavor, featuring shirts, sweaters, dresses, accessories and other items adorned with patterns created by popular Tumblr artists. The clothing line is a celebration of Tumblr’s 10th year participating in New York Fashion Week, and all items will go on sale through PAOM starting September 14th. The first pieces feature prints from community members Brian Vu, Andrew B. Myers, John Karel, John McLaughlin, Lauren Pelc-McArthur, Luca Mainini, Monica Ramos and others, and they’re priced from $30 to $250.

Tumblr will also sell the clothes in a pop-up shop at 339 West 38th Street in New York from September 11th to 13th.

Tumblr Fashion Evangelist Valentine Uhovski told the New York Times, “We wanted every look to feel like a Tumblr post. When you enter the pop-up shop, you’ll feel like you’re inside of a Tumblr dashboard.”

There’s no word on the existence of Tumblr GIFt cards for its clothing line.

[Image credits: Hannah Sider (top image), John McLaughlin (GIF)]

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Tags: clothes, clothing, paom, tumblr


HTC One A9 could pack 4GB RAM and 10-core CPU

We usually see Samsung in the headlines as the company pushing the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to specs in a phone, but a recent device codenamed Aero, which is now being referred to as the HTC One A9, could take the spotlight.

A recent benchmark has been discovered for the device that shows the HTC One A9 as being pwoered by a deca-core (10-core) MediaTek Helio X20 SoC clocked at 1.96GHz, as well as 4GB of RAM.


There’s no way to actually verify that this is in fact an official benchmark, or that it belongs to the HTC One A9, so take this one with a pinch of salt. However, if it’s true, the HTC One A9 could be one heck of a device with its 4GB of RAM, 10-core processor, and 5.5-inch display.


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Free on Google Play: Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear album, best of Britney, and some Latin Vibes


Looking for some free music? Google has three different options for you right now: Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear album, a Latin Vibes collection, and the Best of Britney Spears collection. The last of these actually has been free on Google Play for a few days now.

Probably the “biggest” of the three is the full album “1000 Forms of Fear”, which includes the following singles: Chandelier, Big Girls Cry, and Elastic Heart.

Google regularly gives away free collections and albums on Google Play, and so depending on your music tastes, it is pretty easy to build up a sizable and varied collection of tunes without ever paying a dime. What has been your favorite free Google Play music collection so far? Let us know in the comments.


Google and Twitter working on ‘Instant Articles’ solution for their platforms


In this fast-paced world, every second seems to count. Google and Twitter have started working together to trim down the seconds that smartphone users may wait for an article on their smartphone to appear from a few seconds to zero seconds. So-called “instant articles” are part of a push by social media and tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Snapchat to make it easier to connect content publishers with readers. The apparent Google and Twitter partnership adds a couple different wrinkles to the concept of instant articles as the companies plan to open source their publishing tools and they do not plan to host the content themselves, relying instead on cached web pages.

Sources have pointed out that the use of cached information has a couple benefits, notably for Google. First, this may head off some complaints connected to Google providing results from their own hosted content, like the news snippets many European publishers object to, instead of sending users to other sites. Second, the use of cached pages means the original ads will continue to appear next to a story, helping them to retain their value longer.

Sources close to the project say Google and Twitter are speaking of the new instant articles as “accelerated mobile pages” during this development stage. They also point out that the companies do not plan to launch separate, standalone solutions or apps for the presentation of this content – it will just launch from within the Google or Twitter framework.

No details have been revealed about what ad revenue structures may be like for the new service and both companies have declined to comment on the project.

source: Re/Code

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FCC filing suggests Google may be working on a new 2015 Nexus Player

A new device from Google has just passed through the FCC, revealing certain clues that suggest it could be a new Android TV device. 

The device has be classified by the FCC as a multimedia device, with the following characteristics;

  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi radios, as well as Bluetooth LE
  • 1 LAN port, 4 USB ports, and 1 microUSB port.

Another clue that suggests that this device could be the next Nexus Player is its FCC label. The label is curved, which means that Google might keep the round design seen on the original Nexus Player. Although the FCC label on the original Nexus Player wasn’t curved, this assumption would be the most logical.fcc_label_nexus_player_091115

The fact that the device has gone through the FCC means that it could be ready for launch soon. Google might launch its next Nexus Player alongside the new anticipated Nexus smartphones, just like it did last year when it launched the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

No information was given on the device specs, however we can expect an improved chipset for faster performance, and most probably a new improved remote.

Google will be launching its new Nexus devices on September 29th, so hold on before getting yourself a Nexus Player.

Via: Phandroid

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Next version of Cyanogen OS might use Cortana as the main voice assistant

cortana-android-082415Cortana is basically Microsoft’s answer to Siri or Google Now. It comes installed on Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 10 Mobile. They have even released an Android app for people looking to try it out. Also, it’s looks like it might be heavily integrated into the next version of Cyanogen OS.

The news comes directly from Kirt McMaster, who is the co-founder and CEO of Cyanogen.

“When Apple launched Apple Music at WWDC, they showed the Siri integration with Apple Music. Siri doesn’t power Spotify like that so we can do these kind of things with for example, integration of Microsoft’s Cortana into the OS enabling natural language to power Spotify and other services.”

He goes on to talk about how Cortana would not just be an app, but built right into the OS. Essentially, making it “the brains” of the phone.

“Natural language coupled with intelligence is very important but as an application it doesn’t rally (sic) work because you need to be embedded into the framework of the OS because that is where you get all the signal from the services that makes that intelligence smarter.”

Source:  International Business Times
Via: Android Central

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MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Incase Apple Watch Travel Folio, Icon Backpack, or Portable Power 5400

For our next giveaway, we've partnered with Incase, the maker of sleek, modern accessories for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more. Incase is generously offering three items from its product line-up: the new Incase x Parabellum Apple Watch Travel Folio, an Icon backpack, and Portable Power 5400 battery pack.

incase watch folio

The Apple Watch Travel Folio is Incase’s newest product that’s made in partnership with Parabellum, a maker of premium leather goods. Its exterior is full-grain North American bison leather and its interior is genuine suede. It has a snap closure and features cut-outs and a magnetic flap to hold the Watch in place and charge it while it’s inside the folio. The Folio is available in black and pumpkin and retails for $250.

incase icon pack

The Icon Backpack has a padded compartment for laptops up to 15 inches, adjustable padded shoulder straps, and a dedicated side-access iPad pocket. Made of sturdy 840D nylon, it’s available in black, moss green, gray, and red and retails for $199.95.

incase battery pack

The Incase Portable Power 5400 is a battery park for charging USB devices on the go and works with the iPhone, iPad, and more. It features a 5400 mAh battery and a built-in USB cord to make it easy to charge, and offers 2.1 Amp charging via its USB port to charge your iPhone or other device quickly. The Portable Power 5400 retails for $79.95.

Three winners will be chosen for this giveaway. The first winner selected will receive the Portable Power 5400 battery pack. The second winner selected will receive an Icon backpack. The third winner selected will receive a black Apple Watch Travel Folio.

To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter your email address. Your email address will not be given to any third party and will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

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This contest will run from today (September 11) at 12:00 pm Pacific time through 12:00 pm Pacific time on September 18. The winners will be chosen randomly on September 18 and will be contacted by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address. The prizes will be shipped to the winners for free.

Incase is also offering a spectacular deal for MacRumors readers. With the purchase of an Apple Watch Folio, MacRumors readers will get a Portable Power 5400 battery pack for free with coupon code MacRumor915, a value of $79.95.


3D Touch Brings Trackpad Shortcut to iPhone 6s Keyboard

Apple introduced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with several new features this week, one of the most significant being 3D Touch. The pressure-sensing technology enables iPhone users to perform additional multi-touch gestures called “Peek” and “Pop” to access Quick Action shortcut menus or preview content within apps.

Apple added a 3D Touch page to its website earlier this week with some examples of what Peek and Pop gestures can be used for, including previewing emails and websites, viewing photos you’ve taken while taking new ones, quickly accessing your contacts, taking a selfie, quick compose and more.

One of the more useful actions that 3D Touch makes possible is pressing the iPhone screen to turn the on-screen keyboard into a virtual trackpad (pictured on left).

One press turns your keyboard into a trackpad.
Press the keyboard within apps such as Notes, Mail, and Messages, and your keyboard behaves just like a trackpad. You can then use a cursor to easily select and manipulate text with precision.

Existing iPads running iOS 9 will also have similar functionality, with users able to control an on-screen cursor by moving two fingers anywhere on the screen, including over the QuickType keyboard, to select, edit and move text.

3D Touch also enables iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users to press the left side of the Home screen to switch to multitasking view, press lightly for finer lines or more deeply for thicker ones in Notes, swipe left to delete an email or swipe right to mark it as unread in Mail and more.


Hardware Showdown: iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Perhaps you’re wondering just how good these new iPhones (iPhone 6S and iPhone 6s Plus) are that were announced earlier this week. Maybe you’re wondering how they stack up against the competition.

We all know about the age-old argument about how the iPhone has “inferior” specs to the Android flagships. We also know about how Apple is behind the times, and needs to catch up to the rest of the world. So what exactly is it about the iPhone that makes it such a heart throb for the Apple-lites around the world? Check out this graphic to see what’s under the hood between these two devices.

In this edition of the AndroidGuys Hardware Showdown, we are pitting the iPhone 6s against the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.


iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S6

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iPhone 6s vs LG G4

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