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    Samsung backs new platforms to push mobile health Edit Post

    Samsung is backing open hardware and software platforms in the hope of encouraging the wider development of sensors, algorithms and data collection for health-based services. The South Korean vendor has come up with an open hardware reference design called Simband, which it has demonstrated in the form of a wearable wristband. It also showed off how an ...

  • Nanthealth

    BlackBerry invests in health IT firm NantHealth Edit Post

    BlackBerry has taken an undisclosed stake in NantHealth, a US firm specialising in cloud and mobile-based health services, as part of its strategy to beef up its enterprise business. In addition, the two companies will jointly develop new services to which BlackBerry will contribute its QNX operating system and BBM Protected, its proposed secure messaging service. The partners will also release a health sector-specific smartphone later this year or early in 2015, according to Reuters. The move fits with comments made by BlackBerry CEO Chen during Mobile World Congress that the vendor might develop vertical-specific devices. Healthcare was the sector he mentioned as having ...
  • Basis

    Intel confirms acquisition of Basis, joins health tracker bandwagon Edit Post

    In a statement, Intel said it has acquired Basis Science, the privately-held maker of a wristwatch health tracker. A media report had previously broken news of the takeover but Intel had been unwilling to confirm the deal when asked by Mobile World Live. The report put a $100 million to $150 million price on the purchase but Intel’s latest statement did not reveal the price. It did, however, supply the reasoning behind the deal, which is accelerating the chip giant’s progress in wearable products, as well as bringing on board new technology and management with expertise in the field. Basis’ health tracker will continue ...