In the News: 2014-10-28

Written on:October 28, 2014
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Apple News: What If Apple Brought Watch OS To iPhone?
Alongside showing off its first-ever wearable – and the capabilities (and potential) that its developer-focused community could bring to it in the future, at its blockbuster media event held at the beginning of last month, Apple notably also demoed a brand new OS to the public. Set to power Apple Watch upon its official retail debut, early next year, Watch OS marks – in my opinion – a paradigm shift in both the visual communication, and graphic fluidity, that users are going to expect from their smartwatch going forward. (Remember, the version of Watch OS seen in those hands-on press videos likely wasn’t the final version. This thing isn’t launching for a good few months yet. If the software wasn’t locked down already, it will be). Enabling users to literally pan around a networked ‘bundle’ of applications, at the swipe of a finger, and likely based (at its core) on iOS – the OS that currently powers Apple’s other mobile devices, Watch OS is clearly going to have some super-powerful qualities under-the-hood.
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Technology News: Doctors are using digital tools that can’t talk to each other – and this hurts everyone
Well, we totally blew it on that whole electronic health record thing. According to Athenahealth’s Dan Haley and Surescripts’ Seth Joseph, speaking onstage today at our HealthBeat 2014 conference, the U.S. government has set such a low bar for the technology that despite the wide adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), these new systems still can’t communicate with each other. Athenahealth is a provider of EHR tools and health practice management tools, while Surescripts connects the various parts of the health industry including pharmacies, providers, benefit managers, and health information exchanges. EHR adoption has risen dramatically in the past few years, thanks to the Hitech Law and government incentives for doctors and hospitals to trade in their old, paper records in favor of digital ones. In 2009, just 12 percent of hospitals used EHRs; in 2013 that had risen to 59 percent, according to a recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Programming News: Software is a tree
Maybe software is like a tree. The applications, websites, games that people use are the leaves. They’re the important part of the tree, because they’re useful. They solve real problems and improve lives, they make money, they entertain. The leaves are built upon the wood of the tree, branches and trunk: all the libraries and languages and operating systems and network infrastructure. Technologies upon technologies, upon which we build applications. They’re the important part of the tree because dozens to thousands of leaves depend on each piece of wood.
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Photography News: 30+ Lovely Images of Macro Photography
Macro photography is close-up photography. This usually requires a special lens that is optimized to focus sharply on a small area. A round-up of some truly revealing and inspiring macro photographs which are sure to have you marveling at the world around you. It is really impressive to see our world with the kind of close-up. Here is a collection of truly amazing macro photographs from various photographers.
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