Health tech’s radical promise to patients: Pay doctors for results, not treatments

Image Credit: Sergey Nivens / Shutterstock In recent decades, the health care industry has made remarkable progress in the understanding, detection and treatment of disease, primarily thanks to technological advancements. Given that the majority of Americans are healthy most of the time, one might expect that medical progress would dramatically reduce the cost of health care due to preventative education, ... Read More »

Microsoft yields to Spotify, kills the free ad-supported Xbox Music Pass

Image Credit: via Microsoft Microsoft plans to shut down the free version of its Xbox Music Pass streaming service in December, the company announced today. Xbox Music Pass is an on-demand streaming music service that’s more or less Microsoft’s version of Spotify, which it created to help lure customers into its Xbox media ecosystem. Previously, the company allowed people to ... Read More »

Connected health is progressing, but obstacles remain (and some of them are doctors)

Image Credit: The Javorac via Flickr Technological developments in the health care sector hold great promise for delivering a better standard of care in the United States. But just because you build it doesn’t mean they will come. Doctors, that is. Electronic prescriptions are a good example. The majority of doctors in the U.S. have no idea if the prescriptions they ... Read More »

Mobile games to overtake console revenues in 2015 — and Apple’s revenue could double Nintendo’s

Above: Mobile games will overtake console revenues in 2015. Image Credit: Newzoo The console business has ruled gaming for years. But its reign may officially end next year. The mobile game business is expected to surpass console games in revenue in 2015, according to Newzoo. The market-research firm said that mobile games will hit $30.3 billion in 2015, up from ... Read More »

At Flight, Twitter’s Dick Costolo extends an app-infused olive branch to developers

Above: Twitter chief Dick Costolo Image Credit: Richard Byrne Reilly San Francisco — Twitter’s developer conference in the city by the Bay, called Twitter Flight, was really about extending an olive branch to app developers. At Flight, the microblogging site’s CEO Dick Costolo took the stage for the keynote at 10:00 a.m. PT and quickly made clear Twitter’s commitment to working with ... Read More »

Why Google’s Inbox is my new favorite email app

Above: Google Inbox Image Credit: Google Email is a real pain in the neck, but Google’s upcoming email application, Inbox, could dramatically cut the time wasted on the task. VentureBeat got an early hands-on with the application, and Inbox instantly became my favorite new email application, despite a few glitches and missing features (below is a promo video of what ... Read More »

San Francisco’s former mayor and current California senator pens aggressive anti-Airbnb op-ed

Image Credit: Flickr user quinn.anya While Republicans are proudly supporting sharing economy startups to boost their support among young voters, Democrats appear to be doing the opposite. A leading senator and former mayor of San Francisco, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), penned a rather aggressive op-ed against rental startups for the San Francisco Chronicle, “Don’t hand San Francisco over to Airbnb.” San Francisco’s ... Read More »

How Welltok tapped IBM’s Watson to upgrade its health optimization platform

Above: Welltok’s CafeWell Concierge app, powered by IBM’s Watson Image Credit: Welltok For Welltok and IBM, a partnership couldn’t have been timed much better. Denver-based Welltok has been developing a health optimization platform for years, dubbed CafeWell, which analyzes your health profile from a variety of sources and offers up insight on how to stay fit. IBM, meanwhile, has long ... Read More »

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