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Apple, WWDC and Health

Next month I’ll be in London for one of the Monty Python reunion shows. In their 1983 movie, The Meaning of Life, Michael Palin played an condescending hospital manager who wanted to make sure everyone appreciated the machine that he had bought, the one “that goes ping”. The joke was based on the notion that hospitals-know-best and that technology was one way that healthcare can assert its power over patients.

31 years later and the iPhone in my pocket outstips any machine the hospital has that goes ping. For instance, the computers in my hospital run Windows XP Professional, an operating system from 2002. Meanwhile yesterday, Apple announced Health, an app that will come as standard in iOS 8, the next revision of Apple’s mobile iPhone/iPad operating system. It’s not the do-everything, life-saving app that some people will have been expecting, but it’s a subtle statement of intent and when taken into consideration with Apple’s announcement HomeKit and SDK extensibility yesterday, there’s a smart long game ahead.

Let’s break down what all that means:

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There once was a note, listen…

The first in an occasional series about apps and software I use

Microsoft OneNote
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Three years ago I ditched my laptop and committed to the iPad full time. It wasn’t initially planned that way: My trusty 2006 MacBook was kept charged and ready just in case. But it went unused for days, then weeks, then months and went from being trusty to dusty.

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When you’re tough and transparent as armoured glass…

It is CES – the Consumer Electronics Show – this week in Las Vegas. It’s the week when gadget makers show what they have in store for 2014.

Gorilla Glass, the makers of the toughened, scratch-resistant glass found on iPhones, have announced a new version of their glass with an anti-microbial layer which lasts for the life of the screen.

Meanwhile, Apple, who almost never announce anything in advance, are rumoured to be working on a 12 inch iPad for professionals and business.

Are you ahead of me here..?

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