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Apple spoke with UnitedHealth, Humana regarding HealthKit tie-up

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Thursday, August 21, 2014, 01:38 pm PT (04:38 pm ET)

As part of a campaign designed to drive adoption of its forthcoming HealthKit biomedical tracking platform, Apple has reportedly held broad-stroke discussions with major U.S. insurers UnitedHealth and Humana about potential partnerships.

Executives from both insurance companies confirmed the talks, according to Bloomberg, though they were mum on the content of the meetings. Apple was characteristically silent when asked for comment.

The publication cited a program instituted last year by British energy firm BP, in which the company offered employees the ability to earn health insurance discounts by making healthier life choices, as an example of the possibilities of such a partnership. Employees validate their progress by wearing a FitBit fitness tracker.

UnitedHealth and Humana — along with competitors Cigna and Highmark — are said to have added similar options for policyholders. It is possible that the talks with Apple would fit under this rubric, as HealthKit is designed in part to allow medical professionals easier access to the data generated by the growing plethora of wearable devices available to consumers.

Apple is already known to be working with the Mayo Clinic, and the company is rumored to have been in contact with Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins. It is also thought to have approached EMR providers Allscripts and Epic Systems to integrate HealthKit data directly into patients’ medical records.

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Apple updates iMovie for Mac, iWork suite for OS X and iOS with minor bug fixes [u]

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Thursday, August 21, 2014, 03:01 pm PT (06:01 pm ET)

In what appears to be a routine maintenance update, Apple on Thursday rolled out minor iWork app point releases for both Mac and iOS, bringing stability improvements and bug fixes to the company’s multi-platform productivity suite.

With the updates, Pages, Numbers and Keynote for iOS move to version 2.2.2, while Mac versions were bumped to 5.2.2 for Pages , 3.2.2 for Numbers and 6.2.2 for Keynote.

The last substantial iWork overhaul came in April when the app suite received multiple user interface tweaks and feature additions in an effort to build a more cohesive multi-platform experience. Later that month, an across-the-board update for iOS versions brought similar unspecified bug fixes and performance improvements seen in today’s release.

While Pages, Numbers and Keynote have been Mac staples for many years, Apple first released its iWork for iOS in 2011 and has since expanded offerings into iCloud.

Apple’s iWork updates can be downloaded for free from the iOS or Mac App Stores, as well as Software Update. Users who have recently purchased a new Mac — or iOS device after Sept. 10, 2013 — can grab the apps for free from their respective App Stores. Customers with older iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models need to shell out $9.99 per app, while those using older Macs can buy Pages, Numbers and Keynote for $19.99 each.

Update: Apple has also issued a small update for the Mac version of iMovie that brings iCloud compatibility improvements for iMovie Theater. The updated app can be downloaded or purchased for $14.99 from the Mac App Store.

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Tim Cook visits veterans and doctors at Palo Alto VA hospital, staff using iPads

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Thursday, August 21, 2014, 03:54 pm PT (06:54 pm ET)

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday tweeted out a photo and brief message highlighting a recent visit to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., saying he was happy to meet with doctors who now use iPads to treat patients.

In the photo, Cook is seen talking with a hospital staff member who appears to be using an iPad Air with special protective cover. The Apple chief visited the VA Palo Alto Health Care System today with California Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo.

Since its debut, the iPad has been making inroads into the medical sector as doctors turn to the tablet for everything from reference material to chart management. A big part of the iPad’s success in the field comes thanks to a healthy selection of industry apps.

The iPad has curried favor as far back as 2011, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration green lit an app radiologists can use to view images and make mobile diagnoses.

Cook’s visit comes one day after newly appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald surveyed the Palo Alto VA HCS as part of a nationwide tour of VA hospitals. As reported by the San Jose Mercury News, McDonald lauded the facility as being one of the best in the system.

“Palo Alto VA medical center is one of the crown jewels of our healthcare system,” he said. “Every day, great care is delivered to veterans in every healthcare facility nationwide, but it’s especially evident here in Palo Alto and that’s why I’m here today.”

America’s Veterans Affairs healthcare system was thrust into the spotlight after it was reported that veterans were receiving subpar care, some of whom supposedly died waiting for treatment. The revelations led to an investigation that found a system fraught with trouble. Falsification of records meant to cover up excessive wait times, incorrect diagnoses and other scandals came to light, ultimately forcing former VA head Eric Shinseki to tender his resignation.

There has been no word as to the VA’s official stance on iPads and it is unknown if other facilities in the system use the tablet.

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BlackBerry goes to judge over continued Typo distribution

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Hands-on with BlackBerry Assistant

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Product Hunt Briefly Banned From Reddit, Reinstated

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Update: A Reddit spokesperson sent over the following statement, which notes that a ban placed on Product Hunt links was the temporary result of startups posting Product Hunt links, not the responsibility of the site itself:

“There was some recent suspicious activity that caused ProductHunt to be temporarily banned from reddit, but it was from a few select companies on ProductHunt and not ProductHunt itself. This situation has been resolved so that links from ProductHunt can once more be submitted to reddit and the ProductHunt team reddit will work together on addressing future potential spam issues.”

Product Hunt, the  Y Combinator-backed social network for sharing links to interesting new startups and apps via a Reddit-like interface, has been banned from Reddit.

We first got wind that links to Product Hunt could no longer be submitted to Reddit from a comment on a video published to YouTube by Google Ventures announcing that the search giant’s investment wing invested in Product Hunt’s seed funding.

I tested the claim this by attempting to submit a link from today’s top startups on Product Hunt to a relevant subreddit. The result:

While it’s possible that Reddit blocked links from Product Hunt as a competitive measure — at the Y Combinator Demo Day earlier this week, the startup announced that it plans to move into verticals beyond tech and startups over time — chances are that it was blocked based on standard Reddit policy.

There’s a chance that Product Hunt’s community is still small enough that startups can easily manipulate its upvote-based aggregation system to gain attention. Such manipulation is not just frowned upon in the submission policies at Hacker News and Reddit, it’s a ban-able offense.

With that said, it wouldn’t have been much of a surprise to see an exception made for Product Hunt. Besides the fact that links from Product Hunt do well on Y Combinator’s Hacker News on a daily basis, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has been a partner at Y Combinator since July and seems to have no problem promoting the company.

We’ve reached out to Product Hunt and Reddit for comment and will update this post with their responses.

 

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