Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Kevin Benedict's Christmas News Weekly - Part 2

Welcome to the Christmas Editions of
~ Mobile Commerce News Weekly ~
~ Mobile Health News Weekly ~
~ Mobility News Weekly ~

Welcome to this special Christmas edition of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile commerce, mobile health and enterprise mobility.  I have aggregated the information, included the original links and a synopsis of each article. Enjoy and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator has landed its third major health partnership in as many weeks to develop startups in and after the three-month, mentor-led program.  The Sprint Accelerator announced an agreement with the University of Kansas Medical Center that will augment the startups' mobile health technologies.  Read Original Content

First Opinion, a mobile health startup using doctors who are mostly stay-at-home moms to respond to medical queries by text message has raised $6 million. First Opinion co-founder and CEO McKay Thomas said the platform was designed to eliminate the needless visits to a physician, which it reckoned accounts for seven out of 10 office visits.  Read Original Content

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina invested $4 million in Durham mobile health startup TouchCare. TouchCare's mobile app remotely connects patients and their own health care providers via smartphones or tablets for video appointments.  Read Original Content

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Remote patient monitoring has been instrumental in cutting 30-day readmissions for patients with congestive heart failure at Sharp HealthCare, says a new case study from the Center for Technology and Aging.  The use of telehealth helped to decrease the 30-day unplanned return rate from 20.7 percent in a control group to just 10 percent.  Read Original Content

A new report by Berg Insight shows three million patients worldwide are connected to some form of remote monitoring device at home and monitored by a professional caregiver. In four years, it projects that figure to top 19 million.  Read Original Content


Mozido, a provider of cloud-based mobile payments, is expanding its global reach by acquiring majority ownership in U.S.-based mobile commerce company CorFire.  With this acquisition, the company will gain a two-billion user reach, as well as power of one of the most successful closed-loop mobile wallet apps in the Dunkin’ Mobile App.  Read Original Content

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced it has filed a lawsuit against Sprint, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States. The lawsuit accuses the company of illegally processing mobile payment charges through a third party.  Read Original Content

According to a survey by Deloitte, 31 percent of consumers with NFC-enabled mobile devices have used their device to make a payment in the past month.  Read Original Content

From Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, mobile sales grew by 27.2 percent, suggesting more people opted to spend money through their mobile devices rather than visit physical stores, according to IBM’s latest Digital Analytics Benchmark report. Read Original Content

Starbucks will no longer accept Square’s mobile payments, a move that has stunned many in the electronic payments world while satisfying countless consumers who say the mobile payment tech never worked as well as it should have.  Read Original Content

Microsoft now supports carrier billing for Windows Phone app purchases in the top emerging markets, a key component of its strategy to reach the "next 5 billion" smartphone users.  Read Original Content

Boeing is reportedly teaming up with BlackBerry to make a self-destructing smartphone designed for use by U.S. defense and homeland security employees and contractors.  Read Original Content

BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens. With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user.  Read Original Content

Motorola Mobility says it is looking to start selling smartphones again in China next year. It will also target other emerging mobile markets such as India and Brazil, the company said in a report by China Daily, which noted the smartphone maker had exited the Chinese market more than a year ago.  Read Original Content

Apple iPads and iPhones will soon be available on monthly installments as IBM begins selling them to enterprises in India along with its own software bundle.  Read Original Content

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