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Apple rolls out CareKit

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One CareKit app coming soon is One Drop, a diabetes care app. The One Drop app more1

Apple rolled out CareKit, the company s mobile software for health apps, on Thursday with the hope of moving more mobile apps into hospitals.

CareKit currently works with four iPhone apps Glow Nurture and Glow Baby; Start, a monitoring app for depression medication; and diabetes tracker One Drop. The Glow s Nurture and Baby apps send infant care progress reports to doctors and caregivers, while the Start app uses CareKit to provide patients dealing with depression with information on their medication. The Cleveland Clinic has also built an app for patients with as asthma, which will be available soon. One CareKit app coming soon is One Drop, a diabetes care app. The One Drop app more3

The Cupertino-based company hopes that the new software will be comparable to its ResearchKit, which has helped medical professionals make important strides in health research.

Doctors around the world are using the iPhone to transform the way we think about health, the company wrote on its website4. Apps created with ResearchKit are already producing medical insights and discoveries at a pace and scale never seen before.

That success has inspired us to widen the scope from medical research to personal care with the introduction of CareKit a framework for developers to build apps that let you manage your own well-being on a daily basis. ResearchKit is an open-source software framework which allows researchers and developers to create apps for medical studies. None of the apps are considered the type of mobile medical apps used to diagnose or treat a disease, which would require FDA approval. ResearchKit has already contributed to epilepsy and asthma research. Apple announced its open-sourced CareKit software development platform last month to allow developers to build health apps on iOS devices. CareKit developers can gather research data via iOS devices to help patients manage treatment and allow doctors to monitor progress. Unlike ResearchKit, CareKit is not restricted to medical researchers with review board approvals.

The company hopes that hospitals will start to make investments in mobile apps to monitor patients once they leave medical facilities. Competitor Google is already making headway into hospitals with Google Glass, which, among other things, allows doctors to record patient information without constantly looking down at a medical chart.

Apple5 also made sure to point out that CareKit ensures users privacy.

We know how much you value the privacy of your information, and both ResearchKit and CareKit have been designed with that in mind, the company said. You choose which research studies you want to join, you control what information you provide to which apps, and you can always see the data you re sharing.


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Dyson’s Supersonic costs £299 but looks like no hair dryer before it

The new Dyson Supersonic hair dryer runs almost silently but it will cost you a pretty penny

Dyson has just branched out with its first personal care product, the Supersonic hair dryer. First thing’s first, the Supersonic hair dryer will cost a pretty penny at 299. This is more than most Salon-grade, commercial hair dryers out there, but what you’re getting is a pretty radical departure from every hair dryer you might have seen before. The wand-like design should hopefully help with manoeuvrability, especially in reaching the back of your head without too much awkward contortion. The motor is housed inside the handle, which is meant to help with balance. The Supersonic uses Dyson’s air multiplier technology as seen in the company’s bladeless fans and more recently in the Pure Cool Link air purifier1. Dyson says this enables the Supersonic to multiply the air it takes in three-fold, in order to produce a high-pressure, high-velocity jet of air, which should both dry your hair quicker, supposedly up to eight times faster than rivals, but also aids styling due to its more targeted control of airflow.

Dyson's Supersonic Costs £299 But Looks Like No Hair Dryer Before It

The Supersonic uses a specially-designed V9 digital motor. Importantly, the Supersonic will run almost silently. Well, technically, not completely silently, just that the motor operates at a single tone frequency outside of human perception. Finally, then, you’ll be able to dry your hair without annoying everyone else in the household. Temperature control is included to avoid potential hair damage from excessive heat.

An array of attachments will also be included that attach through magnets and make the Supersonic resemble a more traditional hair dryer. These include diffusers and smooth nozzles. As the hot air passes through a layer of cold air, the surface of each attachment remains cool to the touch. The Dyson Supersonic will launch initially in Asian markets before reaching the UK in June and will cost a significant 299. Dyson, then, is banking on there really not being a price you can put on looking good.


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MCD refuses nod for cell towers in colonies; may affect mobile phone, data services in parts of Delhi

NEW DELHI: Municipal authorities in Delhi have stopped giving clearances to telecom operators to set up towers following a gazette notification by the Ministry of Urban Development disallowing such sites in residential areas, a move that may affect mobile phone and data services in parts of the national capital. “We have learnt that the authorities are in the process of issuing notices for pulling down the sites in residential areas,” Rajan Mathews, director general of the Cellular Operators Association of India, told ET.

Telecom secretary JS Deepak3 wrote to Rajiv Gauba4, his counterpart in the urban development ministry, on April 4 seeking an amendment to the gazette notification dated March 22 “immediately so that it does not result in imposing restrictions on installation of mobile towers” in residential areas or residential buildings in Delhi. Gauba joined office on April 1. Industry experts said the notification, if implemented, will cripple telecom services in the capital as 80-90% of about 18,000 sites may be affected.

MCD Refuses Nod For Cell Towers In Colonies; May Affect Mobile Phone, Data Services In Parts Of Delhi

Although the notification applies only in the national capital, the industry fears the order could be expanded and implemented in other cities and towns, which could spell disaster for telecom services and operators. In his letter, the telecom secretary contended that the urban development ministry has no jurisdiction over this matter.

“As per allocation of Business Rules of Central Government, the subject matter of telegraph falls under jurisdiction of department of telecom,” Deepak said, asserting that the issue of installing towers comes purely under the telecom ministry. The letter explains that telecommunications has been recognised the world over as an important tool for socio-economic development of a nation. It has become a core infrastructure required for rapid growth and modernisation of various sectors and telecom towers are critical for providing mobile connectivity in residential areas.



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Nokia-Samsung patent verdict expected within days

Nokia-Samsung Patent Verdict Expected Within DaysHELSINKI: Nokia and Samsung are expected to settle their two-year patent dispute within days, with analysts forecasting a one-time payment of hundreds of millions of euros for the Finnish company.

Nokia entered into a binding arbitration with South Korea’s Samsung in 2013 to settle additional compensations for a five-year period starting from early 2014. The International Chamber of Commerce’s arbitration court is due to make its ruling on the issue imminently. Nordea analyst Sami Sarkamies, one of few analysts to give a precise estimate, said the verdict could boost Nokia’s operating profit by about 700 million euros ($758 mln) this year, forecasting the court will stipulate an annual patent fee of 300 million euros.

“Samsung has been paying Nokia probably 100 million per year, and the rate could now come up to around 300 million euros (per year). The settled rate will also be paid retrospectively for the last two years,” Sarkamies said. “But they have already booked perhaps 100 million a year from Samsung to their income statement, so the EBIT impact for this year could be around 700 million euros.”

Sarkamies has a “hold” rating on Nokia shares, which have fallen 9 percent since last April when it announced a 15.6 billion euro takeover of French network gear rival Alcatel-Lucent, due to be completed this quarter. Investors have worried about the integration process and special terms negotiated by the French government, but the share price could get a boost if the settlement with Samsung is much bigger than analysts’ forecasts. Last month, Sweden’s Ericsson said that a patent licence deal with Apple Inc would help lift its intellectual property rights revenue by up to 40 percent in 2015, sending its shares up sharply. Nokia, which once dominated the global mobile phones market, is now focused on telecom network equipment but still holds on to a portfolio of phone patents. It said last month that the International Chamber of Commerce had advised that the settlement with Samsung is expected by the end of January.

A Nokia spokesman declined to comment on Saturday, saying the company had nothing to add beyond the previous statement.

Phone companies like Sony, Samsung lay off 300 employees as sales of smarphones slow on Chinese competition

Phone Companies Like Sony, Samsung Lay Off 300 Employees As Sales Of Smarphones Slow On Chinese CompetitionKOLKATA: Sony Corporation and Samsung Electronics have each laid off about 150 executives in India in the wake of slowing sales in the country in the past two months and increased competition from Chinese companies that’s eating away at their smartphone market shares.

Sony India has offered voluntary retirement to its entire smartphone team as the Japanese company scales down its mobile handset business, while Samsung India, the largest seller of mobile phones in the country, has asked mid-level executives across marketing support and after-sales at its regional offices to leave in a bid to cut costs, said four senior industry executives, requesting anonymity. Sony India failed to grow the way it had anticipated in the smartphone business after the parent company’s exit from entry-level models, stiff competition in the mid-to-premium segment from Apple, Samsung and Chinese brands and overall slowdown in sales. Sony India’s share in the smartphone market declined to 1% from 6-7% two years ago, according to independent reports. Sony India is now scaling back the mobile business infrastructure it had created across channels and regions, which has led to the job cuts. The maker of Xperia smartphones will now focus on the upper mid-segment to premium-end market and plans to sell online through its exclusive stores and selected large retailers. “The mobile business will be asset-light in Sony India and the television team will handle the business. The company is pulling back stocks from multibrand stores and compensating dealers,” an executive said. A Sony India spokesperson confirmed the company has offered VRS to an unspecified number of permanent employees in the mobile division in order to optimise resources following a shift in strategy to focus on the premium segment rather than chase sales volumes at the low-end. Sony will “focus on building a stable business foundation in this region going forward by streamlining our operations and seeking increased efficiencies,” the spokesperson said, adding that consumers will continue to have good and easy access to its products.

Samsung, which sells the Galaxy S6 edge+ smartphone and the Galaxy Note 5 device, had sacked some 250 employees before Diwali and has now cut down the multiple layers it had created in marketing and sales support, which were specific to each channel. “Some employees have been offered a golden handshake package in compensation, while several have been just asked to go, citing audit reasons like minor inflation in travel bills,” one of the executives said. A senior trade partner said Samsung India president HC Hong had informed dealers at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas about the company’s lower-than-expected growth in 2015 and cost-cutting measures, including reducing employee count. A Samsung Southwest Asia spokesperson said the information on the layoffs is incorrect. “We have made no such organisational changes in December or January,” the spokesperson said. A senior industry executive said some of the recent exits are part of the process that Samsung had started in October.