In today’s Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news:
- Latest mobile apps from the IBM-Apple partnership target health
- AT&T has to face unlimited data case from FTC
- Dish’s Sling gets HBO
- No selfies at big music festivals
- Two federal agents face bitcoin theft charges
- Apple-IBM partnership targets mobile health
The latest mobile apps from the IBM-Apple partnership target mobile health. Apple and IBM have now released 22 apps since December.
Reports IDG news service:
“The four new healthcare apps are for nurses who work in hospitals and provide home care. Hospital RN replaces a nurse’s pager and phone with an iPhone, and allows them to access a patient’s records. The app uses iBeacon technology to identify patients and displays notifications including status updates on hospital equipment that is offline, backups at the lab and patient requests.”
Read more at: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2905172/health-care-industry-receives-first-mobile-apps-from-apple-ibm.html
- AT&T vs. FTC over unlimited data
A judge has refused to dismiss an FTC complaint against AT&T in a dispute over unlimited data plans.
Reports website The Register:
“Judge Edward Chen has struck down AT&T’s motion to have the FTC complaint dismissed, an order that will force the US telco giant to face charges of violating the Federal Trade Commission Act.”
Read more at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/01/yes_att_you_have_to_go_to_court_with_the_ftc/
- Dish’s Internet TV, Sling, gets HBO service for $15 a month
HBO lovers have one more way to watch “Game of Thrones.”
If you subscribe to Dish’s $20-a-month Internet TV service, Sling TV, you can order HBOfor an extra $15 each month.
That’s the same price as the new HBO Now Internet service. For the moment, you can order HBO Now on Apple devices and through New York-area cable company Cablevision.
The number of people who pay cable companies, satellite TV companies and telecommunications companies for TV access — the traditional pay-TV system — has been slowly dropping as online video alternatives such as Netflix become more popular.Dish, for example, lost 79,000 satellite TV subscribers last year, ending with nearly 14 million.
Sling TV is Dish Network Corp.’s attempt to attract the estimated 10 million households who pay only for Internet and not for cable. It was released in February.
- No ‘narsisstics’: Music festivals ban fans’ selfie sticks
You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals.
The devices, which grasp cellphones to allow people to take pictures of themselves farther away from their faces, are banned at this summer’s festivals in Indio, California, and Chicago. Coachella dismissed them as “narsisstics” on a list of prohibited items.
Selfie sticks have become a popular but polemical photo-taking tool: Avid picture takers like snapping their own shots in front of monuments and sunsets, but critics dismiss them as obnoxious and potentially dangerous to others around them.
A spokeswoman for Coachella would not comment on the restriction. Lollapalooza representatives did not return a request for comment but on the festival’s Twitter account said the decision was being made “for safety, to speed security checks at the gate & to reduce the number of obstructions between the fans and the stage.”
- Federal agents accused of stealing $1M in online currency
Two former federal agents are accused of using their positions and savvy computer skills to siphon more than $1 million in digital currency from the illegal black market Silk Road website while they and their agencies were operating an undercover investigation of the online drug bazaar.
The pair appears to have acted independently of one another while using sophisticated encryption software, inside knowledge of the investigation and complex offshore banking transfers of digital money called bitcoins and U.S. currency.
Former Drug Enforcement Administration agent Carl M. Force, 46, was arrested Friday in Baltimore and remained in custody Monday after being charged with wire fraud, theft of government property, money laundering and conflict of interest.
Former U.S. Secret Service special agent Shaun W. Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, appeared in federal court in San Francisco and remains free on $500,000 bond after being charged with wire fraud and money laundering.