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FCC Draws mHealth Road Map, Part 1

Smartphones can perform all kinds of neat tasks, such as instantly directing owners to the nearest sushi bar, or providing inning-by-inning updates of the World Series. Beyond these eye-catching consumer conveniences, the potential for more substantive uses for mobile telecom is enormous. One such a...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

US Agency Takes ‘Private’ Approach to Streamlining IT Procurement

Information technology vendors seeking business from the federal government are well advised to keep an eye on the requirements of big agencies such as the Department of Justice or the Department of Homeland Security. Within big departments, there are big components -- such as the Food and Drug Admi...

Bringing Tasty E-Food Safely to Your Doorstep

Someone in the mood for a steak can always go down to the grocery store or head out to a restaurant to get one. However, some shoppers prefer to stay home, go online, place an order, and wait for a couple of days for a frozen steak to appear on their doorstep, packed tightly in a Styrofoam container...

Google Shells Out $500M to DoJ Over Shady Drug Ads

Google has agreed to a $500 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for allowing online Canadian pharmacies to place ads through its AdWords program targeting consumers in the United States. The ads resulted in the illegal importation of controlled and non-controlled prescription dru...

OPINION

The Fuse Is Lit for the mHealth Industry Explosion

mHealth is an exciting new industry that blends healthcare and wireless. In the next couple of weeks, I will be meeting with many people representing companies and new ideas in the mHealth industry at the annual CTIA show in Orlando. Some of these are established large companies, while others are sm...

SmartWatch Could Serve as ‘Seismograph’ for Seizure Detection

Caregivers of people with epilepsy and related disorders harbor a major fear: that a seizure could occur without their knowledge. Now, a wristwatch-style device aptly named the "SmartWatch" can detect seizures and alert caregivers within seven to 10 seconds, explained Stanford University pediatric ...

Cities of the Future, Part 3: Cloud Quandaries

Cities, like other large organizations, will move increasingly toward virtualization and the cloud in order to save money on infrastructure. In fact, many city governments have already implemented Google Enterprise. When problems occur in cities with automated programs, who's responsible? The city a...

Breakthrough Could Lead to Cure for AIDS and Other Deadly Viruses

Viruses have long been the bane of the medical world. For centuries, healthcare experts have struggled to treat everything from virus-induced sniffles to lethal epidemics. At the very core of the problem is the constant emergence of new viruses and the continuous flux of old ones. It doesn't help th...

BEST OF ECT NEWS

Technology to Give Eyesight to the Blind

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed technology that could help fight blindness. It's aimed at the millions of people impacted by two of the major causes of blindness: age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The MIT project is one of several that use a physical ...

MED TECH

Unblinded With Science: Technology to Restore Vision

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed technology that could help fight blindness. It's aimed at the millions of people impacted by two of the major causes of blindness: age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The MIT project is one of several that use a physical ...

Health Workers Balk at H1N1 Mandates, Cite Safety Concerns

It seems that no vaccine in recent history has met with as much public suspicion and fear as the new H1N1 vaccine. Commonly referred to as the "swine flu," H1N1 causes a wide range of symptoms, from mild to lethal. The body count is already high for this time of year, and it is expected to soar much...

MED TECH

Anti-Obesity ‘Wonder Drug’ May Harm Liver

The Food and Drug Administration is looking into reports that orlistat, a drug used to control obesity, might have played a role in 32 cases of liver injury that occurred between 1998 and 2008. The FDA is also investigating an undisclosed number of other cases of liver damage that might be related t...

MED TECH

Feds Approve Stem Cell Tests on Patients With Spinal Cord Injuries

Candidate Barack Obama promised to lift Bush Administration restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. Two days after he became President Obama, the government gave its approval for the first-ever human trials using therapies derived from this controversial area of science. Geron, a Menlo Park, C...

Study: Headphone Magnets Mess With Pacemakers

After some back-and-forth in the medical community, it has generally been decided that iPods and MP3 players do not seriously interfere with pacemaker functions. However, a study points to an entirely new concept of the risk involved with these devices. It is not the music player itself that can cau...

FTC Busts Spam Gang

The Federal Trade Commission has essentially shut down the largest spam operation in the world, freezing the assets of two of its accused ringleaders. Lance Atkinson, a New Zealand citizen living in Australia, and Jody Smith of Texas, deceptively marketed a variety of products through spam messages,...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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