2018 Internet Trends Report Released

Legendary venture capitalist Mary Meeker has just released her Internet Trends 2018 report. The report, released annually, is highly valued by tech industry professionals and investors for its deep insight into the status of the Internet at the moment and where it may be headed. Meeker presented the report in a series of 294 slides accompanied by a fast-paced narration.

   The report documents developments this past year that will influence trends in accessibility and communications technology development.

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Trends Disrupting Healthcare As We Know It

The one constant in many industries today is change, thanks to the unabated infiltration of advanced technologies. The healthcare industry is no different. The image of the doctor taking notes after examining a patient and filing information in folders is giving way to the doctor entering data into a handheld device which will communicate with a central online database containing patient information.

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iMedicalApps: App Assesses Frailty in Older Patients - But doesn't help interpret results and lacks references

As our population continues to age, providers, patients, and their families will continue to struggle with how best to assess and help frail geriatric patients. The Essential Frailty Toolset (EFT) helps providers tease out the association between frailty and surgical mortality.

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NIH takes steps to safeguard participant data for PMI national cohort

As the National Institutes of Health looks to build one of the world’s largest biomedical datasets under the Precision Medicine Initiative’s All of Us research program, NIH is grappling with how to keep the data of a million or more Americans private and secure.

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How does an Amazon Echo vulnerability enable attackers to eavesdrop?

Research from MWR InfoSecurity Ltd. shows that threat actors can install malware on an Amazon Echo and turn it into a listening device. How effective is this attack, and is there any way to determine if an Amazon Echo has been compromised?

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Health, wellness apps pose risks to consumer privacy

While there are federal regulations governing how personal health data is shared, only a fraction of the increasingly popular consumer apps on the market are actually regulated, leaving enormous amounts of information largely unprotected.

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With Fitbits, STSI Adds mHealth to its Precision Medicine Project

Scripps Health’s Digital Health research unit is providing as many as 10,000 Fitbits to participants in a precision medicine program to track how home activities may affect their health.

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LiveWell RERC Releases Amazon Echo Skill That Reads TechWatch and LiveWell News Blogs

LiveWell RERC development staff recently released an Amazon Echo Skill that will read aloud the latest posts from our two blogs, TechWatch and LiveWell News.  The new skill can be installed on the Amazon Alexa app and then utilized on any Amazon Echo product.  The skill taps into the RSS feeds from our blogs and is called the LiveWell News Skill.    Once enabled, saying the command “Alexa, what’s the news”, or “Alexa, what’s my flash briefing,” will allow your Echo to read aloud the latest LiveWell RERC news feeds.  A user will only get information if it has been updated within the past week.  The LiveWell RERC developer of the new skill from Duke University, Leighanne Davis, says “The new skill will make the news feeds more accessible and convenient to a variety of users by providing speech output.”

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Alibaba challenges Google, Amazon with new Echo-like device

The competition in digital speaker-assistants is getting more intense, as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. unfurled an Amazon Echo-like device and fellow Chinese internet giants Tencent and Baidu prepare to develop their own.

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Google I/O 2017 Updates on Disability, Accessibility, Assistive Technology (AT), and Emerging Technologies

An experience to be remembered and referred to throughout the year, Google I/O 2017 lived up to its hype. Sessions, sandbox demonstrations, Code Labs, and Google expert office hours boasted topics on Android, machine learning, Internet of Things, the Google Assistant, Accessibility, and others. By giving accessibility the center stage for a variety of sessions, sandbox demonstrations, and expert office hours, Google has again shown the AT community its dedication to closing the gap in accessibility and usefulness of technology for people with disabilities. Google’s many technologies and products also show big implications for the disabled community to leverage throughout life.

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Multiuse data dominates 'Future of IoT' implementation

The internet of things wave is here, and its promise of flashy new gadgets is quickly being overshadowed by its promising effects on both the enterprise and industry verticals. However, at the end of the day, Don DeLoach, former president and CEO of Infobright (it was acquired by Ignite Technologies in March 2017), knows IoT implementation is all about the data and how that data is being used.

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