Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks during an event in Medellin, Colombia, on August 2, 2014Steve Wozniak says he is no fan of smartwatches and believes Google Glass will fail as he cautioned not to expect the company he co-founded, Apple, to always lead the way into new technologies. The American, who quit Apple in 1987 — 12 years after creating the technology giant with the late Steve Jobs — made the comments as he took up Australian residency, with a view to living Down Under permanently. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review on Friday, he also praised current Apple chief executive Tim Cook for breaking free from Jobs's "dogma" by allowing a big-screen iPhone to be made. "I really admire Tim Cook and admire that they broke a dogma that had come from Steve Jobs, which was about only having small phones," he said.


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Results are Beautiful: 4 Best Practices for Big Data in Healthcare

When you put big data to work, results can be beautiful. Especially when those results are as impactful as saving lives. Here are four best practice examples of how big data is being used in healthcare to improve, and often save, lives.

Aerocrine improves asthma care with near-real-time data

Millions of asthma sufferers worldwide depend on Aerocrine monitoring devices to diagnose and treat their disease effectively. But those devices are sensitive to small changes in ambient environment. That’s why Aerocrine is using a cloud analytics solution to boost reliability. Read more.

Virginia Tech advances DNA sequencing with cloud big data solution

DNA sequencing analysis is a form of life sciences research that has the potential to lead to a wide range of medical and pharmaceutical breakthroughs. However, this type of analysis requires supercomputing resources and Big Data storage that many researchers lack. Working through a grant provided by the National Science Foundation in partnership with Microsoft, a team of computer scientists at Virginia Tech addressed this challenge by developing an on-demand, cloud-computing model using the Windows Azure HDInsight Service. By moving to an on-demand cloud computing model, researchers will now have easier, more cost-effective access to DNA sequencing tools and resources, which could lead to even faster, more exciting advancements in medical research. Read more.

The Grameen Foundation expands global humanitarian efforts with cloud BI

Global nonprofit Grameen Foundation is dedicated to helping as many impoverished people as possible, which means continually improving the way Grameen works. To do so, it needed an ongoing sense of its programs’ performance. Grameen and Microsoft brought people and technology together to create a BI solution that helps program managers and financial staff: glean insights in minutes, not hours; expand services to more people; and make the best use of the foundation’s funding. Read more.

Ascribe transforms healthcare with faster access to information

Ascribe, a leading provider of IT solutions for the healthcare industry, wanted to help clinicians identify trends and improve services by supplying faster access to information. However, exploding volumes of structured and unstructured data hindered insight. To solve the problem, Ascribe designed a hybrid-cloud solution with built-in business intelligence (BI) tools based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Windows Azure. Now, clinicians can respond faster with self-service BI tools. Read more.

Learn more about Microsoft’s big data solutions

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Apple co-founder Wozniak skeptical on smartwatches, Google Glass

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak speaks during an event in Medellin, Colombia, on August 2, 2014Steve Wozniak says he is no fan of smartwatches and believes Google Glass will fail as he cautioned not to expect the company he co-founded, Apple, to always lead the way into new technologies. The American, who quit Apple in 1987 — 12 years after creating the technology giant with the late Steve Jobs — made the comments as he took up Australian residency, with a view to living Down Under permanently. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review on Friday, he also praised current Apple chief executive Tim Cook for breaking free from Jobs's "dogma" by allowing a big-screen iPhone to be made. "I really admire Tim Cook and admire that they broke a dogma that had come from Steve Jobs, which was about only having small phones," he said.


Apple News Headlines -- Yahoo! News

Results are Beautiful: 4 Best Practices for Big Data in Healthcare

When you put big data to work, results can be beautiful. Especially when those results are as impactful as saving lives. Here are four best practice examples of how big data is being used in healthcare to improve, and often save, lives.

Aerocrine improves asthma care with near-real-time data

Millions of asthma sufferers worldwide depend on Aerocrine monitoring devices to diagnose and treat their disease effectively. But those devices are sensitive to small changes in ambient environment. That’s why Aerocrine is using a cloud analytics solution to boost reliability. Read more.

Virginia Tech advances DNA sequencing with cloud big data solution

DNA sequencing analysis is a form of life sciences research that has the potential to lead to a wide range of medical and pharmaceutical breakthroughs. However, this type of analysis requires supercomputing resources and Big Data storage that many researchers lack. Working through a grant provided by the National Science Foundation in partnership with Microsoft, a team of computer scientists at Virginia Tech addressed this challenge by developing an on-demand, cloud-computing model using the Windows Azure HDInsight Service. By moving to an on-demand cloud computing model, researchers will now have easier, more cost-effective access to DNA sequencing tools and resources, which could lead to even faster, more exciting advancements in medical research. Read more.

The Grameen Foundation expands global humanitarian efforts with cloud BI

Global nonprofit Grameen Foundation is dedicated to helping as many impoverished people as possible, which means continually improving the way Grameen works. To do so, it needed an ongoing sense of its programs’ performance. Grameen and Microsoft brought people and technology together to create a BI solution that helps program managers and financial staff: glean insights in minutes, not hours; expand services to more people; and make the best use of the foundation’s funding. Read more.

Ascribe transforms healthcare with faster access to information

Ascribe, a leading provider of IT solutions for the healthcare industry, wanted to help clinicians identify trends and improve services by supplying faster access to information. However, exploding volumes of structured and unstructured data hindered insight. To solve the problem, Ascribe designed a hybrid-cloud solution with built-in business intelligence (BI) tools based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Windows Azure. Now, clinicians can respond faster with self-service BI tools. Read more.

Learn more about Microsoft’s big data solutions

SQL Server Team Blog

Canada court orders Apple to hand over iPhone documents

A woman compares her new iPhone 6 and her old 5s in front of an Apple store in Shanghai on October 17, 2014A Federal Court in Canada on Wednesday ordered Apple's Canadian subsidiary to hand over nearly three years worth of documents to a watchdog agency as part of an anti-competition probe into iPhone sales. The move comes after Canada's Competition Bureau last week said it was poring over Apple's contracts with local wireless carriers to determine if the company illegally stifled competition when it introduced the phone. The agency is particularly interested in determining whether Apple used its global clout to pressure operators into not lowering the price of competing handsets. Apple is now required to hand over documents including calendars, phone statements and emails of its Canada executives dating from January 1, 2012 to September 1, 2014, as well as communications between Apple and Canadian phone operators during this time.


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