Mobile, Laptop & Other Gadgets

Comcast might try its hand at mobile phone service – Washington Post (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

(Mr. T in DC) Comcast is reportedly weighing a move into the mobile phone business with a service that would let customers make phone calls from WiFi hotspots outside the home. According to The Information, this new proposal would also see Comcast leasing cellular capacity from other wireless providers in places where a WiFi hotspot is unavailable. The rumored plans suggest something we’ve long suspected: broadband companies and telephone companies…

A digital heart attack – The Economist (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

THE Heartbleed Bug sounds like a particularly nasty coronary complication. But it is in fact a software flaw that has left up to two-thirds of the world’s websites vulnerable to attack by hackers. According to researchers who uncovered the bug in popular encryption software, it can be exploited by nefarious types—and prying spooks—to extract everything from user names and passwords to details of people’s bank accounts and corporate secrets. Since…

Comcast considers creating its own mobile phone service – Ars Technica

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Comcast executives are reportedly considering expanding the company’s telephone service into the mobile realm—or at least letting customers cut the cord to the cable modem. The Information reports that Comcast is looking at a plan that would offer mobile voice and data service over Wi-Fi hotspots, with leased cellular network capacity filling in the holes. Comcast already offers a service, called Voice 2go, that allows existing Xfinity Voice customers to…

Andreessen Horowitz Makes First Major Digital Health Investment In Omada … – Forbes

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Omada Health, which is pioneering the application of clinically validated programs online, raised $23 million in a series B round. Andreessen Horowitz led the investment, with participation from Kaiser Permanente Ventures, and returning investors U.S. Venture Partners and the Vertical Group—bringing the total amount raised to $28.4 million. Once a forlorn sector, investors are increasingly jumping into digital health as the Affordable Care Act gets underway. According to accelerator Rock…

Digital Bracelet Company May End Up In Court After Rash Reports – CBS Local

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

CBS Minnesota (con’t) Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSMinnesota.com/ACA Health News & Information: CBSMinnesota.com/Health MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — They thought they were buying a popular gadget to give them a better handle on their health. Instead, thousands of people ended up with a bad rash. The Fitbit Force is a digital bracelet that measures your physical activity and sleep patterns, but it left some consumers with scars. Now the company…

Cell phone pings narrow Colorado search for father and son – Rick Kupchella’s BringMeTheNews

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Search teams will resume their work today in a rugged area of the Colorado mountains for Damian McManus, 51, and Evan McManus, 18, of St. Louis Park. They pair has now been missing for one week. The Denver Post reports that cell phone data has more narrowly defined the broad search area. Information gleaned from their last cellphone pings have given search teams a crude idea of where to focus…