How #smartphones are transforming personal #healthcare – an annotated infographic

  More than 1.2 million people living in London are to be offered medical diagnosis using Babylon – an “artificial intelligence” (AI) app which gives patients access to a virtual health service in their pocket. Babylon’s AI doctor is just one of the powerful tools that have transformed smartphones into mobile medical clinics. In 2016 the US Food and Drug Administration approved 36 smartphone apps and devices. Now, smartphones are being used to perform ultrasound scans, measure heart rhythm, blood pressure and glucose levels, and execute an array of lab tests from liver and kidney function to identifying communicable diseases … Continue reading How #smartphones are transforming personal #healthcare – an annotated infographic

#Nintendo #Switch console details revealed – an annotated infographic

Nintendo’s Switch console, the successor to the beleaguered Wii U, and its big bet on the future of video games, has been revealed in full. It is set to go on sale in the UK on 3 March for £279 and features an adaptable design allowing for greater portability than its rivals. E&T covered the Nintendo Switch news announcement in full last week. Click on the graphic for an expanded view.   Continue reading #Nintendo #Switch console details revealed – an annotated infographic

US company in massive EU tax avoidance shocker! #Apple

Everyone’s favourite future-facing tech titan Apple Inc is facing a whopping €13 billion EU tax bill (plus interest!), after it was decided that the extremely favourable (at least for Apple) tax conditions set by Ireland breached EU rules. Funny that. The EU ruling decreed that Ireland had illegally slashed Apple’s tax bill over several decades. It is the largest penalty in a three-year EU crackdown on so-called ‘sweetheart’ tax deals. We don’t know about you, but of all the sweethearts we’ve ever had in our lives, not one of them slipped us €13 billion. E&T news covered the story of … Continue reading US company in massive EU tax avoidance shocker! #Apple

100 years of Sharp – an annotated infographic

The ¥389 billion ($3.5bn) takeover of Japanese electronics giant Sharp by Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision industries – better known as Foxconn – ends the independence for a 100-year-old company which started out making belt buckles. We remember them fondly for their mid-1980s sponsorship of Manchester United. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading 100 years of Sharp – an annotated infographic

Book Review: How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design – Katherine Isbister

By Jade Fell “If I was feeling depressed or frustrated about my lot in life, all I had to do was tap the Player One button, and my worries would instantly slip away as my mind focused itself on the relentless pixelated onslaught on the screen in front of me.” ― Ernest Cline, screenwriter What do you see when you hear the word ‘gamer’? If your immediate vision is that of someone pasty white, sat hunched over a keyboard, face lit only by the pale blue light of a computer monitor, insistently clicking away for hours on end with no … Continue reading Book Review: How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design – Katherine Isbister

Easy #WearableTech upgrade for any analogue watch – instant #SmartWatch – an annotated infographic

Casting envious glances at all the shiny-brainy smartwatches pouring out of global gadget-fests like CES 2016? Old watch feeling a bit stupid? Fear not! For a projected selling price of $99, Chronos will smartify your existing analogue watch, allowing you to continue wearing your Patek Philippe heirloom, yet still join the obsessional footstep-tracking, personal health-monitoring, phone-bothering smartwatch generation. Nice. The Chronos smartwatch add-on is a pad that simply attaches to the back of a regular watch to add Apple Watch-like smart functionality, such as notifications, fitness tracking and phone controls. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Easy #WearableTech upgrade for any analogue watch – instant #SmartWatch – an annotated infographic

#Apple launch event, September 2015 – Hey Siri, are we getting close? – an annotated infographic

Ahead of yet another major Apple event, we pontificate on what shiny new delights the Cupertino computing conglomerate might bedazzle us with. Wednesday’s 09-09-15 launch event (taking date scheduling tips from that other Apple, mayhaps?) will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. As it happens, this is the same venue where the late Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple II computer waaaaay back in 1977. The circle remains unbroken. This time around, the company has a veritable “slew” of new products (what a terribly unattractive word “slew” is), making this week’s event possibly Apple’s biggest to … Continue reading #Apple launch event, September 2015 – Hey Siri, are we getting close? – an annotated infographic