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Healthcare.gov is getting a sleek, easy-to-use redesign

Healthcare.gov is getting a sleek, easy-to-use redesign

If you remember the terribly executed healthcare.gov website, you may also remember the frustration from both users and site administrators. Urged to sign up, many users were simply unable to. The fix came, months later, but nobody was really pleased with the whole charade. A newer, easier to use site is incoming, though, which should thwart any future disasters.

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iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

As plays for the wearable and fitness space go, iOS 8 HealthKit is ambitiously broad. Apple will initially support logging of over sixty different types of data, from the basics like weight and gender, through step-counts and blood-glucose levels. By leaving the collection to accessory manufacturers - at least initially, anyway - Apple can safely be comprehensive without having to fill each of those gaps itself with dedicated hardware, throwing itself into the center of the argument over privacy versus aggregation.

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Report: Microsoft wearable puts Kinect sensors on your wrist

Report: Microsoft wearable puts Kinect sensors on your wrist

Microsoft is rumored to be working on a smartwatch of their own, according to sources. Their offering will not only be their entry into the increasingly muddled smart wearable category, it is said to be cross-platform, working on all major smartphone platforms. A novel concept, it also keeps the wearable in line with Microsoft’s new direction of having their offerings available for every platform.

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Samsung SIMBAND: the third age of wearable devices

Samsung SIMBAND: the third age of wearable devices

Today the Samsung SIMBAND sensor platform has been revealed to advance the world of health-centric wearable devices. Samsung President and CSO Young Sohn spoke up this week on the future of wearable devices and digital health. He suggested that the third age of consumer adoption of digital health is upon us, a new era in Wearable Sensors. "Why should we have to see a doctor," suggested Young Sohn, "when we’re not feeling good?"

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Samsung’s Voice of the Body event livestream today

Samsung’s Voice of the Body event livestream today

This morning Samsung is set to hold an event that’ll be held in the SFJazz Center, one called "Voice of the Body." This event could be about pretty much anything - but its tagline has our attention piqued: "What if your body had a voice?" Samsung’s Strategy & Innovation Center also lets it be known that this event will ask what’d happen if your body had "a clear voice that could speak to you in a way you understood?"

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