BlackBerry teams with NantHealth for mobile health service; 72.9% of Americans own smartphones

Quick news from around the Web.

> BlackBerry announced a teaming with NantHealth to offer a genome browser for BlackBerry-toting doctors. Article

> According to a detailed report from the Associated Press, mobile apps are still recording data about younger users--a year after the government moved to halt such practices. Article

> According to comScore, 72.9 percent of Americans now own a smartphone. Post

> According to a new rumor, Apple could introduce a new 4-inch iPhone. Article

> The head of China's Internet regulatory body met with executives from Facebook, Apple and other U.S. tech companies during a visit to the United States. Article

> Verizon Wireless updated its LG G3 with support for its Voice over LTE service. Article

> Qualcomm's Life subsidiary said it is teaming with vitaphone e-health solutions, which will integrate its chronic disease management solutions with Qualcomm Life's HealthyCircles Care Coordination and 2net Device Connectivity Platforms. Release

> According to a new rumor, HTC's upcoming flagship phone will ship with a version that supports Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. Article

> Verizon said Craig Silliman, its senior vice president of public policy, has been named executive vice president, public policy and general counsel. Release

Wireless Tech News

> Cities are getting smarter when it comes to municipal Wi-Fi. Editor's Corner

> The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation's (ITIF) Center for Data Innovation, a non-partisan Washington think tank, released 10 guidelines that it says should drive how regulators think about the Internet of Things (IoT). Article

> Google hopes to have customers to its Project Loon service in 2016. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T is using the holiday season to "thank" its customers with planned rate hikes for both U-verse TV and broadband services that will go into effect early next year. Article

>, the new standard that proposes the delivery of speeds of 1 Gbps over existing copper wire, has gained final approval from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Article

Cable News

> Video sharing platform Vimeo will now let its paying "Pro" members, as well as those selling videos on the platform, deliver 4K/Ultra HD versions of their content via download. Article

> A satellite deemed crucial to DirecTV's further rollout of 4K/Ultra HD services successfully launched Dec. 6 out of the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Article

European Wireless News

> Europe's rapid migration to LTE or "4G" services and devices is helping to stimulate a recovery in the continent's mobile industry, according to a new report from the GSM Association (GSMA). Article

> Swisscom is claiming to be the "first telecommunications provider in the world" to offer a same-day delivery service for goods and services ordered via its online store, including smartphones and tablets. Article

And finally… Building the 1984 Mac out of Legos. Article


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