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>> Google's Glass at Work unveils partners to help firms use Glass

Google, which announced its Glass at Work program in April, unveiled Monday its first round of partners to help businesses adapt Google Glass for their workplaces. The partners are APX, Augmedix, Crowdoptic, GuidiGO and Wearable Intelligence. One of the partners, Augmedix, is already working with doctors at Dignity Health to use Google Glass to input and display patient information. Read more

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>> Amazon touts Appstore in advance of smartphone launch

Amazon is touting its Amazon Appstore in preparation for the launch of its new smartphone on Wednesday. The Appstore, which curates apps from Google Play that run on the Android-based Fire operating system, has 240,000 apps, nearly triple the number from a year ago. Amazon cites an IDC survey that found app developers building apps and games for Kindle Fire are making at least as much money on the Kindle Fire platform as on other mobile platforms. Read more

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>> Apple neglects iPad in iOS/OS X cooperative effort

While Apple has succeeded in enabling iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite to work together, the cooperation puts iPad at a disadvantage, argues Galen Gruman of InfoWorld. Using Continuity and Handoff technologies, users can start working on one Apple device and switch over to another without missing a beat. However, "for some reason, Apple has a blind spot about the relationship between the services and apps on its iPhone and iPad. Specifically, it doesn't provide some apps on the iPad that exist for the iPhone," writes Gruman. Read more

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>> Samsung tops Apple, Lenovo in ABI's tablet vendor assessment

Samsung tops Apple and Lenovo in ABI Research's annual competitive assessment of tablet vendors. ABI ranked 23 tablet vendors based on product implementation and vendor innovation. "Our assessment provides a strong portrayal of what elements contribute to a tablet vendor's success in an extremely volatile market. Samsung and Apple maintain a strong lead over other vendors, but competition is heating up and the market could change drastically over the next year as price and value become stronger criteria for purchases," says research analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. Read more

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>> Smartphones to fuel double-digit growth in smart connected devices, says IDC

Smartphones are expected to fuel double-digit growth in smart connected devices (SCD) over the next few years, according to market research firm IDC. The SCD market is forecast to grow 15.6 percent year-over-year in 2014, reaching close to 1.8 billion units this year. That number is expected to reach 2.4 billion units by 2018.  "Low-cost Android smartphones will drive much of the SCD shipment growth in coming years," says Tom Mainelli, program vice president for IDC's devices and displays group. Read more

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