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Samsung Galaxy S5 in Canada

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has finally broken the AT&T exclusivity, just as previously reported. The first country to get the smartphone after the States is Canada. The rugged smartphone is carried by all three major carriers – Bell, Rogers and Telus.
Bell and Rogers already have the Galaxy S5 Active in stock and you can have if for CA$280 with a two-year contract or CA$700 contract-free. Telus has also confirmed it will be offering the smartphone as of early next week, but its pricing is yet to be announced.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is a rugged version of the Galaxy S5 flagship. It comes with similar specs but upgraded protection. In addition to its IP67-rating, it also comes with military-grade MIL-STD-810G certification, confirming its resistance to salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock.
Previous rumors suggested the Galaxy S5 Active will be launching in Europe for €629. With Canada breaking the AT&T’s exclusivity we guess Europe markets should follow suit soon.


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iPhone 6 Is Finally Out

Apple’s iPhone 6 won’t be available until Friday, but the iPhone’s new operating system — iOS 8 — will be released on Wednesday.

That means Apple’s signature new health software, HealthKit, is just hours away. And Christina Farr’s exclusive report for Reuters — that Stanford University Hospital and Duke University are preparing new clinical trials, using Apple’s HealthKit and iPhones to track patients’ blood sugar levels and other measurements — got both Apple fans and health care industry watchers in a tizzy on Monday.

“HealthKit is already helping top hospitals fight cancer, diabetes,” Cult of Mac breathlessly reported.

Here’s a reality check: It isn’t.

Stanford has just two patients in its clinical trial. Duke may not even have one; the hospital hasn’t shared any information yet.

Sure, HealthKit could be transformative for hospitals and patients, especially if the iPhone 6 is adopted at scale. (And it certainly seems like the iPhone 6 will be; as Brian Solomon reports for Forbes, Apple says there were a record-breaking 4 million iPhone 6 pre-orders.) It could drive awareness of fitness apps and help fuel better doctor-patient conversations.

Also See: One-Third Of Doctors Might Buy iPhone 6 By Thanksgiving

And more hospitals and doctors are perched to release new health apps in the coming days, taking advantage of the HealthKit platform’s ability to potentially aggregate data from iPhones and other devices and send it straight to patients’ medical charts.

Mayo Clinic, for example, is rebranding its existing app for patients to focus more on consumers and the iPhone’s new capabilities.

Also See: Apple-Mayo Clinic Partnership Could Be Smart Medicine

But just as an unsustainable hype cycle built for Apple Watch, there are mounting expectations and wild claims that Apple’s new iPhone 6 — with new fitness monitoring and built-in sensors — will speedily drive a transformation in health care delivery.

“I believe what Apple is doing is one of three main drivers that will move health insurance from being employer based to consumer based,” Joe Markland blogs at Employee Benefit News. “This may forever change the way health care is financed and delivered.”

Keep in mind that remote monitoring isn’t anything new. Hospitals have tried to use text messaging, for instance, to check in and collect data from diabetes patients for more than a decade.

But HealthKit could transform the current model of health care data collection and transfer. In previous efforts to remotely monitor patients, some of that data got lost because of the imperfect hand-off and coordination process.


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