Today, Sanofi-Aventis launched the iBGStar device that monitors blood sugar levels. The iBGStar is blood glucose monitor that works as a monitor by itself, or it can be plugged into an iPhone or iPod Touch to run the new iBGStar Diabetes Manager app.
Like other glucose meters, the iBGStar standalone device has a screen, its own battery, and a 300-test memory. There’s one thing that makes it different from every other gluscose meter out there- its iPhone connectivity. When you connect it to an iPhone that is running the Diabetes Manager app, it will automatically upload the data stored on the iBGStar and it will also keep track of your personal diabetes information. You can also easily share the results, and users can quickly send their information electronically for their doctors to review. This allows users and their doctors to view trends and help diabetes sufferers to better control their illness.
This app and the meter are not available just yet. The app will be free and when the iBGStar receives FDA approval as anticipated, it will be available from Sanofi for around $80.
Two doctors named Peter Hudson & Wayne Guerra decided that they wanted to invent iTriage so people who needed urgent medical help could have the information they need right at their fingertips. They came up with an approach to make it easier for people to get the information they need. With the iTriage, you have access to anything from a “Call 911″ button to looking up symptoms. Also available are ways to find immediate care facilities like an emergency room, where you can find a physician, and a library of information that allows you can make web searches and see images.
With iTriage, you can search for your closest physicians or hospitals according to your GPS location, and once you’ve found where you want to go, you can get turn-by-turn directions to that location. For those of you who are out of town and in an unfamiliar place, this app is a great help. It gives you the ability to find local help for whatever you need. The app is free, so go download it now!
According to Apple’s website, they stated that “[w]e are discontinuing the free case program on all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. We are also returning to our normal returns policy for all iPhone 4s sold after September 30. We now know that the iPhone 4 antenna attenuation issue is even smaller than we originally thought.” In July, Apple began giving out protective cases after customer complaints about weak signal strength and dropped calls when the iPhone 4 was held with the infamous “death grip” that blocked a gap in the antenna.
At a conference in July, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that all phones lose signal strength if you hold them a certain way. He demonstrated this with a few other smartphones as well as the iPhone 4, but still later announced that Apple will be giving away free bumper cases to anyone who needs one.
The free bumper giveaway may be coming to a close, but anyone who purchases an iPhone 4 after September 30 that truly needs a bumper case can call Apple’s customer service because, “a small percentage of iPhone 4 users need a case, and we want to continue providing them a Bumper case for free,” Apple stated.
As many of you already know, the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is tomorrow. To give people first-hand information about the attacks, the NationalSeptember 11 Memorial & Museum has created an iPhone app named Explore 9/11. As you can see on the picture, the app has three different components- Tour, Explore, and Timeline.
There is a walking tour of the area around the World Trade Center that makes seven stops. It begins at the Memorial Preview Site in Lower Manhattan. It even includes audio and photo narration. During the tour you will hear what happened on that awful day as told by the first responders, rescue workers, and volunteers, as well as those who lived and worked in Lower Manhattan.
With the explore feature on this app, you can view images that are related to the events of 9/11. All of the photos were contributed to the museum by survivors and witnesses through the 911history.org website.
With this feature, you can view an interactive timeline of the day’s events and aftermath.
This app is free, so I suggest you download it today!
There is an app from Tribe Mediterranean Foods that allows you to figure out where you can buy all natural foods. According to Tribe, their new iPhone app allows users to find natural food stores based on where they’re located.
This app doesn’t just help you find stores with hummus and tofu, it also “offers consumers a list of delicious and healthy recipes for any occasion, courtesy of Tribe’s website,” according to the company.
Carlos Canals, president of Tribe Mediterranean Foods, said, “[a]t Tribe, we understand how busy consumers are, yet we also know their desire for healthy and delicious all natural foods. Our new iPhone app provides increased mobility, convenience, and recommendations to satisfy the need for simple all natural nutrition on-the-go.”
The app is available for free at the iTunes app store, so now you can stay all natural, no matter where you are.
There is a new iPhone app available for children with autism, children who are developmentally behind in their speech, people with traumatic brain injuries and people who are stroke victims.
This new iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad app is helping revolutionize speech therapy. Local speech pathologists report they’ve seen the difference this new app can make in the lives of people who have trouble with communication.
WT’s Associate Professor of Special Education says, “That’s one of the defining characteristics of autism and other communication disabilities is communication problems. But the iPad, the iPhone the iPod all give them a way of communicating that can be personalized. It sets them free. It gives them a voice.”
The most basic version of this app costs seven or eight dollars, but the most complicated one runs around $200. This is a great deal compared to the price of the handheld computers that do the close to the same thing the app does. Check out the video of how the iPhone app works here.
Everyone has wondered if they remembered to lock their car. Well now, Mercedes Benz and Hughes Telemetics Inc. (HTI) can reassure you that you have with their newest mbrace iPhone application. HTI and Mercedes Benz released this app in November, but it has been recently updated. HTI president Erik Goldman stated that they “extended to the iPhone app the ability to remotely lock and unlock your car from anywhere in the world.”
In the original app that was released in November, all the services of the updated application were available- but you had to be in the car. Now these things can be done from anywhere in the world. Not only can the new mbrace app lock and unlock your car remotely, it also uses embedded GPS technology to find nearby points of interest. The app can also provide roadside assistance if the user’s car breaks down.
Goldman also stated, “[i]f the car battery dies, you can’t do anything with a traditional telematics system. Now you have a phone app that will automatically call Mercedes. Even if you don’t know where you are, with the GPS in the phone, it will know where you are.”
Even though the telematics system and app is only available in Mercedes cars, other cars may soon be getting the system and app, too. Goldman said HTI is working with some other companies to make a system and application that are similar to the telematics system and the mbrace app.
The basic mbrace package, which comes with the iPhone app, costs $280.
TomTom, the leading provider of navigation systems, announced that the new update to their app for the iPhone is now available. The updated TomTom App for iPhone Version 1.5 has many new features, including:
- Navigate-to-photo – Users can navigate to a location by selecting a photo that has been stored in the iPhone gallery. The locations are identified by geo-tags on your photos.
- Optimization for iPhone 4 – The update definitely takes advantage of the new features of Apple’s latest iPhone. The TomTom App now offers high resolution graphics, sharper maps, more responsive menus, and improved positioning, even if you’re in an area with limited GPS reception.
- Latest, most up-to-date maps – TomTom maps have over 1 million more miles of roads in the US than other competitive maps and TomTom has been rated highest in quality and reliability. While you’re figuring out where you want to go, you don’t have to use any of your data plan and you don’t even have to have a signal.
Tom Murray, senior VP of market development for TomTom, Inc. said, “With over 45 million drivers worldwide relying on TomTom navigation, we have the expertise to deliver iPhone and iPod touch users the smartest and easiest-to-use navigation experience available. As we build upon TomTom’s expertise and refine it for the iPhone, we are focused on meeting consumers’ needs through our continued product innovations and support of Apple’s advancements.”
With the latest update to the App, users will continue to benefit from TomTom’s industry-leading navigation features, including:
- IQ Routes™ – TomTom uses actual speed data collected from of users to accurately calculate the travel time of your route. It allows for rush hour and traffic lights, so no matter what time it is, you can always fully rely on IQ Routes to let you know when you’ll get there.
- Advanced Lane Guidance – TomTom provides extra clarity when navigating difficult lane switches and exit ramps by showing the user which lane to take for an upcoming exit.
- Local Search – Allows a user to locate and have directions to points of interest (POIs) by using the latest local Google listings from within the TomTom App.
- Multitasking Functionality – On the iPhone 4, the app allows a user to receive turn-by-turn directions while the iPhone is running other applications.
The TomTom App for iPhone is available for purchase now from the App Store for $39.99.
As anticipated, Apple held a press conference today in San Francisco. Apple, Inc. has announced the release of some new products but the company gave no details about some rumors that have been going around. There was no news on a white iPhone 4 or a Verizon iPhone. But Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, Inc. did announce iTunes 10, a smaller Apple TV, a new iPod Touch, and a new iPod Nano.
There were many rumors going around that Apple was going to announce a Verizon iPhone at this event. It has been reported recently that Apple and Verizon have been talking and trying to figure out when to get an iPhone on the Verizon network. There were also rumors about the white iPhone 4. As much excitement as the white iPhone 4 has caused, one would think Apple would have given some sort of update on it. Surprisingly, there was no news on the white iPhone 4 so we all have to wait even longer to find out the release date or any other updates.
Even though there was no news on the white iPhone 4 or a Verizon iPhone, Jobs did announce new iPods and a new Apple TV. They are available now on the Apple website.