In December 2009, Vodafone announced the creation of a mobile health unit that would work on mobile healthcare solutions. Last week Telefonica – O2's parent – launched a global e-health unit. And now Orange (which has had a dedicated healthcare division for four years) has announced Orange smartnumbers, a healthcare-specific service that's designed to give callers instant access to the best placed person or team available.
Market research company iSuppli says 79.9% of mobile phones shipped in the last quarter of 2011 – 318.3 million devices – will include GPS functionality. That's up from 56.1% in the first quarter of 2009.
The company says smartphones are taking over from dedicated sat-nav devices as the major platform for navigation. By 2014, usage of navigation-equipped smartphones is expected to exceed that of personal navigation devices.
Mark Bridge writes:
Mention 'anonymity' to anyone these days and it's pretty likely they'll start talking about Facebook. Maybe Google Street View, maybe RF chips in passports... but probably Facebook.
This 'over sharing' of personal information is a far cry from the situation a few years ago. Once, no-one on the internet really admitted who they were. That New Yorker cartoon - "Nobody knows you're a dog" - wasn't far off the truth. You couldn't tell a dungeonmaster from a librarian when they were online.