Welldoc raises $20 million in funding for BlueStar rollout

Mobile prescription therapy specialist Welldoc says it has raised $20 million in strategic financing that will help support the rollout of BlueStar, a product that allows diabetes patients to self-manage their treatment.

The funding comes from institutional investors Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Windham Venture Partners and broadens the company’s capitalization beyond its initial group of angel investors.

Welldoc (Baltimore, MD) says that for a limited time it will also explore the possibility of adding co-investors that would contribute “strategic value”.

Healthy Passage unveils online smart-health marketplace

Healthcare IT player Healthy Passage has launched a new website aimed at providing a “curated, online marketplace” for a variety of smart health devices.

Named MeasuredCare, the website is aimed at a range of end users, from chronic disease sufferers to fitness enthusiasts, says Healthy Passage.

The website features an array of smartphone-enabled medical devices – including blood pressure cuffs, body scales, fitness trackers and pulse oximeters – from leading manufacturers.

Accenture named lead contractor for Obamacare website: Government

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Accenture has been chosen to replace CGI Federal as the lead contractor for the Obamacare enrollment website, which failed to work when it launched in October for millions of Americans shopping for health insurance, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said on Saturday.

DC Systems releases smart-grid platform update

Smart-grid software developer DC Systems has released a new version of its smart-grid platform aimed at increasing substation reliability and resilience while lowering the cost of deploying and managing so-called supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

DC Systems (Redwood City, CA, USA) says configuration and management of SCADA systems has so far been a time-consuming and costly process, putting pressure on budgets as the number of automated substations grows.

Price war in US mobile market raises fear of profit hemorrhage

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New Year's rivalry among U.S. mobile operators has Wall Street worried that the industry's profits could seriously decline.

After months of aggressive moves by T-Mobile US (Bellevue, WA, USA) to lure customers from other carriers, No. 2 operator AT&T Inc (Dallas, TX, USA) counter-attacked on January 3 by offering to pay consumers to switch from T-Mobile.

Days later, No. 3 ranked Sprint Corp (Overland Park, KS, USA) promised big discounts for family and friend groups. On Wednesday, T-Mobile upped the ante, saying it would pay hefty exit costs for converts.

AT&T accelerates move into connected-cars market

US telecoms giant AT&T is ramping up its connected-car activities with the launch of a new automotive platform called Drive and the opening of a new connected-car center in Atlanta.

The operator has also announced tie-ups with a number of carmakers at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including Tesla (Palo Alto, CA, USA), Audi (Ingolstadt, Germany) and Chevrolet (Detroit, MI, USA).

Technicolor launches M2M analytics service with IBM

Global media and entertainment player Technicolor has launched a new service in partnership with IT giant IBM that provides monitoring, management and analytics for M2M cloud solutions.

Branded Virdata, the service is targeted at the consumer electronics, automotive, utilities, health, industrial automation and retail industries and is said to include a real-time and historical big data analytics stack.

Novatel secures AT&T approval for M2M devices

M2M device maker Novatel Wireless says US operator AT&T has approved a number of its products supporting vehicle telematics, telemetry and embedded solutions.

The approvals mean devices made by Novatel Wireless (San Diego, CA, USA) can be used on the AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) network.

These include the manufacturer’s MiFi-powered SA2100, the MT 4100 mobile tracking device, the SA-G+ telemetry platform and the Enabler HS 3002 module.

Intel shows off wearable gadgets as chipmaker expands beyond PCs

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off wearable computing devices on Monday including earbuds that monitor your heart rate and a smart headset as the world's largest chipmaker tries to get back on track after missing out on smartphones.

With PC sales falling and smartphone growth tapering off, Intel and other technology companies are betting that movement-sensing bracelets, biometric patches and other wearable electronic devices may catch on with consumers and become major markets.

Withings launches "smart sleep" system

Telehealth specialist Withings has launched what it calls a new “smart sleep” system designed to monitor and improve an individual’s sleeping experience.

Unveiled at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the system – branded Withings Aura – includes two devices, one of which slips under a user’s mattress while the other sits on a bedside table or cabinet.

The devices work together to record and monitor a range of factors that can help users understand more about their sleeping experience.

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