2013 Internet Trends at the D11 Conference

For the second year in a row, Mary Meeker unveiled her Internet Trends report at the D11 Conference. The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner chatted about the growth of Internet usage, tablet sales, mobile devices, and a lot more.

She explains that, by the end of 2012, there were 2.4 billion Internet users worldwide. This is an 8% increase from the previous year which is pretty significant. An even more amazing thing she revealed is the 30% increase in mobile usage from the year before. Tablet sales surpassed desktop sales in just the three years they were introduced to the market. These are just a few of the trends she outlined in her presentation. read more

Pillboxie App: Never forget to take your medicine again!

Almost half of Americans take medication on a daily basis and 1 in 6 reports taking more than 3 pills a day. The Wall Street Journal Online/Harris Interactive poll reported that two-thirds of adults surveyed said they forgot to take their medication. Remembering when to take which pill and the frequency can be a difficult feat especially when you take a few pills a day. Forgetting medicine or accidentally taking too much can really impact your health and can be a matter of life or death. How can we become better at taking our medicine so that we stay healthy? read more

Telemedicine through Robotics!

In recent blogs, we have been touching on technology within the medical industry. A topic that keeps coming up in our research is telemedicine. Telemedicine is the use of information technology and telecommunication to provide healthcare from a distance. What’s good about telemedicine is that it can help eliminate distance and mobility barriers and provide a new source for for quality healthcare that may not have been available previously in rural areas. Recent developments in the use of handheld devices can further help healthcare professionals, continuing to add to their ability to view and assess patient issues as if they were in the same room. read more

The World’s First Website

British physicist, Tim Berners-Lee, invented the World Wide Web at CERN in 1989. He began the first website to document the project. It’s funny to think that the first website was about the WWW project itself. The website described the basic features of the web; how to access other people’s documents and how to set up your own server.

This is it: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

On April 30 1993, the web was available on a royalty-free basis. The software was free for anyone to use and remains so today. Web usage exploded as people started setting up their own servers and websites. Twenty years later, there are an estimated 630 million websites online. Wow! read more

Texting and Driving: Forget about it with these apps!

We all know texting and driving is bad news. Admit it; you’ve probably done it before. In this day and age, we are obsessed with our phones. We are constantly bombarded by messages but there are certain times where we need to think of our safety first. Did you know you are 23 times more likely to get in an accident when you are texting and driving than if you resist the urge? According to the United States Department of Transportation, that is the case. If you text at 55mph, it is like you are driving a full length of a football field blindfolded. This is an incredible risky decision people around the world make on a daily basis and is extremely dangerous. There are a couple apps we found that can help curb the temptation to text and drive. read more