Google Health: First Failure of 2012

ComputerWorld – At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s day, Google Health, the personal health record data aggregation service for consumers, will shut down for good.

Google first made the announcement quietly, in a blog post last June. But the closure of Google Health next month is also an important inflection point for public cloud-based services.

Google Health’s failure shows that there are limits to how far users are willing to go in allowing access to personal information in exchange for free services. Will other initiatives soon follow?

Google’s goal was “to create a service that would give people access to their personal health and wellness information,” all in one place. It did not provide federated access to the data, but physically moved the data to its servers. It wanted to “translate our successful consumer-centered approach from other domains to healthcare and have a real impact on the day-to-day health experiences of millions of our users,” according to Google’s blog post.

Google anonymized, or “de-identified” users’ personal health data for purposes of data mining and publishing trends, most famously the trending information on influenza outbreaks. But its privacy policy precluded sharing of personally identifying information, and even de-identified information, with third parties. Read More

Smartphone apps to be replaced by HTML5

44% of 800 million Facebook users go online with a smartphone and incompatible websites are losing customers

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From NJN Network – The world isn’t going mobile. It is mobile.

Internet sites that want to increase traffic need to migrate to HTML5. It’s new and takes some effort but that’s where the market will be.

Look around and everyone is on a smart phone. They are not talking. They’re connecting with Tweeter, Facebook and StumbleUpon and surfing the web. Continue reading

Mobile Flash dropped by Adobe

HTML5 is the new standard for mobile

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Adobe “will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations,” according to a blog posted by Danny Winokur, general manager of interactive development for Adobe. Those configurations include the chipset, browser, OS version and more, he said. The changes will take place following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook, he added. Continue reading