Bye, Bye Vine: Twitter Announces End of Its Video App

tw_lgFirst came the announcement that Vine would lay off at least nine percent of its workforce. Then came the bigger news: Twitter is throwing in the towel.

Twitter snapped up Vine in 2012. That was right before the social video app was due to launch.

“In a post on Medium, Twitter did not provide a reason for the shutdown, but the social networking service has been unable to find a buyer and continues to lose money,” reported the Boston Globe, Ahead of the weekend.

User content may be safe for the moment.

“You’ll be able to access and download your Vines,” the company said in a post Thursday. “We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made.”

Mostly, Twitter is concerned about strengthening Twitter — its user base has stalled and buyout rumors abound — and Vine has likely become a project deemed unworthy of further effort and expense. However, Vine did boast more than 200 million active monthly users whose engaged audiences watched more than 1.5 billion “loops” (Vine’s term for video plays) per day.

“We have a clear plan, and we’re making the necessary changes to ensure Twitter is positioned for long-term growth,’’ CEO Jack Dorsey said in a company release.

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mHealth News: The Headlines You Might Have Missed

mhealthHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that our sister site mHealthWatch has been monitoring this past week.

First Look: drchrono Mobile EHR App Gets a Major Update
drchrono, an industry leading Electronic Health Record (EHR), practice management, medical billing and healthcare API platform for mobile and web, confirmed to MHW on Wednesday a major update to its mobile EHR application.

Pediatric Clinic’s Texting Program Sees 71% Response Rate
For young children — especially infants — preventive care is critical. Different from acute, or sick visits, during routine well-child visits a child’s pediatrician will track important milestones in growth and development, and offer immunizations. In fact, a child should have around 15 well child visits by the time they turn 3, but far too often, parents forget to bring their children in for these critical appointments.

TeleHealth365 Inks Deal for WideState Medicare Tourism
Ahead of the weekend, MHW learned that TeleHealth365 is acquiring WideState Medicare Tourism LLP for an undisclosed amount of cash and stocks.

eWellness Confirms Commercial Launch of PHZIO Telemedicine Platform
eWellness Healthcare Corporation is the first physical therapy telemedicine company to offer insurance reimbursable real-time distance monitored physical therapy treatments, according to a statement emailed to MHW on Saturday.

IDC Sees Spooky Dip in Smartwatch Market
Just in time for Halloween, IDC is out with some scary numbers for the smartwatch industry.

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mHealth News: The Headlines You Might Have Missed

mhealthHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that our sister site mHealthWatch has been monitoring this past week.

First Look: drchrono Mobile EHR App Gets a Major Update
drchrono, an industry leading Electronic Health Record (EHR), practice management, medical billing and healthcare API platform for mobile and web, confirmed to MHW on Wednesday a major update to its mobile EHR application.

Pediatric Clinic’s Texting Program Sees 71% Response Rate
For young children — especially infants — preventive care is critical. Different from acute, or sick visits, during routine well-child visits a child’s pediatrician will track important milestones in growth and development, and offer immunizations. In fact, a child should have around 15 well child visits by the time they turn 3, but far too often, parents forget to bring their children in for these critical appointments.

TeleHealth365 Inks Deal for WideState Medicare Tourism
Ahead of the weekend, MHW learned that TeleHealth365 is acquiring WideState Medicare Tourism LLP for an undisclosed amount of cash and stocks.

eWellness Confirms Commercial Launch of PHZIO Telemedicine Platform
eWellness Healthcare Corporation is the first physical therapy telemedicine company to offer insurance reimbursable real-time distance monitored physical therapy treatments, according to a statement emailed to MHW on Saturday.

IDC Sees Spooky Dip in Smartwatch Market
Just in time for Halloween, IDC is out with some scary numbers for the smartwatch industry.

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IDC Survey Looks to Assess Damage to Samsung Brand After Note 7 Recall

IDCPRESS RELEASE: Results from a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) survey, U.S. Smartphone Owners’ Reaction to Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall (Doc #US41878416), show that Samsung faces some short-term challenges but nothing that will darken its long-term prospects.

IDC surveyed 1,082 U.S. consumers through an online survey on October 17th and 18th, four days after Samsung decided to halt production on the Note 7. The survey focused on three groups of consumers: current Samsung smartphone owners (507), past Samsung smartphone owners (347), and smartphone owners who have never owned the Samsung brand (228). Due to the limited installed base, just 24 Note 7 users were captured in the survey; as such, data in those questions should be viewed as directional only.

“As challenging as the Note 7 recall has been for Samsung, the data in this survey indicate that most consumers are unaffected by this, which should be good news for Samsung,” said Ramon T. Llamas, research manager, Wearables and Mobile Phones. “For the minority of Samsung customers who are unlikely to purchase a Samsung smartphone in the future, the company has to win back consumer trust. Thus far Samsung has offered monetary incentives but, at the heart of the matter, consumers want to learn the root causes of the problem and how Samsung intends to fix them.”

Some key results from the survey include:

  • Half of the 24 Note 7 owners polled said they have or will choose an Apple iPhone to replace their recalled phone, while 17% said they would choose another Samsung. Most said they will return their phone through a carrier’s physical store.
  • The Note 7 recall doesn’t appear to be harming the broader Samsung brand so far. A majority of respondents said it would not impact future decisions to buy other, non-smartphone Samsung products such as televisions and appliances.
  • Survey participants’ view of Samsung’s response to the Note 7 recall was largely neutral to positive; surprisingly about 13% hadn’t heard about the recall when polled.

“The Note 7 recall along with all its repercussions, represents a significant event in the world of consumer electronics,” said Anthony Scarsella, research manager, Mobile Phones. “Although the recall may have an adverse impact on the brand in the short term, the truth is that Samsung remains the clear market leader in the worldwide smartphone market. Moving forward, Samsung will need to put the Note 7 to rest as quickly as possible and focus all efforts on producing a stellar Galaxy S8 come next spring. If successful, consumers will quickly forget the Note 7 fiasco if the upcoming S8 can deliver on all fronts.”

For more information about this research please contact sales@idc.com.

About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC’s analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, data and marketing services company. To learn more about IDC, please visit www.idc.com. Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.

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Localeur Secures $4.2 million in Funding

Localeur, a travel recommendation service aimed at millennials, has raised nearly $4.2 million of a $4.6 million offering from 43 investors, according to papers filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin-based startup, founded in March of 2013, previously raised $1.2 million, according to its Crunchbase profile. Silicon Hills News did this profile of […]

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Austin barbecue purveyor plans new eatery in Dripping Springs

Shane Stiles, owner of Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew in North Austin, has chosen to open his next restaurant in Dripping Springs.
He plans to open the new eatery in Endeavor Real Estate Group LLC’s Belterra Village shopping center. Construction is expected to start soon on the location, which will have a 2,000-square-foot kitchen and 2,000-square-foot pit room and smokehouse. Estimated opening is fall 2017.
Fern Santini of Austin-based Abode is the interior designer and Nelsen Partners is the architect.…

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Inside the House of Torment: These ghoulish actors live to scare the pants off paying customers

Scaring the bejeebers out of people is big business. Just ask Glenn Lenard.
Lenard is the general manager of House of Torment, a haunted house attraction in North Austin that features live actors dressed to kill (not literally) in a setting guaranteed to send chills up and down the spines of customers who gleefully plunk down money to be scared out of their wits.
The haunted house recently relocated and expanded into a 40,000-square-foot building at 2632 Ridgepoint Dr. after being located in the…

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RideAustin allows app users to request a female driver

A new feature of the RideAustin app allows passengers to request a female driver.
The nonprofit ridesharing service announced the feature Friday morning, one of two safety-related functionalities added to the app. The other is called Live ETA, which lets passengers share information about trip progress and driver identity with a friend or family member.
The female driver mode, according to RideAustin officials, has been a popular request from passengers.
"There are some women that might opt to…

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Why ISPs, tech companies are upset with new online privacy rules

The Federal Communications Commission adopted privacy rules on Thursday that will force internet service providers, including Verizon, Comcast and AT&T, to obtain consent from consumers before the ISPs can share web-browsing data and other private information with advertisers and third parties.
The newly protected information includes websites visited, mobile location information, apps used and other sensitive details collected from computers and smartphones. The rules separate the use and sharing…

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Health tech company Athenahealth consolidates national R&D operations

Health tech company Athenahealth Inc. has laid off more than 100 employees in San Francisco, the company confirmed this week, trimming its roster in the city to around 30 workers.
The Massachusetts-based company told the San Francisco Chronicle it is shifting its research and development focus to Austin and its hometown of Watertown, in the Boston area.
It will keep its San Francisco offices at 50 Hawthorne St. open and will continue to operate a separate silo of the company, Epocrates, which it…

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