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Mobile devices
Global smartphone sales set record

The global smartphone market reached 300 million units for the first time in history in the second quarter of 2014, the research firm IDC has reported.

Vendors shipped more than 300 million smartphones in the second quarter, up 25.3 percent from the same quarter a year ago. Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems took 96.4 percent of global market share for the quarter — Android had about 84.7 percent, and iOS had the next highest share with about 11.7 percent.

Android phones could be gaining because of Google’s progress in emerging markets, Ramon Llamas, a research manager with IDC’s mobile phone team, said in a statement.

Blackbery’s operating system accounted for about 0.5 percent of sales in the second quarter.

— Mohana Ravindranath

Telemedicine
Verizon supporting clinical trials

Verizon recently announced that it was providing private network services to the University of Virginia and Stanford University for a study on an “artificial pancreas” — a series of devices that could monitor glucose levels in Type 1 diabetics and automatically release insulin into the body.

The artificial pancreas uses a tiny glucose monitor, inserted under the skin, which relays glucose levels to a smartphone. There an application can communicate with an insulin pump to release insulin into the body as needed.

The company is still figuring out how to commercialize these complex networks in health care, said Jean McManus, executive director of technology. In the artificial pancreas, for instance, the pricing model — and who would pay Verizon for the service — is still being examined. (Verizon declined to share the financial terms of the agreement.)

— Mohana Ravindranath

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