Rosy Watch , IBM 100 aps, Samsung ‘innovation’, concussion tracking


Things look rosy for the Apple Watch as wearable sales are predicted to boom — If you can believe two new research reports, things look sunny for Apple Watch in the months ahead. New data from Parks Associates says that smart watch adoption has nearly doubled — from four percent of U.S. broadband households at the start of 2014 to seven percent now, with 10 percent planning to buy a smart watch by midyear 2016.

IBM delivers its 100th MobileFirst for iOS app — IBM says it has delivered more than 100 IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps as part of its partnership with Apple, to transform work across 14 industries and 65 individual professions, from wealth advisors to flight attendants, first responders, nurses and retail buyers. [Er, how many IBM apps do you have?]

Samsung’s latest ‘innovation’: 3D Touch — Samsung is adding a new and innovative feature to its top of the line smartphones set to launch in the spring: pressure sensitive touch, or as Apple calls it, “3D Touch.” Much like the feature works on the iPhone, Samsung’s pressure sensitive touch will add new ways to view interface elements based on how firmly users press on their smartphone’s display.

New ResearchKit app will help track concussions — Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center will begin testing whether a new free mobile app for iPhone and Apple Watch can help those with concussions better track their symptoms during the critical six weeks following their diagnosis. (A concussion is a mild form of a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or the body that shakes the brain inside the skull, which can damage brain tissue and disrupt brain function.)