Industry News from Rokk

Industry News in Brief for 18th October 2018

A weekly bulletin on the top news stories from the software, app development and digital marketplace.

Each week at Rokk we will be looking at the news stories from the world of software and app development in the digital marketplace. From technology developments to new market insights and trends; you can find the news in brief here.

New Apple Watch health app to support orthopaedic patients

Apple has partnered with medical device manufacturer, Zimmer Biomet, to create an innovative app which supports orthopaedic patients pre and post-operation. The ZB mymobility app for Apple Watch is specifically designed with knee and hip replacement patients in mind, helping them to communicate with their surgeons by sending messages and images, supporting remote monitoring as well as providing care information and exercise ideas for the patients during the rehabilitation process. Such an app will give patients greater control over their health care and allow them to personally track progress. Zimmer Biomet and Apple are also launching a clinical study to assess the app’s impact on the patient experience, helping to identify areas for improvement in the knee and hip replacement surgeries.

YouTube suffers global outage

On Tuesday evening the video platform suffered a wide-spread outage on its desktop and mobile apps, rendering the site inaccessible for around an hour as users were met with error messages and blank screens. While the site has resumed running as usual YouTube is yet to confirm what caused the outage; indeed a global outage of this scale is unusual for YouTube which left users in uproar on social media. YouTube is the second most popular site in the world with 1.8 billion monthly users, coming after Google its parent company in first place.

Palm launch palm-sized ‘companion’ mobile phone

Palm, one of the early leaders in mobile phone and PDA development, has returned to the forefront with a new device designed as a companion to users’ smartphones. The company describes the new phone, which is no bigger than a credit card, as an “ultra-mobile product” with a pared-back design intended to streamline users’ lives and minimise the typical distractions of feature-heavy smartphones. In many ways, the product is similar to a smartphone with camera and music functions and the ability to sync with Android or iOS devices. However the key point is the size: as a step up from a smartwatch yet smaller than a smartphone, the phone promotes efficiency in both design and functionality with quick actions enabling the fast completion of tasks and a ‘Life Mode’ which means incoming calls and notifications are only permitted if the screen is awake.

Facebook messenger app to include unsend feature

Reports emerged this week that Facebook is soon to be launching an ‘unsend’ feature in its popular Messenger app. The news broke when Tech blogger Jane Manchun Wong uploaded a screenshot of Facebook’s unsend feature on Twitter, noting that users will only be able to unsend their messages after a certain amount of times. The social media giant had stated in April that it was working on this after it emerged that CEO Mark Zuckerberg was able to delete his messages from recipients’ inboxes. While the unsend feature is yet to be rolled out to the public, other leading social media platforms such as WhatsApp and Instagram have an unsend button.

Bigger is better with new Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone

On the opposite end of the spectrum to Palm’s miniature-sized phone, Chinese tech manufacturer Huawei launched its new Mate 20 Pro smartphone. The latest addition to the Mate series, the phone is powered by cutting-edge technology with AI, a 3D facial recognition feature, wireless charging and an innovative screen-embedded fingerprint scanner. The phone also boasts a 6.39-inch display screen and a first-rate 40 MP camera, as well as backing from Google who has included the phone in its list of Android Enterprise Recommended smartphones for the workplace. In 2017 Huawei struggled to develop a consumer following in the US market after government reports suggested that Americans avoid Huawei products amidst cybersecurity concerns.