updated 09:08 pm EDT, Tue July 17, 2012
iPhone 3G bests PC workstations in ophthalmology tool survey
A study by Atlanta's Emory University shows that the iPhone 3G is rated as a better ophthalmology picture display that conventional PC workstations. The testing focused on time-critical scenarios like a hospital emergency room. An assortment of 350 abnormal images of the eye were used, and the doctors queried assigned higher ratings to usage of the four-year-old iPhone 3G than a PC with a 19-inch display. The researchers do point out that the study is not suggesting that an iPhone should take the place of existing ophthalmology tools, but that the phone should have a place in emergency departments and telepresence applications in remote areas.
1Password adds Macintosh Retina display support
Password management application 1Password has received an upgrade. The 3.9.6 update adds support for the Chrome Web Store, and Retina display support. The Mac version of 1Password can sync with the iPhone and iPad versions for a mobile repository of passwords accessible on all the user's devices. The application is available on the Mac App Store or on the AgileBits website for $50.
Samsung grows chipmaking business with $310 million purchase
In an effort to expand its mobile processor business further, the chipmaking arm of Samsung has purchased Cambridge Silicon Radio PLC for $310 million. Samsung hopes to also expand its mobile patent portfolio with the acquisition, which should be completed by the fourth quarter of this year. As a result of the purchase, Cambridge Silicon Radio is planning to return up to $285 million to shareholders, and Samsung is expected to invest an additional $34.4 million for an equity stake in the company.