Monday, December 22, 2014
The Apple App store is a huge business. What started out a few years ago as a couple of programs, has blossomed into a way of life for many of us and a business for others.
It is estimated that Apple has over 1.2 million apps available for download. Amazing huh?
So amazing, in fact that some apps become a franchise/brand unto themselves... Angry Birds anyone?
Have you ever stopped to consider which one is most popular? Games come & go, but some apps become fairly ingrained in our collective consciousness.
The top app for 2014 is Elevate, a personal trainer for your brain.
Fox Business has a great article on the app. To read the article, click here.
Friday, December 19, 2014
This article is always fun, but always a bit stressful because it really bugs me to get things wrong... and invariably, that happens with this project.
So here are the topics:
- Smart Equipment
- The Cloud Connection
- The Electronic Health Record
- Open Source CAD/CAM
- 3D and 3D Integration
- Evolving Magnification
- 3D Printing
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Here's an interesting bit of info when you take into consideration the current situation facing the Russian Ruble. Although economics is not my area of expertise, from what I understand, the current decrease in global oil prices combined with economic sanctions due to the Russian situation in Ukraine has begun to cause a bit of a meltdown in the Russian economy.
The value of the Ruble is falling dramatically and to help prop it up, the country recently increased interest rates to something in the neighborhood of 17%.
As the value of the Ruble falls, that means that the costs of American goods, goes up. Recently Apple increased the cost of the iPhone 6 by 25% to help compensate for the drop in value of the Ruble.
Now comes word that Cupertino has decided to stop e-sales to the troubled country.
This is especially interesting because there are not many retail outlets for Apple products in Russia and there are NO Apple stores in the country. That means that the bulk of Apple's sales in Russia come via e-sales. Basically this means that the country now has an extremely limited access to Apple products.
In the big picture what does this mean? It's hard to say, but I always like to see what the big boys do to help evaluate a situation. It has been estimated that last year Apple sold 1 billion dollars worth of products in Russia. When a company like Apple suddenly cuts off a huge chunk of that much money, I see storm clouds on the horizon for the Russian economy.
Thoughts? I'd love to see some comments on this.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Hatfield, PA (December 12, 2014) DEXIS, a brand of the KaVo Kerr Group, is proud to announce that Dentaltown has chosen the DEXISTM Platinum digital intra-oral sensor, DEXISTM digital imaging software, and DEXcamTM 3 intra-oral camera as winners of the 2014 Townie Choice awards. DEXIS sends its appreciation to Townies across the nation, clinicians who use technology in everyday practice, and whose votes reflected their loyal use of DEXIS products.
Dentaltown states, “For over a decade, Townies have voted on the most comprehensive list of peer- recommended products and services in dentistry. Winners have become recognized as the most reliable and reputable in dentistry. By voting in the Townie Choice Awards, [Townies] improve the profession by advancing the best technologies and practices used by dentists around the world, helping them practice better dentistry. One vote can impact dentistry for thousands of practices and millions of patients.” To this point, the DEXIS Platinum single-size sensor offers dentists remarkable image quality, patient comfort, ease of use, portability, and time savings. DEXcam 3, a direct-USB intra-oral video camera, adds to the capabilities for patient education and communication.
DEXIS digital radiographs and photographs are combined for use in diagnostics and in patient communication within the DEXISTM Imaging Suite software. This program streamlines workflow and integrates with practice management software, digital pans and select 3D products. DEXIS goTM, the supporting application for DEXIS Imaging Suite, increases portability and patient education opportunities even more. DEXIS go displays all radiographic and photographic images within a patient’s record so dental professionals can communicate with patients using an iPad®.
“DEXIS products have won Townie Choice recognition over the years, and each year, it is still just as exciting that dental peers take their valuable time and effort to vote for us,” says Richard Matty, Director of Marketing for DEXIS. “We are thrilled that our intra-oral imaging products are helping them to achieve their goals in diagnostics and patient education. Dentists use DEXIS imaging products every day, and on almost every patient, and for this, we always strive to maintain the level of excellence that keeps our dental professionals loyal to our brand.”
Team DEXIS is grateful for the positive feedback on these products, continuing its legacy as the most highly awarded digital X-ray system. These votes of confidence encourage the pursuit of the development of new digital dental imaging solutions that can aid in better dental care.
Indications for use: www.dexis.com\ifu
Thursday, December 11, 2014
As someone that has been around high pitched whining dental handpieces for more than half my life, I'm starting to feel like my high end hearing is starting to fade a bit. It might be all of that loud music in my youth too, but on second thought... probably not.
Anyway, there is good news for all of us who either *are* experiencing hearing loss or will at some point in our lives. It seems researchers have discovered a way to both prevent it *and* help restore it.
Read this press release for all the info: