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While most kids look forward to the summer because it means time off from school, many tech geeks and mobile enthusiasts look forward to the sunny season because it's when technology companies gear up for their new product launches in the fall. Apple has typically rolled out its new version of the iPhone in September, but this year the new iPhone announcement might happen a little early as sources are saying the company will launch in August, Mashable reports.

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Recent settlements from the New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Columbia University Medical Center prove that HIPAA violations can be a significant burden on an organization's bottom line. After a doctor attempted to "deactivate" a personally owned computer from the hospital's network, the data for about 6,800 patients was accidentally leaked to the web, reports Computerworld. As a result of this data breach, the two hospitals agreed to settle with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a total of $4.8 million.

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If you've ever been to a conference and racked up a stack of business cards, you know the pain of trying to digitize all of that information. LinkedIn has had its own solution to this for a while with its CardMunch app, which allows users to snap pictures of the paper business cards they have and link them with the person's LinkedIn profile. But now LinkedIn is going with a more automated approach in a partnership it announced with Evernote, reports CITE World.

The old CardMunch app relied on actual humans to read the information in the photos and make the correct matches back to a LinkedIn profile. This resulted in delays for the end-user and raised security concerns for others. But Evernote's solution gets rid of the human element.

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As organizations begin to consider migrating to the cloud, they can start by tapping into the flexibility and scale that the cloud offers for their email and unified communications solutions.

"Email is critical to the business, but it's never really an advantage," says CDW Aggregation Services Specialist Drew Klos. "The people that were having to chase email in the beginning, now they can focus on other parts of the business that make more money for the business."

In a post on the CDW Experts Who Get It blog, Klos goes into even more detail about how the cloud can benefit businesses in other ways.

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The tech industry is buzzing about a special Microsoft Surface event that the company announced will be held on May 20 with the message: "Join us for a small gathering." With an emphasis on the small, The Verge speculates that the announcement will likely center on new smaller form factor for the software company's Surface tablet line.

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The race is on to conquer the hearts of wearable-loving consumers across the globe. Acer announced its first foray into the wearables market with its new Liquid Leap product today. The device is the latest in a long line of fitness trackers that promises to track activity and pair that data with an app on users' smartphones to provide insights and advice, reports The Next Web.

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While it's true that sports and data analytics are no strangers, the idea of scanning a human being and assessing his or her athletic prowess based on their muscle build is something that is beyond what most people had in mind when sports and technology came together.

But here we are, faced with an opportunity to scan our way to finding the best athletic talent in the world. SportTechie, a BizTech Must-Read IT Blog, reports on the Muscle Talent Scan Project from researchers in the Department of Movement and Sports Sciences at Ghent University. This new method "can quickly and painlessly identify an athlete’s genetic makeup to determine their body’s fast-twitch to slow-twitch muscle ratio."

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