The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to create online health insurance exchanges to help people find affordable coverage. Starting in 2014, people will be able to search a database of statewide plans, compare prices and submit questions. The government predicts the exchanges will encourage competition and drive down prices. In other news, Google has been using its street view cars to help Japan survey the destruction caused by the recent tsunami. The company also created a Person Finder application to locate missing persons and has amassed over 600,000 records. Japan hopes Google’s technology can help its reconstruction. And finally, a recent survey from the Pew Internet Project found that nearly a third of U.S. smartphone owners use them as their primary Internet connection. Rural broadband is still slow to develop and smartphone connections are filling the gap. Almost half of those with full-time employment now own smartphones.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – July 12, 2011
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).