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Apple Watch hits cellular snag in China • WSJ
Yang Jie and Yoko Kubota:
<p>For the first time, the Apple Watch can have an independent cellular connection, allowing people to use it to make voice calls, send and receive text and data even if the watch isn’t wirelessly connected to an iPhone.

But in China, the feature was abruptly cut off for new subscribers, without explanation, after a brief availability with one telecom company.

Industry analysts say the suspension likely stemmed from Chinese government security concerns to do with tracking users of the device, which uses different technology than standard mobile phones.

China strictly regulates mobile phones and all three major telecom service providers are state-owned companies. To get a SIM—subscriber identity module—card to operate the phone, users must register under their real names with a network carrier.

The latest Apple Watch poses a challenge to the existing user identification system, industry analysts said. The watch contains a new and tiny version of the SIM card, called embedded SIM, or eSIM. The eSIM is embedded in the watch by Apple, not by carriers.

The benefit of a device carrying an eSIM is that, with software, users can choose a telecom operator and a communications plan. But in China, that new system raises the question of how carriers and regulators can track the device user’s identity.

“The eSIM (system) isn’t mature enough yet in China,” one analyst said. “The government still needs to figure out how they can control the eSIM.”</p>

Just in case anyone needed a riposte to some of the articles that have been running suggesting China is a wonderful place to be.
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2 days ago by charlesarthur
Apple explored buying a medical-clinic startup as part of a bigger push into health care • CNBC
Christina Farr:
<p>The discussions have been happening inside Apple's health team for more than a year, one of the people said. It is not yet clear whether Apple would build out its own network of primary care clinics, in a similar manner to its highly successful retail stores, or simply partner with existing players.

It's also possible Apple will just decide not to make this move.

Some experts see a move into primary care as a way to build out its retail footprint. Apple's worldwide network of more than 300 stores has been one of its most important sales channels.

Canaan's Nina Kjellson, a prominent health tech investor who has no knowledge of Apple's plans, believes the move is plausible. "It would help build credibility with Apple Watch and other health apps," she explained.

"Apple has cracked a nut in terms of consumer delight, and in the health care setting a non-trivial proportion of satisfaction comes from the quality of interaction in the waiting room and physical space," she continued.</p>

It seems a bit excessive to buy that sort of chain, though maybe they would be good for selling the Watch. Also perhaps if there were apps much more tightly tailored for health and more particularly medical needs.
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4 days ago by charlesarthur
Esto es lo que pasa cuando se te olvida desactivar ++ en el . En mi vida he dormido tanto.
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6 days ago by Demasis

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