Best Buy Deepens Repair Relationship With Apple

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Via The Verge

“This morning, Apple announced that Best Buy now offers authorized repairs on its products at each and every one of the retailer’s stores. This gives consumers an important alternative to visiting their nearest Apple store — if there even is one — for service on an iPhone or Mac. Repairs are done with genuine Apple parts and are fully backed by the company, just as if Apple had done the work itself.”

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Apple Brings Kids Coding Camps To Minnesota Retail Stores

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By Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 12.32.40 PM“Apple this summer is expanding its lineup of Apple Camp sessions to include a new course that teaches children the basics of coding. Aimed at children ages 8 through 12, the new 3-day session will use software from Tynker to introduce concepts of block-based coding and will allow kids to program Sphero robots. These classes will be small – capped at around a dozen attendees – and are opening to registration [MOA, Uptown, Southdale, Rosedale Center, Ridgedale] this morning alongside others in Apple’s ongoing summer camp series.

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Minneapolis’ JAMF Software Wins Big With The IBM & Apple Partnership

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Minneapolis Mac deployment and management specialist JAMF Software saw a big win this week as part of the news that IBM and Apple are friending.

The company has netted its own “bi-directional partnership” with IBM providing the Casper Suite for rollout with all enterprise customers going Apple — from security and applications to networking and ongoing management.

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Best Buy Makes Apple Watch Distribution Deal

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By Daisuke Wakabayashi, Wall Street Journal

“One month after Apple Inc. started selling Apple Watch at its own stores, the company said it will bring the device to Best Buy stores in August.

Apple said its smartwatch will be available at more than 100 Best Buy stores in the U.S., expanding to over 300 outlets before the holiday shopping season. Best Buy will be the first major U.S. retailer beside Apple to sell the device.”

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Mayo Clinic launches iOS 8 integrated HealthKit app

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By Mark Sullivan, VentureBeat

Mayo Clinic was one of the first big-name health providers Apple tapped to help with the build and launch of the HealthKit consumer health data platform.

Now Mayo has launched its app, which is available for free to Mayo Clinic patients and the general public at Apple’s App Store.”

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MN’s own US Bank is on board with Apple Pay, starting this fall

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–U.S. Bank today announces its integration with Apple Pay, providing customers an easy, secure and private way to pay using their U.S. Bank consumer credit and debit cards right from iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. By integrating Apple designed hardware, software and services, Apple Pay creates a unique and incredibly intuitive experience that will be available to U.S. Bank customers later this fall.”

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Minneapolis startup Zivix strikes distribution deal with Apple

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“Apple Inc. is selling a digital guitar made by Minneapolis startup Zivix at about 71 U.S. stores. The product, called JamStik, is available now at select Apple retail locations, said Chad Koehler, Zivix’s vice president of business development and operations. The tech giant will begin selling it online Sept. 9. Zivix also will begin selling JamStik through Amazon next month. “

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Starkey collaborates with Apple on new wireless hearing device + app

starkey_logoMayo Clinic isn’t the only Minnesota healthcare company getting cozy with Apple these days.

Eden Prairie’s Starkey Hearing Technologies has been working with Apple for the past few years to develop a deeply integrated hearing aid solution.

Released in April, the Halo hearing device combines with TruLink using2.4ghz Bluetooth 4.0 in iOS7 to stream any and all audio from the device — music, apps, Facetime, voice calls, even SIRI.

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Inside Apple and the Mayo Clinic’s new partnership

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By Neal Ungerleider, Fast Company

“This fall, Apple is set to release a new Health app for the iPhone and a new health care API for developers, HealthKit, designed to integrate data from Fitbits, Jawbone Ups, FuelBands and other fitness tracking devices. Health and HealthKit are part of a partnership, over two years in the making, with the prestigious Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic, which serves 1,165,000 patients every year.

The new Health app and related API were created with the assistance of medical IT giant Epic Systems. It’s an audacious attempt to put iPhones front and center in the growing quantified self health movement–one in which Apple’s archrival Samsung is also trying to compete.”

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Mayo partners with Apple on Healthkit to ‘revolutionize industry’

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Apple-MayoAs Apple’s WWDC captivates the hearts and minds of the tech world today, “Healthkit” was unveiled for iOS 8.  In short, the aim is to be that one place for gathering all the health information that apps and wearables generate.

According to those sources following along, Apple’s anticipated healthcare foray includes select launch partners such as Rochester-based Mayo Clinic.

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