Aug 5, 2019

Tech companies are looking to help people manage their diabetes

Apple, Amazon and Google's Alphabet headquarters. Photos: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Alphabet, Amazon and Apple are looking into services and tools to help people with diabetes manage their disease, CNBC reports.

The big picture: The services could be useful to diabetes patients, who currently monitor their blood sugar using a fair amount of guesswork. But it's also likely a huge business opportunity for the tech companies, as the number of Americans with diabetes is high and growing.

  • Alphabet company Verily is working on new continuous monitoring hardware.
  • Amazon wants to sell blood sugar monitoring devices and make it easier for people to access their readings via Alexa.
  • Apple is working with medical device makers to integrate their devices with Apple's products.

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Apple Cards begin to arrive in customers' phones and hands

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Apple today begins processing the first applications from consumers to get the new Apple Card, the credit card it is debuting in conjunction with Goldman Sachs.

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Apple sets Sept. 10 for new iPhone debut

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Apple is expected to introduce a new crop of iPhones at a media event it has just scheduled for Sept. 10.

  • "By innovation only,” reads the scant text in this year's invite for the event, which will take place in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple headquarters.

Why it matters: Both Apple and the broader smartphone market have seen growth slow, adding importance to whatever Apple has in store for this year's model. Reports suggest additional cameras could be among the key selling points.

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