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Briefly: App Store 'related' testing, 'Your Verse' gains new stanza

updated 02:18 am EDT, Tue March 25, 2014

Apple briefly caught testing 'related' suggestions on App Store searches

On Monday, various users reported seeing a new feature during their visits to the iOS App Store -- a "related" keywords feature not previously present, seen when searching for apps. The test only appeared on devices running iOS 7, possibly limited to iOS 7.1 and OS X only, and quickly reverted to normal. The company already offers "related" suggestions, but only with a specific "app card," rather than while a search is still in progress. The feature is thought to be another example of Chomp integration, a company Apple bought in 2012.

For example, if a user searched for "CNN" to find any apps related to the news network, a bar appeared at the top of the search with other keyword suggestions, including "business news" and "financial news" and others. Pressing on one of the suggestions took the user to a new pane of search results based on the new keywords. There was no indication of when or if the feature would be formally rolled out.

'Your Verse' iPad page shows tablet's use in assessing sports injuries

The low-key "Your Verse" iPad media campaign, centered around stories of real-world use of the iPad that highlight its use as a productivity tool, added a story to its website today focusing on sports and medical professionals using the iPad to assess concussions. The topic of concussions and their long-term effects has recently become more of a focus in sports medicine, particularly in hockey, football and boxing.

High school coach Jason Cruickshank is seen collecting "baseline" profiles for each athelete, then re-testing after any concussive incident and comparing the results. The system works in conjunction with the C3 Logix concussion assessment app, which can test players' cognitive skills leveraging the accelerometer and gyroscope for balance testing, and high-resolution multitouch for movement recording as well as vision and reaction tests. The app allows for regular testing and comparison to baseline performance, allowing trainers to be certain that recovery is proceeding normally and ensure that athletes are not exposed to additional risk until fully healed from concussive injuries.

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