3 Things: Apple May Introduce a New Feature to Catch iPhone Thieves

Apple iPhone Thieves

Apple may introduce a feature that will help catch iPhone thieves, four DFW area startups will vie for “Startup of the Year,” at Innovate! and Celebrate 2016, and Baylor Scott and White Health System has introduced text alerts to better reach high-risk and low-income patients. 

Apple may soon introduce a way to better catch iPhone thieves. The company recently filed a patent application for a feature that would collect the fingerprint or photo of a thief without that unauthorized user knowing and send it back to the phone’s owner. Here’s more on how the possible feature would work. 

Four Dallas-Fort Worth area startups were named to Tech.Co’s Top 50 Startups and are competing at Innovate! and Celebrate 2016. CariloopLaundriShearShare, and Xclaim Mobile were the only Texas startups on the list. The conference in San Jose, California, features tech startups from around the world and offers programming and networking opportunities. One of the 50 startups will be named “Startup of the Year.” Read more about the competition and see what other startups made the list.

Need a reminder about that upcoming doctor’s appointment? Baylor Scott and White Health System began asking patients if they wanted to sign up for texting alerts in August. The “care message” alerts will remind patients about upcoming appointments and offer information on diseases and preventative services. The texting program is designed to reach high-risk and low-income patients and reduce the number of no-shows at appointments. The Dallas Morning News has more on the program and other measures the hospital system has introduced to better connect with its patients. 

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