The New Apple Watch Transforms What a “Medical Device” Can Look Like
- That’s one of several limitations to what the new Apple Watch EKG tech will be able to do, as The Verge pointed out — it may also cost too much for those who face the highest risk of heart disease and requires that people actually wear the watch at all times.
- This is the same approach taken by standalone EKG apps and sensors that were available on previous iterations of the Apple Watch — because there’s no radically-new technology in the heart rate monitor, there’s no legal requirement to subject it to more rigorous testing.
- It’s too soon to say whether or not the Apple Watch’s built-in EKG capabilities will deliver on these lofty promises — the heart rate monitor app announced Wednesday won’t be available until well after the Apple Watch Series 4 launches.
Withings returns from the dead with Steel HR Sport watch
- First Nokia launched a handful of products under its own name and ultimately dropped the French health hardware company altogether.
- And today, the innovative French hardware company returns with a new take on an old product.
- It’s a welcome return for what had become one of my favorite fitness trackers, prior to the brand’s untimely demise, back in May. The Steel line’s simplicity has always been among its most appealing features.
- Aside from the aesthetic appeal, battery life has always been one of the biggest upsides of these hybrid devices, and the new watch certainly fits the profile with 25 days on a charge, plus an additional 20 days in standby mode.
- Unlike the Steel HR, which came in both 36 and 40mm sizes, the HR Sport is only available in the latter — though that’s still quite a bit more compact than a number of smartwatches on the market.
Trump's New China Tariffs Won't Affect Apple's Watch, AirPods, Other Products
- The Trump Administration followed through on the President’s pledge to impose a new tariff on as much as $200 billion in goods made in China, but one high-profile company that pushed against the move has been given an exemption: Apple.
- BREAKING: Trump’s new tariffs on just under $200 billion in goods imported from China kick in Sept.
- Cook also visited the White House in May to discuss his concerns, when administration officials reportedly assured him that new tariffs would not affect the iPhone.
- The new 10% tariffs are in addition to $50 billion worth of Chinese goods facing tariffs imposed earlier this year.
- The White House says it’s prepared to impose tariffs on another $267 billion in Chinese imports if China retaliates.
- Even if the iPhone, Apple Watch and other products aren’t subject to U.S. tariffs, Apple is still vulnerable to rising U.S.-China trade tensions.
Here are all the features coming to your Apple Watch with the huge new software update that's out today
- But if you already own an Apple Watch Series 1 or Series 3, take heart: WatchOS 5 is bringing some new features and tweaks to your existing device.
- However, Apple had a few surprises in store at its big iPhone release event last week; namely, a few new watch faces, and a new feature — unique to the new Series 4 — for taking ECG (electrocardiogram) heart readings.
- The new ECG feature in the Apple Watch Series 4 is usually found on medical devices used to detect atrial fibrillation, which is a heart condition that can lead to strokes.
- If they accept, you each try to win the week to close the rings and earn points by performing fitness activities, like running or hitting the gym.
Apple’s Siri Shortcuts app now available for iOS 12
- Siri’s new Shortcuts feature is now available to download for iOS 12 users, and it allows iPhone and Apple Watch users to use Siri to step through multistep routines.
- Shortcuts replaces the previous Workflow app that Apple acquired last year, and is designed to allow you to create custom commands in Siri that launch apps or combine a number of actions in a similar way to IFTTT.
- A number of app developers are also launching their own custom Siri shortcuts with iOS 12, which will help the assistant display more information when you create a custom phrase.
- Citymapper is one of the first big apps with Siri shortcuts support, allowing you to create a shortcut to ask “when’s my next train” and get relevant updates and even platform information.
The Amazon Echo Show is $100 off right now, the same price it was on Prime Day — and more of today's best deals from around the web
- Now through September 20, Udemy is offering their top rated courses at low prices, starting at only $11.99.
- These courses usually are sold for over $100, so if you're looking to pick up a new skill it's a great time to take advantage of these low prices at Udemy.
- Today is the last day you can take advantage of this great September sale at Adidas.
- If you're looking for any new products, gadgets, or decor for your home this sale is definitely worth checking out.
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- Now through September 29, you can save up to $600 on one of these high-tech, Sleep Number 360 smart mattresses.
iPhone XS and iPhone XR event: Everything important Apple just announced
- Today, it’s going to talk about two of its major device lines, starting with the Apple Watch.
- (The other, then, is the iPhone — suggesting no new iPads or Macs today.) Cook says Apple Watch is the “No. 1” watch in the world — presumably measured by revenue.
- This year’s new, faster high-end iPhone is called the iPhone XS, pronounced “ten ess.” It’s made of “surgical grade” stainless steel, including an option for a gold finish.
- One technical thing that seems to matter for the future: Apple’s new chip will help Core ML, its machine-learning system, run nine times faster, but using one-tenth the energy.
- As rumored, it’s larger than an iPhone 8 or X, but smaller than an 8 Plus or XS Max. It includes the iPhone XS’s new chip, but lacks its dual-camera system.
The Apple Watch stole the show from this year’s new iPhones
- The Apple Watch Series 4 — with its rounded corners, larger display, and built-in EKG scanner — became undoubtedly the most sought-after gadget in the aftermath of Apple’s fall hardware refresh.
- For those like me who’ve had an older Apple Watch Series 0 or 1, it’s a no-brainer, and it was what I was most excited about when I decided to stay up late last night to claim a midnight order.
- The company figured out last year with the iPhone X that customers would be willing to pay not for meaningful new features, but for design and aesthetic improvements.
- As it stands today, Apple’s flagship phone is the least exciting device it’s put out in a long time, and it’s easy to see why it’s being outshined by the Apple Watch.
- There will be a time when the Apple Watch, like the iPhone, becomes a stagnant product that simply becomes more exorbitant and expensive.
It's become very clear that the future of Apple is the Apple Watch
- But it spent about an hour on the new Apple Watch, which got a much bigger reaction from the crowd of 1,000 Apple reporters and analysts attending the launch event than any iPhone.
- Basically, the Apple Watch just had its coming-out party, all over again — a clear sign of where Apple's technical ambitions lie, as the iPhone faces diminishing returns, with each model representing only an incremental step over the ones previous.
- Apple is careful — most likely because of regulatory pressure — to say the Apple Watch's new ECG scanner can only tell a user they might want to go to to a doctor, not diagnose an issue, but that's still what most people need from a health gadget: an early warning system.
- As one venture capitalist who attended the launch observed to Business Insider: If you look at Apple's advertisements for the Apple Watch, they all feature young people having fun.
The Brilliant, Playful, Bloodthirsty Raven
- A new book from Christopher Skaife is a beguiling, fascinating, and highly amusing account of the strangely magical birds.
- I met Christopher Skaife a few years ago while recording a radio program about Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” A jovial, bearded man, he’s one of the yeoman warders at the Tower of London.
- In his book-length study Mind of the Raven, Heinrich tells the story of a Colorado woman working outside her cabin who was disturbed by an incessantly calling raven that flew low over her to land on rocks nearby.
- Wild ravens would almost certainly have been a feature of the Tower in its early years, but, as Skaife reveals in his book, the presence of captive ravens at the Tower likely began only in the late 19th century.