Apple Watch Series 5 review: the king of smartwatches

October 24, 2019

Always-on screen completes the package kicking competitors to the curb and becoming a top reason to buy an iPhone When Apple launched its smartwatch in 2015 to a lukewarm reception, quickly eclipsed every other smartwatch and with Swiss watchmakers combined. The latest Apple Watch Series 5 iteration, though still pricey at 399 and up, looks likely to continue the firms domination of the smartwatch market and deservedly so. If you…

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The Apple Watch Is Now the Control Center for Your Health

June 6, 2019

This week at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple executive Kevin Lynch announced multiple updates to WatchOS, the operating system that powers the company's smartwatch. (Voice memos, a calculator, streaming audio, oh my!) But the most telling features were the new additions to the watch's suite of health-monitoring tools. Beginning this fall, Apple Watch will track your activity trends over time, help protect your hearing by alerting you to harmful levels…

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Apple finds wearable gimmicks really count as iPhone slips

May 11, 2019

As sales of its signature product peak a big change in strategy has emerged in the form of the Apple Watch and AirPod If Apple wants to prove to doubters that there is life beyond the iPhone, then the wrists and ears of millions of customers could provide the answer. Twelve years from the launch of Steve Jobss signature product, Apple wearables and the services that tie in to them…

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Major study suggests Apple Watch can detect irregular heartbeat

March 18, 2019

More work needed to see if wearables can help screen for heart problems, but researchers call study encouraging A huge study suggests the Apple Watch can detect a worrisome irregular heartbeat but experts say more work is needed to tell if using wearable technology to screen for heart problems really helps. More than 419,000 Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/mar/16/apple-watch-study-heart-problems-stanford-atrial-fibrillation

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Apple partners with Aetna to launch health app leveraging Apple Watch data

February 5, 2019

In its clearest move yet to woo the healthcare industry, Apple has collaborated with the health insurance provider Aetna to launch a new app, called Attain, that uses Apple Watch data to provide a window into users’ health. The launch stems from a 2016 collaboration between the insurer and Apple that saw 90 percent of participants in a study reported a health benefit from using their Apple Watch. Both Apple and…

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Not to be overshadowed by the Apple Watch, AliveCor announces a new 6-lead ECG reader

September 18, 2018

Apple’s announcement last week of a Watch with an FDA-approved ECG reader to track heart health looked to be the undoing of original ECG reader company AliveCor. But, to prove it still has a hearty pulse, AliveCor tells TechCrunch it is coming out with a “never-before-seen” 6-lead electrocardiogram (ECG), pending FDA approval. In a care clinic, a patient typically has 12 leads, or stickers placed across their chest to pick…

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Apples Watch isnt the first with an EKG reader but it will matter to more consumers

September 18, 2018

Apple’s COO Jeff Williams exuberantly proclaimed Apple’s Watch was the first to get FDA clearance as an over-the-counter electrocardiogram (EKG) reader during the special event at Apple headquarters on Wednesday. While Apple loves to be first to things, that statement is false. AliveCor has held the title of first since late last year for its KardiaMobile device, a $100 stick-like metal unit you attach to the back of a smartphone. Ironically,…

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Apple Watch 4 Adds ECG, EKG, and More Heart-Monitoring Capabilities

September 17, 2018

If you ever wondered what the Apple Watch is really for, that's no longer a question—at least, not for Apple. The new Apple Watch Series 4, revealed by Apple earlier today, underscores that some of the watch's most important features are its health and fitness-tracking functions. The new watch is one of the first over-the-counter devices in the US to offer electrocardiogram, or ECG, readings. On top of that, the…

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Apple Watch Series 4 up close and hands-on

September 17, 2018

I’m sure somewhere In fact, that was a bit of a broader theme with today’s announcements — most of the updated Apple brand magic is happening under the hood here. That said, there is one key distinction from an aesthetic standpoint this time around: the logical extension of Apple’s ongoing war against bezels. The display is 30 percent larger than the one on the Series 3, by Apple’s count. The…

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Fossil announces new update to Android Wear watches with HR tracking, GPS

August 10, 2018

Fossil’s Q watch line is an interesting foray by a traditional fashion watchmaker into the wearable world. Their latest additions to the line, the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR, add a great deal of Android Wear functionality to a watch that is reminiscent of Fossil’s earlier, simpler watches. In other words, these are some nice, low-cost smartwatches for the fitness fan. The original Q watches included…

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