Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active2 Is Its Latest Swipe at Apple

August 11, 2019

In a relatively short period of time, Apple has become the clear leader in smartwatches. But Samsung isn’t going down without a fight, and the company has the numbers to prove it. According to two separate analyst’s reports, Samsung’s wearables business has grown by more than 100 percent over the past year. And now Samsung is introducing another wearable to the lineup, just a couple days ahead of the company's…

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In healthcare these days, Theres an app for that unless you really need it

July 24, 2019

Sarah Lisker faxes and  thirty billion dollars have been invested in digital health since 2011. The resulting technological innovations, such as mobile applications, telemedicine, and wearables, promise to help patients fight diabetes, treat chronic disease, or lose weight, for example. However, we haveOver 80% of clinical trial participants are white, and many are young and male. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, as well as older adults must be included in clinical trials…

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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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AI Could Predict Death. But What If the Algorithm Is Biased?

April 23, 2019

Earlier this month the University of Nottingham published a study in PloSOne about a new artificial intelligence model that uses machine learning to predict the risk of premature death, using banked health data (on age and lifestyle factors) from Brits aged 40 to 69. This study comes months after a joint study between UC San Francisco, Stanford, and Google, which reported results of machine-learning-based data mining of electronic health records…

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Youre Not Getting Enough Sleepand Its Killing You

April 20, 2019

The whole world is exhausted. And it’s killing us. But particularly me. As I write this, I’m at TED 2019 in Vancouver, which is a weeklong marathon of talks and workshops and coffee meetings and experiences and demos and late-night trivia contests and networking, networking, networking. Meanwhile, I’m sick as a dog with a virus I caught from my 3-year-old, I’m on deadline for what feels like a bazillion stories,…

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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 attempts to demystify healthcare with Aetna’s Attain app

February 1, 2019

The Apple Watch Series 4 is the most powerful health wearable available.Image: lili sams/mashable Regardless of whether iPhones sales are flat, much of the excitement and loyalty that’s made Apple into a behemoth tech company comes directly from its products, so meticulously designed and engineered to be irresistible. Apple is a devices company and its lifeblood (and stock) depends on new products to dazzle. But Apple under CEO Tim Cook…

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Bellabeats new hybrid smartwatch tracks your stressand goes with your outfit

December 23, 2018

Bellabeat, the company behind a variety of health and wellness wearable devices aimed at women, is now selling its first smartwatch. The device, which is simply called “Time,” was announced earlier this month right in the midst of holiday shopping season. Like other fitness trackers, the watch is capable of basic tasks like counting your steps, tracking sleep patterns and reminding you to move. But unlike traditional smartwatches — which,…

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The world’s best meditation tech just got even better

November 1, 2018

The Muse 2 headset: Still can't read your thoughts, but can track your heart rate and body movement as well as brain noise.Image: chris Taylor, Mashable Muse 2 $249 The Good Lightweight • Now tracks breathing • stillness and heartbeat • Great battery life The list of indispensable gadgets that come with me every day, no matter where I am in the world, is a pretty short one. Most items…

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UK health minister sets out tech-first vision for future care provision

October 19, 2018

The UK’s still fairly new in post minister for health, Matt Hancock, quickly made technology one of his stated priorities. And today he’s put more meat on the bones of his thinking, setting out a vision for transforming, root and branch, how the country’s National Health Service operates to accommodate the plugging in of “healthtech” apps and services — to support tech-enabled “preventative, predictive and personalised care”. How such a…

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