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Tag - Health
Every so often here, I like do to a "living with" to discuss products that I've been, well, living with. Generally, I tend to do them on products that I like, but are concerned about the longevity of. After all, some products are really cool, but if you're not going to use them longer than a month, why waste the money? Well, this time it's a little different. Think of this particular Living With as a second chance -- a shot at redemption, perhaps. Today, I talk about my last two months with the iHealth Core Body Composition Scale.
Your iPhone counts the steps you take, and if you have an Apple Watch, your heart rate is being monitored at least once an hour (and on demand). This is just the beginning, however ... as most people know, the Apple Watch can do much more, even with just its built-in abilities, and those can be augmented with third-party apps. In this Pointers, we look at iOS apps for iPhone and Apple's Health apps and easy, simple ways to get more information about where you are -- and where you could be -- in monitoring your health.
Although Apple has emphasized the functionality of the M8 motion co-processor found in the iPhone and the sensors embedded in the Apple Watch as inspiring and useful in helping users maintain or improve their health and fitness, the device can also -- literally -- save lives. For evidence, ask 17-year-old Paul Houle Jr., a football player who discovered an abnormally high heart rate after practice, and ended up at the hospital with heart, liver, and kidney failure.
The iPhone 6 is the first iPhone that I didn't want to buy. I queued for the original in 2007 and I'm not so addicted that I could tell you each model I ever had since but look at any iPhone from then to the 6 or 6 Plus and there are only two options. Either I wanted one or I got it. I was on the typical UK two-year contract that meant I would have to sit out every other model and that should've meant I was ready to buy the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus but I didn't. Not until a couple of months ago, that is.
Among the list of speakers coming to the New Establishment Summit hosted by Vanity Fair in October will be Apple's Chief Design Officer Sir Jonathan Ive, making a second appearance at the event. He will be joined in Apple representation by Beats co-founder and Apple music executive Jimmy Iovine, though it is unclear if the two will appear together. The event will run October 5–7 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
A recent new report on the Japanese research and development center currently under construction by Apple in Yokohama claims that the facility will mostly be devoted to working on new materials and metallurgy, as well as the automotive and health aspects of Apple's business. The company has recently made some breakthroughs in all three areas, with new metal alloys as well as health-tracking technologies in the Apple Watch, and CarPlay.
We'd thought the coffee meeting was going well until the person we were trying so hard to impress said: "You know your posture is really hunched over, don't you?" We didn't, and now we're worried about it. Worried enough to install Nekoze 1.3.2, but possibly not quite so worried as to keep it installed.
There's nothing better than checking out the state of your hard disk, and we've all spent many happy hours twiddling with a drive instead of getting on with our work. Yet those disks that we forget about will go wrong just about as certainly as they will fill up. Maybe they won't go wrong today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life. Usually that's the reason why you should have backups, and it still is, but it's now also a good reason to try out Disk Sensei. It's a quick and thorough utility that reports on the current health of your drives, as well as then taking steps to keep them running well.
Following a post on Monday by Apple CEO Tim Cook showing model, activist, and Apple Watch spokesperson Christy Turlington Burns running in the London Marathon -- training for which she has been blogging about on Apple's site, tying in her use the Apple Watch -- the company has released a video and audio podcast of Burns being interviewed by Apple Fitness and Health Director Jay Blahnik at the London Regent Street Apple Store. It also published her final blog entry for the series on Tuesday.
A sad by-product of being made of meat is that we must eat, but not too much. Enter Carrot Hunger, the talking calorie counter. Did you ever wish you could get nutrition advice from GLaDOS? Well you can't, but that's okay, because Carrot has three times the attitude, and actually cares about your health. No really you guys, she cares. She's just also a big proponent of tough love; and by "tough love" we mean massive amounts of sarcasm and dry wit.