Tag - Health
Withings has unveiled two connected weighing scales that can measure more than just the overall mass of the user. The Withings Body and the Body Cardio are able to measure the weight of whomever steps onto them, with each able work out fat and muscle mass, among other statistics, with the Body Cardio also going one step further in measuring not only the pulse, but also goes into detail by monitoring the Pulse Wave Velocity.
A new Apple job posting has the company seeking out a lawyer with expertise in health, sparking suggestions that it could be another indication Apple has greater aspirations in the areas of health monitoring, fitness, and medical purposes, notes Business Insider. Specifically, the job summary shows that the company wants a new Privacy Counsel with experience working with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and with the health industry at large. The successful applicant would provide legal advice on privacy issues potentially impacting the company's products, as well as its other business activities.
Since time began and chocolate was first invented, it has been a universal rule: everything that is bad for you tastes or looks or feels good. Now, though, there appears to be an exception with scam ads masquerading as magical cures to our girths and our BMI. The ads aren't new, though they do seem to be increasing, but what's come out this week is that we are worse than gullible.
In the last few years, there's a big push for people to take a few minutes out of their day to decompress and re-center themselves. After all, there's hard science that backs up why meditation is good for you. It lowers your blood pressure, keeps your heart healthy, and keeps your brain sharp. If you're looking to start meditating but need a little help, we would suggest checking out AirMood.
Flurry Analytics has compiled a new "App Loyalty Matrix," putting a spotlight on the various categories of apps, and those most -- and least -- likely to engage user interest. In recent months, iOS users have started to show an increasing loyalty to health and fitness apps, with those among the most likely to engage and retain user interest over a sustained period of time. According to the study, around 35 percent of iPhone users who download a fitness or health tracking app are likely to use that app an average of three times a week, for at least 30 days.
One of the biggest setbacks of the Apple Watch is while it records tons of health data, Watch wearers only get to see a fraction of it. We're finally seeing a wave of apps hit the App Store that promise to unlock that data so you can make use of it as you wish. That's why we're checking out one such app: Heart Analyzer.
If you suffer from sensitive skin or a sensitive immune system, chances are you're a label-reader at the grocery store. If you're a hippie at heart, chances are you're a label-reader as well. If you're tired of label reading, the Environmental Working Group has an app that can save you a little time, a little app that they call Healthy Living.
For at least the second time, the Apple Watch is being credited with helping someone avoid sudden death because of heart problems. Following a report last September where a student athlete noted a very-high heart rate after football practice that saved him from what would have been a fatal attack of rhabdomyolysis, a Canadian builder has also been credited with saving his own life after noting a sky-high heart rate followed an undetected heart attack. The Alberta man, a watch collector, now says his other watches are put away, and the Apple Watch is his daily companion.
Getting healthy isn't easy, especially if you're busy. It's hard to keep track of what you eat if you're not constantly thinking about it, and manually counting calories and tracking nutritional information can be a real pain. That's why we decided to look at Lifesum, a surprisingly helpful nutrition app.
Whether you're a vegetarian, or you're just someone looking to add a few more vegetables to your diet, it can be difficult to find exciting food to eat if you're not used to cooking without meat. That's why we're here to show you a post-winter cookbook app; the gorgeous, healthy, and easy-to-love My New Roots.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE