Study indicates Apple Watch among best at heart rate measuring Permanent Article Link- Study indicates Apple Watch among best at heart rate measuring

We evaluated the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn, and Samsung Gear S2. Participants wore devices while being simultaneously assessed with continuous telemetry and indirect calorimetry while sitting, walking, running, and cycling. Sixty volunteers (29 male, 31 female, age 38 11 years) of diverse age, height, weight, skin tone, and fitness level were selected.

Across all testing, the Apple Watch saw the lowest error in monitoring. The range was 1.2% - 2.8% error.

Interestingly, when it comes to measuring calories, no device performed particularly well. The devices seemed to measure best with running and walking and worst when calculating sitting.




Study indicates Apple Watch among best at heart rate measuring Permanent Article Link- Study indicates Apple Watch among best at heart rate measuring

We evaluated the Apple Watch, Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn, and Samsung Gear S2. Participants wore devices while being simultaneously assessed with continuous telemetry and indirect calorimetry while sitting, walking, running, and cycling. Sixty volunteers (29 male, 31 female, age 38 11 years) of diverse age, height, weight, skin tone, and fitness level were selected.

Across all testing, the Apple Watch saw the lowest error in monitoring. The range was 1.2% - 2.8% error.

Interestingly, when it comes to measuring calories, no device performed particularly well. The devices seemed to measure best with running and walking and worst when calculating sitting.




Apple announce Swift course for high schools, community colleges Permanent Article Link- Apple announce Swift course for high schools, community colleges

Apple announced a new app development curriculum to instruct students in building apps in its Swift programming language. The curriculum is intended to help support high school and community college students in their learning.

App Development with Swift is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using Swift, one of the world's most popular programming languages. Students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.




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1Password introduces new Travel Mode feature Permanent Article Link- 1Password introduces new Travel Mode feature

1Password implemented a new feature to help secure data while traveling across borders. The idea is to keep your information secure from inspection or other intrusive investigation by border agents.

As described by 1Password:

Before Travel Mode, I would have had to sign out of all my 1Password accounts on all my devices. If I needed certain passwords with me, I had to create a temporary travel account. It was a lot of work and not worth it for most people.

Now all I have to do is make sure any of the items I need for travel are in a single vault. I then sign in to my account on 1Password.com, mark that vault as "safe for travel," and turn on Travel Mode in my profile. I unlock 1Password on my devices so the vaults are removed, and I'm now ready for my trip. Off I go from sunny Winnipeg to hopefully-sunnier San Jose, ready to cross the border knowing that my iPhone and my Mac no longer contain the vast majority of my sensitive information.

After I arrive at my destination, I can sign in again and turn off Travel Mode. The vaults immediately show up on my devices, and I'm back in business




Apple reports on requests for customer information Permanent Article Link- Apple reports on requests for customer information

Apple:

Apple is very seriously committed to protecting your data and we work hard to deliver the most secure hardware, software and services available. We believe our customers have a right to understand how their personal data is managed and protected. This report provides information regarding requests Apple received from government agencies and private parties from July 1 through December 31, 2016.

Worldwide there were 30,184 requests during the period and 4,254 were from the U.S.. Apple provided data on 21,737 of those requests worldwide and 3,348 from the US..

Those data requests involved 151,105 devices worldwide and 20,013 were from the U.S.. Lastly, Apple reported that 72% of the time it was able to provide data on worldwide requests and 78% on U.S. requests.




Nokia, Apple settle legal conflicts Permanent Article Link- Nokia, Apple settle legal conflicts

Apple and Nokia:

Under a business collaboration agreement, Nokia will be providing certain network infrastructure product and services to Apple. Apple will resume carrying Nokia digital health products (formerly under the Withings brand) in Apple retail and online stores, and Apple and Nokia are exploring future collaboration in digital health initiatives. Regular summits between top Nokia and Apple executives will ensure that the relationship works effectively and to the benefit of both parties and their customers.

The deal involves an up-front cash payment and on-going revenues.

It kind of interesting that CEOs are not quoted in the release. Apple's COO Jeff Williams is representing Apple wile Nokia's Chief Legal Officer has its main quote.




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New Apple Watch bands match line of Nike shoes Permanent Article Link- New Apple Watch bands match line of Nike shoes

Nike and Apple announced new Nike Sports Bands for the Apple Watch. The bands match Nike's Day to Night theme collection of sneakers.

Nike:

In April of this year, Apple and NikeLab launched the limited edition Apple Watch NikeLab. Today, Apple and Nike take their partnership a stride further, with four new Nike Sport Bands for Apple Watch Nike+ in colorways inspired by the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit "Day to Night" collection.

The "Day to Night" collection celebrates runners whenever they choose to run - at twilight, sunset and everything in between. Each of the colors is inspired by a shade of the sky, from dawn to dusk, and allows runners to - for the first time - make a statement by matching their Apple Watch Nike+ bands to their footwear.

The bands will retail for $49 and are expected to be available June from Nike and shortly after from Apple.




WannaCry is another case against backdoors Permanent Article Link- WannaCry is another case against backdoors

USA Today reporting on speculation the WannaCry ransomware leaked out of the NSA's inventory of exploits.

The fact that they appear to have been stolen from a U.S. government-linked group and are now in the public domain has bolstered tech companies' contention that security backdoors would do more harm than good -- simply because these work-arounds risk ending up in criminal hands.

"This attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem," Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief legal counsel, said in a blog post.

Basically if companies agree to install backdoors for government agents, there's not a good track record of government keeping such things secure for only legal use.




Google Assistant comes to iOS Permanent Article Link- Google Assistant comes to iOS

Google released a stand-alone app of its AI assistant for iOS. The release gives iOS users a new interface for Google's services and an alternative to Siri for quirky interactions. Siri, however, should still have one advantage as the Google Assistant is restricted to its app, so it can function as seamlessly as Siri.

Some things your Assistant can help with:
- Make quick phone calls (e.g. "Call Mom.")
- Send text messages (e.g. "Text my bestie.")
- Send emails (e.g. "Email your boss the latest TPS report.")
- Set reminders (e.g. "Remind me to buy a birthday gift for Sarah.")
- Set calendar events (e.g. "Set a calendar event for dinner with Charlie tomorrow from 7-9.")
- Play music (e.g. "Play Jazz music on Youtube.")
- Navigate to places (e.g. "Get me directions home.")
- Ask it anything (e.g. "Will I need an umbrella today?")




Apple touts product accessibility in series of videos Permanent Article Link- Apple touts product accessibility in series of videos

Apple has a a series of videos its calling Designed for everyone the highlights accessibility features of its products. Similar to its other product demonstrations, The Designed for everyone series shows actual people using its products. The are 7 videos in all.






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