The Abnormal-Heartbeat Edition Friday, May 12, 2017

Apple’s Watch Can Detect An Abnormal Heart Rhythm With 97% Accuracy, UCSF Study Says, by Sarah Buhr, TechCrunch

According to a study conducted through heartbeat measurement app Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco, the Apple Watch is 97 percent accurate in detecting the most common abnormal heart rhythm, when paired with an AI-based algorithm.

The study involved 6,158 participants recruited through the Cardiogram app on Apple Watch. Most of the participants in the UCSF Health eHeart study had normal EKG readings. However, 200 of them had been diagnosed with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (an abnormal heartbeat). Engineers then trained a deep neural network to identify these abnormal heart rhythms from Apple Watch heart rate data.

Why Apple’s Next Killer App Is Health, by Dan Moren, Macworld

Mortality confronts us all at some point. But, to paraphrase the old expression, nobody ever does anything about it. Apple, however, is using its broad expertise in a number of realms to push forward its health agenda.

Apple Wearables Sales Outpacing iPhone Out Of The Gate, by Neil Cybart, Above Avalon

Too much attention is being placed on Apple Watch as holder of the wearables torch. Instead, the focus needs to be placed on both Apple Watch and AirPods, with W1 chip-equipped Beats headphones representing Apple's third wearables product category. Instead of looking at these wearable devices as standalone products with few similarities or overlap, we should view them as coming together to create a platform.

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Apple Debuts New ‘How To Shoot On iPhone 7’ Website & Video Series, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

On the new website, Apple shares tips for shooting a plethora of different types of images and video. For instance, Apple gives tips for close-up shots, vertical panoramas, action shots, street light, stills while filming video, selfies, and much more. There are also tips and tricks for editing photos such as selfies.

Meanwhile Over At Redmond

Apple Is Bringing iTunes To The Windows Store, by Tom Warren, The Verge

Apple is planning to bring its iTunes desktop app to the Windows Store. In a surprise announcement at the Build developer event today, Microsoft revealed it has been working with Apple to get iTunes listed in the Windows Store. It might not sound like an important addition, but iTunes is one of the most searched for apps that’s currently missing in the Windows Store.

Microsoft Makes Windows Play Nice With All Your Other Gadgets, by David Pierce, Wired

Above all else, the next version of Windows will work to be a more accepting part of your entire gadget ecosystem. A new feature called Pick Up Where You Left Off (that’s really the name) will automatically save your document or current website on your phone, for instance, and let you get right back to it on your computer. If you’re reading a news article on your computer, and pick up your phone, it can prompt you to, well, pick up where you left off. It sounds a lot like Handoff for iOS and Mac, but this works on Windows and Android too. [...]

There’s even a cross-device clipboard now, so you can get truly copy-and-paste crazy. Microsoft seems to have finally grasped that it didn’t win in mobile, and that your phone’s a crucial part of your computing life, so the least Windows can do is play nicely.

Microsoft Is Surprisingly Comfy With Its New Place In A Mobile, Apple, And Android World, by Mark Sullivan, Fast Company

There were iPhones on the stage here at Build. Big graphics on the screens showed Surface computers lined up side by side with iPhones. Microsoft developer tools are coming for iOS and Android. And Apple’s iTunes is coming to the Windows Store.

The company that once held a mock funeral for the iPhone—complete with dedicated “iPhone trashcans”—now has a very different attitude about the company of Jobs. The Microsoft whose old CEO Steve Ballmer in 2007 famously predicted the iPhone had “no chance; no chance at all” of getting market share, now readily accepts and embraces a world where the iPhone and Android dominate personal computing.


A New App Called Boomerang Will Double-check Awkward Translations For You, by Lauren Goode, The Verge

Boomerang is a new iOS app that uses Google Translate to translate phrases in 104 different languages; then translates the phrasing back into the original language for you to make sure that what you’re trying to say actually makes sense.

Satechi’s New Pro Hub Expands 2016 MacBook Pro Past USB-C Ports, by Greg Barbosa, 9to5Mac

Satechi’s new Type-C Pro Hub works with both the 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models. By utilizing two of the USB-C ports on the new MacBook Pro, the Pro Hub brings more versatile options for power users. The Pro Hub features the following ports: one HDMI, one Thunderbolt 3, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, an SD and a microSD slot.

SoundHound Can Now Make An Apple Music Playlist From Songs You Identify, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

SoundHound for iPhone and iPad is out with a new version that integrates with Apple Music in a few ways. For starters, if you’re an Apple Music subscriber and identify a song with SoundHound, the app can now add it to a SoundHound playlist in Apple Music automatically.

Oilist Review: A Painter In Your Phone, by Jake Underwood, MacStories

Oilist is an artist in your phone, one that you watch sketch, paint, and craft a unique version of a photo you’ve shot. The app uses AI – and your creativity – to turn pictures into works of art. Through creating with its own personality, you’ll get a new take on your old images in a fun and original way.


Apple Awards Corning First Advanced Manufacturing Fund Investment, by Tim Hardwick, MacRumors

Apple today announced that Corning, the makers of Gorilla Glass, will be the first major benefactor of its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which was announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook earlier this month.

The Fact That Apple Has To Issue Bonds Is A Reminder Of Why Urgent Tax Reform Is Needed, by Matt Rosoff, CNBC

Why does such a rich company have to borrow money?


As of the end of 2016, Apple had more than $230 billion stored overseas. That's because, when Apple earns money from sales outside the U.S., it's taxed once by the country where it makes those sales, then taxed again by the U.S. when it brings the money back home. As a result, Apple doesn't bring that money home.

Rumor Today

Apple Will Announce Amazon Prime Video Coming To Apple TV At WWDC, by John Paczkowski, BuzzFeed

Sources in position to know tell BuzzFeed News that Amazon's Prime video app — long absent from Apple TV — is indeed headed to Apple's diminutive set-top box. Apple plans to announce Amazon Prime video's impending arrive to the Apple TV App Store during the keynote at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 5 in San Jose, CA. A source familiar with the companies' thinking say the app is expected to go live this summer, but cautioned that the hard launch date might change.

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