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Apple Heart Study app launches in the US in partnership with Stanford Medicine

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Apple has launched Apple Heart Study, a research study app that uses Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor to collect data on irregular heart rhythm, in partnership with Stanford Medicine. The app also notifies users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib), with additional monitoring. The Apple Heart Study was announced back in September and is now available to Apple Watch users in the US.

AFib, the leading cause of stroke, is responsible for approximately 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations in the US every year. Many people don’t experience symptoms, so AFib often goes undiagnosed.

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Apple explains how the Apple Watch is used in the research study:

To calculate heart rate and rhythm, Apple Watch’s sensor uses green LED lights flashing hundreds of times per second and light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist. The sensor’s unique optical design gathers signals from four distinct points on the wrist, and when combined with powerful software algorithms, Apple Watch isolates heart rhythms from other noise. The Apple Heart Study app uses this technology to identify an irregular heart rhythm.

If an irregular heart rhythm is identified, users will receive a notification, of course, on their Apple Watch and iPhone alongside consultation with a study doctor for free, and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for more in-depth monitoring. The research study program is open to Apple Watch users (Series 1 or later) who are 22 years or older. The Apple Heart Study app is available in the US App Store and is limited to US residents — for now.

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Apple updates Clips for iOS with Selfie Scenes, Stickers and more

Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

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Apple has updated Clips app for iOS. The update adds more great content for video creation, including Selfie Scenes, Stickers, Soundtracks and more.

The new Clips iOS app brings six new Selfie Scenes that transport you into different worlds. These are 360-degree backgrounds that augment while taking selfie photos and videos. Selfie Scenes make use of Apple’s TrueDepth camera system on iOS devices, which restricts the feature to iPhone X and above models, and the new iPad Pro.

You can blend seamlessly into a variety of scenes, including a beautiful rainforest, a mad scientist’s lab, and even an action-packed scene from Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2, thanks to the Neural Engine on Apple’s Bionic chips.

Amongst the new additions, Clips now has three new real-time filters that transform video clips into black-and-white comic books, monochrome watercolor paintings, and aged film.

There’s a bunch of new stickers and text labels in tow to use in videos. If that’s not enough, Apple has also added 17 new royalty-free soundtracks to compliment the videos that you’ll be making. Moreover, the newly-added posters lets you create great-looking video title cards with designs including science, sports and even Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Coco.

Apple Clips 2.0.5 is available to download as a free update on the App Store. Happy updating!

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Fifth iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 betas now available

Inching closer to the public release,

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Apple has dropped a trio of beta software builds today, including iOS 12.1 beta 5, tvOS 12.1 beta 5, and watchOS 5.1 beta 5. The updates are now available to registered Apple developers.

iOS 12.1 brings a host of new features and improvements, including Group FaceTime which allows you to chat with up to 31 people simultaneously. It also adds Dual SIM support and real-time depth adjustment for the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. Not to forget, eSIM support will be available in the US only.

We’re expecting Apple to drop the public release of iOS 12.1 during its October Special Event next week. Till then, Stay tuned. 

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Redesigned Tweetbot 5 for iOS brings GIF support, optimized dark mode and more

An optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for this iPhone season.

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Tweetbot 5 for iOS

Tweetbot, the award-winning Twitter client has been updated on iOS to bring GIF support, redesigned profiles amongst other new features today. The update to version 5 also makes Tweetbot ready for iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR.

What you’ll notice first upon updating to Tweetbot 5 on iOS is the new app icon. It’s now identical to the iconography on Mac. The app also lets you compose GIF that’s powered by Giphy. And an optimized Dark Mode for OLED displays is what you could ask for when you’ve got an iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max. Other changes to Tweetbot 5 on iOS follows:

  • Redesigned tweet status details.
  • Support for haptic feedback.
  • Auto video playback in the timeline (which can be disabled in the settings).
  • Ability to add descriptions to images when composing.

Tweetbot 5 is available to download from the App Store for $4.99. If you’re an existing Tweetbot user, you’ll get the update over-the-air for free, of course.

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