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Apple Watch Study Reports Success Identifying Heart Problem



A new study suggests the Apple Watch was able to identify abnormal heart rates that could be linked to a serious heart condition.

More than 400,000 Apple Watch users volunteered for the study. It was a project of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Apple, the American technology company, provided money for the study. Results were recently presented at a major conference on heart health in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The researchers looked for signs of atrial fibrillation, the most common form of irregular heartbeat. The condition, also called “a-fib,” results from the abnormal firing of electrical signals in the upper chambers of the heart.

Some people with atrial fibrillation feel changes in their heartbeat, while others do not. Because of this, many people do not know they have the condition.

People with untreated a-fib are about five times more likely to suffer a stroke. In the United States, a-fib causes an estimated 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations each year.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, left and soccer player Alex Morgan discuss the new Apple Watch 4 at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Apple CEO Tim Cook, left and soccer player Alex Morgan discuss the new Apple Watch 4 at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

People taking part in the study wore the Apple Watch for extended periods during 2017 and 2018. The devices contain an app that continuously gathers information without users having to do anything. It uses the watch’s light sensor technology to measure blood flow. The system is designed to identify changes that might show an irregular heartbeat.

The researchers said that out of those taking part, about 2,000 subjects received a warning from the device that they might have a problem.

Those individuals were then asked to contact a doctor, who decided whether they should receive a patch to more closely watch for a possible irregular heartbeat. The patch uses electrocardiography, or ECG technology. Electrocardiography is the process of measuring and recording electrical signals in the heart.

The study found that about 84 percent of the time, those who received warnings of irregular heartbeat activity were found to be experiencing a-fib at the time. Of those who received warnings and followed up by using an ECG patch, one third were found later to have a-fib.

Overall, about 57 percent of those taking part in the study sought some kind of medical attention, researchers said.

Lloyd Minor is head of Stanford’s School of Medicine. In a statement, he said the results show great promise in using technology to create “more predictive and preventive health care.”

Doctor Minor added that a-fib is just one example of a condition devices can help identify in the future. “This study opens the door to further research into wearable technologies and how they might be used to prevent disease before it strikes,” he said.

But some health researchers warned against making any general judgements based on the Apple-financed study. They have called for much more research to measure the effectiveness of wearable devices to identify signs of disease.

Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer, speaks about the Apple Watch Series 4 at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, speaks about the Apple Watch Series 4 at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Richard Kovacs is with the American College of Cardiology. He was not involved with the study. Doctor Kovacs told the Associated Press that despite the results, the Apple Watch system “is not perfect.” He noted that since the study did not have a comparison group getting regular ECG measurements, there is no way of knowing if the device missed heartbeat problems. This could give users a false sense of security, he said.

Other experts agreed that more studies are needed before similar device-based health observation systems are widely recommended.

“I would not advise this to the overall general population,” said Valentin Fuster, director of New York’s Mount Sinai Heart system and a former American Heart Association president. He said he would rather see such systems tested in people with additional health risks, such as older adults with high blood pressure.

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Huawei folding phone(Mate X) reappears to boast 5G speed




Since the start of problems Huawei with the United States, many users who have thought about the launch of Mate X. The Huawei phone with folding screen had planned to reach the market this June, and doubts about its release do not stop creating as the days pass. Where is Mate X?

First 5G tests with the Huawei Mate X

The latest clues come with official information, as the president of the Huawei smartphones branch has shared some images in which you can see some speed tests carried out with the famous phone with a folding screen. The images reveal that the maximum speed reached in the tests of Speedtest reached 1 gigabit per second, while the rise was at 100 megabytes per second.

This is undoubtedly excellent news for those interested in knowing about the first Huawei folding phone. We hope that the program runs its course and this same month when we see the phone for sale (even if only in China), although it is clear that the doubts will continue on which licenses will be affected when marketing it and, basically, what such will respond the screen to everyday use, something that as we could see did not sit well at the option of Samsung.

On the other hand, Gang assured that the speeds obtained in the laboratory tests reached the figure of 1.2 Gbps, so technically the phone is able to reach higher cruising speed, although we are very much afraid that in conditions normal the result will be similar to that of the video. At this point, there is no doubt that the 5G is tremendously fast, right?

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The mobile download speed can surpass 1 Gbps using the #5G network, He Gang, head of Huawei’s smartphone unit proved in a vlog with Huawei’s foldable Mate X handset on Tuesday.

Huawei mate x 5g testing using a customized Android version?

Taking a deeper look at the video, we can see how this unit of Mate X has a home screen where no icon of any application belonging to Google appears . It is something that could simply be a measure not to promote the company that has left out, a simple custom configuration or something even more complex, are we facing a version of Android customized by Huawei ?

This last option is the most rocambolesque, but there is another detail that is equally suspect: why is a virtual start button placed on the screen? Until now, the device had been showing the lower status bar with the classic buttons of Android, and in the case of not showing it, an upward gesture would be enough for it to reappear. As we said, these are suspicious details that generate enough doubts about the version of the operating system that is running the device, but for now, we will turn a blind eye and focus only on the results of the 5G tests.


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Huawei EMUI 9 with Android 9 Pie rolls out to Huawei P10, Mate9




There’s a lot of uncertainty swirling around Huawei at the moment and it goes beyond whether it’ll be able to make new phones in the future. Even now, owners of its existing phones are worried about the company’s capabilities to continue supporting existing phones. As if to reassure its customers, Huawei is now boasting how its EMUI 9 Android Pie experience is now on more than 80 million devices. What’s more, it’ll be rolling out to the Huawei P10 and even the Huawei Mate 9.

We’ll spare you from having to perform manufacturers’ odd math. Both running on the HiSilicon Kirin 960 chip, the Huawei P10 launched in early 2017 and the Mate 9 launched even further back in late 2016. By usual market standards, the phones are quite old. By usual OEM practices, they wouldn’t even be getting any updates at all.

And yet Huawei is boasting how it’s making EMUo 9 available to these two phones, giving them Android 9 Pie when some of their contemporaries have yet to receive it, if at all. So far, the update has only been made available to a few phone series, starting with the Mate 10 and P20, the Mate RS, and the Nova 3.

The announcement is also a show of power and force. Huawei boasts EMUI 9 will be reaching more than 100 million devices by the end of the month, revealing how many of its phones there are in the wild, not counting Honor devices. It is also trying to prove that, contrary to public perception, it can push out massive updates of its own.

Some might also see it as Huawei’s parting gift and haste. By making sure its older phones are running on the latest Android version, it gives itself more time to polish its “ArkOS” replacement. And by rushing to push the update before the month ends, it gives itself enough time to make those massive changes before the 90-day reprieve is up.


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First New Apple’s iPod Model Unveiled After Four Years




Apple presented the first new iPod model in four years on Tuesday as it continued to make a priority of serving up digital content.Advertise With Us

Concise News understands that the new-generation iPod touch, essentially an iPhonewithout the phone calls, was available in more than two dozen countries at Apple’s online shop starting at $199.

According to the vice president of product marketing Greg Joswiak, he said;  “We’re making the most affordable iOS device even better with the performance that is twice as fast as before, Group FaceTime and augmented reality,” said Apple

“The ultra-thin and lightweight design of iPod touch has always made it ideal for enjoying games, music and so much more wherever you go.”

The iPod touch evolved from the original iPod digital music player first launched by Apple in 2007.

The iPod touch became popular with people, particularly parents of internet-coveting children, who wanted mobile devices for getting online without the cost of telecommunications services.

The mobile devices can connect to the internet using Wi-Fi hotspots.

Apple earlier this year unveiled streaming video plans along with news and game subscription offerings as part of an effort to shift its focus to digital content and services to break free of its reliance on iPhone sales.

The first new iPod since the year 2015 comes as Apple shifts to emphasize digital content and other services to offset a pullback in the once-sizzling smartphone market, and with many news organizations struggling to monetize their online services.

Source: First New Apple’s iPod Model Unveiled After Four Years

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