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Apple Watch Saves Man’s Life By Alerting Him To A Heart Attack

Tyler Lee December 16, 2017

Over the years ever since the first Apple Watch was released, we’ve been hearing stories about how the device has saved the lives of quite a few of its users, such as alerting them to impending heart attacks. In fact just a new report from 9to5Mac will see the Apple Watch chalk up another life saved.

The report tells the story of Scott Killian, who before turning 50 underwent a barrage of health tests to make sure that he is healthy and to rule out any health concerns that might be associated with his age. The tests all came back with good news which basically cleared him, but then one night when he was sleeping, his Apple Watch, which he wears to sleep to track his sleeping patterns, alerted him via a third-party app called HeartWatch that his resting heart rate was elevated during his sleep.

Killian also experienced some mild indigestion which are signs of a potential heart attack, which prompted him to visit the emergency room as a precaution. The hospital then tested him using an EKG but the reports came back normal, despite the fact that his Apple Watch still reported that his heart rate was elevated. It was only after they took a blood test that it was discovered an elevated enzyme that signals that a heart attack has occurred or is occurring.

Speaking to 9to5Mac, Killian said what his surgeon told him was remarkable, “He said had I kept sleeping, I probably wouldn’t have woken up. I would have died in my sleep.”

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Apple Has Reportedly Shipped 34.4 Million Apple Watches To Date

Tyler Lee December 13, 2017

While the wearable market might be packed with all kinds of devices and brands (the Fossil Group is responsible for quite a few themselves), it seems that at the end of the day, it looks like Apple could have walked away the winner of it all, or that’s according Canalys analyst Vincent Thielke.

In an email sent to Mashable, Thielke claims that based on the company’s findings, Apple has apparently shipped 34.4 million Apple Watches to date since its release in 2015. He claims that this means that Apple accounts for a little over half of all smartwatches ever shipped. “Apple has shipped 34.4 million smartwatches worldwide since it entered the category in 2015. In other words, Apple accounts for 51.6 percent of all smartwatches ever shipped.”

That being said, we should advise you to take those numbers with a grain of salt. This is because ever since the Apple Watch has been released, Apple has yet to offer up an official figure in terms of shipments, units sold, and how much money they’ve made from it. At the same time, this isn’t the first time that we are hearing about the Apple Watch’s dominance in the wearable industry.

Apple recently launched the Apple Watch Series 3, which is the 3rd-gen Apple Watch released so far. One of the key changes, which appears to have sat well with many based on reviews, is the addition of LTE support, where Apple Watch users no longer need to be tethered to their iPhone.

Apple Has Reportedly Shipped 34.4 Million Apple Watches To Date , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Google Lists Android Wear Devices That Will Get Oreo Update

Tyler Lee December 11, 2017

According to a recent report, it has been suggested that these days, consumers appear to prefer keeping their smartphones updated to the latest OS versus buying a brand new device. This makes sense when you consider that some smartphones are starting to see a rather huge hike in price.

So the question is, does this apply to smartwatches too? While we’re not sure on the smartwatch front, we do know that updates are welcome especially if they bring about new functionality, and for Android Wear users, Google has upload a list of devices that are expected to receive the Android Wear update that is based on Android Oreo.

The list posted on Google’s Android Wear Help page is rather extensive, but for the most part we are noticing that the devices on the list are those that fall under Fossil’s brand, or at least the Fossil umbrella, which also plays home to brands like Diesel and Michael Kors. According to Google, the devices that should already receive the update include the Fossil Q Venture, LG Watch Sport, Louis Vuitton Tambour, Michael Kors Sofie, and the Montblanc Summit.

There are a bunch of devices that are supposed to get the update, but a release date has yet to be confirmed, but you can check out the list below to see if your device is part of it. It has been pointed out by 9to5Google that quite a few older Android Wear devices aren’t part of the list, like the LG Watch R, the original Huawei Watch, and the 2nd gen Moto 360/Sport from 2015.

Casio PRO TREK Smart WSD-F20
Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
Diesel Full Guard
Emporio Armani Connected
Fossil Q Control
Fossil Q Explorist
Fossil Q Founder 2.0
Fossil Q Marshal
Fossil Q Wander
Gc Connect
Guess Connect
Huawei Watch 2
Hugo BOSS BOSS Touch
LG Watch Style
Michael Kors Access Bradshaw
Michael Kors Access Dylan
Michael Kors Access Grayson
Misfit Vapor
Mobvoi Ticwatch S & E
Movado Connect
Nixon Mission
Polar M600
TAG Heuer Tag Connected Modular 45
Tommy Hilfiger 24/7 You
ZTE Quartz

Google Lists Android Wear Devices That Will Get Oreo Update , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch Receives Major OS Update

Tyler Lee December 6, 2017

Earlier this year, Fitbit launched their first smartwatch in the form of the Fitbit Ionic. Given that the Ionic is not powered by Android Wear, it means that it won’t have access to the variety of apps that Android Wear devices have access to. This was one of the criticisms of the Ionic at launch, which was the relative lack of available apps.

However the good news is that Fitbit has worked to changed that, and in the latest update that they have issued to the smartwatch’s operating system, not only have they improved upon the features of the device, but it has also included a bunch of new apps. “Starting today Fitbit Ionic users will be treated to more than 100 data-rich (and interactive!) clock faces and more than 60 apps from Fitbit, Fitbit Labs, popular brands, and developers (more on all that below), as well as helpful enhancements to existing features.”

To be more specific, Fitbit has launched 14 new apps for the Ionic from “popular brands”, such as Walgreens, Nest, The New York Times, and Yelp, just to name a few. Some of these apps aren’t available yet and are expected to be released by the end of the year, but know that they will be arriving for the Ionic.

Other improvements to the watch include support for multi-card payment and a faster user interface, so if you do own the Ionic, you’ll want to check out the update ASAP.

Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch Receives Major OS Update , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Apple Giving Gifts Cards For Apple Watch Trade-Ins

Tyler Lee December 5, 2017

Do you have an older Apple Watch that you no longer need? Or maybe you’re just done with the Apple Watch completely? We suppose selling it off on eBay or Craigslist is one of the ways you’ll be able to sell it off, but if you’d rather not deal with the hassle of negotiating, you can trade it in with Apple.

According to a report from iDownloadblog, it seems that Apple is now accepting trade-ins for the Apple Watch, and customers who trade in the wearable will be given Apple Gift Cards in exchange. We’re sure that some of you guys would have preferred cash, but if you were planning on buying something else at Apple, then the gift card is just as good and can be used towards something else.

Of course the amount you get for the Apple Watch will depend on the model in question, but it seems that it ranges from as low as $50 and up to $175, which like we said depends on the model and also the condition that it is in.  There is a chance you could walk away with more if you were to sell it yourself, so that’s one possibility if you feel that the amount offered is a bit too low for your liking.

For more details about trading in your older Apple products, head on over to Apple’s website.

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FDA Clears Medical Grade EKG Analyzer For The Apple Watch

Tyler Lee November 30, 2017

Even before the Apple Watch was officially announced, the rumors surrounding the device have suggested that Apple was planning on positioning it as a health device. While it did launch with several health features, it looks like the Apple Watch is getting a boost in the health department, thanks to the FDA clearing AliveCor’s “Kardia Band”.

For those learning about this for the first time, the Kardia Band is an EKG analyzer designed for the Apple Watch. It’s not exactly new as over in Europe, it has already been available for a while. However it was not available in the US as it was pending the FDA’s approval, which it has since gotten, which means that it can now be sold in the US.

The Kardia Band is sort of like an improvement over the company’s KardiaMobile device. The former is a strap worn around the wrist and can detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation, while the latter is a device attached to the back of your phone that you have to hold with both hands for 30 seconds, which is clearly not as convenient.

It is no secret that the Apple Watch is proving to be a more useful health tracking device than what Apple had led us to believe at the start. There have been multiple instances in which users have noticed heart problems before they happened, thanks to the built-in heart rate sensor, so much so that Apple is investigating to what extent the Apple Watch can detect abnormal heart rhythms.

FDA Clears Medical Grade EKG Analyzer For The Apple Watch , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Smartwatches For Kids Banned In Germany Over Privacy Concerns

Tyler Lee November 18, 2017

Are smartwatches, smartphones, and tablets designed for kids something that is really necessary? We suppose we can’t blame manufacturers for trying to cover all their bases, but unfortunately over in Germany it seems that the authorities aren’t too thrilled about such devices and have recently banned the sales of smartwatches aimed at children.

In fact the country’s Federal Network Agency has gone as far as urging parents who own such devices to “destroy them”. According to Jochen Homann, president of the Federal Network Agency, “Via an app, parents can use such children’s watches to listen unnoticed to the child’s environment and they are to be regarded as an unauthorised transmitting system. According to our research, parents’ watches are also used to listen to teachers in the classroom.”

The agency has also stated that they have taken action against several companies who offer such devices on the internet. They are also urging schools to “pay more attention” to such devices used by students, although we have to wonder if children wearing “adult” smartwatches are fine?

That being said, this isn’t the first time that smart devices aimed at kids have come under fire over privacy concerns. Earlier this year Germany also banned a “smart” doll from being sold, and just last month toymaker Mattel announced their decision to cancel an upcoming smart speaker for kids after some have questioned the company on their plans on how they plan to store and protect the data that it collects.

Smartwatches For Kids Banned In Germany Over Privacy Concerns , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Fossil Q Control Smartwatch With Heart Rate Sensor Launched

Tyler Lee November 16, 2017

When it comes to smartwatches, Fossil was kind of late to the game, but the company has definitely not wasted any time since. The company has been busy churning out smartwatch after smartwatch under the various brands under its umbrella, with the latest devices from Fossil coming in the form of the Fossil Q Venture and Q Explorist.

However if you thought that was all Fossil had to offer for 2017, think again as the company has since launched its latest smartwatch, the Fossil Q Control. What makes this particular device interesting is also the fact that this is the first Fossil smartwatch that actually comes with a built-in heart rate sensor.

This means that if heart rate measuring was a feature that you want and the lack of the feature held you back from Fossil’s devices, the Q Control could change your mind. It is clearly marketed as a fitness device, thanks to its water-resistance (Fossil is calling it “swim-proof”) of up to a depth of 50 meters, which means that it should withstand the rigors at the gym or even the pool.

The Q Control is powered by Android Wear and sports a 45mm circular case and a 20mm watchband, with a single button on its side. It is priced at $275 and is currently available for purchase via Fossil’s website.

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Apple Has Taken The Lead In The Wearables Market

Tyler Lee November 15, 2017

When it comes to wearables, there are many players in the market right now, but it seems that in terms of market share, it looks like Apple has once again managed to take the lead. This is according to a recent report from Canalys in which based on their findings, Apple is once again the market leader when it comes to the wearables market.

Their report claims that Apple now commands a 23% market share in the wearables scene, which is higher than that of Xiaomi who commands a 21% market share. Fitbit comes in third with a 20% market share, and it seems that no other company comes close to those figures, with Huawei and Samsung owning 6% and 5% respectively, and “others” which takes up the remainder 25%.

Canalys claims that Apple’s lead in the wearables market is thanks to the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3, which has introduced cellular capabilities to the smartwatch, a feature that many have been asking for. However it seems that Apple could have potentially had a bigger slice of the market, but apparently due to supply issues where demand was greater than the supply, Canalys believes the Apple Watch Series 3 did not reach its full potential.

Apple has yet to officially release any sales figures for the Apple Watch to date, save for sharing vague growth percentages, but so far many third-party research firms and analysts have indicated that the device is selling well.

Apple Has Taken The Lead In The Wearables Market , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Nike To Launch Limited Edition Midnight Fog Apple Watch Series 3

Tyler Lee November 13, 2017

While Apple can be criticized for making the Apple Watch considerably more expensive than the alternatives out there, one thing that cannot be denied is how Apple has managed to get other brands to come on board the Apple Watch bandwagon, like Nike and Hermes, just to name a few.

In fact if you’re a fan of Nike or just limited edition stuff in general, you might be interested to learn that Nike will be launching a limited edition version of the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE. This will see the Apple Watch offered in a new Midnight Fog band color that will match Nike’s upcoming Air Vapormax running shoes.

According to Nike, “The latest look, which follows last year’s Day to Night collection, serves up a stealthy color scheme — deep greys with iridescent accents — perfect for winter workouts.” The band itself will be the Sport Loop band while the watch itself is the space grey Nike+ version of the Apple Watch.

In terms of pricing and availability, it doesn’t seem like there is a premium on the fact that it is a limited edition watch. It will be priced at $399 and will be available on the 14th of November via Nike’s online website or their retail stores, which means that if you were hoping to pick it up via Apple’s website or an Apple Store, you can’t.

Nike To Launch Limited Edition Midnight Fog Apple Watch Series 3 , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.