Apple’s looking to create custom chips for healthcare purposes

Apple hopes to develop a custom processor that it will use for health tracking purposes. The new chip would improve hardware efficiency, according to CNBC.

Apple hopes to develop a custom processor that it will use for health tracking purposes. In doing so, the company expects to add new features and improve the efficiency of its hardware while also protecting its intellectual property, according to CNBC.... Read the rest of this post here


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Apple’s looking to create custom chips for healthcare purposes

Apple hopes to develop a custom processor that it will use for health tracking purposes. The new chip would improve hardware efficiency, according to CNBC.

Apple hopes to develop a custom processor that it will use for health tracking purposes. In doing so, the company expects to add new features and improve the efficiency of its hardware while also protecting its intellectual property, according to CNBC.... Read the rest of this post here


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Beta 7 Of iOS 12, macOS Mojave, tvOS 12 And watchOS 5 Released For Testing

You can now download iOS 12 beta 7 IPSW links and OTA update, alongside macOS Mojave, tvOS 12 as well as watchOS 5. [ Continue reading this over at RedmondPie.com ]

You can now download iOS 12 beta 7 IPSW links and OTA update, alongside macOS Mojave, tvOS 12 as well as watchOS 5.


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Understanding smartwatches

I was wrong. Several years ago I reviewed the first Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch. This was before the release of the Apple Watch. That’s key to this story. I declared Garmin would have a hard time selling the Fenix 3. The Apple Watch would be better in every way, I pointed out. Therefore, there would […]

I was wrong. Several years ago I reviewed the first Garmin Fenix 3 smartwatch. This was before the release of the Apple Watch. That’s key to this story. I declared Garmin would have a hard time selling the Fenix 3. The Apple Watch would be better in every way, I pointed out. Therefore, there would be little reason to buy the Fenix 3.

But here I am, in the middle of the woods, wearing the fifth generation of the Garmin Fenix while my Apple Watch sits at home on my desk.

In some ways I was right. The Apple Watch is better by most measurable attributes: there are more apps, the screen is superior, there’s a vibrant accessory market, and it’s thinner, faster and cheaper.

The Garmin Fenix is big, clunky and the screen looks like it’s from a Kindle. It’s not a touchscreen nor does it have the number of apps or band options of the Apple Watch. I like it. To me, the Garmin Fenix is akin to a modern Casio G-Shock, and that’s what I want to wear right now.

Smartwatches are often reviewed like phones or vacuums. Specs are compared, and conclusions are drawn. Wearability is talked about, and functions are tested. If the watch has a swimming option, take it in a pool never mind the fact the reviewer hasn’t done a lap since high school.

I started out doing the same thing with this Garmin. I took it kayaking. I had kayaked twice in my life, and dear reader, I’m here to report the watch performed well on this kayak trip. The watch has topography maps that novel though not useful since the river. It has a cadence beat to help keep strokes consistent. I tried it all. I ended up drinking a lot of Michigan beer instead of tracking the performance of the watch. Sorry.

Still, performance matters to a point.

Here’s my OG review of the Garmin Fenix 5: The watch is significant even on my wrist. The screen is underwhelming though it’s always on and visibility improves in sunlight. The buttons have great tactical feedback. The watch is waterproof to the extent it survived a flipped kayak and hours in Lake Michigan. The battery lasts nearly a week. The watch does not know when it’s on or off the wrist, so notifications will cause it to buzz while it’s on your nightstand.

But most of that doesn’t matter. The Garmin Fenix 5 is exceptional, and I love wearing it.

Smartwatches need to be reviewed like ordinary watches. I need to explain more about how the watch feels rather than what it does or how it works. At this point, several years into smartwatches, it’s not notable if the smartwatch with a smartwatch. Of course, it tracks steps and heart rate and displays select notifications from my phone. If those items work then, they’re not important in a review.

Take a Citizen Skyhawk line. It packs a highly sophisticated complication that’s designed, so the maker says, for pilots. Ball makes a lovely line intended to provide accurate timekeeping for train conductors. There are watches for high magnetic fields, tactical operators, racer car drivers and, of course, countless for divers. Here’s my point: The vast majority of these watches are not used by divers or train conductors or fighter pilots.

This Garmin Fenix watch, much like the Apple Watch or Rolex diver, can be an aspirational item. It’s like the juicer in my kitchen or rowing machine in my basement. I got it because I wanted to be a person who woke up and juiced some veggies before my workout. I haven’t used either in months.

Smartwatches are different from smartphones and need to be reviewed as such. This Garmin Fenix watch has many modes I would never use, yet I love the watch. There’s a base jumping mode. I’m not jumping off a cliff. There’s a tactical mode and a golf mode and an open water mode, and I have no desire to be in situations where I need to track such activities. But I like the thought of having them available if I ever wanted to monitor my heartbeat while shooting targets.

The smartwatch industry is approaching a point where features are secondary to design. It’s expected that the watch will track steps and heartbeat while providing access to various features. It’s like the time and date of a regular watch. Past that, the watch needs to fit in a person’s aspirations.

Everyone is different, but to me, this is how it is laid out: The Apple Watch is for those looking for the top-tier experience regardless of the downsides of constant charging and delicate exterior. Android Watches are those looking for something similar but in a counter-culture way. The Samsung’s smartwatch is interesting and with the new Galaxy Watch, finally reaching maturity.

There are fashion smartwatches with fewer features but designs that make a statement. That’s where this Garmin watch lives and I’m okay with it. Fossil and Timex watches live here too. Using the Apple Watch as a standard, some of these fashion watches cost more, and some cost less, but they all say something an Apple Watch does not.

I’m bored with the Apple Watch, and right now I’m into thinking I live the type of life that needs a smartwatch that tracks every aspect of a triathlon. I don’t need all these features, but I like to think I do. I also don’t need to have a GMT watch with a third timezone, and I don’t need a watch with a hacking movement hand as if I need to synchronize my watch with other members of my special forces squad. But I have those watches along with dive watches and anti-magnetic watches. I’m not alone. The watch industry has long existed on selling lifestyles.

I was wrong before. The Apple Watch isn’t better than this Garmin or most other smartwatches— at least it’s not better for me right now. Maybe two weeks from now I’ll want to wear an Apple Watch and not because it’s better, but because it makes a different statement.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Watch set to take on Apple Watch

On Thursday, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Watch. Available in 42mm and 46mm models, the new wearable device launches alongside the new Note 9 smartphone.

On Thursday, Samsung introduced its new Note 9 smartphone. At the same time, it announced the upcoming launch of the Galaxy Watch. The new wearable device, which is available beginning on Aug. 24 alongside the Note 9, replaces the Gear S3 watch which was introduced by the company two years ago. ... Read the rest of this post here


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Fossil announces new update Android Wear watches with HR tracking, GPS

Fossil’s Q watch line is an interesting foray by a traditional fashion watchmaker into the wearable world. Their latest additions to the line, the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR, add a great deal of Android Wear functionality to a watch that is reminiscent of Fossil’s earlier, simpler watches. In other words, […]

Fossil’s Q watch line is an interesting foray by a traditional fashion watchmaker into the wearable world. Their latest additions to the line, the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR, add a great deal of Android Wear functionality to a watch that is reminiscent of Fossil’s earlier, simpler watches. In other words, these are some nice, low-cost smartwatches for the fitness fan.

The original Q watches included a clever hybrid model with analog face and step counter. As the company expanded into wearables, however, they went Android Wear route and created a number of lower-powered touchscreen watches. Now, thanks to a new chipset, Fossil is able to add a great deal more functionality in a nice package. The Venture and the Explorist adds untethered GPS, NFC, heart rate, and 24 hour battery life. It also includes an altimeter and gyroscope sensor.

The new watches start at $255 and run the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, an optimized chipset for fitness watches.

The watch comes in multiple styles and with multiple bands and features 36 different faces including health and fitness-focused faces for the physically ambitious. The watch also allows you to pay with Google Pay – Apple Pay isn’t supported – and you can store content on the watch for runs or walks. It also tracks swims and is waterproof. The Venture and Explorist are 40mm and 45mm respectively and the straps are interchangeable. While they’re no $10,000 Swiss masterpiece, these things look – and work – pretty good.

Download: Beta 6 Of iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, macOS 10.14 Released

You can now get iOS 12 beta 6 download of IPSW links and OTA update along with beta 6 seed of watchOS 5, tvOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave. [ Continue reading this over at RedmondPie.com ]

You can now get iOS 12 beta 6 download of IPSW links and OTA update along with beta 6 seed of watchOS 5, tvOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave.


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Tihmstar drops a developer jailbreak for Series 3 Apple Watches running watchOS 4.1

A new developer-only jailbreak for Series 3 Apple Watches running watchOS 4.1 is now available.

Whenever you hear the word “jailbreak,” Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV are some of the first devices that come to mind. But while the idea encompassing an Apple Watch jailbreak has been tossed around in the community for years, no large-scale Apple Watch jailbreak has ever made it to fruition.

While a developer-focused ‘prototype jailbreak’ dubbed overcl0ck was released at the start of 2018, it wasn’t quite what jailbreakers expected. But now, iOS hacker tihmstar has gone public with a new developer jailbreak for the Apple Watch dubbed jelbrekTime.... Read the rest of this post here


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jelbrekTime jailbreak released for watchOS 4.0-4.1

Tihmstar has done the impossible by developing an Apple Watch jailbreak for watchOS 4.1. Here’s how this jailbreak works and how you can use it on your Apple Watch. What’s jelbrekTime? jelbrekTime is v0rtex-based watchOS 4.0-4.1 firmware ja…

Tihmstar has done the impossible by developing an Apple Watch jailbreak for watchOS 4.1. Here’s how this jailbreak works and how you can use it on your Apple Watch. What’s jelbrekTime? jelbrekTime is v0rtex-based watchOS 4.0-4.1 firmware jailbreak for Apple Watch series 3. It is developed by the eminent German security researcher Tihmstar. It’s quite rightly the first jailbreak to be ever developed for the Apple Watch. Although Ben Sparkes was the first developer to develop a watchOS jailbreak, he never released a fully functional app. With that being said, jelbrekTime can’t run Substrate-based jailbreak tweaks as of yet. However, that could

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‘JelbrekTime’ watchOS 4.1 Jailbreak For Apple Watch Released

You can now download JelbrekTime IPA of watchOS 4.1 jailbreak for Apple Watch Series 3. Here are the details on the release. [ Continue reading this over at RedmondPie.com ]

You can now download JelbrekTime IPA of watchOS 4.1 jailbreak for Apple Watch Series 3. Here are the details on the release.


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