Top L.A. hospital using HealthKit to monitor 80,000 patients

Apple's reputation as a mobile health company is growing. Photo: Apple

Apple’s reputation as a mobile health company is growing. Photo: Apple

Apple’s ambitions as a mobile health company took a giant leap forward over the weekend, as HealthKit was connected to more than 80,000 patient files at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

This means that Cedars-Sinai doctors now have the ability to take iOS Health data into account when making clinical and medical judgments — allowing physicians to easily access patients’  weight, blood pressure, steps taken, glucose levels, and oxygen saturation levels as gathered from their iOS devices.

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Consumer Reports runs Apple Watch through scientific torture test

The Apple Watch glass going through a torture test. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

The Apple Watch glass going through a torture test. Screenshot: Cult of Mac

Consumer Reports has a history of being hard on Apple. They famously refused to recommend the iPhone 4 because of a so-called “flawed” antenna design.

To test the Apple Watch, though, Consumer Reports is being harder on Apple than ever. They’ve run a gamut of torture tests on Apple’s new wearable to see just how hard the sapphire display actually is. Here’s a spoiler: You won’t be able to scratch it with anything short of a nuke. And even the Apple Watch Sport’s display is nearly unscratchable (although it can be cracked).

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In just 24 hours, Apple Watch outsold all Android Wear devices ever

Android Wear is having a hard time competing with Apple Watch already. Photo: Google

Android Wear is having a hard time competing with Apple Watch already. Photo: Google

It’s too early to tell exactly how well the Apple Watch will do in the grand scheme of things, or even if it will ultimately win the wearable war. But one thing’s for sure, it’s off to a hell of a good start, with statistics indicating that the Apple Watch sold more units in one day than Android Wear devices have sold. Period.

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Best deals of the week: 96% off the Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle, plus much more [Deals]

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10 of the weirdest Apple Watch apps

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There are plenty of great apps for the Apple Watch, but what about the weird ones?

It turns out that developers have some interesting ideas for what you’d want to do on your wrist. Here are some of the weirdest, most goofy, and downright bizarre Watch apps:

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A look at the best (and worst!) Apple Watch apps on our newest CultCast

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Apple Watch, inbound! And now that it is, we’ll take a look at some of the most useful Watch apps available, and just for fun, some of the stinkiest. Plus: the noteworthy differences between the Sport and steel editions; why those “scratch test” videos shouldn’t trouble you; and finally, you’ll never believe what our ol’ pal and ex-Apple exec Scott Forstall is up to now…

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A look at the best (and worst!) Apple Watch apps on our newest CultCast

Full show notes ahead!

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Things get hairy when Apple Watch appears in the wild

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These hand models from Apple’s Watch videos look like they’re fresh from the cloning vat. Not a hair in sight. Photos: Apple

The weird thing about all the promotional videos for the Apple Watch is how perfect the hand models are. The people wearing the watches look like citizens from Logan’s Run: fresh and young and perfect.

What you won’t see is a parade of hairy arms.

But now that the Apple Watch is out in the wild, that’s exactly what you get on Instagram. These pictures tell the real story.

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How to turn great iOS app ideas into something real

Time to find a great programmer.

Time to find a great programmer. Photo: Graham Bower/Cult of Mac

My friends, family and even complete strangers are constantly asking me how to get their million-dollar app idea in the App Store.

This is always a shocker for me because, after countless hours of hard work over the past two years, my app is barely breaking even.

But I can offer one solid piece of advice for anybody hoping to turn a clever idea into a world-beating app: Find yourself an amazing developer and hold on tight.

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Apple: ‘We do not accept fart apps on the Apple Watch’

Apple doesn't want fart apps on the Apple Watch. Who knew? Photo: Fart Watch

Apple doesn’t want fart apps on the Apple Watch. Who knew? Photo: Fart Watch

Those of you who were hoping the Apple Watch would usher in a new era of flatulence apps, prepare to be disappointed: Apple has already rejected the first app that serves no purpose other than to allow people to make fart sounds from their wrist.

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