Apple launching special Thanksgiving challenge for Apple Watch users

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If you run 5k this Thursday, Apple will let you brag about it.
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Ahead of Thanksgiving on Thursday, Apple is launching its Apple Watch Activity Challenge for customers in the United States.

U.S.-based Apple Watch users who rack up a 5K workout this Thursday, November 23, will be rewarded with the 2017 Thanksgiving Activity badge and iMessage sticker.

Insurer offers latest Apple Watch for $25 – if you exercise

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Health companies are embracing Apple Watch
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Signing up for life insurance might just be one of the cheapest ways to get a new Apple Watch Series 3 now.

John Hancock revealed today that it is offering all of its new and existing life insurance customers the opportunity to earn an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25. All you have to do is put in the exercise to work for it.

Apple Watch saves man from pulmonary embolism

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Here's what's coming in watchOS 4.1.
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Wearing an Apple Watch has become the difference between life and death for a New York man who never expected that buying one could save his life.

James Green, a 28-year-old from Brooklyn, describes himself as a serial data tracker. When he bought the original Apple Watch two years ago, he picked it up mostly for the notifications and tracking bike rides. Now, thanks to a heart-tracking app, it’s become a big part of his health story.

FDA fast-tracks Apple health products

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Apple Watch Series 2 will still make you stare at their wrists waiting for it to wake, when you should be watching where you are running
The FDA is easing up on digital health tools like Apple Watch.
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The Food and Drug Administration is making it easier for Apple and other tech companies to get health-related products out to the public faster.

Apple will be part of a new pilot program aimed at rapidly advancing the development of digital health applications. If the program works as intended, it could mean we’ll see new Apple Watch applications and other Apple-made health accessories a lot sooner.

Achievements Unlocked: Pedometer++ now gives awards

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Health, energy, and a long life are no longer the sole rewards for taking a walk.
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Pedometer++, from developer Underscore David Smith, is everyone’s favorite step-counting iPhone app. It’s simple, it is accurate, and it just works. Now, in version 3.0, the four-year old app gets a neat new Today widget, and — brace yourself — Achievements.

Samsung’s next stab at Apple Watch lands Wednesday

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Samsung's fight against Apple Watch won't end.
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Samsung will take a new stab at Apple Watch on Wednesday.

The South Korean company has scheduled an event in Berlin on August 30, where it will unwrap a brand new wearable. A teaser animation posted on Twitter backs up recent rumors that have claimed health and fitness will be its primary focus.

How to activate the iPhone’s hidden pedometer

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Like a calculator or a vampire, the iPhone’s pedometer loooooves to count.
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Your iPhone isn’t slacking off when it sits in your pocket. No, it’s industriously counting your every step, ready to tell you the total so you can celebrate by buying cake if you hit your daily goal. The good news is that the iPhone pedometer comes built-in, and requires no third-party apps to do its stuff. The even better news is that there’s a free app — Pedometer++ — that makes it even better.

iPhone will become a ‘one-stop shop’ for all your medical data

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Apple wants to provide a central hub for all your clinical data.
Apple wants to provide a central hub for all your clinical data.
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Apple wants to make your iPhone a “one-stop shop” for all your medical data.

A secret team is working to make multiple logins for different medical services a thing of the past by turning the iPhone into a central hub of information about doctor’s visits, lab test results, prescription data, and more.

Apple unveils watchOS 4 with new clock faces and UI changes

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Kevin Lynch shows off the new Siri watch face for Apple Watch.
Kevin Lynch shows off the new Siri watch face for Apple Watch.
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Apple’s software vision for the Apple Watch was unveiled during the company’s WWDC 2017 event today in San Jose, revealing a host of new features coming to wearers’ wrists later this year.

With watchOS 4, Apple’s designers have focused on making the device more personal than ever. Siri is more powerful than ever thanks to some new machine learning tricks that make the personal assistant absolutely indispensable.

Tim Cook spotted testing glucose tracking on Apple Watch

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What's Tim hiding up his sleeves?
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The next major breakthrough for Apple Watch is currently being tested by none other than Apple CEO and fitness freak Tim Cook.

A new report claims that Cook has been spotted walking around Apple’s corporate headquarters wearing a special Apple Watch attachment that could be a game-changer for people with diabetes.