Apple’s massive health push could mean its own medical clinics

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An Apple store-style health clinic, anyone?
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As part of its push into mobile health, Apple was reportedly in “deep talks” to buy Crossover Health, a health clinic company, which has offered employee healthcare to tech companies including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and others.

The acquisition would have put Apple in charge of a string of health clinics, which it could potentially have run like healthcare versions of the Apple store. However, despite stretching on for months, no deal ultimately materialized.

Apple Watch saves man from pulmonary embolism

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Apple Watch is literally a lifesaver.
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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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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.

Streamline your Mac workflow, master iOS 11 and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Master iOS 11, streamline your Mac workflow, and more with this week's best deals.
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Fall has finally arrived, but the Cult of Mac Store is staying warm with a fresh shipment of hot new deals. This week, we’ve got a comprehensive bundle of iOS 11 courses that’s yours for whatever you want to pay. Plus, we’ve got a 1080p snaking camera, a tool for streamlined file sharing, and an app for clearing gigs of space on your Mac. Everything is top shelf and hugely discounted. Read on for more details:

Map your Wi-Fi, clean your Mac or fly a drone [Week’s Best Deals]

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This week's best deals include powerful Mac maintenance tools, sleek drones, and more.
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With summer coming to a close, the Cult of Mac Store is still bringing in hot new deals. This week, we’ve got a discount on top-shelf Mac maintenance app CleanMyMac 3. Plus, we’ve got half off or more on Final Draft 10, a sleek drone with 4K video, and an app for maximizing Wi-Fi connections. Additionally, for a limited time, you can get an additional 15 percent off each deal by using the coupon code “BYESUMMER” at checkout.

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.

Stanford telemedicine star joins Apple’s digital health team

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Apple wants to provide a central hub for all your clinical data.
Apple's into health in a big way.
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Apple has hired Dr. Sumbul Desai, formerly executive director of Stanford Medicine’s Center for Digital Health, as part of its ongoing work into mobile wellness and health technology.

Dr. Desai will work part-time in a senior role on Apple’s health team, but will continue to see patients at Stanford.