Bill Gates lures away one of Apple’s top health experts

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Microsoft should have been Apple's biggest mobile challenger, Bill Gates says.
Dr. Andrew Trister is leaving Apple to join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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One of the first employees recruited for Apple’s health team has left Apple to join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Andrew Trister joined Apple in 2016, shortly after it introduced Apple Watch. Since then, Apple has heavily piloted in the direction of health-tracking. Tim Cook has said Apple’s focus on health will be its, “greatest contribution to mankind.”

iPhone could someday check your blood pressure in a snap

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Your iPhone could soon make this hassle unnecessary.
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Researchers built a smartphone app that can check blood pressure by simply recording a short video of someone’s face, then analyzing the blood flow under the skin.

High blood pressure can lead to heart attack or stroke so making an easy at-home test for it could save huge numbers of lives.

Physician uses Apple Watch to diagnose atrial fibrillation on the go

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Apple Watch’s ECG is incredible.
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Apple Watch has proven to be a lifesaver many times over for its owners but now it’s also being used to help save people that don’t even own one.

A physician in San Diego recently shared how he used the ECG on his Apple Watch Series 4 to detect atrial fibrillation in someone while chilling at a restaurant. And it probably saved the person’s life.

Apple Watch’s new Noise app is unbelievably accurate

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The new Noise app helps you maintain healthy hearing.
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One of the new health features baked into watchOS 6 is a Noise app that will tell you when the environment around you is too loud. But just how accurately can a wearable device with a tiny microphone measure noise?

You’ll be surprised. A comparison with an actual decibel meter proves Apple Watch does an unbelievably good job.

Fortnite to get ‘undo purchase’ option, health bar tweaks

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ZylTV has made $13,000 so far.
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Epic Games has confirmed some of the changes and improvements it has planned for Fortnite following the launch of season nine.

Battle Royale players will soon see tweaks to the in-game health and shield bars that make them easier to read at a glance. It’s also going to become a lot easier to reverse accidental purchases.

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I wanted a Galaxy S10, but I'm stuck with iPhone.
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Trust is a vital component in Apple Health Records initiative

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Your health records from nearly 80 hospital can be collected so they're viewable on your iPhone.
Apple’s CEO says people know their iPhone can be trusted to securely hold their health records.
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Apple’s CEO is optimistic about his company’s plan to have the iPhone store all our health records, even though it got a black eye recently: turns out some third-party iOS apps leaked health-related data to Facebook. 

But Tim Cook says that people trust Apple because the company has a deep commitment to user privacy, and people know that. 

Apple Store celebrates Heart Month with new health events

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That includes a life-saving ECG app.
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Select Apple Stores around the United States are hosting new health events throughout February to celebrate American Heart Month.

The first took place at Apple Union Square in San Francisco on Monday and featured Apple vice president Dr. Sumbul Desai, fitness trainer Jeanette Jenkins, and president of the American Heart Association, Robert Harrington.