Apple Store celebrates Heart Month with new health events

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The next event is on February 21.
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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.

Apple brings veterans’ health records into 21st century

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It’s a first for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Apple today confirmed that the Health Records feature on iPhone will soon be available to veterans.

The company is working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that, for the first time, U.S. veterans receiving care through the Veterans Health Administration will have access to their health records directly on their iPhone.

Former CEO John Sculley thinks Apple will disrupt healthcare

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Former Apple CEO John Sculley talks at Web Summit 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.
John Sculley ran Apple from 1983 to 1993.
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Former Apple CEO John Sculley agrees with Tim Cook that healthcare is a great area for Apple to move into. It may even, he suggests, “be the great legacy that [Cook is] talking about.”

Tim Cook recently made the comments about health in an interview with CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer. He said that health services may wind up being, “Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind.”

Ember smart mug gets Apple Health integration for caffeine tracking

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Award-winning smart mug will now tell iOS users how much coffee they’re drinking.
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It’s not every day that a coffee mug becomes one of TIME magazine’s inventions of the year. But that’s exactly what happened with the Ember smart mug, a drink receptacle which uses high tech thermal technology to maintain coffee or tea at its users’ perfect drinking temperature.

Now the mug (and its travel mug variant) has received a new update for iOS-loving coffee drinkers — allowing Apple’s Health app to estimate and make sense of your caffeine intake. That’s without you having to manually enter a whole lot of information manually.

Everything you need to know about Bedtime for iPhone

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Bedtime tells you when to go to sleep, and when to wake up again.
Bedtime tells you when to go to sleep, and when to wake up again.
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If you’re still using your iPhone’s alarm clock to wake you up in the mornings, you’re about to be amazed at how awesome waking up can become. Right there inside the Clock app is a Bedtime tab, which will make using olde-timey iPhone alarms seem like carrying a wind-up travel alarm clock with you on a business trip.

Not only does Bedtime wake you up with soothing sounds, it also tracks your sleep. It even reminds you when it’s time for bed! Let’s check out what it does and how to use it.

Apple veteran critiques tech’s flawed drive to solve healthcare

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Tech wants to disrupt the healthcare profession.
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A number of tech companies are excited about the possibility of revolutionizing healthcare. However, a long-time Apple veteran believes that the “fast fail” approach employed by many Silicon Valley startups is fundamentally at odds with the requirements of digital health.

Interestingly, while her critiques certainly apply to a number of companies, they don’t totally apply to Apple. That certainly bodes well for the company’s health ambitions going forward.

Custom chips could make Apple Watch even better

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Apple's got a gutsy move to make Apple Watch a better health machine.
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Custom health chips could be the next big piece of silicon to come out of Apple’s labs.

Apple reportedly has a team of engineers exploring the creation of a customized processor is optimized to make sense of health information from sensors at a faster rate than the S series processors found in the Apple Watch.

Former Apple health director wants to fix medical records mess

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Wouldn't it be great if our full health records were easier to gain access to?
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The Apple Health Technologies director who sold his previous health data startup to Apple in 2016 is taking on a new mission: fixing the broken medical records system.

Anil Sethi is still listed on LinkedIn as working for Apple. However, according to a new report, Sethi left the company last year to care for his sister, who subsequently passed away as a result of breast cancer. Instead of going back to Apple, Sethi has now started a new company, Citizen, which has since raised $3 million in venture funding.

How to add time limits for apps in iOS 12 Screen Time

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iOS 12 lets you avoid the temptations of your computer screen.
iOS 12 lets you avoid the temptations of your beautiful screen.
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If you’re running the iOS 12 beta, you may have taken a peek at Screen Time, tried to work it out, then given up and gone elsewhere to try out some other of the update’s awesome new features. I know I did. But even in its currently-confusing state, Screen Time — Apple’s new feature for monitoring and limiting how you spend time on your iPhone and iPad — is pretty neat. Today we’ll avoid the tricky parts and take a look at setting limits for individual apps.

Pocket-sized breath analyzer promises to hack your metabolism

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Lumen is a breath analyzer that tells if you're burning fat or carbs.
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Figuring out the perfect weight-loss diet might soon become as easy as breathing into a tiny breath analyzer.

Lumen, a digital health and wellness company, revealed its debut product that connects a pocket-sized breathalyzer to your iPhone to see measure your metabolism. The app delivers personalized workouts and meal plans to help you drop pounds in a sustainable way.

Check it out in action: