Cool new HealthKit gadgets can measure practically anything

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Cool new HealthKit-compatible gadgets at MWC
New HealthKit gadgets make health and fitness easier than ever.
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Mobile World Congress 2018 BARCELONA, Spain — Smart sperm testers, body cavity inspectors, Bluetooth pillows, holographic jump ropes and contactless thermometers. It’s all just another day at Mobile World Congress, where more and more companies show off their new HealthKit-compatible gadgets.

If you want your iPhone to know absolutely everything about what’s going on with your body, these handy medical devices are for you. Here’s what they do — and why they’re cool.

Sorry Microsoft, Delta is switching to iOS

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Nokia phones, Surface tablets will be swapped for iPhone and iPad
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Delta Air Lines plans to ditch all its Windows devices in favor of iOS next year.

iPhone 7 Plus will replace its fleet of Nokia handsets, while iPad Pro will take the place of Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

Apple paid Nokia $2 billion in cash to settle patent battle

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Keeping Nokia at bay isn't cheap.
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Apple paid $2 billion in cash to settle its most recent patent battle with Nokia.

Neither party revealed the sum when they put their differences aside and entered into a new licensing and business cooperation agreement back in May. But Nokia’s earnings reveal that the Finnish firm received a massive payout to drop its patent lawsuit.

Today in Apple history: Apple unseats Nokia as top smartphone vendor

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Remember when Nokia was on top of the world?
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July 21 Today in Apple history July 21, 2011: Apple officially passes Nokia to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.

It’s a major milestone for Apple, which launched its first iPhone just four years earlier. For Nokia, which dominated the cellphone market during the 1990s and early 2000s, it’s the end of an era.

Apple stops giving Nokia the stink eye

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Nokia devices have returned to the Apple store.
Nokia devices have returned to the Apple store.
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Apple is again selling Nokia devices after settling a legal battle over patent infringement.

Nokia health accessories, which are compatible with iPhone and iPad, returned to the Apple online store on Wednesday almost two months after the two companies reached an agreement.

‘Apple should pull the plug’: 10 iPhone predictions from 2007

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They must have been holding their crystal balls wrong.
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iPhone turns 10 Predicting the future is tough, even for the experts. That’s the only lesson we can learn from looking back at these horribly misguided iPhone predictions that greeted the device at its launch 10 years ago.

Before most people had even wrapped their fingers around Apple’s first-gen smartphone, tech pundits, analysts and competing CEOs were already writing off the iPhone as a disaster similar to Apple’s previous excursions into video game consoles and the like.

Here are just a few of the laughable reactions that greeted the iPhone in 2007.

Apple and Nokia join forces after settling patent dispute

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Keeping Nokia at bay isn't cheap.
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Apple and Nokia have settled their ongoing patent dispute and entered a new licensing and business cooperation agreement.

Apple will resume selling Nokia digital health products, formerly sold under the Withings brand, while Nokia will provide Apple with network infrastructure products and services.

The real reason iPhone didn’t inherit iPod’s click-wheel UI

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Yep, this is how the iPhone could have looked -- had project P1 taken off.
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Former Apple VP Tony Fadell has dispelled the popular rumor that Apple had two rival teams working on different user interfaces for the first prototype iPhone.

Video of two prototype operating system builds for the original iPhone surfaced this week as Apple celebrated the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. One of the UIs proposed adopted the iPod’s click wheel interface and, according to Fadell, it actually worked really well.

There was just one problem: It sucked at making calls.

Microsoft more profitable than Apple at $1 trillion milestone

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Lumia's failure hasn't hit Microsoft too hard... yet.
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Apple may have quaffed all the champagne at the $1 trillion in revenue party before Microsoft even got its invite, but the Windows maker rocked up in a bigger limo.

Last quarter, Microsoft finally reached the major milestone that Apple celebrated back in 2015, and it currently boasts even more profit.

Microsoft to cut workforce by 18,000

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Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has a reputation as someone who cuts middle management.
Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has a reputation as someone who cuts middle management.

Microsoft is going through some major turbulence. Today it has announced major layoffs, beginning with 13,000 positions to go immediately, with a total of 18,000 expecting to find themselves out of a job sometime during 2014.

The vast majority of these sackings involve the company’s Nokia division. Microsoft acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services unit back in September 2013 for $7.2 billion. Along with taking ownership of the Finnish firm’s entire smartphone lineup — giving it complete control over both hardware and software– the acquisition saw 25,000 Nokia employees join the Microsoft ranks.

The current Microsoft layoffs means that up to half of the Nokia people will probably leave the company, although it will also likely signal the end for some previous Microsoft employees to allow for incoming Nokia talent.