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watchOS 7 adds Apple Watch sleep tracking, handwashing detection, new Fitness app

watchOS 7 adds Apple Watch sleep tracking, handwashing detection, new Fitness app

As it is every year, WWDC is a multi-faceted show, with Apple revealing a number of new features across its software lineup. It's the time of year when Apple reveals new iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates, and this year's jump to watchOS 7 seems to be a pretty significant one. On top of the more incremental features you'd expect to see, there's even a new feature that could help keep you safe in the midst of a pandemic.

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Reversing type-2 diabetes study reports overwhelming success

Reversing type-2 diabetes study reports overwhelming success

A new study out of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar has found that an "intensive" year-long program successfully sent type-2 diabetes into remission for 61-percent of the participants, highlighting a potentially very effective treatment option. Rather than focusing on drugs, the protocol involved an overall lifestyle, tasking the participants with eating a low-calorie diet, losing weight, and more.

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Strava just made some popular features paid-only – and that’s a good thing

Strava just made some popular features paid-only – and that’s a good thing

Strava, the fitness app made specifically for cyclists and runners, has rolled out a big change to its business. While anyone can still download and use the app without paying on iOS and Android, certain popular features are now locked behind a paywall. Users who want access to the segment leaderboards and analysis will need to sign up for the new subscription, which is a way of ensuring the app can stick around in the future.

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Withings Sleep Analyzer updated with new sleep apnea detection

Withings Sleep Analyzer updated with new sleep apnea detection

Withings has released the latest version of its Sleep Analyzer, a mat that is used to monitor sleep habits, including heart rate, snoring, and sleep cycles. The updated product brings the new ability to detect a condition called sleep apnea, which is difficult to detect on one's own and that, over time, can be deadly. The new Sleep Analyzer is available to purchase from Withings now.

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Supernatural VR fitness game is like Beat Saber with extra steps

Supernatural VR fitness game is like Beat Saber with extra steps

A new at-home workout system that exists entirely within virtual reality is now available for the Oculus Quest headset. Called 'Supernatural,' this fitness game works alongside a companion mobile app to track workouts and keep players active. The experience is similar to that of Beat Saber, only with vast environments and different types of obstacles.

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Polar Grit X smartwatch released for high-end rugged fitness

Polar Grit X smartwatch released for high-end rugged fitness

The Polar Grit X was revealed today in a world where any that's not bad news is good news, and here the good news is a smartwatch. The Polar Grit X works with a circular full color display, and several hardware buttons (so you'll not be worrying about difficult-to-control touchscreen business when you're wearing gloves, and such.) Unlike some competitors, this watch is focused largely on Smart Coaching, wellness, and exercise.

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Beat Saber’s latest free song is made to help you burn calories

Beat Saber’s latest free song is made to help you burn calories

It's no secret that many VR headset owners play the audio game Beat Saber as a form of at-home exercise, something Oculus has embraced with the release of a new song called 'FitBeat.' The newly added track is designed to help players burn calories; it utilizes the game's 90-degree and 360-degree modes for extra movements and includes workout-like voice instructions.

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Google Fit updated with step count, WHO COVID-19 info

Google Fit updated with step count, WHO COVID-19 info

The latest update to Google Fit might make your old Android Wear device into a fitness tracker of the future. If you've been away from Google Fit for a year or two, the differences between the old version and what's out now may seem immense. The Google Fit system works with the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization (WHO) to incorporate systems like Move Minutes* and Heart Points. The redesign released this week also emphasizes step count.

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Fitbit Charge 4 adds built-in GPS but not much else

Fitbit Charge 4 adds built-in GPS but not much else

It has been months since Google bought Fitbit and fans from both sides of the have hoped that the union would bear fruit sooner rather than later. Some expected that Google would integrate more health features into Wear OS or even release its own fitness trackers. Others have hoped Fitbit would also get more smart features and maybe even have a Wear OS smartwatch. Neither of those happened and, instead, we're getting a new Fitbit Charge 4 that adds just one new feature to the mix.

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iOS 14 may include a guided workout app

iOS 14 may include a guided workout app

The launch of the Apple Watch represented something of a health-focused shift for Apple. The watch allows people to track their activity, track their heart rate, and log work outs, but in iOS 14, we might see Apple take things one step further. Apparently, Apple is planning to launch a guided workout app with iOS 14 as a separate offering from its existing Activity app.

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Wear OS by Google might finally have a health-focused update

Wear OS by Google might finally have a health-focused update

While they may have more variety, smartwatches powered by Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear, severely lag behind the Apple Watch in both sales and attention. Despite not having changed significantly in its design, Apple's smartwatch has the lion's share of the market and news coverage primarily thanks to its health features, especially those that end up saving lives. Google may finally be taking notice, at least based on a survey it sent out. Hopefully, it won't be too little too late for the tech giant that now owns Fitbit.

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Wireless sweat sensor can help quantify astronaut stress levels

Wireless sweat sensor can help quantify astronaut stress levels

Although it is a condition common to all humans (and even animals), stress is harder to objectively describe than you might think. It is partly subjective, which is why questionnaires rarely work, and the tests used to determine stress levels are not only slow but also stress-inducing themselves. A convenient and noninvasive way to detect and measure stress levels could go a long way in preventing it or giving immediate treatment and that's exactly what a new paper-thin sensor promises to deliver.

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