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Apple Watch detected a heart condition that a hospital ECG missed

Apple Watch detected a heart condition that a hospital ECG missed

Many smart devices today, both wearables like smartwatches and even smartphones, are equipped with sensors that not only track our physical activities but can also be used to measure things like heart rate or blood oxygen levels. More often than not, manufacturers advise people to always defer to a professional for medical advice and that these readings shouldn't be taken at face value. In one exceptional case, however, such a wearable provided more useful data that helped save an elderly woman's life when a traditional hospital ECG couldn't.

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Amazfit X slaps a curved smartwatch on your wrist

Amazfit X slaps a curved smartwatch on your wrist

Smartwatches today seem to go out of their way to emulate the look of classical timepieces, mostly in response to the market shunning the geeky look of the first generation of smartwatches. Xiaomi-backed Amazfit (no relation to Amazon), however, is now going in the completely opposite direction and giving smartwatches the hi-tech yet still stylish look they may finally deserve. The Amazfit X is made to look like a wristband but promises to work like a smartwatch, just one that may not work like other smartwatches either.

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Verizon made a smartwatch for your grandma

Verizon made a smartwatch for your grandma

Verizon today announced that it's launching a new smartwatch, but unlike most smartwatches we see, this one has a fairly limited target audience. Dubbed the Care Smart Watch, this new wearable is meant primarily for elderly customers. That, of course, means that it's being positioned as a device that can give families peace of mind when it comes to elderly relatives who live alone.

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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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Galaxy Watch Active 2 blood pressure monitoring is coming next quarter

Galaxy Watch Active 2 blood pressure monitoring is coming next quarter

Smartwatches have become loaded with all kinds of sensors measuring biometrics but the one thing that escapes even the renowned Apple Watch is measuring the wearer's blood pressure. Traditional methods involve using cuffs that constrict arms or at least wrists, something that's impractical and unusable for regular smartwatches. That's what makes the Samsung Galaxy Active 2's blood pressure monitoring feature such big news, especially now that it's promised to launch to the public in a few months.

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Smartwatch health data might be able to predict viral infections

Smartwatch health data might be able to predict viral infections

The spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has sent many researchers from various fields looking for ways to quickly detect health conditions. Not meant to replace health care professionals, these tools and methods would at least help triage potential candidates for further testing and keep the health care system from getting too overwhelmed. One problem with detecting illnesses is that not all of them show visible symptoms until it's too late. That's why Stanford University and Fitbit are looking for ways to detect potential sickness by looking at the same health cues that smartwatches already track.

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Facebook Kit Apple Watch app lets you send messages to one close contact

Facebook Kit Apple Watch app lets you send messages to one close contact

We are now living in times when connecting with friends, sometimes even family, has to happen virtually over the Internet. At the same time, we are also living in times when we have to be careful about the things we touch and put to our faces. In other words, smartphones are both tools for communication as well as health liabilities. Facebook's internal R&D team might have the answer and it involves an Apple Watch and a new experimental app called Kit.

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Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport might get Bixby to replace S Voice

Samsung Gear S3 and Gear Sport might get Bixby to replace S Voice

After almost a decade in service, or rather a decade of not being used that extensively, Samsung has finally decided to retire the not-so-smart S Voice. It's really not a big deal for Samsung phones from the past three or so years as those have already moved over to Bixby. It's not the same case for some of Samsung's still supported smartwatches like the 2016 Gear S3. Fortunately, those, too, may have some hope in the very near future.

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Apple Watch kid mode will include modified Activity tracking rings

Apple Watch kid mode will include modified Activity tracking rings

For all the Apple Watch's popularity, the company hasn't made any effort to appeal to a wider audience, specifically kids. That doesn't stop the young ones from wanting an Apple Watch, of course, but the systems Apple has built up around the wearable aren't exactly conducive to that use case. That may finally be changing when iOS 14 comes around along with a watchOS 7 with a few new features designed to address exactly that.

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Huawei Sound X wireless speaker debuts alongside Watch GT 2e

Huawei Sound X wireless speaker debuts alongside Watch GT 2e

If you thought the Apple HomePod was late to the smart speaker party, you probably forgot that one other major smartphone maker still doesn't have one. Huawei did announce a new wireless speaker today but calling it smart might be a very big stretch considering, somewhat ironically, it doesn't seem to integrate Huawei's new smart assistant. Fortunately, that's not the only smart accessory it announced today, adding a new Watch GT 2e to its popular line of smartwatches.

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New Apple Watch band colors cost anywhere from $49 to $439

New Apple Watch band colors cost anywhere from $49 to $439

There's a new variety of Apple Watch bands out in the world today, coming to Apple Stores at a cost anywhere between $49 and $439 USD. The least of these is the Sport Band from Apple, coming in a new set of colors like Surf Blue and Cactus. Ramp up to the most expensive models and you're working with Hermes, a brand that employs calfskin leather and charges up to $439 for their newest straps.

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Huawei Watch GT 2e leaks point to another 14-day sporty smartwatch

Huawei Watch GT 2e leaks point to another 14-day sporty smartwatch

The Apple Watch continues to dominate the rather small smart wearable market but that hasn't stopped dozens of companies from putting out their own. Of those, however, few have wandered away from Google's Wear OS platform. Aside from Samsung, Huawei is the only other major consumer electronics manufacturer that has struck out on its own with some amount of success. Most of that has been due to the Huawei Watch GT's battery life, a trait that an upcoming Huawei Watch GT 2e will apparently continue based on new leaks.

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