Headspace is offering Americans a free year of premium access of the full library of guided meditations and courses.
“The current state of unemployment in the US has become an alarming crisis,” the company website said. “To help those affected, we’re offering a full year of Headspace Plus for free. Discover meditation and mindfulness tools to help you feel less stressed, more resilient, and kinder to yourself.”
Nice move. Self-care is important.
Mobile accessory maker totallee just launched a new product: Blue light filtering glasses. It works in a similar manner as the iPhone’s Night Mode, except it isn’t limited to one product. Blue light filtering glasses block the blue light emitted by phones, computers, and tablets. Some studies suggest that blue light has an adverse affect on health, causing eye strain and affecting our sleep due to melatonin suppression. Totallee’s glasses are available in black and clear. You can preorder them today for US$45 and they start shipping on May 22, 2020.
In the beta versions of iOS 13.5 and watchOS 6.2.5, a feature will automatically share your Medical ID when Emergency SOS is activated.
Apple and Google announced on Monday that the use of location tracking in contact tracing apps is banned to preserve privacy.
CNBC has a report today on how a small team at Apple started developing ideas on how to help with the pandemic. It was codenamed Project Bubble.
In mid-March, with Covid-19 spreading to almost every country in the world, a small team at Apple started brainstorming how they could help […] Within a few weeks, the Apple project — code-named “Bubble” — had dozens of employees working on it with executive-level support from two sponsors: Craig Federighi, a senior vice president of software engineering, and Jeff Williams, the company’s chief operating officer and de-facto head of healthcare.
It’s a fascinating read.
Apple Maps now shows COVID-19 testing locations for users in the United States. This is part of a series of updates Apple made.
The National Health Service is building a contact tracing app using a different model than the one proposed by Apple and Google.
Apple has updated its Human Interface Guidelines for HealthKit with new resources like a Works With Apple Health badge.
On today’s episode of Daily Observations, we explained what contact tracing is. Now that I understand the technology, I’m okay with it at this early stage. But of course there are still privacy implications, this being one of them. The UK is planning to build an app that works with contact tracing, but a leaked memo shows a discussion about de-anonymizing users.
However, the memo stated that “more controversially” the app could use device IDs, which are unique to all smartphones, “to enable de-anonymisation if ministers judge that to be proportionate at some stage”. It did not say why ministers might want to identify app users, or under what circumstances doing so would be proportionate.
Apple helped Stanford Medicine build an app to connect first responders to test sites for COVID-19 if they start to show symptoms.
Several Democratic senators asked Tim Cook questions about the privacy of Apple’s newly released COVID-19 screening website and app.
The Apple Watch is a Class II medical device which puts it in the same category as condoms. Here’s why you shouldn’t worry about its AFib detection.
Apple and Johnson & Johnson partner on the Heartline study to determine if the accompanying app as well as Apple Watch can reduce the risk of a stroke.
Epic Systems and about 60 hospitals have signed a letter to oppose rules that would make it easier for patients to obtain and share their medical data.
Apple and Microsoft are sending representatives to a meeting hosted by the Carin Alliance to support its effort to make access to health data easier for patients.
Apple has a new health website dedicated to ResearchKit and CareKit. It’s not a sub domain of Apple.com, but a separate website.
Apple is partnering with Color Genomics to offer free DNA testing to its employees. These will be genetic screenings for diseases.
Apple has partnered with Orangetheory Fitness, which created a device called OTbeat Link that clips on an Apple Watch band.
A recent report from the CDC showed that 42 people have died from vaping-related lung illnesses. Now, Apple has removed all 181 vaping apps.
Apple Health Records makes it easier for patients to view and manage their health records. It’s now available for all veterans today.