8 Very Cool Things I Love About My Apple Watch

· John Martellaro · Editorial

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John has had his Apple Watch for just under two years and is loving it. He can’t imagine reverting to his old, dumb watch. As Fleetwood Mac said, “Never Going Back Again.” Here’s a list of eight things he can’t live without.

Jawbone Bails Out of Consumer Fitness Tracker Market

· Jeff Gamet · News

Jawbone exits consumer fitness trackers for pro medical health devices

Apple and Fitbit are about to lose a competitor because Jawbone is ready to shut down its consumer fitness tracker business. The company is shifting to devices for health care providers.

Track Your BAC With This Wearable Alcohol Monitor for Apple Watch

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Need to drive or operate heavy machinery? BACtrack, a company specializing in breathalyzers, wants to make sure you know when you’ve hit your limit. Introduced at CES and shipping later this year, the BACtrack Skyn is a strap that attaches to your Apple Watch band and provides real-time feedback of your blood alcohol content. Users can monitor the loss of their sobriety on demand, or configure the device to vibrate when you’re nearing the legal limit, allowing you to gracefully pass on that third glass of Champagne without causing a scene. BACtrack also hopes that the device’s real-time monitoring capabilities will present new opportunities for the research and treatment of alcoholism.

Track Your BAC With This Wearable Alcohol Monitor for Apple Watch

CES 2017 Smart Remotes, Mesh Networks, and More - TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-04

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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CES 2017’s Unveiled event was last night and we saw loads of interesting new products. Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet share some of the cool tech gear they found ranging from smart remotes for home entertainment systems to new wireless mesh network basestations.

CES 2017 Expectations and Predictions- TMO Daily Observations 2017-01-03

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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CES 2017 is kicking off, so today Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet talk about what they expect to be the big product categories at this year’s events. Be sure to follow along all week for The Mac Observer’s on-location coverage.

iOS and watchOS: Seeing Historical Heart Rate Data

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is all about using the iPhone’s Health app to view collected heart rate data from your Apple Watch. If you’ve never looked through that info, then boy, are you gonna be surprised at how much you can see! It’s a little nuts, to be honest.

TMO's HealthKit, Health, and Activity FAQ

· Jeff Gamet · News

HealthKit, Health, Activity in iOS 10

Apple wants to be the hub for your health and fitness world, so HealthKit was introduced with iOS 8. That grew into a whole ecosystem that can be kind of confusing until you understand what’s going on with the different apps Apple gave us. Read on to get the lowdown on HealthKit, Health, and Activity.

How to Recalibrate Apple Watch Fitness Tracking

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch fitness tracking recalibration how to

Let’s say you followed my advice and calibrated your Apple Watch for better step count and distance accuracy, but something went wonky now it’s wrong again. That’s an easy fix, and a great excuse to get outside to walk some more. Read on to learn how to reset your Apple Watch fitness tracking calibration.

Apple Needs to Step Up its HealthKit Game Before Making it a Diagnosis Tool

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

HealthKit isn't ready to be a health diagnosis tool

Apple wants HealthKit to grow from a basic health and fitness tracker to a platform for monitoring even more about us, and to use that information to help diagnose medical issues. Considering Apple’s commitment to improving our health, there’s no reason why the company can’t reach that goal—but not before a big issue get resolved.

With iOS 10, Your iPhone Can Save Up to Eight Lives

· Jim Tanous · How-To

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One of the most important features in iOS 10 has nothing to do with fancy iMessages, TouchID, or interactive notifications. It’s about saving lives. Lots of lives. You can now register to be an organ donor in just minutes, directly from your iPhone. Here’s how it works.

Quick Tip: iCloud Can Now Backup and Restore Health Data

· David Chartier · Quick Tip

In the past, switching to a new iPhone meant your options were limited if you wanted to bring along your Health data. Fortunately, Apple recently gave us a new option, but there are still some caveats.

Apple Adds Organ Donor Registry to iOS 10 Health App

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and Donate Life America

Apple is making it easier to be an organ doner by adding the ability to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor in iOS 10’s Health app, due to ship this fall. Apple teamed up with Donate Life America, which manages the National Donate Life Registry, to add the feature to iOS 10.