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Apple Welcomes People with All Political Viewpoints, Says CEO Tim Cook

Apple is focusing on services revenue amid slowing iPhone sales in emerging markets like China

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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a data privacy conference at the European Parliament in Brussels. VOA

While asserting that Apple is on course to stun the market with fantastic new products, CEO Tim Cook on Friday said that he wants employees with all political viewpoints to feel welcome at the company, the media reported.

If anyone feels ostracized because of a particular political viewpoint, “I would encourage them to come talk to me,” Cook was quoted as saying at the company’s annual shareholder meeting at its headquarters in Cupertino, California by Business Insider.

Cook’s comments came in response to a question that flagged how an employee felt uncomfortable for not being a believer in “the left-wing view”.

Technology giants including Facebook and Google have in recent times come under the scanner of conservatives who allege that the companies have been biased against them.

According to reports, Cook also spoke about bringing fantastic new products to the market.

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Wikimedia commons

Apple could be planning an Augmented Reality (AR)-based headset that would work alongside an iPhone to enable users experience an environment where computer images are overlaid on the real world, according to a report in CNET on Thursday.

The tech giant, which captured 51 per cent share of a record 18 million smartwatch shipments worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2018 could surprise consumers with a new line up of Apple Watch and AirPods.

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The latest buzz is that Apple could soon be holding an event focused on services where it may announce an original video streaming service which could take on Netflix and other such services.

Apple is focusing on services revenue amid slowing iPhone sales in emerging markets like China. (IANS)

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Apple Watch Can Detect And Notify Users Irregular Heart Rhythms

The results of the Apple Heart Study highlight the role that innovative digital technology can play in creating more predictive and preventive health care," said Lloyd Minor of the Stanford School of Medicine. 

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The study is expected to play a crucial role in the future stability research of PSCs. Pixabay

Apple Watch can detect and notify users when they experience irregular heart rhythms, finds a study demonstrating the ability of wearable technology to detect atrial fibrillation.

In 2017, Apple had partnered with researchers from the Stanford University and launched an app called “Apple Heart Study” to determine whether a mobile app that uses data from a heart rate pulse sensor on the Apple Watch can identify atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation, a deadly and often undiagnosed condition, can lead to strokes. The condition often remains hidden because many people do not experience symptoms.

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Comparisons between irregular pulse-detection on Apple Watch and simultaneous electrocardiography patch recordings showed the pulse detection algorithm has 71 per cent positive predictive value. Pixabay

The findings showed only 0.5 per cent participants received irregular pulse notifications, an important finding given the concerns about potential over-notification.

Eighty-four per cent of the time participants who received irregular pulse notifications were found to be in atrial fibrillation at the time of the notification and 34 per cent who followed up by using an ECG patch over a week later were found to have atrial fibrillation.

“The results of the Apple Heart Study highlight the role that innovative digital technology can play in creating more predictive and preventive health care,” said Lloyd Minor of the Stanford School of Medicine.

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“The performance and accuracy we observed in this study provides important information as we seek to understand the potential impact of wearable technology on the health system,” noted Marco Perez, Associate Professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford. Pixabay

“Atrial fibrillation is just the beginning, as this study opens the door to further research into wearable technologies and how they might be used to prevent disease before it strikes — a key goal of precision health,” Minor said.

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Comparisons between irregular pulse-detection on Apple Watch and simultaneous electrocardiography patch recordings showed the pulse detection algorithm has 71 per cent positive predictive value.

“The performance and accuracy we observed in this study provides important information as we seek to understand the potential impact of wearable technology on the health system,” noted Marco Perez, Associate Professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford. (IANS)