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Novel Sleep App for Apple Watch Spotted

Though, the feature did not arrived with the latest Apple Watch 5, but now with the mention of a “Sleep” app in an official screenshot, one might see it in a watchOS update soon

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FILE - Apple's App Store app is seen in Baltimore, MD., March 19, 2018. VOA

A Twitter user, Daniel Marcinkowski, has spotted a Sleep app for the Apple Watch mentioned in an App Store listing.

In the App Store listing for the company’s pre-installed Alarms app on the Apple Watch, there was a screenshot of an unreleased version of the Alarms app with a “Sleep” label and text reading “Set your bedtime and wake up in the Sleep app”, MacRumors reported on Monday.

The Cupertino-based company has been developing this sleep-tracking feature so that it can monitor sleep quality via sensors within the Apple Watch.

Right now, a user needs to download a third-party app to track their sleep.

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Apple continues to focus on the health-related features like ECG and fall detection in the Apple Watch Series 4. Pixabay

Earlier, Apple was said to be working on a sleep tracking feature called ‘Time in Bed tracking’ for its new range of Apple Watch wearables.

The new feature was aimed at give users the option to wear the Apple Watch in their sleep and if they do, data such as heart rate, motion, and noise, will be used to monitor the sleep quality.

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Though, the feature did not arrived with the latest Apple Watch 5, but now with the mention of a “Sleep” app in an official screenshot, one might see it in a watchOS update soon. (IANS)

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Apple Refutes Report of Sharing Safari Data with Tencent or Google

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he believes privacy is "ingrained in the Constitution," but that he's worried about how third-party companies have worked to collect information on us

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

After media reports surfaced that Apple is sending iOS users’ data via its Safari browser to Google and the Chinese tech company Tencent, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker refuted such reports, saying it safeguards people’s information in its own systems and never shares it with third-party players.

A report in reclaimthenet.org stated that “Apple, which often positions itself as a champion of privacy and human rights, may be sending some IP addresses from users of its Safari browser on iOS to Chinese conglomerate Tencent — a company with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party”.

The report focused on Apple’s “fraudulent website warning” system which is built into Apple’s Safari web browser to warn people when they visit sites that are harmful and can trick users into sharing login passwords for banks, email and social media.

“Before visiting a website, Safari may send information calculated from the website address to Google Safe Browsing and Tencent Safe Browsing to check if the website is fraudulent. These browsing providers may also log your IP address,’ read the information on Apple’s “Safari & Privacy” section.

It’s unclear when Apple started allowing Tencent and Google to log some user IP addresses, but one Twitter user reported the change in Safari happened as early as the iOS 12.2 beta in February 2019, said the report.

Google on an Android device. Pixabay

In a statement, the company said it actually doesn’t send information to Google or Tencent.

“Instead, it receives a list of bad websites from both companies and then uses it to protect people as they surf the web. Apple sometimes obscures the information about the website people visit if it requests more information to check if a questionable website is malicious,” CNET reported on Monday, citing Apple’s statement.

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For people concerned about their privacy, the service can be turned off in Safari preferences on the iPhone or Mac.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he believes privacy is “ingrained in the Constitution,” but that he’s worried about how third-party companies have worked to collect information on us. (IANS)