The Detect-Irregularities Edition Sunday, March 17, 2019

Apple’s Largest-Ever Health Study Could Be A Game-Changer, by Melissa Matthews and Ben Court, Men's Health

Irregular heartbeats are potentially dangerous because they could lead to strokes, blood clots, or heart failure. To prove that this FDA-cleared technology is worth the hype, Apple partnered with Stanford Medicine on a research study on more than 400,000 people to identify irregular heart rhythms and potential atrial fibrillation (Afib) using Apple Watch data. As part of the study, if an irregular heart rhythm was identified, participants received a notification on their Apple Watch and iPhone, a telehealth consultation with a doctor and an electrocardiogram (ECG) patch for additional monitoring. The findings were reported today at the American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Apple Watch App Could Save Your Life By Detecting Irregular Heartbeat, Study Says, by Susan Scutti, CNN

Has a new bar been set for wearable technologies? An Apple Watch may detect heart rate irregularities that subsequent medical tests confirm to be atrial fibrillation, according to preliminary findings from a new study. AFib is often undiagnosed since it might not cause noticeable symptoms, but it contributes to 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year.

New results from the Apple-funded study, which have not been published or peer-reviewed, were presented Saturday at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session in New Orleans.

Add A Pomodoro Timer To Your Mac's Taskbar With This App, by Emily Price, Lifehacker

Pomo Timer is a Mac app that adds a tomato timer to the top of your Mac’s toolbar. With it you can time how long you’ve worked or breaker and keep track of how many sprints you’ve completed overall on a task.

In Defence Of Apple’s Bug Process, by Michael Nachbaur

It’s easy to blame Apple for poor bug handling practices, but I feel it’s a two-way street. It’s just as much our responsibility as theirs to ensure important bugs get fixed; we should do everything in our power to make their jobs easier in solving bugs. And if we can’t, then at the very least we can treat Apple’s engineers with respect.

Spotify Vs. Apple: Why We Need To Stop Using Bad Analogies, by Nick Lemoing, Medium

There’s a problem with using analogies. Depending on the example used, analogies can either help or hurt Spotify’s case.