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Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind will be health, says Tim Cook

Apple plans to make some big services-related announcements this year.
Apple plans to make some big services-related announcements this year.

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Apple’s smartphone business may not be going as well as the company would like it to, but Apple has a plan on how to mitigate this.

According to CEO Tim Cook, who appeared on CNBC’s Mad Money on Monday, the company will announce new services this year. 

Cook refused to go into details. “There will be more things coming. I don’t wanna tell you what they are. (…) I’m not gonna forecast precisely, the ramps and so forth. But they’re things that we feel really great about, that we’ve been working on for multiple years,” he said near the end of the interview.

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Cook seems to be most enthusiastic about Apple’s health-related efforts, which have gotten far more serious with last year’s launch of ECG and irregular heart rhythm notifications features for the Apple Watch. 

“If you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question: ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind?’, it will be about health,” he said. “We’re democratizing it. We’re taking what has been with the institutions and empowering the individual to manage their health.”

Cook also addressed criticisms that the iPhone XR was a flop, calling it “baloney.”

“Since we began shipping the iPhone XR, it has been the most popular iPhone every day,” he said. 

On the topic of AirPods and Watch, as well as the fact that Apple is not disclosing unit sales numbers in its financial reports anymore, Cook gives an interesting ballpark figure which I’m sure analysts will pore over in the future. 

“Let’s just take wearables as an example, mainly the Apple Watch and AirPods. On a trailing basis (…) the revenue from wearables is already 50 percent more than iPod on its peak. (…) Also, if you take AirPods and the Watch separately, and you sort of back these up and align it to the launch date of iPod as well (…) you will find that each one independently is like four to six time ahead of where iPod was in a comparable amount of time,” he said. 

Check out the entire interview in the video, above. 

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Withings ECG smartwatch is an analog Apple Watch killer

The Withings ECG can track the electrical pulses that make your heart beat using an electrocardiographic (ECG) sensor.
The Withings ECG can track the electrical pulses that make your heart beat using an electrocardiographic (ECG) sensor.

Image: Bridget Bennett / mashable

If you’re in the market for a new smartwatch, the first one you’d probably consider is the brand new Apple Watch Series 4. It’s one of the best looking, and it includes an electrocardiographic sensor (ECG) for detailed heart monitoring. 

Now, Withings is challenging Apple directly with its new Move ECG smartwatch that also includes a ECG sensor — just like the newest Apple Watch. It also sells for about a quarter of the price at $130.

Unlike the Apple Watch, the Withings Move ECG does not include a touchscreen. It can’t send you push notifications, text messages, or let you control your music from your wrist. So what makes it so special if it can’t do any of those things?

Withings decided to keep the Move ECG’s  components mostly traditional compared to other, flashier smartwatches. The Move ECG looks like any analog watch you’d buy from a company like Timex or Swatch. It’s a classic design that fits most styles.

The Withings ECG looks like a normal watch, but contains a powerful electrocardiographic (ECG) sensor. It sells for $130.

The Withings ECG looks like a normal watch, but contains a powerful electrocardiographic (ECG) sensor. It sells for $130.

Image: BRIDGET BENNETT / mashable

The bulk of the “smart” features included on the watch are accessible through the Withings Health Mate companion app. It pairs with the watch and tracks data like the number of steps you’ve taken, heart rate, and the electrical pulses that make your heart beat using the ECG sensor.

The benefit of having an ECG sensor attached to your wrist is that you can closely monitor the rhythm of your heart, and in extreme cases, detect any irregularities. It’s a great data point for anyone who might be concerned about the health of their heart, or anyone who simply wants more information about their body (perhaps to even share with their doctor).

The Withings Health Mate is a  companion app that pairs the the Move ECG smartwatch.

The Withings Health Mate is a  companion app that pairs the the Move ECG smartwatch.

Image: Bridget Bennett / mashable

Withings has a long history of debuting some of the most talked about health products at CES. Just a couple of years ago, the company debuted a non-invasive thermometer that won several awards. This year, it looks to do the same with its new, affordable ECG smartwatch.

As someone who literally just bought an Apple Watch, I must admit I’m thoroughly impressed. The design of the Withings ECG is much more subtle, and doesn’t scream, “I’m a dad!” to anyone who sees you wearing it. Plus the battery life is infinitely better (12 months per charge!), and the app design is much more focused on health. In sum, I wish I’d have waited to buy this watch instead of my Apple Watch. 

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Grab an Apple Watch Series 3 refurb on sale at Amazon for $93 off, which beats Apple’s price by a lot

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Grab the next-to-newest Apple Watch for nearly $200 less than on Apple's official site.
Grab the next-to-newest Apple Watch for nearly $200 less than on Apple’s official site.

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After a long holiday season of spending money on everyone else, it’s officially acceptable to be selfish — and a new Apple Watch would be a top-tier gift to yourself.

Amazon has cut the prices of multiple certified refurbished Apple Watch models (with some down to under $200). Our favorite deal is on the fancy 42MM Series 3 with GPS and cellular, which could be yours for $315.99, a savings of $93.

But here’s the real kicker: The same exact refurb model is nearly $200 more on Apple’s site, making the already-awesome deal so much better.

Though the new Series 4 was released back in September 2018, there are plenty of reasons why opting for a Series 3 could be the move for you. Unless you’re a die-hard Apple connoisseur and need the latest and greatest, you probably won’t even notice those new features that you’d be paying extra for. Plus, getting the next-to-newest Apple Watch for basically $300 is unheard of.

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She’s ready for her close-up.

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You’re not getting the thinnest bezels or Apple’s newest processor, but the stuff that really matters in a smart watch — cellular connectivity, iMessages, fitness tracking and heart rate monitoring, water resistance, Spotify, and other similar stuff — is still packed into the gorgeous Series 3 for way less.

“Refurbished” can feel like a sketchy yard sale term, but we’re dealing with nothing less than legit here. Amazon promises that they’ve been tested and inspected to work like new, and enthusiastic reviews from previous customers offer extra reassurance. But if you’re just not satisfied, there’s also a 90-day warranty.

Regularly $409 (or $509 on Apple’s refurb site), you can save $93 and grab the Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS and cellular for just $315.99.

Apple Watch, Fitbit, yoga mats, iPad, NutriBullet, Instant Pot, ClassPass, and more on sale for Jan. 4

You made it! The weekend is finally here and it’s time for a little rest and relaxation for a few days. To get the most out of your time off of work, we rounded up the best deals on electronics (like the Google Home and GoPro), kitchen products like Instant Pot and Ninja, plus Amazon devices for video streaming and smart home security.

If your resolution for 2019 is to eat better, work out, and to get healthier overall, check out some great deals today on yoga mats, protein powder, Keto Diet cookbooks, and NutriBullet systems, plus get your first month of ClassPass totally free.

In addition, we also found deals on Udemy online courses for web design, photography basics, animation, and more. For the new year, all courses are on sale starting at just $9.99.

Here are the best deals from across the internet for Friday, Jan. 4:

Best tech deals

Santa didn’t bring you that cool tech item you wanted? Don’t fret. You can save up to 23% on select certified refurbished Apple Watches from Amazon, while you can also save $130 on the Apple iPad 2 (16GB), which is on sale for $499 from Walmart. There is also a ton of great tech on sale from Best Buy.

Health and fitness deals

Looking to eat healthier this year? Research shows that cooking at home can help you drop the weight. To get you started, Walmart has a deal on the 9-piece NutriBullet Pro 900, which is $50 off, while Amazon has a deal on the Instant Pot DUO Plus 60, which is $33 off with a sales price of $96.95. Plus, get a month of ClassPass totally free and save on the Fitbit Alta HR in black.

Amazon devices on sale

If you’re looking to upgrade your home with smart devices and video streamers, Amazon has deals on their own tech, such as save $100 when you buy two Echo Shows and save $12 on an Echo Dot and TP-Link Smart Plug Mini bundle. See all the best deals from Amazon below.


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Deals on Udemy online courses

Shop online courses from Udemy during this giant online learning sale. If you’re looking to learn something new in 2019, courses start at just $9.99.


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Apple Watch, MacBook Pro, Bose, Google Home, KitchenAid, Instant Pot, Keurig, and more on sale for Dec. 31

Well, you did it. You made it through 2018. And whether you’re a bit battered and bruised or had your best year ever, there’s no denying that 2019 is swiftly rolling in.

Start the new year off right: With big savings. We’re rounding up the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Macy’s, and more on tech like smart home devices and 4K TVs, kitchen products like Instant Pot’s multi-cookers, and Amazon video streaming and home security devices. 

In addition, we also found great deals on Udemy online courses starting at just $9.99. If your New Year’s resolution involves learning something new and exciting, Udemy has amazing online courses on web design, animation, and more. 

Here are the best deals from across the internet for Monday, Dec. 31:

Best tech deals

You can save $90 on JBL LINK 10 smart portable Bluetooth speaker, which is priced at $59.99 at Best Buy, while you can also save a whopping $800 on a certified refurbished Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch, which is going for $399.95 from Walmart

Kitchen gear on sale

Amazon has the Instant Pot Ultra on sale for $89.99, a $30 savings, while Macy’s has the Vitamix Explorian E310 blender going for $299.99, or $138 off its retail price.

Amazon devices on sale

Amazon also has deals on their own devices, such as save $60 on a Fire HD 8 two-pack, which is priced at $99.98, and save $10 on Echo Connect, which is going for $24.99.

Deals on Udemy online courses

Get started on your New Year’s resolution with Udemy. The online company has deals on all of their courses starting at just $9.99.


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