Category Archives: COVID-19

Mac Minutes Podcast, Episode 141, UV Light sterilization explained; Review of the versatile Ampere Cell to clean your tech devices



In this episode we will continue our emphasis on health with a review of the versatile Ampere Cell, which uses UV light to clean your tech devices.  We will also explain how UV light appears to kill the deadly COVID virus and other harmful organisms.

When you’re not sanitizing your smartphone, power it up. Ampere Cell’s charging surface contains two 15W wireless charging coils to fast-charge any Qi-enabled device. More information is at their website ampere.shop

Episode 133, Apple advances personal health by introducing secure sharing and new insights



In this episode, we will discuss the announcement during the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2021) that with iOS 15, iPhone and Apple Watch users will now have the ability to share health data with loved ones or a care network, view Trends, and measure their Walking Steadiness.

iOS 15 brings secure sharing and new insights for users within the Health application.
Users can choose to share their health and wellness data with loved ones or caregivers for more meaningful conversations and support, even from afar.
Users have granular control over which health data types they choose to share and with whom.

 


Episode 121, Apple announces Worldwide Developer’s Conference; and a review of KeySmart’s CleanLight, portable ionic UV air purifier



In this episode, we discuss Apple’s announcement this week of the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) and a product review of the CleanLight, a portable ionic UV air purifier manufactured by KeySmart. More information about the Mac Minutes Podcast can be found at the podcast’s website. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc. and KeySmart)

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off online beginning June 7, 2021
The CleanLight Air Pro is a portable ionic UV air purifier.

Episode 119, Apple Maps now displays COVID-19 vaccination locations; testing; and using location tracking



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s recent announcement on new COVID features in the maps application.  You can now ask the Siri or search within Apple Maps to find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers throughout the US, with operating hours and links to important information. We will cover how these tips work and talk about other features for finding COVID testing and using location tracking. Click on COVID mobility data and trends for the past year.  More information is at the Mac Minutes Podcast website.(Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Apple Maps users can now quickly find the closest pharmacies and healthcare providers offering COVID-19 vaccines.
Information including address, operating hours, contact information, and more can be found on the provider’s placecard in Apple Maps.

Episode 118, AirPop launches first smart air wearable, Active + with Halo Sensor; and Apple updates operating systems



In this episode, we discuss the launch of the AirPop Active + Smart Mask with Halo Sensor which tracks a combination of air quality data and information about your breathing rate, helping users take control of their respiratory health.  We will finish the podcast talking about the sweeping updates this week to Apple’s operating systems  More information for the mask are at AirPop and the Mac Minutes Podcast websites. (Graphics courtesy of AirPopHealth)

Halo’s discreet sensor array automatically detects when you start breathing and then syncs your breathing data with the app. An inhale/exhale LED ring indicates breath rate while its intelligent capture supports real-time or background passive modes. The personal dashboard shows real-time protection levels and tracks breathing by activity and location. The device works with Apple HealthKit, so you can track your breathing in iOS.
With its patented 360 degrees sealing, medical-grade soft touch membrane, and super light construction the Active mask filters adaptively seal to the contours of your face. The design maintains its shape and fit when snapped into the Airknit pre-formed shell. Paired with adjustable earloops to create the ideal fit for every face.

Episode 114, AppleWatch ECG studies prove to be able to early detect COVID-19; hands-on Maskfone protective mask review



In this episode we will reexamine the AppleWatch ECG functions and the discuss the results from a recent study at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York that associated with wearable devices to identify and detect if a wearer has COVID-19 days before they are diagnosed or symptoms appear. We will also do a hands-on product review of the MaskFone, a combination of N95 mask and integrated earbuds that will change how you look at wearing a mask. The School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Study is available at https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.11.06.20226803v1.full.pdf. (Graphics courtesy of MASKFONE and Apple Inc.)

A-fib means the heart is beating in an irregular pattern and is the most common form of serious arrhythmia.
MASKFONE is the optimal face mask. It provides maximum protection against airborne health risks, while affording a more convenient and serviceable way of taking phone calls and listening to music. More info is at https://global.maskfone.com

Episode 104, COVID-19 location tracing using your Apple iPhone



In this episode we will teach you how to COVID-19 location trace using your iPhone. Additionally, I’ll talk to a friend who has used this technique and we will hear her story.

 

 


Episode 93, Apple launches Apple Watch 6 expanding health & fitness capabilities



In this episode, we will discuss one of the announcements from Apple’s virtual presentation which occurred Tuesday morning, specifically the  Apple Watch Series 6, which introduces hardware improvements, watchOS 7 and a number of health and wellness breakthroughs. (Graphics courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Introducing Apple Watch Series 6, featuring a revolutionary Blood Oxygen sensor and app
Apple Watch Series 6 offers its most colorful collection yet

Episode 92, Review of Apple Watch ICE Medical Standard Application; Road ID watchband faceplate; and Apple releases iOS 13.7 and iPadOS 13.7



In this episode, we will give you information about Apple Watch’s In Case of Emergency (ICE) Medical Standard application and the Road ID faceplate that slides on your band. We will finish this podcast talking about Tuesday’s Apple update to iOS 13.7 and iPadOS.13.7 (Graphics courtesy of ICE Standard App/Road ID)

Road ID Apple Watch band faceplate displays basic info with access code for first responders.
In Case of Emergency (ICE) Medical Standard Application icon available on the Apple App Store.
ICE Standard Application displays on your Apple Watch Lock Screen. Optional is a card for wallet or purse.

Episode, 81, WWDC launches highlighting new OS features; and COVID-19 tracking platform



Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote Address began Monday and will run all week until June 26th. Mac Minutes is covering the event. In this episode we will give 13 new innovative technologies and features unveiled at the WWDC20 Keynote Address. We will be sticking to the top items and follow up later delving deeper into new features of each operating system and new announcements in subsequent episodes. (Graphic courtesy of Apple Inc.)

Tim Cook recaps some of the groundbreaking technologies unveiled at WWDC20.