Tag Archives: Fitness

Episode 144, Apple’s Sept. 14 Keynote announced; RECCO, ‘twICEme’ iPhone App uses technology to bring bike helmets to a digital level of safety



In this episode, we will bypass the speculation nonsense, other than making sure you know about the Tuesday, September 14 Apple Keynote.  It’s at 10 am PDT streaming live, and will be available later.   We are expecting to see several new models of the iPhone, an AppleWatch and other hardware and software announcements.  There are plenty of stories already out there, but I’d rather spend the time on a topic more meaningful.   We will save that coverage for a Tuesday evening special Mac Minutes Podcast when we know the facts.  I’d encourage you to tune into the keynote and come back for our analysis.  This week I want to talk about a major step forward for biking safety, especially for those of us who venture out alone. I purchased this new bike helmet which came out this year, specifically the POC Kortal Race MIPS Bike Helmet. It has tons of structural safety features but the technology is what sold me.

The RECCO Search and Rescue (SAR ) detector can overlarge areas fast. From a height of 100 meters covering a search area of approx. 100 meters wide, the SAR enables rescuers to search 1 square kilometer within 6 minutes.
Mountain-biking wearing the POC Kortal MIPS Race helmet.
Photo of the Kortal Race MIPS helmet equipped with RECCO rescue reflector. The helmet retails for $250.  a 10% discount is available on their website
twICEme is the digital application on the Apple App Store that integrates vital ICE information into equipment, such as an equipped bike helmet.

Episode 142, Apple celebrates National Parks, offering fitness award; Activity Awards creates your achievements into beautiful magnets



In this episode we will discuss Apple celebrating National Parks in the United States by raising funds and an opportunity to earn a beautiful Apple Activity Challenge Fitness award and stickers this Saturday, August 28.  We will tell you how to participate in this noteworthy effort.  In the second half of the podcast we will talk about the Activity Awards company that offers physical representations of the digital fitness awards that Apple provides when Apple Watch owners meet their goals.

The 2021 National Parks Challenge Fitness Award available to those who participate on Saturday, Aug. 28.

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 136, AliveCor Kardia receives FDA clearance for personal ECG device for measurement of QTc Interval, a critical marker for heart safety



In this episode we will discuss AliveCor announced Thursday, July 8 it received 510(k) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for healthcare professionals to use the KardiaMobile 6L device to calculate patients’ QTc interval.  We will talk about the Kardia device and explain why this new announcement is important to those who have an interest in their heart health. More info on the device is at https://alivecor.com.

Six leads, six times the heart data of its competitors. Record an EKG anytime, anywhere. KardiaMobile 6L is portable and works wherever you are and get results in just 30 seconds. It is FDA-cleared and doctor recommended. The clinically validated 6-lead personal EKG, FDA-cleared to detect AFib, Bradycardia, and Tachycardia. Save your EKGs on your phone or send them to your doctor for review remotely. Compatible with most Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.  

Episode 134, Using Spatial Audio on Apple Music; Apple Fitness+ releases new episodes of ‘Time to Walk’ starting Monday, June 28



In this episode, we will discuss the Apple Music launching industry-leading sound quality to subscribers with the addition of spatial audio from some of your favorite artists with support for Dolby Atmos.  Additionally, new episodes of ‘Time to Walk’ are available for Fitness+ users on Apple Watch starting on Monday, June 28, with a whole new group of guests covering a wide spectrum of interesting topics.

New episodes of ‘Time to Walk’ are available for Fitness+ users on Apple Watch starting June 28, with guests including Randall Park, Michaela Jaé “MJ” Rodriguez, Anthony Joshua, and more.
Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio has arrived for Apple Music subscribers. First there was mono, then stereo, and now there’s Spatial Audio. Spatial is an immersive experience with sound moving around you in different directions.

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 123, Apple’s announces new Fitness + workouts, Apple Watch Activity Challenges and Apple launch event scheduled



In this episode, we will discuss Apple’s announcement of new activity challenges for Earth Day and International Dance Day occurring soon and specialized workouts added to Fitness +. We will also talk about Apple’s event scheduled for Tuesday, April 20th at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.  More information about Mac Minutes is at the following website link.

Apple sets new Apple Watch Activity Challenges for Earth Day and International Dance Day.
New Workouts for Pregnancy, Workouts for Older Adults, and Workouts for Beginners will be available in Apple Fitness+ on Monday, April 19.

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 112, Apple celebrates Black History Month with new AppleWatch 6 design; fitness activity award; and Apple makes security and firmware updates



In this episode we will discuss Apple celebration of  Black History Month with new AppleWatch 6 design, fitness activity award and more. Also, Apple makes a security update to iOS 14.4; iPadOS 14.4; and firmware updates for the HomePod, HomePod mini; and tvOS 14.4. (AppleWatch graphic courtesy of Apple Inc.)

 

Apple introduces the Black Unity Collection, designed to celebrate and acknowledge Black history and Black culture. The collection includes a limited-edition Apple Watch Series 6, the Black Unity Sport Band, and the Unity watch face.
The Black Unity Sport Band uses colors inspired by the Pan-African flag with the words “Truth. Power. Solidarity.” laser-engraved onto the closure
Apple Watch users can participate in a new Unity Activity Challenge and earn the limited-edition award by closing their Move ring seven days in a row during February.

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