An Apple Watch A Day Can Keep the Doctor Away

An apple a day keeps the doctor away is an adage as valid today as it was then; however, this time we are picking a different kind of Apple – an Apple Watch, to be exact. A few months ago, CNBC reported that Apple was coming out with a smartwatch that could potentially monitor the tendency to develop diabetes with 85% accuracy. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, a big fan of the Apple watch tested a monitoring device that tracked his blood sugar levels in response to factors like  food, exercise, and stress.

This non-invasive and continuous monitoring (as opposed to current methods that monitored blood sugar levels through intermittent pricks or blood drawing) was supposedly a project started by the late Steve Jobs. CNBC revealed that Apple has also bought a company called Cors sometime in 2010 when its then CEO Bob Messerschmidt (later absorbed by Apple) piqued Job’s interest in “sensor technologies for health and wellness”.

A few years ago, Apple reportedly hired a small team of bioengineers who worked on this secret project of developing non-invasive sensors somewhere in Palo Alto.The project apparently has advanced to the testing stage and was tried out in the Bay area.

Called the holy grail of smart wearables its entry into today’s healthspace is timely since the incidence of obesity, diabetes, and the slew of chronic metabolic diseases that result directly from the excess sugar in the bloodstream is alarming. Back in 2014, CDC reported that more than a third of those over 20 had prediabetes and that a full 12% of adults developed diabetes or were born diabetic.

Other apps monitor heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure but this Apple innovation is the first of its kind that could give some sort of “biofeedback” about sugar levels throughout the day so that the wearer could respond correct his diet, level-up exercise, and modify his lifestyle, in general. According to Cook, “It’s mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar.” Obviously, if this can be done painlessly, cheaply, and conveniently, more people will be able to monitor their health and can “self-correct” so as not to cross the bridge to developing full fledged diabetes from a metabolic syndrome state.

Speculations fly on the nature of the sensors. Some sources hinted that it could be optical in nature. The cost of the project is estimated to cost up to a billion dollars but the Apple Watch’s implications in healthcare is enormous. It is of no surprise that Aetna, a leader in health insurance was supposedly in secret talks with Apple to bring the watch to its 23 Million members. A successful piloting of this gadget would make it a “must-have” wearable – could embedding sensors on Apple phones be far behind?

Already, the Google life science team is at the heels of rival Apple with its own foray into smart contact lenses that can detect blood sugar levels. Started in 2015 with partner DexCom, Google hopes to market a miniature device, probably the size of a bandage.



Fast Track: Learn the Most Wanted Skills of 2018 for Free

Two influential leaders of our time, Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs didn’t finish school – something that they could have done easily today through MOOC or Massive Open Online Courses. In some ways, MOOC, fueled by the Internet is correspondence school on steroids – leveled up and made affordable or free. It is a great equalizer because you can study the most wanted core and soft skills (and get certified for it) in practically any field from home. Some classes are conducted in real time, across different time zones. However, about 90% of courses give you the freedom to learn anywhere, anytime.

Staying Relevant in a Brave New World

LinkedIn, Indeed and Upwork have identified most wanted skills that have sharply veered from the usual customer service and marketing skills that dominated the past years. 2018 and beyond sees man pitted against bots and AI. Predicted also is greater collaboration among and between teams physically apart and working online through the cloud, making it necessary to acquire new skills for a cross-cultural workforce.

What is MOOC?

 “Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.”


MOOCs like EDX, Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, Skillshare, and CodeAcademy offer a wide range of courses in popular fields like computer science, management, business and other technical courses like programming, design, graphics, gaming, and animation. Those who prefer to be grounded on the basics can start with Alison and GFCLearn. Khan Academy is heavy on Math, Coding and even offers a Pixar course for free! LinkedIn has thrown in its hat and has acquired, a popular site specializing in technical subjects., a leader in LMS or learning management systems offers must-take courses for those who are applying for their first job or re-inventing themselves to remain relevant.

Getting a Master’s from top Universities like Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Berkeley, Wharton, Johns Hopkins and other Ivy League Schools is now a distinct possibility. In fact, the area of study is so wide that MOOCs can prepare you for practically anything – from language proficiency test preparation like IELTS, TOEFL to highly in-demand  Apps Development, Microsoft, Programming Languages (JAVA, C, SQL, Python), Quickbooks, Maya, Adobe and other certifications. And just to prove that it is up-to-date, you can even study about Supply Chains/Logistics, Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Robotics!

Courseware, Delivery, and Quality Assurance

Typically, each course, whether fundamental or advanced has a very good industry-relevant and updated curriculum. Lecturers are from both the academe and industry. They are so skilled that even canned video becomes interactive with downloadable lessons, exercises, tests, assignments, and in some cases, projects. It can be tough and you can’t proceed to the next topic or level without passing the current one. Quality assurance is built-in every step of the way. The caveat is that “garbage in, garbage out” so to make learning meaningful, you must engage and focus.

When teachers go live, these sessions are recorded for viewing at a more convenient time. Tools like Zoom, Google Hangout, and Skype make it interactive with screen sharing, file sharing, messaging, video, and options for recording. Most of the lessons are offered free or on “audit” only which means that you pay only if you need a proof of accomplishment (e.g. certificate). Other courses are offered in clusters and you pay for the more advanced classes.

Job Preparation

Before you get hired or contracted to work independently, companies in the words of the actress Sally Field, “must really, really like you!” Indeed, Glassdoor, Upwork, LinkedIn and Monster put prime importance on soft skills. EDX, one of the leading MOOCs, through the Rochester Institute of Technology, offers 3 reasonably-priced courses targeted to teach you:

Good to have skills – something oddly reassuring in a flux of changing paradigms. A brave new world indeed!

Apple set to unveil iPad Mini this October?

According to reports, Apple will finally release their latest iPad iteration not on September 12, but in October.

AllThingsD said that Apple will announce the iPhone 5 on September 12 and will be announcing the iPad Mini in October.

The website has an excellent track record when it comes to these types of rumors and has been dead on with their speculations.

According to the AllThingsD article, “Only after the next generation iPhone is out the door and on sale will Apple announce the smaller iPad it’s been working on.”

“That device, which is expected to have a display of less than eight inches, will be uncrated at a second special event, which sources said is currently scheduled for October,” they added.

The smaller iPad Mini and the upcoming iPhone 5 have been the subject of rumors in recent weeks.

The deceased founder of Apple Steve Jobswanted a smaller iteration for their tablet to be directly rival their competitors tablets, namely the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7.

The decision to announce iPhone 5 and iPad Mini on different dates shall allow Apple the control of news and tech headlines at during the final months of the year leading to the Holidays.

Are you anticipating for iPad Mini?

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Majority of Americans say they are going to buy an iPad mini

Would people really buy an iPad mini? If we base it on the American market, people love to have their hands on one.

About 52% of Americans say that they would buy an iPad mini that is pegged at about $249 and $300.

A poll done by PriceGrabber surveyed 2,603 individuals online found out that they want to have the rumored device. About 22% of those polled already have tablets. Among them, 68% already have an iPad while the others have a tablet made by other manufacturers.

The late Steve Jobs dubbed the 7-inch tablet computers as tweeners. The latter’s size is between the iPad and smartphones.

One of the main reasons that people love to own the iPad mini is the pricing of this device. 64% of those who answered the survey said that they would buy the iPad mini because of its affordability. While 54% of them said its size was the primary factor why they want to own one. 24% says that this new device would be a great gift to a special someone while 20% said they would love to own one to use for work. Another 20% said they would buy the rumored tablet because of their loyal to the brand.

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Apple reaches new milestone because of iPad

Apple Inc. has reached a new milestone as they were able to eclipse Hewlett-Packard Co. as the world’s No. 1 maker of personal computers in the fourth quarter.

The data includes iPad sales during that same period.

Canalys released the data and said that the PC market worldwide has grew by 16 percent to 120 million in the final three months of 2011.

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As the world’s leading PC company, Apple Inc. has reached another milestone. The company is known for their innovations and sleek and sexy designs.

The market actually dropped by 0.1 percent if we take out the iPad out of the equation. The research firm is the first organization that included the latter in their tally of computer sales.

They said that Apple sold 20.6 million units of iPad in the fourth quarter of 2011. This is up by 17.01 percent.

HP on the other hand sold 15.3 million units, growing by 12.7 percent.

Tim Coulling of Canalys said, “Currently, HP is pursuing a Windows strategy for it pad portfolio, producing enterprise-focused products, such as the recently launched Slate 2, until the launch of Windows 8.

However, questions remain over Microsoft’s entry into the consumer pad space. While early demonstrations of the Windows 8 operating system seem promising, Microsoft must focus its efforts on creating an intuitive user experience that is far less resource intensive.”

Production of Steve Jobs doll halted, Apple sends out legal threats

Bad news to all those Apple aficionados who were looking forward to owning the much coveted Steve Jobs doll. It seems like the much awaited toy won’t be made after all.

Apple and Steve Jobs family threatened Tandy Cheung forcing the entrepreneur to stop his plan of mass producing the scale model of the Apple founder.

Apple has always used the courts to force an individual or a corporation to stop using any of their patents,or in this case, the likeness of their founder. So it’s not unusual for them to issue a cease and desist order to Mr. Cheung.

Tandy Cheung was quoted as saying that he, “received immense pressure from the lawyers of Apple and Steve Jobs family,” thus forcing him to give in to their demands.

Before this developed, Tandy Cheung told ABC news that, “Apple can do anything they like. I will not stop, we already started production. I had a feeling it was too good to be true. I’ve never felt the weight of Apple’s lawyers, but I can probably bet I don’t want to rumble with them.”

Realistic Steve Jobs action figure available next month

Apple aficionados and Steve Jobs’ devotees can have their beloved tech icon on their shelves with the release of the founder’s unofficial action figure.

The Chinese company Inlcons is about to release a scale model (1:6 scale) of the Apple founder wearing his trademark poloneck, jeans and glasses. Images of the action figure show how similar (and I mean VERY similar) it is to the real Jobs that it received mixed reactions. The web is abuzz with comments on how realistic the doll is that its uncanny and bordering on creepy. 🙂

Initial reports indicate that the collectible will sell at $99.99 and will be in stores in February (if no injunctions are to be faced). The doll includes one realistic head with two pairs of glasses, one body and three pairs of hands.

Apple lawyers used to take legal action against companies who are selling Steve Jobs models. One example is the founder posed as a ninja. One Apple lawyer said, “Mr Jobs has not consented to the use of his name and/or image in the Product.”

If Inlcons escapes the wrath of Apple lawyers, buyers will have one realistic Steve Jobs collectible and two Apple logos – that makes it even more vulnerable for the company to be sued by Apple.

Keep your fingers crossed.

Apple unlikely to surpass Microsoft in TV arena

The late Apple founder Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying that, “It’s not a problem of technology; it’s not a problem of vision; it’s a fundamental go-to-market problem.”

Steve Jobs was too blunt on saying this not to annoy Apple-watchers. But tech guys just never took the problem of televisions future or an entertainment showcase just to seriously. Apple developers aren’t excused from this mistake even if they are trying to solve the problem with their fully integrated big-screen Apple television.

Microsoft’s approach to the entertainment future is commendable and the path they have taken is quite remarkable. It differs completely to that of their rivals in the entertainment arena. What sets Microsoft apart from their counterparts is their Xbox franchise. They clearly dominate and constantly upgrade their features.

We can’t single out one feature of the Xbox. But what we can do is to look at the constant upgrades it has over its short stay as a market giant. In the U.S. alone, Xbox consoles sold 960,000 units. Their Kinect sensors sold 750,000 units. These are both standalone and bundled Kinects with the Xbox package.

What does this mean? This implies that people don’t buy Xbox’s because of the Kinect. Though majority of those who purchased the gaming console bought it with the Kinect package, but still 200,000 individuals chose to purchase the Xbox without the Kinect. This shows that there are still thousands of individuals out there who are willing to purchase the Xbox as a standalone unit.

We can also take a look at the games selection out there for the Xbox. The titles have improved and have been on the forefront of the Xbox rampage to the top.

As for Apple’s plan for the future, we don’t have any idea. Apple is shrouded with mystery. According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, he thinks that he knows what Apple will do telling his audience at the Ignition conference that they should wait to buy a new TV set when Apple releases it very own next year.

Many people doubt Apple’s entry on the television market. If Apple decides to release their TV, it would be a TV set that costs much higher than other HDTV sets out there in the market today. It’s not going to be a step forward but backward.

A newspaper-like Apple Tablet

This is again, about the undying rumor of the still-invisible Apple Tablet. This time, Gizmodo scored some additional juicy with regards to the much-rumored tablet.

In an article, Gizmodo says Apple execs maybe in talk with the big guys from magazines, newspapers and textbook companies to distribute print media through the tablet.  It includes The New York Times, and possibly McGraw Hill and Oberlin Press.

The article also said that a few years back,  a version of Apple’s OS X software was shown to Steve Jobs running on a multitouch tablet. The problem was that when asked “What would people do with this?”, they couldn’t find any answer, that’s why the idea wasn’t pursued. So with these new “developements”, does this mean Apple finally found a use for it?

But since Amazon’s Kindle is doing pretty well in this market with their static e-ink, the challenge then for Apple is to surpass it by integrating features that’ll convince both traditional readers and new readers. How? Uhm, let’s leave it to them, I’m pretty sure they’ll come up with a pretty good answer. 😉


Apple CEO Steve Jobs talks about new iPod lineup

Apple CEO Steve Jobs (Credit:Reuters)

Well, the much-anticipated and talked about Apple event finally took place today and we’re here to give you a lowdown on the highlights of the event.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced a new line of iPods starting off with the world’s smallest music player and “the first music player to talk to you”. I’m talking of course of the miniscule new iPod shuffle. The 2GB mp3 player retails for $59 while the 4GB model is available for $79.

A new iPod nano was launched too, and this one comes with a video camera, microphone, speaker and now has a built-in FM radio. An 8GB nano sells for $149 and a 16GB model for $179.

“iPod nano is the world’s most popular music player with over 100 million sold,” said Jobs. “And now we’ve added a video camera to its incredibly thin design, without any additional cost to the user.”

For those fans of the iPod Touch who were anticipating an announcement about an additional camera for the device, the event came as disappointment because it didn’t happen. Apple however announced a price cut for its iPod Touch, bringing down the price from $249 to $199 (for the 8GB model).

Jobs also introduced a new version of Apple’s popular online media store, iTunes, and updated software for the iPhone.

iTunes 9 now feature iTunes LP which “combines visual features such as live performance videos, lyrics, artwork, linear notes, interviews, photos and album credits”  and Home Sharing which allows users to make use of the software’s features in up to five authorized computers in the home, according to a report from NewsFactor.

But perhaps the biggest highlight of the event is Steve Jobs appearance. Apple didn’t make any announcement that its CEO will be coming to the event and the Web has been abuzz with rumors over whether or not Jobs would show up.

Wearing his trademark long-sleeved turtleneck shirt, jean and sneakers, Jobs took the center stage for his first public appearance after nearly a year.

“I’m very happy to be here today with you all,” he said. “About five months ago I had a liver transplant. So I now have the liver of a mid-20s person who died in a car crash and was generous enough to donate their organs.

“I hope all of us can be as generous and elect to be organ donors,” said Jobs, who underwent an operation for pancreatic cancer five years ago.

And what can he say about his return?

“I’m back at Apple, loving every day of it.


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