Apple starts collecting heart rate data from Apple Watch users for a new heart study

Back in November, Apple asked Apple Watch users if they wanted to take part in a study called the Apple Heart Survey being conducted by Apple and Stanford Health. Now, Apple is telling those who opted-in that the study has begun. Tapping on the notification takes participants to the Heart Study app where they must confirm that they are “comfortable” speaking and writing in English, and haven’t been diagnosed with Atrial fibrillation or Atrial flutter. In addition, participants cannot be on blood thinners like Coumadin, Pradaxa, Xarelto, Eliquis and Savaysa.

If  the Apple Watch user …


Some T-Mobile users find their voicemail transcribed on Google's Phone app

Some T-Mobile users are finding written transcriptions of their voicemail messages produced by Google. These are showing up in the Google Phone app in the visual voicemail tab. One T-Mobile subscriber received a message from Google in his visual voicemail tab. The message read, “See and listen to your messages, without having to call voicemail. Transcripts of your voicemail are provided by Google’s free transcription service.”

It does appear that this feature is just beginning to rollout to T-Mobile subscribers. A few customers of the nation’s third largest carrier who have received the …

Google may soon allow Maps users to add or remove places they visited

Google has just released a new beta version of Maps for Android and it looks like the app comes with a very important feature that’s not available in the stable iteration. The new feature will allow Google Maps users to manually add or remove places they have visited at any given time.

If you check your Google Maps app under “Your places” and “Visited” tabs, you’ll notice there’s a list of places where you’ve been. However, taping the three dots to the right of each place won’t allow you to remove, you’ll just be able to view them in your Timeline.

The good news the beta version of …

Facebook to give its users new privacy tools due to a new European law

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO

Well-known social media website – Facebook, is about to give its users more control over their personal data. What’s the cause of that sudden act of kindness towards us, the consumers, you might ask? Well, the newest European law named General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR for short), that will take charge as of May. Its main goal is to give users more control over their own data and how it’s being used. 

“We’re rolling out a new privacy center globally …

Fitbit to end Pebble support in June, offers $50 discount to all users

After launching its first ever wearable device powered by its proprietary OS – the Ionic, Fitbit announced that it has decided to discontinue support for Pebble effective June 30, 2018.

The wording of the announcements is a bit different, as Fitbit actually says that it will extend its support of the Pebble smartwatch ecosystem for six more months. Until this period expires, all those who still own such a wearable device are urged to check out how the Pebble ecosystem is evolving on the Fitbit platform.

This six-month extension of Fitbit’s support for Pebble’s infrastructure and …

YouTube on iOS scores native dark mode for some users, but what about Android?

A while ago, we told you that code suggesting that YouTube on Android is about to score a native dark theme has been unearthed in the app. 
However, as it often happens with Google’s software, it’s the iOS version of the YouTube app that receives this new feature first. 

Well, that’s only true for a select few iOS users who boasted on Reddit that version 13.01.4 of the app has introduced  a neat switch in the preferences that allows users to switch opt for the new dark interface in favor of the default light one. 

It …

PSA: OnePlus website payment system may have been hacked – users report credit card details stolen

OnePlus is well-known for offering awesome devices at unbelievably low prices and the company does a few things to make sure its corner-cutting doesn’t come from the actual hardware. Since it started out small, it built its name via guerilla marketing and selling its phones directly to customers. There are no retailers to take a cut of the pie — you just go to OnePlus’ website and order your brand-new “flagship killer” there.

However, it seems that the company might need to work on its security a bit more. Multiple users are now reporting that their credit card …

Duo video calls can now be sent to Android users who haven't installed the app

Ever ask a friend or family member to install Google’s video chat app Duo so that you can stream live video to him/her? No longer is that necessary, thanks to an update pushed out by Google. Duo will now send video chats to those with Android phones who have yet to download the app on to their handset. Like a regular Duo call, the recipient of the video chat sees live video from the caller even before deciding to accept the call. Scrolling up from the phone icon will start the conversation.

Other Duo features are available such as the ability to switch from the front-facing selfie camera …

Apple mistakingly makes old iOS versions available, some users hop on and downgrade en masse

Apple has a history of rarely looking back on anything it has moved beynd — it won’t re-incorporate hardware that it has once removed, and it certainly won’t let you use older versions of its iOS once you’ve updated your device. In order for an iOS build to be installed on your iPhone, it needs to be “signed” by Apple’s servers. Usually, once a new version is out, the previous one will be signed for a couple of weeks, after which Apple pulls the plug on it entirely.

Yesterday, however, the company had a slight mishap and was signing multiple old versions of iOS …

Is your iPhone X pulling your hair? Users complain about hair stuck in the bezel gap and mute switch

File this in the unforeseen consequences of having a bezel-less phone with steel frames, but Apple’s new iPhone X may be pulling people’s hair, beards, and so on, as multiple complaints on Apple’s discussion forums and random social media vents are reporting. 

The hairs seem to get stuck either in the mute switch, or in the small gap between the bezel and the display. Some units are apparently being replaced by Apple, while many others are solving the annoyance by putting a case on it, though the mute switch still remains in play sometimes. 
We’ve …