Mount Sinai publishes findings from its ResearchKit-based asthma study

March 12, 2017
Mount Sinai has published its first large-scale study to utilize Apple’s ResearchKit framework.

Mount Sinai has published its Asthma Mobile Health Study, its first large-scale clinical observational study to utilize ResearchKit, Apple’s framework for conducting medical studies using an iPhone. The study, published in Nature Biotechnology, collected data from 7,593 participants.

The study compared its data with that of existing studies to make sure the self-reported data was reliable.

The study included regular surveys to understand how asthma patients were affected by and treating their condition over time. A total of 7,593 people completed the electronic informed consent process and enrolled in the study. Eighty-five percent of them completed at least one survey, with a core group of 2,317 robust users who filled out multiple surveys during the course of the six-month study. Results were compared to existing asthma patient studies and to external factors as a control for …

Unlocked Sony Xperia X is now just $269.99

March 12, 2017

If you’re in the US and crave a Sony Xperia X, you’ll be interested in this deal. The smartphone which normally retails for more than $300 in unlocked form can currently be purchased from B&H for just $269.99, the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this model. So you could be saving quite a bit if you take advantage of this offer.

There are some caveats however. First off, we’re talking about the Graphite Black version of the handset. Next up, you need to know that it’s currently backordered, with new stock expected to arrive within 7 to 10 business days. That said, if you want to be sure…

Sticker fight! Apple shows the magic of iMessage for iPhone 7

March 12, 2017
Silly heart face. Thumbs down. Power Puff pout. Blah. Blah. Blah. Flapping bird. Sparkle lips. Panda with gold chain — Latest Apple ad is a complete STICKER FIGHT!

iMessage was one of the best things about iOS 10 and stickers were one of the best things about iMessage. The ability to slap a sad, silly, happy, cheeky, sassy, naughty, nifty sticker onto text, images, and even other stickers made messages… more human. And the ability to stack stickers, turning them into living, collaborative, communication art — it’s just fantastic. Especially when it results in the total ostickeration of the original, underlying message.

I could talk appreciation and messaging fashion all day, but I need to get to Apple’s new ad which, as good ads do, shows rather than tells just how fun stickers really all. It’s young, it’s vibrant, it’s fun, and it’s catchy.

It’s part of Apple’s Practically Magic series of spots for iPhone 7 but it’s also more than that. It’s culturally fresh …

Grab yourself an Apple Pencil for $14 less at Amazon

March 12, 2017
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time scoring you 13% off the purchase of an Apple Pencil.

Right now you can save $14 on the Apple Pencil, dropping the price down to $85.86. This is a relatively rare discount on the extremely powerful iPad Pro accessory that gives you more than just a stylus with which to navigate your iPad’s interface. The Pencil is sensitive to both pressure and tilt, so it can adjust brush strokes, shading options and more depending how you are using it. In other words, it’s a digital artist’s dream.

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Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro preview: Big screen entertainment

March 12, 2017

Samsung has played a huge part in carving the phablet niche with its Note series. And with big screen phones growing in popularity today, going even bigger seemed a logical path to take. Enter the 6.0+ inch phones. Samsung is surely no stranger to this category – but it seems phones like the Galaxy Mega 6.3 came too early to a market that wasn’t quite ready for them. Now that users have finally warmed to the idea of having the biggest possible screen in their pocket, there is no better time for Samsung to have another go at this segment. And so we have the Galaxy C9 Pro.

Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017), Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) both head to U.S. under various names

March 12, 2017
According to a pair of tweets from reliable tipster Evan Blass, a  couple of Samsung handsets are making their way to carriers in the U.S. The SM-J327 is the Samsung J3 (2017) and according to Blass, this model will be available for AT&T’s pre-paid customers. It also will be offered by AT&T owned Cricket Wireless as the Samsung Galaxy Express Prime 2. This device is equipped with a 5-inch screen carrying a 720 x 1280 (HD) resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 425 SoC featuring a quad-core 1.4GHz CPU, and the Adreno 308 GPU.

The Galaxy J3 (2017) comes with 1.5GB of RAM …

Sense Companion app for the HTC U Ultra is now available in the Play Store

March 12, 2017

The HTC U Ultra has finally started to become available in the past week or so, after having been unveiled in January. And as it gets into the hands of eager customers, the company making it has decided to release the much talked about (in marketing materials) Sense Companion personal assistant.

In case you’re wondering, no, this isn’t built into the software of the device. It’s actually an app that you need to install. It’s now available in the Google Play Store, so if you have a U Ultra you can go grab it now. It’s a bit odd that you need to actively seek out what is one of HTC’s key…

How to manage Today view widgets on iPhone and iPad

March 12, 2017
How do you add, remove, and reorganize the Today view widgets on your iPhone and iPad? We’ll show you!

Updated March 2017: Added changes for iOS 10.

Today view is your iPhone’s window into things that are important to you. Most of Apple’s built-in apps have Today view widgets, and many of the best third-party apps support Today view in your Notification Center. You can add any and all supported apps you want to your Today view so you can read, and even access some content, right from your Lock screen. Here’s how to customize it.

How to add app widgets to Today view on your iPhone and iPad
How to remove app widgets from Today view on your iPhone or iPad
How to reorganize your app widgets in Today view on your iPhone and iPad

How to add app widgets to Today view on your iPhone and iPad

If you’ve just downloaded a new app, especially a productivity or entertainment one, you should check the Today view settings to see if it is supported.

Swipe down from the top of your screen to a…

nubia Z17 mini said to be the ZTE handset with dual rear cameras launching on March 21

March 12, 2017

A few short hours ago we told you that ZTE is getting ready to unveil a new nubia-branded smartphone on March 21. This will be the sub-brand’s first model to sport a dual rear camera setup, and the Chinese company is already sending invites for the event.

Now a list of purported specs for that device arrives via Weibo, complete with its name. Apparently it will be called nubia Z17 mini. Needless to say, take all of this with a hefty dose of salt since it’s just one unconfirmed rumor for now.

The Z17 mini would succeed the Z11 mini from last year. And sure, ZTE has gotten us used to…