Dhaka, July 24 (UNB)- An Apple Watch user in Britain was alerted about his low heart rate by the device, which revealed a serious heart condition that ultimately resulted in a surgery to fix the problem. According to a report in The Telegraph, Paul Hutton, who is a technology writer based in Essex, was given continuous warnings of low heart rate by his Apple Watch, reports The Indian Express.
The Apple Watch kept showing Hutton’s heart rate as below 40 bpm (the normal range is 60 to 100 bpm), and at first, his general physician diagnosed this as a low heart rate problem. But the issue persisted and his new Apple Watch (he upgraded in 2017) continued to send warning signs.
Another consultation with a specialist revealed a heart condition called ventricular bigeminy, which results in the heart beating irregularly and being unable to pump out blood effectively, notes the report. Hutton needed a surgery to fix the issue, which was successful.
“I keep checking my pulse on my Apple Watch and it all seems good,” he told the paper after the surgery. This is not the first report to talk about how an Apple Watch has potentially saved someone’s life by alerting them about their heart rate.
Back in April, a user had posted on Reddit on how the Apple Watch had saved their life by alerting them of a sudden spike in heart rate. By the time, paramedics arrived, the person had gone into shock and was rushed into emergency. Doctors later informed him that he had tachycardia, which results in the heart beating faster than 100 bpm, and there are various reasons for it.
Another Apple Watch feature that is being credited with saving lives is the fall detection. Back in February 2019, 67-year old Toralv Ostvang from Norway had a hard fall in his bathroom alone and was unconscious. He was rescued by the emergency services, who were alerted about the fall by the Apple Watch 4, which will dial the emergency service when it detects one.
Apple Watch Series 4 also with an ECG feature and an irregular heart-rhythm app. ECG or Electrocardiography records the electrical activity of the heart in order to detect if there are any issues. Apple has FDA clearance for the feature, and it is live in the US, UK, the majority of the European countries, though it has not yet come to India.
Where the ECG feature and India market are concerned, Dr Sumbul Desai, who is Apple’s VP of Health had told indianexpress that the company has been working “really hard” to bring the same to India. “There are no challenges per se. There is a process,” she had said.
Dhaka, July 24 ( UNB) - Now that South Korean tech giant Samsung's much-awaited foldable smartphone -- the 'Galaxy Fold' -- has passed the final round of tests with "flying colours", the company may soon announce its release date, reports India Today.
Earlier, Samsung Display Vice President Kim Seong-cheol confirmed that the Galaxy Fold's problems have been fixed and it is ready to hit the market, news portal Gizchina reported.
The smartphone was originally set to release on April 26 but the manufacturer indefinitely delayed the device after multiple review units experienced display issues and is now expected to launch in August along with the upcoming Note 10 series phones.
The device features a 7.3-inch primary flexible AMOLED display and a secondary 4.6-inch screen on the cover of the phone.
The premium smartphone comes backed by a 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core SoC, paired with 12GB of RAM and 512GB storage.
On the rear, it packs a 16MP + 12MP + 12MP triple rear camera set-up. The device also sports a 10MP camera on the front for selfies.
Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy Fold include WiFi, GPS, and USB Type-C.
Beijing, July 24 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp has announced that its 5G smartphones were available for reservation in China since Tuesday, China Daily reported Wednesday.
It is the country's first 5G phone model to have its price announced and to have entered the pre-sale phase.
The ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 mobile platform and a 4000mAh capacity battery with wireless charging support.
It is also equipped with a 6.47-inch AMOLED display and featured a triple camera setup which includes a 48-megapixel main sensor, an ultra-wide 20-megapixel lens and a 8-megapixel telephoto lens, according to the paper.
The company said the handset will be put on sale through its official online store as well as e-commerce platforms for 4,999 yuan (about 727 U.S. dollars) each.
Chinese smartphone maker races to gain a foothold in the increasingly competitive 5G smartphone market. Up to now, Chinese smartphone vendors, including Huawei, ZTE, Oppo, Vivo and One Plus have secured the 5G certificate.
Huawei is also scheduled to release its 5G smartphone, the Mate 20X 5G, this Friday.
"Sales of 5G smartphones in China can only take up 1 to 2 percent of the whole market this year. That's about two to three million units. But the launch of ZTE's 5G smartphone is a boost to the company's brand," the paper quoted James Yan, research director at Counterpoint Technology Market Research as saying.
Without sound internet support, there is much more efforts to be made in the fields of the user experience, product strategies and channels of 5G smartphones in China.
According to a research note by market research firm Canalys, Chinese consumers are expected to account for one-third of the world's 5G-enabled handsets within five years.
It also expects 17.5 percent of smartphones shipped in China will be 5G-capable next year and the percentage could rise considerably to 62.7 percent in 2023, said the paper.
Vientiane, July 19 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies is continuing to carry out its Seeds for the Future program in Laos, offering 10 more Lao students opportunities to learn latest ICT technologies in China.
The program aims to facilitate the transfer of ICT (information and communication technology) knowledge, thus assisting Laos to be a digitally empowered nation, the company's Lao branch CEO Wang Qi told Xinhua on Friday.
Initiated by Huawei in 2008, the Seeds for the Future program seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote greater understanding of and interest in the telecommunications sector, and improve and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.
Wang said at the company's program launching ceremony on Wednesday that ICT has become an important growth engine for many different industries. As a global ICT leader, Huawei is committed to promoting ICT industry development in the countries in which it operates, and aims to drive long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Lao Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Phouth Simmalavong highly appreciated Huawei's commitment to improving Lao ICT development levels and cultivating talents in related fields.
Local daily Vientiane Times on Friday quoted the deputy minister as saying that "Huawei is the ICT industry leader in the world and the company has developed rapidly in the last few years."
"I believe the ICT industry will play a very important role in the Lao economy. Seeds for the Future is an excellent project which provides a good opportunity for Lao students to study new ICT technologies at Huawei. I hope you (the students) can broaden your knowledge and contribute to our country in the future," the Lao official said at the ceremony.
Rome, July 16 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies will invest 3.1 billion U.S. dollars over the next three years in Italy, local media reported on Monday.
Addressing the press on the sidelines of an exhibition in Milan, Huawei's Italian unit chief executive Thomas Miao said the investment plan would allow 1,000 new direct jobs in the period 2019-2021, according to Ansa news agency.
More specifically, the plan would consist of some 1.2 billion U.S. dollars invested in operations and marketing, and 1.9 billion U.S. dollars in direct supplies, while 52 million U.S. dollars would be added for research and development activities, Ansa also said.
Speaking to reporters, Miao stressed the solidity of Sino-Italian commercial ties.
"They are two well-paired countries: Italy needs China, and vice versa, and I am very optimistic from a business point of view," state broadcaster RAI News24 cited him as saying.
The country CEO also urged Italy to make a "transparent, efficient, and fair" use of its golden power on the development of 5G networks.
On Friday, in fact, the Italian government passed a decree boosting the so-called "golden power" legislation, and increasing the power of the state to intervene in the private sector of ICT infrastructure networks -- including 5G -- due to "urgent need to strengthen national security in strategic sectors".
Under the new decree -- which needs approval by parliament within 60 days -- Italian public and private companies must now inform the government of any purchase of 5G technologies from non-European suppliers.
Huawei-Italy's CEO called for the new rules to be fair "for all suppliers", and not applied to extra-European providers only.
"The 5G technology is very important," RAI cited Miao as saying.
The CEO added the new 5G golden power rules should be neutral and "apply to all, in order to be sure that -- from the first day -- we have a safe and reliable infrastructure, since the country needs to be ready before the roll-out".
Operating in the country since 2004, Huawei now employs some 850 people in Italy, and has inaugurated its new headquarters in Milan earlier this year.
In its 15-year activity, it has opened four innovations centers in cooperation with Italian ICT operators and a Joint Innovation Center for Smart & Safe City in cooperation with the regional government of Sardinia and its Center for Advanced Studies, Research, and Development (CRS4).
Huawei is the largest of five global companies currently selling 5G equipment and systems, the others being Chinese ZTE, Finnish Nokia, Swedish Ericsson, and South Korean's Samsung.