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Fitbit wearables can identify influenza outbreaks, research says

Heart rate and sleep tracking are more than just a feature

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By now, we all know that smartwatches are more than just a device tracking your steps and heart rate. For instance, Fitbit improves someone’s sleep cycle and Apple Watch has saved a man’s life. Apart from being a lifestyle companion in achieving your fitness dreams, smartwatches can help prevent us from getting sick.

Since we’re currently in the midst of flu season, people are required to be more vigilant about their health and their surrounding. Fortunately, your smartwatches can help predict an influenza outbreak.

In a published study on The Lancet Digital Health journal, wearable devices can perfectly capture affected individuals through their spiking resting heart rate and changes in their sleep. The study came from de-identified data of 47,248 Fitbit users from California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, who participated in Fitbit’s research and study with The Scripps Institute.

Dr. Jennifer Radin, author of the published study said, “Responding more quickly to influenza outbreaks can prevent further spread and infection, and we were curious to see if sensor data could improve real-time surveillance at the state level.”

“In the future as these devices improve, and with access to 24/7 real-time data, it may be possible to identify rate of influenza on a daily instead of a weekly basis,” Radin added.

The partnership between Fitbit and The Scripps Institute has been crucial for clinical researchers using wearables to better understand, prevent, and treat diseases. In a way, a wearable’s potential expands to keeping people healthy and improve the healthcare system we have.

Entertainment

Netflix unveils first look at live-action Sandman series

Plus a lot of other trailers

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Netflix has grown beyond expectations in the years since its rise as a streaming platform. In fact, the company already holds its own massive event called TUDUM. And yes, it’s named after the now-iconic sound that plays before every Netflix show. And (also) yes, a lot of new trailers and sneak peeks were unveiled during the event. Though the event had a lot of amazing content, the first major sneak peek of Netflix’s The Sandman headlined the entire crew.

The live-action adaptation of one of the world’s most regaled comic book series of all time has been a long time coming. Netflix announced the title in the past and revealed a stellar cast to go along with it. Playing the Lord of Dreams is Tom Sturridge. Meanwhile, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Mason Alexander Park play Dream’s siblings Death and Desire, respectively.

Unfortunately, Netflix has not announced when the title will premiere on the platform. However, they have finally unveiled our first look of the series. The minute-long teaser shows Dream’s capture, the first story arc in the series. Though it was short, it revealed how the series will look and how Sturridge looks as the character. Currently, the Sandman series is still “coming soon” without a definite time yet.

Besides the teaser, Netflix also unveiled a few more teasers and trailer including the much-awaited fourth season of Stranger Things. The fourth season has been in the works for a while but suffered delays because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The platform also released trailers for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop and the second season of The Witcher.

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Accessories

Best iPhone 13 cases: Every color, every size, every kind!

Which case matches your style?

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Transparent, plastic, silicone, and leather – if you’re shopping for a case for your new iPhone 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro, or 13 Pro Max. Don’t worry we rounded up the best cases for you.

Watch our Best iPhone 13 cases video.

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How to incorporate “Sierra Blue” in your daily life

Look neat, polished, and well-groomed

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You would’ve thought having earth tones and warm colors would blaze your feeds by Autumn. But Apple’s latest event has instituted a new color people are raving on.

Meet Sierra Blue — definitely not a color of the year but a statement to consider and incorporate into your looks and style in the months to come.

If you’re like most of us who’ve been crushing hard on the new colorway, we’re certain you’re looking for ways on how to style yourself using Sierra Blue. And perhaps, justify more reason to buy the latest iPhone in this charming color.

Get the latest iPhone in Sierra Blue

First and foremost, place your orders and get the latest iPhone in this shade of blue. Sierra Blue certainly is charming, looking sophisticated with a subtle yet chic finish similar to the Gold and Silver colorways.

We’ve unboxed it so take a peek at the video to see more on what you’re getting into. And we’ve thrown in a hands-on experience to share with you, so you can crush more on that Sierra Blue iPhone.

The color is available in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Have a smart, fast charger dressed in a similar shade

We know it: Apple doesn’t come with a bundled charger and they offer bricks and adapters in their stores at a reasonable price tag.

But if you’re going to shell out some cash, why not get something that marries your lofty goal of styling up with Sierra Blue? The Anker Nano Pro comes in a Glacier Blue colorway so you can have a smaller yet smarter and faster-charging adapter.

Pair white and blue in your clothing

Mango Light Denim, H&M Twill Shorts, H&M Oxford Blue Men, Adidas Originals Superstar Sky

It doesn’t need a nautical-themed occasion to arrive at a scene wearing a combination of white and blue. There are various linens, fabrics, and clothing styles that you can wear even if you use a lighter shade of blue — that would certainly help you look neat, polished, and well-groomed.

Even washed-out denim works especially when paired with white bottoms and sneakers. So go and shop for those pieces of denim, tops, bottoms, and white kicks. We know you’re dying to check it out of your cart.

Wrap your wrists on a light-colored strap

If you already wear an Apple Watch, you’re probably thinking of using Apple’s rich-toned Royal Blue straps. Don’t.

Assuming you’re already dressed in a combination of white and blue, you don’t want to put it off with an accessory that’s a little too intense e.g. dark- and rich-colored bands. Opt for a lighter color that’s in a similar tone to blend with your overall style. For instance, Barton Bands’ Silicone Soft Blue strap for the Apple Watch.

Wear a Sky Blue AirPods Max

Last but not the least, cap it off with an AirPods Max in Sky Blue to make everything match — from head to toe to your tech and accessories.

And to make it more stylish, pair it up with a mask in a similar shade so you can look mysterious and of course, observing proper safety protocols. Because hello, we’re still in a pandemic. But that shouldn’t stop you from dressing up to feel good about yourself.


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