Here’s why the German government is telling people to smash their kids’ smartwatches

November 22, 2017

The Alcatel CareTime kid's smartwatch.Image: Getty Images The German government isn’t just banning some children’s smartwatches — its telling people to “destroy” the gadgets already circulating around the country. On Friday, Germany’s telecom regulator the Federal Network Agency announced that a number of these devices, designed for ages 5 to 12, can allow someone to remotely tap into the watch’s microphone and clandestinely spy from remote locations (just like a…


Germany bans children’s ‘smart’ watches over surveillance concerns

November 18, 2017

Telecoms regulator urges parents to destroy the devices, which have been used to listen in on classroom lessons Germanys telecoms regulator has bannedthe sale of smart watches that can be used by parents to check on their children, saying the devices violated Germanys strict surveillance laws. The Federal Network Agency said it had already taken action against several firms that sell the watches online but did not name them. It…


Apples Watch can detect an abnormal heart rhythm with 97% accuracy, UCSF study says

May 12, 2017

According to a study conducted through heartbeat measurement app Cardiogram tested the deep neural network it had built against 51 in-hospital cardioversions (a procedure that restores the hearts normal rhythm) and says it achieved a 97 percent accuracy in the neural networks ability to find irregular heart activity. So far this is just a study built on a preliminary algorithm but it holds promise in trying to identify and prevent…