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News round-up: EGG Apple Watch function comes to more countries, more

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, we’ll frequently offer a wrap-up of news items you should check out. First up: Apple has included an ECG function in new Apple Watch models since 2018, providing users in select territories with the ability to measure the electrical activity of their heart. MacRumors says Apple now appears to be ready to extend the ECG feature to South Korea, based on recent government filings.

° Apple’s Ste-Catherine St. location is closed until further notice, though the tech giant hasn’t explained why. Montreal CTV News reports that a sign on the front of the downtown store simply says it’s “closed until further notice” and looks forward to reopening soon. 

° As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has set its next Apple Watch Activity Challenge for August 30 to “celebrate the natural wonder of national parks.” Apple Watch users can earn the achievement by completing a hike, walk, wheelchair workout, or run of at least one mile.

° The new MacVoices Live! discussion with Andrew Orr of The Mac Observer and David Ginsburg shifts to the release of the new driver for ScanSnap scanners, hardware lifespan expectations, and how developers might get paid to continue supporting older, legacy hardware. We also touch on the announcement that CES is going virtual this year, and a few Apple TV+ and Netflix picks.

° The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Monday that a criminal defendant can be compelled to reveal his cellphone passcode to investigators, rejecting the argument that such a move violates the right against self-incrimination guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, according to NorthJersey.com.

° According to Bloomberg, Qualcomm’s patent licensing business “lives on,” after a court rejected a requirement that the company renegotiate billions of dollars worth of agreements with smartphone makers.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.