apple-newYour Apple Watch Can Tell You When You're Having a Heart Attack, But Only in the U.S.

The new Apple smartwatch will have the capability to monitor your heartbeat and alert you if you're experiencing symptoms that might lead to cardiovascular problems - but only if you're in the U.S.

"The ECG (electrocardiogram) capability of the Apple Watch helps the device sense atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rate that can increase the risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications," writes Nate Lanxon of Bloomberg.

The heralded ECG feature will not be enabled in Europe, where regulators are still evaluating the watch's heart-monitoring capabilities. When the new feature is enabled officially by Apple later this year, it will only be available only to American consumers.


NYT-newApp-Only Banking Catching On in Europe

Alternative banking services are growing in Europe, where regulators apparently look more kindly on fintech initiatives than their U.S. counterparts.

App-only "challenger" banks such as Monzo are gaining traction in Europe, offering young consumers a wider range of choices and options.   

"Fintech companies have sought to take on the world's biggest banks for years, but only recently have companies like Monzo begun to build a critical mass. Millions of customers across Europe, most in their 20s or 30s, have signed up over the past two years. And thanks to favorable regulations in the region and an influx of venture capital, that shift is accelerating," writes Adam Satariano of The New York Times.

By contrast, app-only banks face steep regulatory hurdles in the U.S., and opposition from the individual states, which control banking licenses.


radical-transport-newInnovative Hoverboard Company Backed by Mark Cuban Dissolves; Complex Patent Issues Cited 

Radical Transport, a high-end hoverboard company backed by billionaire Mark Cuban, has apparently folded, shelving its innovative product and issuing refunds to backers.

Cuban attributed the company's problems to patent issues, which are evidently commonplace in the rapidly emerging hoverboard space. Radical Transport's board was called "Moov," and it represented an attempt to capture the high end of the market.   

"The board also featured bigger wheels, a wider base, premium materials, and a cut-out handle for carrying it around. It was supposed to have swappable decks with different styles and colors, and a smart, fully-featured mobile app, too. Where other hoverboard companies had pushed to drive down the price, sometimes by sacrificing safety, Radical Transport decided to go high-end - a strategy that was reflected in the $1,300 price tag," writes Sean O'Kane of The Verge.