July 18, 2016
Stockholm-based digital health company Lifesum has secured $10 million in a funding round led by venture capital firm Nokia Growth Partners. Draper Esprit, Bauer Media Group and SparkLabs Global Ventures also participated in the round, which will enable the Swedish health app maker to expand its growth in Europe and the US.
Lifesum, which launched in 2013 under the name ShapeUpClub, now has...
September 18, 2014
Along with the official launch of the new iOS 8 operating system yesterday, a large number of health and medical app developers intended to launch apps that integrated with Apple's HealthKit platform. However, because of a bug in HealthKit that Apple apparently discovered at the last minute, the iPhone-maker did not grant approval to any updated health app that integrated with HealthKit.
September 3, 2014
Apple recently updated its terms and conditions for developers working with its HealthKit API to integrate health and fitness data aggregated by the platform from various third party apps and their companion devices. Earlier this week the company's rule against selling health data collected via HealthKit to ad platforms and other data collection entities, but Apple's rules for HealthKit...
September 2, 2014
Late last week the Financial Times (sub. req.) reported that Apple had modified its iOS developer license agreement, its rules for developers that create apps for its devices, to ban developers from selling health data collected by HealthKit.
The company wrote that developers must “not sell an end-user’s health information collected through the HealthKit API to advertising platforms, data brokers...
July 15, 2014
Just over 71 percent of obese or overweight employees using employee wellness program HeiaHeia have improved health and fitness since starting the program, according to a survey of 2,039 users that Finland-based H2 Wellbeing, the company behind HeiaHeia, conducted.
Around 49 percent of users in the survey were overweight and all respondents were based in Finland.
HeiaHeia, which is derived from a...
July 14, 2014
San Francisco-based workout training app developer Skimble announced this week that the company’s flagship app, called Workout Trainer, will be highlighted on all new Samsung Galaxy S5 and Tab S devices. The company also announced Workout Trainer has reached 14 million downloads. (Correction: Originally this article incorrectly stated the app would be preloaded on certain Samsung devices.)
July 2, 2014
Wheaties might be the only cereal where the box is more famous than the food inside. Since the 1930s, the front of the "breakfast of champions" box has been dedicated to a sports star of the day, including the likes of Lou Gehrig, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods. Now mobile health is finding its way onto the cover of the box -- or at least, helping determine its fate.
General Mills, which makes...
June 30, 2014
The most frequent user of health and fitness apps for iPhones are mostly mothers between the ages of 25 and 54 who are sports fans and who generally lead healthy lifestyles, according to a recent study that tracked 6,800 health and fitness apps and about 100,000 people who used them.
"In 2013 while the overall mobile app industry grew 115 percent in terms of average daily usage, the health and...
April 14, 2014
Stockholm, Sweden-based calorie counting app company Lifesum (formerly known as ShapeUp Club) has raised $6.7 million in its first round of funding led by Germany's Bauer Media Group and SparkLabs Global Ventures, according to a report in TechCrunch. The company has 4.5 million members and 6.5 million downloads in Europe for its Android and iOS apps. At the end of last year it reported having...
January 6, 2014
Redmond, Washington-based Heapsylon has partnered with shoe company Vivobarefoot to sell Heapsylon's Sensoria Fitness sensor-enabled "smart" socks and to further develop the product.
The company says that all of the stores worldwide that currently carry Vivo's product will soon have Sensoria products in them, too. According to Vivo's website, there are nearly 500 such stores around the world.