January 20, 2014
MapMyFitness's first big announcement since it was acquired by Under Armour is Activity Feed, a new more in-depth social sharing platform for MapMyFitness users. MapMyFitness general manager Chris Glode told MobiHealthNews that the Activity Feed has been in the works for a while and is not a product of the acquisition.
"Certainly there's a lot of users who are very open about their fitness and...
January 20, 2014
Welltok, the Denver-based creator of an online and mobile "social health management" platform, has introduced a partnership program to link technology with disease management and wellness programs.
The idea is to make it easier for population health managers from payers, health systems and accountable care organizations to provide services and actionable steps for program members.
"We're able to...
January 6, 2014
Fitness incentivizing app GymPact has rebranded, changing its name to Pact and raised $1.5 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures and PayPal alum Max Levchin. This brings their total funding to $2.5 million.
Until now, Pact has offered users money only for exercising more, just so long as these users pay $5 if they don't make their goals. The money that users must pay for missing their goals...
December 26, 2013
It's clear that consolidation is finally starting to happen in mobile health.
In the third quarter of 2013, MobiHealthNews reported an unprecedented number of mobile and digital health acquisitions in a single quarter -- five. Depending on where you count Humana's acquisition of Healthrageous (which we reported on October 1st), the fourth quarter either matched or surpassed that...
December 17, 2013
Chicago-based higi, a digital health company that powers health kiosks in thousands of retail locations in the US, acquired New York and Seattle-based challenges and rewards platform Earndit last month. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed. Higi is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Michael Ferro, who is also the owner of the Chicago Sun-Times. The company officially...
November 14, 2013
A billion dollar sports brand just stepped up its digital health game in a big way.
Baltimore, Maryland-based athletics apparel company Under Armour is acquiring Austin, Texas-based MapMyFitness for a reported $150 million. MapMyFitness, which has about 20 million registered users now -- up from 13 million in January -- offers running, biking, and walking apps and social networks that integrate...
October 1, 2013
MapMyFitness and dog food company Purina have partnered to offer an exercise program for however many of the 20 million MapMyFitness users who have dogs.
The offering includes a social community, activity challenges, new app features and integration between the MapMyFitness app and Purina Pro Plan P5, a dog training app curated with information from Purina Pro Plan trainers.
Purina Pro Plan...
September 12, 2013
At Apple's launch event Tuesday for its two new iPhones, the company announced the addition of a new hardware component for the device: a motion co-processor, called the M7.
"What does that do?" Apple's Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller asked at the event. "Well, it takes advantage of all these great sensors and it continuously measures the data coming from them without even...
August 26, 2013
A casual mention tucked into the press release on Nike's latest ad campaign sparked some interest from The Next Web last week, as Nike revealed that its Nike+ ecosystem now has more than 18 million users. While that statistic certainly sounds impressive, it might be helpful to put it in some context.
Many fitness companies -- particularly device makers like Fitbit and Jawbone...
August 15, 2013
When Medtronic acquired Minnesota-based home health company Cardiocom last week, it was easy to get confused. Medtronic, a company whose most famous product is an implantable heart monitor, could just as easily have bought Cardiocomm Solutions (two M's), a company with a mobile ECG monitor as its flagship product.
With a boom of young companies and, apparently, only a certain number of health-...