Fitness apps Stories March 2, 2015

In addition to discussing the international Apple Watch launch and accessibility efforts at a briefing in Germany, Apple CEO Tim Cook teased “a whole ton of announcements coming shortly about all of the apps coming” for the Apple Watch, according to employees in attendance. Cook first highlighted the use of the Apple Watch in hotels by saying that “some of the best hotels in the world” will allow Apple Watch users to use the wearable to unlock room doors.

Additionally, Cook said that the Apple Watch hotel applications will even be able to replace the check-in processes for some hotels. “So people are beginning to think about doing not only cool things with their apps, but how it changes their whole business,” Cook said. As highlighted at the first Apple Watch event in September 2014, Starwood Hotels has already announced that it is working with Apple on an app for the Apple Watch…

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Fitness apps Stories April 24, 2014

Facebook buys fitness app Moves as health race heats up

There’s certainly no shortage of buzz around health tracking and fitness-related products and software these days, and Facebook is making sure it its not going to be left out of the race (there’s also no shortage of Facebook acquisitions).

Finnish company ProtoGeo Oy, the developers behind the iPhone and Android fitness app Moves (seen above), has been acquired by Facebook as it posted this on its site today:

Today, we’re delighted to announce that Facebook has acquired our company and the Moves app. Since we launched Moves, we’ve been focused on running a simple and clean activity diary that millions of people have enjoyed using.

Now, we’re joining Facebook’s talented team to work on building and improving their products and services with a shared mission of supporting simple, efficient tools for more than a billion people.

The company also rounded out its announcement with a thank you to customers for making its product a success and the standard promise that data gathered by the service won’t “commingle” with Facebook, but such promises are mostly “feel good” reassurances and surely have no legal merit especially with the “there are no plans” qualifier.

All of this is made much more interesting in the context of Apple’s plans to take a major step into owning the fitness category with the company’s upcoming Healthbook software first reported by 9to5Mac and widespread rumors of some sort of fitness-related band on the new product horizon (not to mention Nike reportedly stepping away from its FuelBand product).

Couple that with numerous fitness and health-related hires by Apple that continue as recently as this month and it’s easy to understand why Facebook would want to buy Moves: it doesn’t want to be the last one to the finish line.

Fitness apps Stories November 7, 2013

RunKeeper for iPhone updated with background walking detection, AirDrop sharing, more

RunKeeper, one of my favorite fitness apps for iPhone, received a notable update utilizing technologies for iPhone 5s owners.

RunKeeper now supports the iPhone 5s M7 chip, which allows the app to detect steps throughout the day without having to manage that activity within the app manually.

Version 4.1 also brings support for AirDrop (another example of the software being on the cutting edge) allowing users to share workouts with nearby friends as well as build your RunKeeper friends list by sending friend requests.

RunKeeper has a clean iOS 7 design and tends to quickly embrace hardware features and technologies (it even interacts with the Pebble smart watch) so check it out for free in the App Store.

Fitness apps Stories July 24, 2013

Nike+ Running iOS app offers virtual races with friends, group chat

The loneliness of the long-distance runner may have been reduced by the latest update to the Nike+ Runner app. Version 4.3 allows you to challenge friends at other locations to virtual races, set a distance and duration, and then the app keeps track of how you are doing against your mates.

A group chat function allows you to encourage them or mock them as the mood strikes.

The free app uses your iPhone’s GPS and accelerometer to record your progress – no additional hardware is required.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is one of Nike’s best-known fans, sitting on the Nike board and sporting a Nike FuelBand.

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