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Insurance provider Aetna launches first fitness app

Insurance provider Aetna launches first fitness app

Looks like the ‘quantified-self’ space is continuing to build momentum. Aetna, one of the largest health insurance providers in the world, is the business of making fitness apps. Next month, Aetna will launch an iPhone app and website for managing your fitness, encouraging you to eat and live in a more healthy way, and monitoring your personal health information. The app, called CarePass, will integrate personal medical records with data from popular fitness-tracking devices like Withings Wi-Fi-enabled … Read entire article »

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Qualcomm announces Andorid smartphone for the blind

Qualcomm announces Andorid smartphone for the blind

Blindness and smartphones are usually not mentioned in the same sentence, but this is now all about to change. This week Qualcomm has announced it’s developing a multi-function Andorid smartphone that will combine the technologies blind and visually impaired people use separately. In collaboration with Project Ray, the ‘off-the-self’ device will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor and will offer a user interface that is designed for eye-free interaction with services such as phone calls, texts, social networking and navigation. … Read entire article »

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Can Cardiio really monitor your heart rate using your phone’s camera?

Can Cardiio really monitor your heart rate using your phone’s camera?

Gadgets that monitor your pulse are increasingly popular at the moment, as people begin tracking their health and fitness levels more and more, because it shows how hard you’re working and could even flag up any underlying health problems. However, the team at Cardiio have developed a new application that promises to give you “an accurate heart rate monitor” without even touching you. Yep, it sounds kind of impossible and a bit ridiculous, but the idea … Read entire article »

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Amulet lets you keep watch on your health

Amulet lets you keep watch on your health

Mobile health is moving beyond your smartphone. Soon, you could be managing your health with spy-gadget-like wearable trackers in the form of Amulet. The Amulet is a watch that will function just like any other but has a number of advanced features that can monitor various aspects of your health.  For example, it could be used to monitor blood sugar levels, heart rate and even stress. Because the device is actually being worn, it can give … Read entire article »

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Assess your risk of disease with Zumm

Assess your risk of disease with Zumm

We’re always being bombarded with the latest remedies, superfoods or lifestyle change tips designed to prevent us from getting all types of diseases.  Well now, students in the US believe they’ve created an app that can give us some early signs of potential health concerns and ways to try and keep them at bay. Zumm is a free new iPad application developed by students at Washington University which analyses a user’s lifestyle and gives an indication as to … Read entire article »

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How healthy are you? You could soon find out by taking a snap of your tongue

How healthy are you? You could soon find out by taking a snap of your tongue

We like to thing we’ve heard everything when it comes to apps and services designed to be able to inform us as to how fit or healthy we are. Well, it seems even we can be surprised. A team from the University of Missouri in the US are currently working on a system that will enable us to find out how healthy we are from taking a picture of our tongue with our mobile phone. Based on a … Read entire article »

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‘Diet goggles’ being made to trick the greedy

‘Diet goggles’ being made to trick the greedy

We all know what ‘beer goggles’ are about don’t we? Things tend to look a bit better once you’ve drunk a few units… Well, knowing this, a team of Japanese scientists from the University of Tokyo have decided to take this literally and work on bringing to market ‘diet goggles’. Yes, you read that right. The idea is that If you put on a pair of ‘diet goggles’, your food looks a lot bigger than it actually … Read entire article »

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Aviva launches new Facebook health app

Aviva launches new Facebook health app

Health insurance provider Aviva has today launched a new Facebook app aimed at giving people more control over their health and diet. Open to all Facebook users, The Aviva Health 100 app lets you set fitness goals and share your scores with friends and family. According to Aviva, the app will “help people gauge how healthy they are” and then offer “advice, guidance and inspiration”. The app relies on users inputting information about diet, exercise, smoking and boozing. … Read entire article »

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Get access to your very own doc-on-demand with HealthTap

Get access to your very own doc-on-demand with HealthTap

Let’s be honest, going to see your doctor is a bit of a pain in the proverbial. Getting time off from work is always a struggle and getting an appointment can be hard work also. With HealthTap, this headache could be about to disappear. Available for free on iOS, Android, and the web, HealthTap lets you ask real doctors medical questions and receive quick answers in return. HealthTap connects you with its network of doctors to ask whatever question you need … Read entire article »

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Let the weight loss games begin with SlimKicker

Let the weight loss games begin with SlimKicker

If you’re like me, the whole idea of using fitness or health apps always seems great. A few weeks later it’s a different story. I stop using them either through boredom or the regime I’m on has gone downhill.  For many like me, an incentive always helps when it comes to trimming a few pounds. Enter SlimKicker, a free new iOS app that offers users the opportunity to win prizes whilst getting slimmer. In a nutshell, “SlimKicker … Read entire article »

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