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By Jonah Comstock June 19, 2014
Fitlinxx, the enterprise-focused activity tracker company, has released a new version of its Pebble tracker, which lengthens the battery life and adds smartphone syncing for the first time. The Pebble+ looks almost exactly like the Pebble, but has new components, according to Fitlinxx CEO Dave Monahan. He told MobiHealthNews that in addition to the mobile sync and longer battery life, the new...
By Jonah Comstock April 10, 2014
Online fitness and weight loss community SparkPeople has made its app Diet and Food Tracker (now known as SparkPeople Calorie Counter and Weight Loss) free once more. For about the past two years it has been $3.99, but it was free from 2009 to 2012. The move signals a shift in thinking from web-first to mobile-first for the company, according to Chief Operating Officer Dave Heilmann. "From a...
By Aditi Pai February 13, 2014
While it didn't release any specific financial details, b2b activity tracker company FitLinxx recently announced it saw a 55 percent increase in revenues year-over-year. FitLinxx cited increased demand for its trackers in corporate wellness programs as well as the company's expansion into consumer, health plan, and health care provider markets in the US and UK. "The corporate wellness space is...
By Jonah Comstock October 10, 2013
Steve Case, the head of investment group Revolution and former CEO of America Online, believes that prevailing wisdom in Silicon Valley isn't necessarily the smartest way to launch businesses. In a conversation with Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, at EmTech in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Case spoke generally about entrepreneurship and investment. However, many of the lessons he spoke about...
By Jonah Comstock October 1, 2013
Fitlinxx, the activity tracker hardware company, is partnering with health and wellness website SparkPeople to provide a branded version of its Pebble activity tracker for users of the site. This is Fitlinxx's first venture into direct to consumer wellness. "We've been predominately focused on the corporate wellness and healthcare provider space," David Monahan, President and CEO of Fitlinxx told...
By Jonah Comstock February 19, 2013
A researcher at the University of Texas has published a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research looking at efficacy of a free online weight loss program. The study looked at 1,258 randomly selected users of SparkPeople.com and found that those who entered their weight into the site at least four times per month lost an average of 11 pounds per month more than those that didn't, and...
By Jonah Comstock January 21, 2013
Nike announced Friday the opening of a developer portal for the Nike+ API. At the same time, the company announced a partnership with popular calorie-tracking and weight loss app Lose It! Although Lose It! currently integrates with several other devices, including the Fitbit line of activity trackers and the Withings connected weight scale, Lose It! will be the first third-party app to integrate...
By Jonah Comstock December 3, 2012
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini kicked off the mHealth Summit this morning by announcing a launch date for the mobile implementation of their health data syncing platform CarePass, which will combine Aetna's recent mobile acquisitions and partners into a single offering. CarePass has been available as a web platform, but Bertolini said it would go mobile in March 2013. The platform connects iTriage, the...
By Brian Dolan August 7, 2009
David Kirchhoff, Weight Watchers' president and CEO announced yesterday that Weight Watchers will soon submit an iPhone application to Apple in an effort to provide "convenience and information on demand to further [members'] weight-loss success and to further modernize the Weight Watchers' brand." Weight Watchers is one of the most recognizable brands in the consumer health industry, but do they...

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