Opinion – After 2,162 Consecutive Days of Logging, I’m Leaving MyFitnessPal for Lose It!

My Day in Lose It!

As of this morning, I have logged at least one meal into MyFitnessPal every day for 2,162 days straight. That is 5 years and 9 months if you are keeping score. It is an app that has been a key part of me losing nearly 100 pounds over the past decade and an app that … Read moreOpinion – After 2,162 Consecutive Days of Logging, I’m Leaving MyFitnessPal for Lose It!

Withings Announces The Pulse HR Fitness Tracker for $129

Withings Pulse HR Fitness Tracker

After relaunching two months ago, Withings has announced their latest fitness tracker, the Pulse HR.  Reviving the design of the original Withings Pulse, the company’s first tracker from 2013, the new HR model has a PPG heart rate sensor that measures your pulse in 10-minute intervals and continual heart rate measurements during workouts.  All of this is then sync’d to the well designed Health Mate app.

The new Pulse HR can be pre-ordered starting today and is priced at $129.95.  You can place your order on the Withings site but it won’t be available for another 3-4 weeks.

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Veterans Day Challenge Goes Live in Apple Activity App

Veterans Day Challenge in Apple Activity

Apple has flipped the switch on the new Veterans Day Challenge in the Apple Activity App.  The new challenge gives a limited edition award for those who complete 11 minutes of exercise on Sunday, November 11, 2018.  That exercise can be done through the Workout app or another app that adds workouts to the Apple Health app.

Veterans Day is a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11) to honor US veterans and victims of all wars.  It was first enacted in 1954.

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LabCorp Enables Health Records Integration on iPhone

Apple Health on iPhone

LabCorp, one of the leading medical science companies in the US, has announced that they now fully support Health Records in the Health app on the iPhone.  The integration requires that patients have a LabCorp account and give permission for the LabCorp Patient app to write information to the Health app.

LabCorp test results are viewable in the Apple® Health app for LabCorp patients who have a LabCorp Patient™ account and enable integration with the Health Records app. In addition to their LabCorp test results, patients will have information from participating healthcare institutions organized into one view, covering allergies, medical conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals. Patients will receive notifications when their data is updated. Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.

If you have ever had any blood or other lab work done by your doctor or hospital, it is highly likely that you have had work from LabCorp done.  Now, instead of having to go to their site or depend on your doctor to provide you the results, you can get them right within the Health app a few days after they are completed.

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ECG for Apple Watch Series 4 Still MIA in WatchOS 5.1 Beta 3

Apple Watch Series 4

The latest beta for WatchOS 5.1 has been released to testers and unfortunately, there is no sign of the new ECG app in the release.  The beta, which is only available to developers and is not part of the public Apple Beta Program, is aimed to bring a number of fixes and improvements to the latest Apple Watch as well as supported previous versions.

The Electrocardiogram, or ECG (sometimes referred to as EKG), was a huge point emphasized at the Apple event in September where the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced.  At the time, Apple only said the feature would be coming to the Series 4 later this year.  The assumption has been that WatchOS 5.1 would be the build were it was released.  That, at least for now, doesn’t appear to be the case.

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Cardiogram App Now Offers $1000 Accidental Death Life Insurance Policy for Free

Cardiogram for iPhone

The app Cardiogram has teamed up with Greenhouse Life Insurance Company and Amica Life to offer up to a $1000 accidental death insurance policy for Apple Watch owners.  The agreement, which starts today, is available in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

For those who may not be familiar with Cardiogram, it gives you detailed information about heart rates and cardio information beyond the basic information that your Apple Watch gives to you.

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Low Heart Rate Monitoring Not Exclusive to The Apple Watch Series 4

Low Heart Rate Warning on Apple Watch

When the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced last week, three new heart monitoring features were discussed:  Low heart rate monitoring, detection of AFib, and the new ECG feature.  At the time, Apple gave the impression that these features would be on the Series 4 only but, as it turns out, at least one of them is available for previous series too.

If you open up the Heart app on your Apple Watch, you will now see the option to enable and detect low heart rate.  I can confirm that it is available on the Series 3 (see the screenshot after the break) and a friend confirmed that on her Series 2 she has the option.  That means, at least when it comes to this new heart monitoring feature, it is a WatchOS 5 feature, not device specific.

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iOS 12 Upgrade Accidentally Removes Some Apple Watch Activity Badges

Improvements to Awards in the Apple Watch app

An early bug has been found in iOS 12 that is impacting some Apple Watch users.  The bug specifically removes some activity challenge badges from the Apple Watch app, badges that are earned for specific events or on specific days.

The good news is that Apple Support has acknowledged the issue and has indicated an update is coming in a future release of iOS 12. That could potentially be iOS 12.1 which went into beta yesterday.

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Withings Returns With The Steel HR Sport Hybrid Watch With 25 Days of Battery Life

Withings Steel HR Sport

After being relatively quiet over the past two years after their acquisition by Nokia, Withings has returned and returned with a strong wearables offering.  The new Steel HR Sport hybrid watch gives you continual heart rate monitoring, ties into the Withings app (formerly Nokia Health) to give you GPS mapping of your workouts, and has a stunning 25 days of battery life.  All of this in a package that is $199, substantially less than an Apple Watch Series 3 or the new Series 4.

The new Steel HR Sport is loaded with features and has the ability to measure your VO2, a measurement of your cardiovascular fitness, when running.  It also can go up to 50m down in water so you can wear it all the time, no matter what activity you are doing or your exercise routine.

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Apple Watch Series 4 Expected to Have Electrocardiogram Functionality

Screenshot of an Apple Watch

With the Apple Event just a little over 24 hours away, leaks about what we can expect to see continue to happen.  The latest comes from well respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has indicated that the new Apple Watch Series 4 will come with a ceramic back and will support Electrocardiogram sensors.

For those who may not be familiar, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a diagnostic tool that is routinely used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart.  Normally this requires anywhere from 3 to 10 sensors on the body so it is unclear how exactly Apple will build this into the Apple Watch.  If it is true, we will find out tomorrow how they did it.

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