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iOS Healthbook details leak for tipped iOS 8 launch

iOS Healthbook details leak for tipped iOS 8 launch

There’s a new ecosystem within iOS being rumored this season which includes a health-centered aim for the next generation of iPhones. While this "Healthbook" will work with the iPhone 5s as well, the big dish will be inside iOS 8 for the next generation. These details come from 9to5Mac where Mark Gurman appears to have the full run-down. This update will likely be appearing before the end of 2014.

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LabStyle Dario glucose tester plugs into your iPhone

LabStyle Dario glucose tester plugs into your iPhone

A blood glucose meter for diabetics that plugs into a smartphone, the LabStyle Dario, is the latest peripheral to tackle mHealth, promising easier management of the condition. Launching in New Zealand, Italy, Australia and the UK, before broader global sales begin, Dario consists of a cartridge system of testing strips that then plugs into a smartphone's headphone jack to sync with the companion app.

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Obama’s “Between 2 Ferns” now #1 referral to HealthCare.gov

Obama’s “Between 2 Ferns” now #1 referral to HealthCare.gov

There’s an online-only interview show by the name of Between 2 Ferns out there in the wild, and President Barack Obama has just appeared on it. This show began as a comedy skit with comedian Zach Galifinakis with the comedy website Funny or Die, hosting such celebrities as Bradley Cooper, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jon Hamm, this show has been an exercise in the awkward side of giggles. With Barack Obama, believe it or not, the formula hasn’t changed a bit.

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Jawbone UP24 for Android released

Jawbone UP24 for Android released

Jawbone has released the much-requested UP app for the UP24 fitness tracker, with version 3.0 of the software finally adding support for the Bluetooth wearable. Fresh to the Google Play store today, the new app allows the UP24 to communicate wirelessly and deliver real-time feedback on steps, calorific burn, sleep, and other metrics, features that iOS users have been enjoying since the UP24 was first released back in November.

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Smart pills near launch as Proteus inks production plans

Smart pills near launch as Proteus inks production plans

Digital pills pinging wireless signals from inside your body and powered by stomach acid are another step closer to the pharmacy, with manufacturer Proteus set to open a production facility in the UK to make the tech-meds. Proteus' digital medicines - shown off as "smart pills" by former-Motorola skunkworks lead and now Google Advanced Technology and Products Group chief Regina Duggan last year - will go into trials with various health organizations around the UK.

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Samsung S-Circle fitness band hits FCC

Samsung S-Circle fitness band hits FCC

Samsung's next wearable, the S-Circle, has been spotted crossing the FCC, a new activity tracker that seems likely to lack the curved AMOLED of the Gear Fit in favor of a more simplistic form-factor. Hooking up via Bluetooth LE - presumably to the Galaxy S5 - the S-Circle is yet to be officially announced by Samsung, but will most probably fit into the gap once occupied by the S Band shown here.

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Jawbone UP 3.1 app puts sleep in its sights

Jawbone UP 3.1 app puts sleep in its sights

Jawbone has released UP 3.1, the latest version of its companion app for the UP and UP24 fitness-tracking wristbands, with the promise of more tailored health insights, better sleep tracking, and silent alarms. The new app puts specific emphasis on what Jawbone describes as "Sound Sleep": the best quality, deep sleep phase that people slip into when they're not tossing and turning in bed.

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Jawbone talks context in bid to rule wearables: SlashGear Interview

Jawbone talks context in bid to rule wearables: SlashGear Interview

"Data is nice, but understanding is better" Jawbone health platform product manager Andrew Rosenthal tells us, snapping his black UP24 around his wrist. You can't accuse the former MIT hacker of lacking confidence about either his employer or its product, the wildly successful UP range of fitness trackers now among the best-known wearables on the market. Nor can you doubt his enthusiasm for that data's potential to amount to far more than a tally of your steps. "Tracking is the data, and that's really important to get right, but that's table stakes at this point and we've spent the past two and a half years getting that right" Rosenthal points out. "The reason Jawbone's going to win in this space, the differentiator in the market, is going to be the ability of companies to make sense of the data, to put it in context, and then to help their users actually act on it, and change their behavior."

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Jawbone UP Coffee quantifies your caffeine addiction

Jawbone UP Coffee quantifies your caffeine addiction

For some its an addiction; for others it's a treat; and for the unlucky it's a shortcut to insomnia. Caffeine fuels many of us, and it's the subject of Jawbone's latest health tracking app, UP Coffee, the first fruits of the new Jawbone Apps Lab. The free app - which is available to iOS users, and doesn't require an UP or UP24 band to use - logs your daily intake of coffee, tea, Coke, and other beverages, and gives you health insights ranging from an at-a-glance gage as to whether you're wired or ready for bed.

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