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Striiv Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 19th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GAMIFYING WALKING
Striiv is a pedometer app that adds challenges and gaming elements to the process of walking regularly.
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SOS Info Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 23rd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: POTENTIALLY LIFESAVING
The broken English is less than ideal but SOS info is a potentially very valuable app if you ever get in trouble.
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How My Body Works Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 12th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: INTERESTING BUT FLAWED
How My Body Works does exactly what the name suggests and in an interesting manner but its pricing structure and slow loading is off-putting.
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New App: MyAutismTeam Mobile

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on August 15th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

MyAutismTeam’s new mobile app provides parents of children on the autism spectrum the ability to connect and stay in touch with other parents just like them. The Facebook-meets-Yelp resource for parents allows for the sharing of posts, local provider referrals and tips, as well as the ability to ask questions to the community and post pictures, all while on-the-go so they are connected to the community whenever they need to be.

Cardiio: Accurate Heart Rate Monitoring And The Science Behind It

Posted by Jennifer Allen on August 15th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Take a look at your iPhone's camera. It doesn't look that special, does it? Sure, it's great for taking snapshots and documenting your life, but you'd never expect it to keep you healthy, would you?

Thanks to the hard working folks at MIT, that perception should change with the release of Cardiio.

The app turns an iPhone into an accurate, touch-free heart rate monitor and it actually works. Using the phone's front camera, it analyzes the amount of light reflected off your face then measures the pulse from that. It sounds a little like magic but there's some clever science behind it.

Every time your heart beats, more blood is pumped into your face which means more light is absorbed and less is reflected away. The app figures things out from that and accurately. It's as simple as that.

Not convinced? We checked in with Ming-Zher Poh who has been working on the technology since 2009. Ming-Zher started work on contact-free heart rate sensing technology during his Ph.D at MIT. After completing his research and gaining his Ph.D, he decided it'd be a great idea to translate that to the iOS market and help people along the way.

Since January, Ming-Zher and digital health startup incubator Rock Health, have been hard at work on refining the technology and producing a fantastically useful app. Cardiio is the result of that hard work.

The app is immensely user-friendly, with it possible to check your heart rate at any time (providing you're in a well lit area). A daily dashboard and weekly and monthly summaries ensure you'll always know your heart rate. Cardiio also reports on how that correlates to your fitness level and, slightly unnervingly, suggests a potential life expectancy based on such figures. Even better, it's so unobtrusive, unlike many other heart rate monitors.

It's all too easy to want to bury your head in the sand or simply not consider how something as crucial as your heart is performing. Ming-Zher Poh's research has gone a huge way to ensuring this doesn't happen, all for the price of $4.99.

The app is out now. If you want to read more on the research conducted and the science behind it all, check out MIT News Office and Ming-Zher Poh's page at the Institute.

HealthTap Gives People Valuable Medical Advice Directly From Doctors, Available Anywhere

Posted by Carter Dotson on July 4th, 2012

HealthTap has a new app that is trying to bring together doctors and those who need medical advice in a new, convenient way. Users can message doctors directly with HealthTap, seeing which doctors are available live to talk about health issues right at that moment. It is possible to talk to them privately, is HIPAA-secure, and supports the ability to share photos and documents with the doctor. Making appointments directly from within the app is possible, and users can view and share their private health records digitally with doctors. HealthTap claims that over 12,000 doctors are available with its service. As well, there’s a directory of over one million doctors available, with a DocScore available for many doctors, showing their effectiveness based on peer review and other publicly-available data.

While many of these features do cost money, HealthTap claims that they often cost less than a co-pay, saving users money and doctors time in solving health issues that may not require full appointments. HealthTap is available for iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, Android, and via the web.

This Week at 148Apps: June 18-22

Posted by Chris Kirby on June 24th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

This week at 148Apps.com, we indulged in a little healthy living with our review of the iHealth Blood Pressure Dock. Site editor Rob LeFebvre writes, "The iHealth Blood Pressure Dock is a fantastic piece of tech that will allow anyone, regardless of experience, ability, or consciousness to have their blood pressure taken and monitored over time.

The free app that works alongside the actual blood pressure dock and arm cuff is simple, easy to use, and can be set up with multiple users. This allows families to keep track of more than one family member who might want or need to do so.

While high blood pressure is no laughing matter and should be monitored by a doctor or licensed health care provider, the iHealth blood pressure dock is ideal for tracking blood pressure in between doctor visits."

Want to know more? Read our full review at 148Apps.com.

Meanwhile, at GiggleApps.com, writer Amy Solomon took a trip to learn about polar bears via her review of the Smithsonian's Polar Bear Horizon. She writes, "Polar Bear Horizon – Smithsonian Oceanic Collection is an interactive application based on the book of the same name and now part of a series of Smithsonian applications developed by Oceanhouse Media. Like other apps by Oceanhouse Media, this application includes the choice to listen to narration allowing readers to follow along the included text which becomes highlighted when words are spoken, or to read this book to oneself. Auto-play is also an option."

Read Amy's full review at GiggleApps.

Finally, 148Apps.biz founder Jeff Scott announced the return of MobileBeat to San Francisco, saying "I think of MobileBeat as the business of mobile conference. The conference is about making connections with the business side of the mobile industry. This year the focus of MobileBeat is on something we see ignored all too often, design."

Read more about the upcoming MobileBeat conference on 148Apps.biz.

Another week has passed, but there's still plenty more where that came from. Join us on Twitter and Facebook to track the latest developments, and maybe even score a few free apps along the way. Until next week, stay Brave!

iHealth Blood Pressure Dock Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob LeFebvre on June 22nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: OFF THE CUFF
iHealth Blood Pressure Dock is a well designed hardware accessory for iPad or iPhone/iPod touch that allows users to measure and track their blood pressure at home.
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Track Blood Glucose Level Changes Easily With Glooko's Products

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 18th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Technology continues to amaze and impress with how it can improve people's lives. A perfect example is that of Glooko and its mobile health services. The company offers a way for diabetes sufferers to monitor their disease through the use of an iPhone logbook app.

The app and accompanying cable based hardware is FDA compliant and automatically syncs with the user's blood glucose meter. Users can then track their readings easily with the information simple to inform healthcare professionals, either in person or via an email based PDF summary.

The app offers further functionality with the ability to add meal tags and notes to readings, giving users a convenient way of checking out exactly what is influencing their blood sugar levels and how. There's even a food database that stores nutritional information for all the user's favorite food.

Ultimately though, the true benefit stems from the ability to track everything on the move and without having to worry about where else to store such information. After all, iPhone users tend to have their iPhone on them at all times, right?

The app is compatible with many popular blood glucose meters so should prove useful to plenty of diabetes sufferers.

The Glooko Logbook app is available now.

Professional Exercise Workout Videos From FitPlay

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar ::
Download workout videos according to your needs.
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Quit Smoking For Good With The Help Of Kwit

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 30th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

World No Tobacco Day takes place on May 31st. Thanks to this, many people will be attempting to give up smoking in order to enjoy healthier and cheaper lives. Giving up smoking is far from an easy thing to do, however, which is where new app Kwit features.

The app adds gamification elements to the process of quitting smoking in order to motivate its users to continue avoiding their addictive habit.

In all, there are 60 achievements to unlock as well as a form of levelling up system. Health, wellbeing, finances, free time and the amount of cigerettes smoked are all taken into account in order to devise the current level for the user with the level supplying useful information about what this means for the ex-smoker. There's also a timer function that informs them just how long they've given up for, right down to the second!

Motivation and determination is a big part of kicking the habit and Kwit should go a long way to keeping people away from smoking for good.

It's out now and it's currently free to download.

Pushing Weight Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 11th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: IDEAL MOTIVATION
Track workouts simply and cleanly.
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Connect to Fellow Dieters with Diet & Weight Loss Buddies

Posted by Jordan Minor on March 22nd, 2012

Anyone can start a diet, but sticking to it is a different story. Between watching what one eats, doing scheduled weigh ins and generally making sure that they are staying on track, a diet can be a hard thing to maintain. To make getting in shape a little easier, as well as prove that the internet can be used for more than just lazy web browsing, Body Chef has released Diet and Weight Loss Buddies.

The app calls itself "the world's first social network app for people who want to lose weight and feel great." Through the app, users can put in their personal diet information and schedule reminders to make sure they stay on the wagon. They can also look up new diets and strategies online by connecting with fellow dieters around the world. It has everything dieters need: information, encouragement, and support from others.

Diet and Weight Loss Buddies is available now on the App Store for free. It can help make up for that lost time spent sitting down, playing with an iPhone.

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Don't Forget! Contraception Reminders From MyPill

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 14th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Given that it's free, women in need of tracking their birth control medication may as well skip ahead and get downloading myPill™ - Birth Control Reminder immediately.

As the name suggests, myPill™ - Birth Control Reminder is an easy to use app that reminds women of when to take their next birth control pill. That's useful enough in itself but the app goes one step further. Easily set up, myPill™ - Birth Control Reminder can help women plan their schedule up to six months in advance at the swipe of a finger. This means that the user can track exactly when to expect their periods so they can plan their life and any big plans accordingly.

A built in notes facility ensures that users with any concerns can track any unusual changes in their cycle, ready to inform their doctor or gynecologist at a later appointment. Other events such as missed pills can also be easily tracked.

Even SMS and e-mail reminders can be configured for those who don't just want to be reminded by their iOS device.

myPill™ - Birth Control Reminder is an Universal app and available now.

This Week at 148Apps, January 30-February 3

Posted by Chris Kirby on February 5th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

This week at 148Apps.com we closed out the month of January, and thus our month of focusing on health-related apps, with a special article on iOS and special needs by Lisa Caplan. She writes, "In keeping with January’s health & fitness theme I’m taking a stab at some self-disclosure. I have a spinal cord injury with a host of related 14-karat diagnoses. I don’t use apps for the disabled, though, like those to help remind me to take my meds, find handicapped parking, get medical information or find online support communities. I don’t think anything on my iPad – including pictures – would hint that I have “special needs.” Nonetheless, iOS devices and apps have improved my health, both physical and mental."

Read all of Lisa's commentary at 148Apps.com.

Amy Solomon at GiggleApps.com reviewed Thumbnail Theater: Macbeth this week, and she had some very positive things to say about it: "Thumbnail Theater: Macbeth is an app that I greatly enjoyed, both on its own merits and also because apps for older children are not as common as I would like in iTunes. I highly recommend this app to any student who is reading Shakespeare as well as to adults who would like to know more about this time period in general."

Read more about this iOS adaptation of the "Scottish Play" at GiggleApps.com.

Finally, 148Apps.biz site editor Rob LeFebvre reported on recent trends in app costs. He writes, "Fiksu, Inc. released their latest report today on the mobile app economy, and found all time highs for marketing costs as well as iOS downloads in December. They attribute this data to advertising bidding wars to lock in top rankings before the App Store froze during the 3 day holiday."

Read the full report at 148Apps.biz.

That's another week down for the record books. Thanks for reading, and remember that you can keep track of all the latest reviews, news and contests by following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook. See you next time!