Apple’s fitness guru hits the road for tour of Asia and Australia

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Jay Blahnik, Apple's Director of Fitness and Health Technologies
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Apple Watch could become one of the most important devices you can shackle yourself to, so to amp up the Apple faithful into more heatlh-focused nerds, Apple has sent fitness guru Jay Blahnik on a special events tour in Australia, China and Japan.

Blahnik is touring the areas to talking to some of the biggest personal trainers about the intersection between fitness and technology. At the Apple Store in Sydney, Australian personal trainer Michelle Bridges sat down for an interview with Blahnik to talk about some of things she’s learned from filming the Australian version of The Biggest Loser.

You can watch part of their interview below:

IBM’s Jeopardy!-winning A.I. will revolutionize Apple health data

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A lot has changed since Steve Jobs flipped off IBM 30 years ago. Photo: Andy Hertzfield
A lot has changed since Steve Jobs flipped off IBM 30 years ago. Photo: Andy Hertzfeld

IBM has announced a new alliance with Apple (among other companies) to utilize its acclaimed Watson artificial intelligence system to provide personalized insights regarding health data.

For those who don’t remember, Watson was the IBM A.I. which famously defeated two former winners on the gameshow Jeopardy! in 2011 to receive the first place prize of $1 million.

By linking up with Watson, Apple not only solidifies its existing relationship with IBM, but also gains a very powerful ally in its quest to revolutionize the way we think about mobile health with the Apple Watch and iOS 8 Health app.

iPhone tracks fitness levels better than wearables

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This is your next personal trainer. Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web
Your next personal trainer? Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web

One of the big selling points of wearable devices is that they will be able to help us keep track of various fitness metrics.

However, a new report claims smartphones are just as good (if not slightly better) at tracking physical activity as the most popular wearables on the market.

Tiny wearable could keep your kids from getting brain damage

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Concussion headware. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of  Mac
Wearables are now taking on concussions. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
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LAS VEGAS — Football in America is under attack after the revelation that concussions cause serious brain damage rocked the NFL. Youth participation has plummeted in the last two years but the folks at Linx have a new solution that will help parents keep track of when their kids are getting pounded too hard on the field.

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The Linx IAS sports monitor is a tiny Bluetooth sensor athletes can wear in a skull cap or headband to keep track of every impact on the field, no matter if they’re playing football, lacrosse, soccer, hockey or pretty much any other contact sport.

FTC presses Apple on protections for HealthKit data

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Apple's reputation as a mobile health company is growing. Photo: Apple
FTC wants to know who sees your Health data Photo: Apple

Apple’s HealthKit app for iOS 8 is great at capturing and storing personal health data from tons of sources, but according to a Reuters report, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants to know what it plans to do with all of it.

The FTC has reportedly met with from, seeking assurances that sensitive health data scooped up by the Apple Watch and other apps won’t be used without users’ permissions.