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However, Apple's HealthKit is not an actual product name, and is simply an API

Apple was long rumored to be developing a health-centric platform for iOS 8 that would allow iPhone users to closely monitor personal health and fitness data. Before the official announcement at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, CA, the name for the service was widely reported to be Healthbook.
But when the official announcement was made, we learned that the app itself is simply called Health, while the API is called HealthKit. According to Apple:
HealthKit allows apps that provide health and fitness services to share their data with the new Health app and with each other. A user’s health information is stored in a centralized and secure location and the user decides which data should be shared with your app.
Now it appears that at least one company would like to have a few words with Apple over the name HealthKit. HealthKit is actually the name of an Australian startup that specializes in “[Bringing] together practitioners, patients and people everywhere to make health efficient, effective and accessible all over the world.”

Patients are able to use the HealthKit software to streamline administrative tasks while patients can use it to track and manage your health online as well as share your medical records with practitioners.
A HealthKit exec took to the company’s blog to vent about Apple’s apparent lack of research to see if the HealthKit name had already been used. “Someone had emailed me to ask whether Apple stomped all over your name or did we do a secret deal with them,” said the exec in the blog posting.

The exec goes on to state:
HealthKit is already in use, by us! Even the way they write it is the same as us. I'm flattered that they like our name so much and that it's a ringing endorsement for our market opportunity (which we already knew). However, as an Apple fan, I feel let down. They didn't feel that they had to do a quick domain search - it would have taken 5 seconds to type into their browser and discover us.
It should be noted that Apple's HealthKit is simpy the name of the API and is not a front-facing product name that will be seen by consumers -- that's the actual Health app. So we don't know how much of a fight that HealthKit the company can put up against Apple.

Sources: MarketWatch, HealthKit

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RE: crApple deserves it
By elmikethemike on 6/4/2014 5:07:53 PM , Rating: -1
No one cares what you claim either. Opinions can be wrong, and yours unequivocally is.

RE: crApple deserves it
By retrospooty on 6/4/2014 5:21:24 PM , Rating: 3
If it were merely my opinion I would agree, but there are a ton of examples of Apple copying tech from others and suing when they are copied themselves. That isn't my opinion in any way, that is how Apple operates and always has. They do innovate too, but copying is a regular part of it.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Apple must really admire Android with all they copy from it lately.

RE: crApple deserves it
By tonyswash on 6/4/14, Rating: -1
RE: crApple deserves it
By retrospooty on 6/4/2014 6:56:45 PM , Rating: 1
"I do however think, as they article points out, that there is such a thing as bad copying. Hard to define but I know it when I see it."

I suppose I don't need to read further than that line. Let me go out on a limb and guess that when Apple copies its the good kind, and when Apples competitors copy its the bad kind right? - No surprises there ;)

"I think the smart phone legal wars have almost run their course and the whole global smart phone related legal bandwagon will begin to slowly fade away over the next few years."

I'll drink to that. I really hope so, but not holding my breath.

A few weeks back it looked promising.

Then last week, Apple back to its crap.

"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings

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