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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 www.healthkit.com 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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crApple deserves it
By Nyanyanya on 6/4/2014 2:08:10 PM , Rating: 1
I think it's retarded to copyright such a term.. Healthkit (well I think the same for the entire copyright bullshit going on in general), but in this case I think they deserve anything coming at them, they are the most evil criminal business in the tech industry.




RE: crApple deserves it
By retrospooty on 6/4/2014 2:18:33 PM , Rating: 2
OK, but lets retire "crApple" as an insult to Apple...

" Ape -ell" better describes how they shamelessly steal ideas from other companies and pitch them to the dull masses as if they invented them.


RE: crApple deserves it
By Wazza1234 on 6/4/14, Rating: -1
RE: crApple deserves it
By retrospooty on 6/4/2014 3:58:45 PM , Rating: 2
Right, says the guy on his 3rd account after the 1st 2 were banned for being a pathetic trolling angry fanboy. Sorry Testerguy, no-one cares what you think. You can shove your angry little opinion right up the wazoo.


RE: crApple deserves it
By elmikethemike on 6/4/14, Rating: -1
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. http://www.dailytech.com/Apple+Samsung+Once+Again+...

Then last week, Apple back to its crap.
http://www.dailytech.com/Apple+Seeks+Ban+on+9+Sams...


RE: crApple deserves it
By Monkey's Uncle on 6/4/2014 2:45:09 PM , Rating: 3
HealthKit is a company name. So you think apple would not be all over anybody that uses their trademarked name "Apple" for their products like flies on poo?


RE: crApple deserves it
By Nyanyanya on 6/4/14, Rating: 0
RE: crApple deserves it
By Murloc on 6/4/2014 4:00:44 PM , Rating: 2
copyright is not very related to the tech industry.
Patents are.
And saying they're crippling is wrong because if there was no IP protections, companies would just never release the information and this would stifle development big time.
Also ARM would not exist without IP.
What counts as IP should be reviewed, especially in the US where you can patent already existing stuff such as genes, and you can also patent software.


RE: crApple deserves it
By tonyswash on 6/4/2014 4:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
they are the most evil criminal business in the tech industry.


What drugs do you take and my advice is to try to avoid them in future.

Get a grip.

You may not like Apple products or their business strategy but Evi'? Criminal? All Apple does is make an unusually limited range of products that are unusually carefully crafted and are unusually vertically integrated. I think your linguistic, histrionic and overwrought response to Apple is a result of a company, whose products and business strategy you obviously don't like, being such a gigantic, and from your limited point of view probably inexplicable, success.

The constant use of hysterical hyperbole just degrades the language, undermines reasoned discussion and reduces your own intelligence because it precludes you from thinking in a conceptually complex way.

The issue over the HealthKit moniker is an utterly trivial storm in a tea cup and will blow over and be forgotten within weeks. Apple has over a $150 billion in the bank, connect the dots. Don't waste anymore of your precious, and I suspect limited, brain power fretting about this topic.

Apple has been naming structural blocks of it's SDK and API system with the suffix of 'kit' for a long time now. Are you surprised that a new Health related element is labelled 'HealthKit'?


RE: crApple deserves it
By retrospooty on 6/4/2014 4:32:34 PM , Rating: 2
"What drugs do you take and my advice is to try to avoid them in future."

Even I agree with that. "evil" and "criminal" aren't good words to describe Apple as a company. "Pompous" and "hypocritical" are far more accurate. ;)


RE: crApple deserves it
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/4/2014 9:04:24 PM , Rating: 2
Narcissistic as well.


RE: crApple deserves it
By ven1ger on 6/5/2014 4:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
I go at least with criminal. Apple has been found guilty of collusion to pricefixing which is a criminal act. And Tony didn't disagree that Apple was guilty of a criminal act.


RE: crApple deserves it
By Nyanyanya on 6/4/2014 5:04:38 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
and from your limited point of view probably inexplicable, success.


when "success" comes from IP theft, law and patent staff bribing including economical ties to the company from said staff, harassment and destruction of other technology businesses through unlawful tactics and extortion, leading legit companies into bankruptcy and all the issues involved, yeah, I think they are downright criminals.


RE: crApple deserves it
By tonyswash on 6/5/2014 4:46:01 AM , Rating: 2
OK - I will treat you comment as if it was something other than raving nonsense.

You make a series of bold claims so lets see some evidence:

quote:
IP theft


Evidence?

quote:
law and patent staff bribing


Evidence?

quote:
destruction of other technology businesses through unlawful tactics


Evidence?

quote:
extortion, leading legit companies into bankruptcy


Evidence?

Without some evidence I will be forced to conclude that you just made up all those claims to make Apple sound bad.


RE: crApple deserves it
By croc on 6/4/2014 8:29:37 PM , Rating: 2
"The issue over the HealthKit moniker is an utterly trivial storm in a tea cup..."

Kind of like when Apple sued Woolworth's over their new logo...


RE: crApple deserves it
By tonyswash on 6/5/2014 4:38:45 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Kind of like when Apple sued Woolworth's over their new lo


Exactly. Of what import was that episode? None. It came and went and nothing of import in the real world has changed. Worrying about such stuff, unless you are paid to do so, is a waste of time.


RE: crApple deserves it
By nikon133 on 6/4/2014 5:07:20 PM , Rating: 2
In line with AppStore, I'd say.


This has happened before
By Solandri on 6/4/2014 3:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
Apple announced the iPhone while they were still in negotiations with Cisco over the rights to the name. (Cisco had started a VoIP phone about 10 years prior which they named the iPhone). Both sides came to an amicable agreement a month later, although in retrospect it would appear Cisco got the short end of the stick.




RE: This has happened before
By Azethoth on 6/8/2014 2:59:35 PM , Rating: 2
Also, they code named something Sagan and then a butt headed astronomer made them change the code name to BHA.

I do not see how the name of an API would conflict with their Health Kit stuff.


I read it as Heathkit (without the L)
By NaperJ on 6/4/2014 7:28:29 PM , Rating: 2
Both of them could easily be confused with Heathkit, which is making a comeback attempt.




By DT_Reader on 6/5/2014 10:55:43 AM , Rating: 2
Me, too. At first I was all excited that I'd have a chance at building my own iPhone. Alas, that joy remains the exclusive domain of Chinese slave labor.


By BZDTemp on 6/4/2014 3:26:05 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty lame by Apple to mess up like that, but it does happen.

Not long ago Microsoft renamed their SkyDrive due to complaints from Sky, which is a media company, and they choose to rename it OneDrive. Only OneDrive is even worse as there is an Internet hosting company named One and in fact said company even offer a Cloud thing.




Picked up +50 Health Kit
By Zak on 6/6/2014 1:33:38 PM , Rating: 2
Games had Health Kits for a while...




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