This week, we’re celebrating the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil with hashflags and digging into the latest fitness app stats. Plus, we get a peek at how wearables could move into the office. Get all the details in this week’s edition of the Weekend Reading.
We’re cheering “Gooooooal” and there’s not a vuvuzela in sight. But there is one familiar bit of tech returning for the World Cup: Twitter has brought back the hashflags feature from the 2010 event. You can cheer on the country of your choice by entering a # followed by the three-letter country code, like host #BRA.
Whether we’re tracking our activity with wearables, downloading apps to improve our mileage or simply researching the latest news, Canadians are tops (and Russians last) when it comes to cruising health-related websites and apps. The Opera Mediaworks study ranked 10 countries on their use of more than 400 sites and apps, plus surveyed more than 2,000 people, to analyze health and fitness habits.
The research also found that fitness conscious consumers carry their smartphones while exercising, mostly so they can listen to music, while men aged 25 to 34 are the heaviest users of mobile health and fitness apps.
How to you track your health and fitness?
We’re all familiar with fitness and sleep tracking bands, but now they’re starting to make their way into the office. This week, Salesforce introduced a set of code libraries to help build apps that connect their employee collaboration tools with wearables. Called Salesforce Wear, it can provide simple notifications, but Readwrite.com also mulls opportunities for automatically scheduled activity breaks or walking meetings. Wired, meanwhile, shared some of the example apps, including a gesture-based app that lets surgeons pull up patient records and a feature that provides photos with contacts so you can put faces to names during meetings.
How would a wearable help you on the job?