Media & Technology: Apps & Software
Why Investment in Connected Cardio Equipment Makes Sense
by Andy Berg December 2018
"There isn't a ton of pitch," says Tom Boyle, vice president and general manager at Life Fitness, when asked how he talks to customers about upgrading their cardio equipment. "Most people understand that this is just the world that we're living in, and then for us it's really understanding, 'What are your pain points? What do you need?' "
Fitness Apps Pulled for Running Scams
by Jason Scott December 2018
As fitness enthusiasts continue to incorporate tech and apps into their routines, the marketplace for things like heart rate monitors, step trackers and apps has grown exponentially. An unfortunate side effect of that growth, however, are the scams that come with it.
Counterfeiting Leads Ohio State to Nix Printable Tickets
by Paul Steinbach November 2018
After taking steps to warn fans of the potential for fraudulent online ticket sales, Ohio State University has resorted to suspending its print-at-home ticketing program ahead of the winter sports season.
Four days before the Buckeyes' home football game against rival Michigan on Nov. 24, OSU's department of athletics issued a press release warning fans about fraudulent sales, particularly in the form of PDF-style printable tickets. It listed authorized sellers as Ticketmaster, the Ohio State ticket office and the Ohio State ticket exchange. An email to fans during the week leading up to the game encouraged fans to cover ticket barcodes when posting photos of them on social media. Social media is another channel used by the athletic department to reach fans prior to the start of the football season and before big games.
Still, some 300 individuals arrived at the turnstiles Nov. 24 with tickets that weren't legitimate. In some cases, the bar code was scanned and rejected. In others, the barcode worked but the seat assignment had been manipulated to scam buyers into thinking they would be sitting in seats worthy of higher pricing. Such tickets could come from such unauthorized sources as StubHub, eBay and Craig's List. "Tickets that are printed in a PDF format, printed on a home computer, those are very easy to manipulate," associate athletic director Brett Scarborough told The Lantern student newspaper. "Fans that don’t have a trained eye can easily get duped."
The often emotional confrontations that result from fans being turned away have factored into Ohio State's decision to simply scrap the whole concept.
"A step we’ve taken moving forward is we’re eliminating the option to print tickets to PDF, which is where industrywide a lot of the counterfeit tickets are being seen," Kate Nushart, director of ticket operations and analytics at Ohio State, told The Lantern. "What we’re doing moving forward is allowing customers to either use traditional, hard tickets that we would print or that Ticketmaster would print, or their mobile phone for entry."
Meditation App Puts Clemson in Right Headspace
by Grace Raynor November 2018
Amari Rodgers' cellphone only had 7 percent battery power remaining, just enough juice to scroll through the pages of his home screen and locate his new favorite app. The one he's been using on a nightly basis for several weeks. Clemson's wide receiver and punt returner had been trying to verbalize just how Headspace, a worldwide application that guides users through self meditation, works to help calm him down before bedtime. But after a few minutes of trying to explain it, Rodgers decided a visual show and tell might be a little more enlightening. So he went straight to the source.
New Tech Adds to Baseball's Paranoid Culture
by Noah Trister October 2018
Stealing signs is as much a part of baseball tradition as stealing bases, but the technology available now could open a whole new frontier of competitive sleuthing.
Customer Records Exposed by Gym Service Data Breach
by Courtney Cameron October 2018
Customer records have been compromised in a recent data breach at Mindbody. The popular gym and wellness scheduling service’s recently acquired fitness tracking company FitMetrix inadvertently exposed more than 113 million user records because its servers were not password-protected.
TeamSnap Saves Time Coaches Can't Afford to Lose (Sponsored)
by AB Editors September 2018
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The Key To Comprehensive Facility Management Software? Customer Service (Sponsored)
by EZFacility July 2018
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For most businesses that employ a comprehensive facility management software solution, it’s impossible to imagine day-to-day operations without it. And these days, it’s almost impossible to imagine a wellness business that doesn’t use a software solution.
Incorporating Streaming Video in the Health Club
by Jason Scott July 2018
One might consider "streaming video" to be the rallying cry of couch potatoes, but the fact is, streaming video isn't just revolutionizing the entertainment world — it's shaking up the fitness industry, as well.
Fitness App Data Could Expose National Security Info
by Jason Scott July 2018
A popular fitness app has suspended a feature that maps user activity after a joint investigation by Dutch news websites De Correspondent and Bellingcat revealed an alarming amount of sensitive data on users.