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Withings Activité Steel unveiled as stainless steel fitness tracker

11/17, 10:25am

Stainless steel version of Withings fitness tracker watch shipping this month

Withings has introduced another wristwatch with activity tracking capabilities, in time for holiday shopping. The Activité Steel fits in between the Activité Pop and the original Activité in the tracker roster, using the same nondescript watchface with an added percentage sub-dial for monitoring progress, with the timepiece housed inside a stainless steel case with chrome hands and smooth silicone straps.


Briefly: Google Keep reaches iOS, Fitbit Surge battery life doubled

09/24, 4:02pm

Google Keep ships on iOS over two years after Android release

Google Keep, the search engine's note-taking app, has finally arrived in the App Store, two and a half years after it launched on Android and in the browser. Available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 8.0 or later, the free app allows users to save notes and lists on cards, with individual notes able to be searched, assigned colors, and have time or location-based reminders assigned to them. Notes synchronize with Google's servers, so they can be accessed from multiple devices, and can even be shared with other users for collaborative purposes.


Hands On: Misfit Flash Bluetooth Fitness Tracker

08/17, 6:33pm

Cheap and cheerful fitness tracker offers features for new and seasoned gym-goers alike

Fitness tracking is hip right now, which is probably one of the more beneficial things we've done as a species, as far as trends go. If you've not jumped on the bandwagon yet, you might be a little wary about dropping a significant amount of cash on something you're not sure you're going to utilize. But if you're interested in getting started, we'd like to introduce you to Misfit Flash, a budget-friendly, feature-packed fitness tracker.


Hands On: Apple Watch Activity and Workout apps (iOS, OS X)

08/17, 8:44am

The loneliness of the short-distance walker with an Apple Watch

What do we have to do? As we write this to you, we're collapsed on a couch having spent two days clearing a big living room of its installed book cases and heaving giant planks of wood around. We're panting after moving a thousand books that are all heavier than they look. Without looking at our Apple Watch heartrate monitor, we can tell you there's some serious pounding going on in our chest and we'd kill for a mug of tea. Yet open up the Watch's Activity app and it says zero minutes exercise. Zero.


Apple debuts three new ads for Apple Watch showcasing apps

07/28, 11:56am

Themes of music, fitness, travel highlight devices ease of use

Apple has now added three new TV spots to its collection of ads for the Apple Watch, each with an emphasis on showing what apps look like on the device, and each with a theme: music apps, travel apps, and fitness apps. The commercials showcase mostly third-party programs, and showcase the amount of clear, useful information that can be gleaned on the small screen. Shazam, Yelp, and Nike+ Running are among the apps featured.


Polar updates Polar Loop to version 2, Mobile Flow app enhanced

07/15, 11:50am

New version of activity tracker adds more tracking data, better accuracy

Wearable company Polar has introduced the latest version of the Polar Loop activity tracker, the Polar Loop 2. Designed to be worn constantly, the Loop 2 tracks users' daily activity, workouts and sleep, and gently vibrates reminding the user to move if they have been sitting for too long. The latest activity tracker from Polar also displays and vibrates for incoming calls, messages, and calendar alerts.


Briefly: Jawbone returns to Apple stores, Antwerp Apple Store

06/04, 1:45pm

Apple Stores to carry UP2 and UP3, other models in near future

Although Apple retail stores cleared out most fitness bands and similar health-related accessories in April in anticipation of the release of the Apple Watch, the company did continue to stock some basic bands such Jawbone's Up Move clip-on unit. On Thursday, a Jawbone senior executive revealed in Japan that the company's other models would be returning to the Apple Store in Japan and other regions, including the US, this summer.


Forerunner 225 first watch from Garmin with heart rate monitor

05/12, 12:01pm

Optical heart rate monitoring system from Mio built into latest Garmin running watch

Garmin has unveiled another GPS-equipped sports watch in its Forerunner range, but this time it includes a heart rate monitor. While other fitness-monitoring devices the company produces can connect to a separate heart rate-measuring unit, the Forerunner 225 is the first from Garmin to have an optical heart rate sensor developed by Mio built in, lowering the amount of electronics the user needs to wear.


Apple posts interview with Christy Turlington Burns post-marathon

04/28, 2:57pm

Cook tweets photo of Burns running, Apple publishes last blog entry

Following a post on Monday by Apple CEO Tim Cook showing model, activist, and Apple Watch spokesperson Christy Turlington Burns running in the London Marathon -- training for which she has been blogging about on Apple's site, tying in her use the Apple Watch -- the company has released a video and audio podcast of Burns being interviewed by Apple Fitness and Health Director Jay Blahnik at the London Regent Street Apple Store. It also published her final blog entry for the series on Tuesday.


Apple Watch: Apple Watch in Australia, Edition try-on, Trivia Crack

03/26, 11:50am

Women's fashion targeted in Australian magazine spread on Apple Watch

Following recent magazine features that focused on the fitness and athletic aspects of the Apple Watch, and a recent spread showcasing the Watch going with men's fashion, another recent foreign-magazine spread has returned the device back onto the wrists of female models, with suggestions on how to dress to best highlight the image the Apple Watch conveys. Elle Australia's fashion editor and editor-in-chief weigh in on the device.


ABC airs segment on secret Apple Watch testing facility

03/21, 8:16am

Apple employees used as health, fitness test subjects for Watch, HealthKit

In an unusual move for the normally-secretive company, Apple has allowed ABC News crews access to a previously top-secret heath and fitness lab that was designed to test and improve the Apple Watch. A report on the facility, which aired on Nightline on Friday, showed the nondescript building where the company created its full gym and testing facility, centered around activity.


Hands On: Fitastic 1.1 (iOS)

03/19, 2:30pm

This paired down attractive fitness app is perfect for minimalists

Fitness apps are a great invention for anyone interested in keeping an exercise routine. They help us keep track of our endeavors as we strive to accomplish our goals. Some apps are so full of features that they're practically bursting; for a lot of users, that can be intimidating. If you're looking for a streamlined app that isn't going to bog you down, we might have just the app for you: Fitastic.


HTC partners with Under Armour for Grip fitness tracker

03/01, 11:58am

HTC fitness tracker has built-in GPS tracking, connects to heart rate monitors

HTC revealed a third device at its Utopia in Progress event, alongside the One M9 and the Vive VR headset, a rumored fitness tracker which marks the company's first foray into wearable devices. The HTC Grip has been designed in partnership with sports clothing manufacturer Under Armour, with the tracker sending data to Under Armour Record for monitoring the wearer's progress.


Microsoft Band gains on-screen keyboard, cycling tile, SDK

02/23, 8:02pm

Cycling tile added to Microsoft band, more exercise tiles incoming

The first update for the Microsoft Band will introduce new tools for users and developers, as the company tries to improve its standing in the fitness-tracking market. A tile for monitoring cycling, improved communications between the band and mobile apps, and an on-screen keyboard are joined by Microsoft's preview release of an SDK, giving developers a hint at what they could do with the wearable device.


Hands On: 7-Minute Superhero Workout (iOS)

02/20, 11:05am

Seven minute workouts to save the world by the makers of Zombies Run

Six to Start was the creator behind one of this reviewer's favorite fitness apps, Zombies, Run! game. The 7-Minute Superhero Workout, by the same group, hopes to do for squats and planks what Zombies, Run! did for bursts of speed. First released last August, the user plays the pilot of the AGEIS One, a full suit of power armor that allows the user to fly around Earth's atmosphere, as well as the vacuum of space.


First US magazine appearance of Apple Watch debuts

02/18, 7:18pm

March issue of Self features supermodel Candice Swanepoel wearing device

Four months after the Apple Watch first appeared on a Vogue China magazine cover, the March issue of health and lifestyle magazine Self will feature the device on the arm of supermodel Candice Swanepoel just a few weeks before the expected debut of the device, which will start in the $349 range (presumably for the fitness-oriented version featured on the cover), moving into the multiple thousands of dollars for the 18kt solid gold version.


Nike+ Fuel app updated on iOS, works without FuelBand fitness tracker

02/15, 2:57pm

Renamed Nike+ FuelBand app uses M8 motion co-processor

Nike has made a major update to its free Nike+ FuelBand app on iOS, putting less of an emphasis on the fitness tracker of the same name. Echoing a similar update made to the Nike+ Running app in October last year, the renamed Nike+ Fuel app now uses the iPhone's M8 motion co-processor to track activities as part of its HealthKit integration, allowing users to collect the Fuel points by carrying the phone rather than wearing the FuelBand itself.


Under Armour pays $560M for MapMyFitness, Endomondo

02/04, 8:28pm

Fitness app acquisitions help bolster Under Armour platorm

Sports apparel brand Under Armour has made another set of acquisitions, buying two well-known fitness apps for over half a billion dollars. The company picked up MyFitnessPal and Endomondo, two cross-platform apps, which Under Armour will combine with its previous purchase of MapMyFitness to increase its holdings in the quantified self and fitness platform market.


Withings Activite Pop watch, activity tracker available now

01/05, 8:15pm

Takes different approach to others by keeping watch part analog

The new Activite Pop watch and activity tracker from medical device equipment maker Withings is being demonstrated at CES this week, but it's also available starting today in the US through an online exclusive with Best Buy. The device doesn't quite fit the usual definition of "smartwatch" due to the fact that the watch portion of the device is a conventional analog watch, paired with a digital fitness and activity tracker. The unit is designed to rarely need to be taken off, and is water-resistant up to a depth of 30 meters (99 feet).


Hands On: FlipBelt

12/11, 12:49am

Keep belongings close at hand during workouts, jogs with FlipBelt

Often when a person is working out, they need to keep some of their personal items on hand. The armband solution works for phones and MP3 players, but other objects that don't have a market for special active-style containers like inhalers, protein bars, keys and medication are overlooked. Pockets aren't practical most of the time while working out, as items can bounce out, weigh too much, flop about or potentially cause wardrobe malfunctions. The FlipBelt, however, is a wearable pocket that sits around a wearer's midsection, tackling the need for a flexible carry-all while granting users easy access to anything one could need during a workout.


Basis Peak fitness tracker adds smartwatch notifications, more straps

11/20, 12:02pm

Calls, texts, appointments will appear on Basis Peak display

The Basis Peak, a fitness tracker launched in September, will soon gain some extra smartwatch-style functionality. The tracker from the Intel-owned company will be able to show notifications from a connected smartphone on its monochrome display, while another change will let the wearable device pass heart rate data to other fitness-related mobile apps.


Google Fit app launches on Android as Google releases Fit SDK

10/28, 4:39pm

Google Fit collects data from smartphone sensors, fitness apps

Google has released its fitness app, Google Fit. The Android competitor to Apple's HealthKit which was launched at Google I/O in June, Google Fit acts as a central health platform for fitness apps and wearable devices, gathering all related together to give the user a supposed clearer picture about their health and activities.


Fitbit Charge, Charge HR appear in leaked marketing material

10/14, 8:59pm

New Fitbit fitness trackers look similar to Force, adds heart rate monitoring

Fitbit is close to releasing two new models of fitness trackers, with one including a new function, a report suggests. Marketing materials for two wrist-based devices called the Fitbit Charge and the Charge HR has surfaced, and while one seems to be a remodeling of a previous device, the other appears to add the ability for the wearer to monitor their heart rate.


Briefly: Timex Ironman One GPS+ data plan news, Jabra Move headphones

09/08, 11:16pm

AT&T announces cost of second year of data plan for Timex Ironman One GPS+

AT&T has announced second-year data pricing for the Timex Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch. Originally announced in August, the Timex smartwatch offers stand-alone wireless connectivity without a phone, including fitness tracking, a "Find Me Mode" safety function, and more. After the initial year of included data service, AT&T smartwatch users will need to pay $40 for the second year of data and messaging. Pre-ordering for the Timex Ironman One GPS+ is available online for $400, with the product officially available this fall.


Intel, SMS Audio develop in-ear headphones with heart rate sensor

08/15, 2:15pm

SMS Audio BioSport headphones feeds back heart rate to mobile app

Intel has partnered with SMS Audio, the headphone company by rapper 50 Cent, to develop headphones designed for fitness tracking. The BioSport In-Ear Headphones includes a built-in optical heart rate monitor, one which continuously collects data about the wearer's pulse as they go through intense exercise or a relaxation routine.


Toshiba enters wearables market with fitness tracker in Japan

08/14, 7:11am

Fitness tracker from Toshiba uses small module with interchangeable wristband

Toshiba is joining the ranks of companies producing wearable devices, by creating its own fitness band. The WERAM1100 uses a simplistic design of a small sensor block embedded inside an interchangeable rubber wristband, similar to the Sony SmartBand's construction, with the device able to perform typical fitness tracker monitoring functions.


Apple hires two engineers from former Nike Fuelband team

07/08, 9:15pm

Nike's exit from wearables market turns into gain for 'iWatch' project

Two former Nike Fuelband engineers have jumped ship to join Apple, presumably to lend further support to the company's expected "iWatch" health and fitness device, according to discoveries made on the pair's LinkedIn profiles. Both hardware engineer Ryan Bailey and sensor software expert Jon Gale started with Apple last month, just two months after Nike gutted its own Fuelband team and essentially exited the wearables market.


Google Fit health platform previewed as central health data store

06/25, 2:56pm

Fitness apps to use Google Fit APIs to access health data from other apps, fitness trackers

Just as rumored, Google has launched its own health-related platform at Google I/O. Billed as an open platform and similar to efforts by Apple and Samsung, Google Fit will act as a central platform for an assortment of fitness and health apps, as well as wearable devices. Google Fit will collect data from all apps in one location, making it easier for app developers to not only store health data suitably, but also take advantage of other data stored on the service.


Sprint reveals Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport with preloaded health apps

06/24, 11:36am

Free subscription to MapMyFitness MVP included with Galaxy S5 Sport

Sprint has unveiled its own version of Samsung's hard-wearing Galaxy S5 Active it launched last month. The Galaxy S5 Sport is an outdoor-friendly variant of the Galaxy S5, with a textured body to aid grip, hardware keys on the front, and IP67 water and dust resistance, with Sprint loading the Spark LTE-enabled smartphone with a number of apps aimed at helping the user keep fit.


Nike releases Android version of FuelBand app two years after iOS

06/17, 1:51pm

Companion app for Nike FuelBand SE compatible with all Android 4.3 devices

Nike has finally released an Android version of the Nike+ FuelBand app, two years after it launched the iOS version, and far later than initially anticipated. The app works with the company's FuelBand SE wrist-based fitness tracker, allowing users to monitor their NikeFuel score and other functions the sports brand introduced in the original companion app.


Briefly: OMsignal smart shirts, Adata's SDXC UHS-Speed Class 3 Cards

05/10, 10:17pm

OMsignal smart shirts now available for pre-order

Montreal-based company OMsignal has begun accepting orders from customers for its four models of smart shirts. Able to track the wearer's heart rate, breathing rate, breathing volume, movement, calories burned, overall movement intensity and heart rate information. A small module clips into the shirt to provide power for up to three days of normal use, which communicates wirelessly with the OMsignal app on one's smartphone. The shirts are intended to be worn under clothing for everyday activities, as well as using it explicitly for sport. Shipping this summer, OMSignal pre-order pricing starts at $200 for undershirt, sleeveless, t-shirt and long-sleeved shirt styles.


Samsung invites media to health-related event on May 28

05/02, 5:37am

Event could relate to Samsung Gear Fit, S Health app

Samsung is planning to hold an event relating to healthcare, according to requests to the media to "save the date" on May 28th. The meeting, scheduled to take place in the morning somewhere in San Francisco, will apparently see "a new conversation around health" begin, though it is not entirely clear what Samsung could be launching or updating at the event.


Nike fires entire wearables division, cuts planned FuelBand revision

04/18, 10:42pm

Company to focus on software; surprise move may hint at Apple partnership?

In an unexpected move, Nike has opted to fire as many as 70 members of its Digital Sport division who were focused on hardware development and will not release a now-cancelled new version of the FuelBand fitness tracker that was expected this fall. The company will continue to support the existing FuelBand SE, but is otherwise planning to exit the wearables market just as it is gaining mainstream traction. The company plans to focus on software going forward -- possibly signalling a partnership with a hardware maker.


Razer delays Nabu wearable device for hypoallergenic testing

04/11, 12:49pm

Razer Nabu hopes to avoid Fitbit Force skin irritation problems

Razer is delaying the release of its Nabu connected wristband, in order to make sure the device is safe to wear. In the wake of the Fitbit Force skin irritation fiasco, which saw users complain of rashes on their skin where the band was worn, the gaming peripheral manufacturer will be performing more medical testing on the fitness tracker, pushing the release back from the original first-quarter launch date until late May.


Azoi Wello iPhone case records vital bodily functions within seconds

03/06, 2:36pm

Wello smartphone case tracks blood pressure, ECG, heart rate

Azoi has entered the health tracker market, by announcing a fitness-tracking smartphone cover that works with both iOS and Android devices. Wello contains a number of sensors on the side and back that take a snapshot of the user's vital signs after a few seconds of being held, with the results transferred wirelessly over Bluetooth 4.0 LE and recorded in a companion app.


FCC filing hints at Samsung 'S-Circle' fitness tracker

03/06, 12:51pm

Fitness tracker filing suggests another Samsung wearable device on the way

Samsung could be preparing to launch a pared-down fitness tracker, following its launch of the Gear Fit last month. A filing on the FCC website for a device called the "S-Circle" comes months after the discovery of a similar filing at the Bluetooth SIG, and suggests the activity tracker could be similar to the S Band heart rate monitor that launched alongside the Galaxy S4.


New fitness device Moov aims to coach instead of merely track

03/01, 12:30pm

Device aims to instruct on form, efficiency and help avoid injury

A new fitness device that acts more like a fitness coach and less like a tracker is looking to change how a workout is approached by offering more than just numbers. The Moov, created by a team that boasts a former Apple engineer and a pair of Microsoft researchers, uses a smartphone connection to instruct users on how to improve their workout rather than merely quantifying it.


Hands on: Sony SmartBand

02/27, 7:54pm

Sony enters fitness tracker market with discrete wearable device

Sony initially unveiled its SmartBand wearable tracker at CES in January as the company's first foray into the fitness tracker market. Consisting of a rubberized band and a central and small Core sensor acting as the brain of the device, the tracker in theory performs all of the usual tracking functions of a fitness band, as well as handling other aspects of the wearer's life, such as music, when used with the accompanying Lifelog app. Electronista spent time at Sony's Mobile World Congress booth to try out the SmartBand.


Hands on: Huawei TalkBand B1

02/25, 9:57am

Fitness tracker combines wrist-worn device with Bluetooth earpiece

Huawei has entered the wearable devices market with an accessory that provides users more options beyond just fitness tracking. The TalkBand B1 is a wearable fitness tracker that incorporates a detachable Bluetooth earpiece as part of the design, allowing the wearer to make and receive phone calls when not monitoring fitness. Electronista took a closer look at the device at the company's Mobile World Congress display.


Rumor: Apple, Google, others looking to acquire Basis Science

02/17, 5:37am

Wearable fitness tracker could be purchased for under $100M

Fitness tracker producer Basis Science could be acquired by a major technology company in the near future, according to rumors. A report claims the wearable device manufacturer behind the Basis B1 fitness tracker is in talks with Apple and Google, with a further claim of discussions with Microsoft and Samsung over a possible sale, though not necessarily for a high price.


Pulse-sensing LG Heart Rate Earphones pass through FCC certification

02/11, 1:58pm

Earphones can sense pulse of wearer, pass data to smartphone app

Earbuds capable of sensing the wearer's heart rate from LG have passed through the FCC, ahead of a possible release in the United States later this year. The Heart Rate Earphones, audio devices that appeared at CES in January alongside the Lifeband Touch, are able to monitor the wearer's pulse and feed the data back to the wearer through an accompanying app.


Google plans new Android API to collect, share fitness tracker data

01/17, 7:12am

API code hints at Google becoming central store for fitness data

Google is working to add some sort of fitness capability to Android in the future, according to leaked data. A new Fitness API will apparently collect data generated from various fitness tracker-related sensors and offer the results to fitness apps, potentially turning Google into a central store for all of the different health hardware and software on the market.


Fitbit offers refunds to Force users suffering from skin irritation

01/15, 3:25pm

Fitness tracker causes rash of complaints over skin reaction

Fitbit is offering refunds to a number of customers suffering from an allergic reaction to one of its devices. A number of users claim to have suffered skin irritation when wearing the Fitbit Force, with separate reports and a large quantity of complaints on the Fitbit forums prompting the company to provide some users with an exchange or their money back.


Razer aims to bridge fitness trackers and smart watches with the Nabu

01/07, 8:03pm

Razer Nabu offers fitness band tracking with smartphone notifications

Razer has seemingly stepped outside its comfort zone and developed a life-tracking wristband, something a large number of other companies have also done at CES. The Nabu is a mix between a smartwatch and fitness tracker, combining the movement tracking elements of items such as the Fitbit Force with smartphone notifications and added social and gaming features.


JayBird Reign fitness tracker offers sleep tracking, 'Go Zone' scoring

01/07, 12:18pm

Reign fitness band secured by magnets, coming this summer

Accessory producer JayBird is joining the fitness tracking market with its own wristband. The Reign is able to keep tabs on steps and general activity and synchronize over Bluetooth with an app on an iOS or Android device, much like other fitness trackers available today, except that it is also capable of suggesting to users whether they have a healthy lifestyle.


Sony launches Core life tracker sensor, SmartBand fitness wearable

01/07, 9:37am

Core sensor to track movement, social activities

After releasing its own SmartWatch, Sony has decided to move into the wearable tracker market. The SmartWear initiative will be made up of a range of devices for tracking a variety of items, with the diminutive Core acting as the central point for all collection activity, as well as a more conventional SmartBand fitness tracker housing to hold the sensor itself.


LG Lifeband Touch fitness tracker leaks, touchscreen touted

12/31, 7:34am

LG fitness band could be accompanied by smart watch

One of two wearable devices from LG has surfaced, ahead of its expected reveal at CES. The LG Lifeband Touch, previously thought to be called the "G-Health" in an earlier rumor, appears to take much of its design from the Nike Fuelband SE, namely the unassuming black bracelet appearance, though it is thought to have a few notable differences.


Archos reveals home automation, wearable devices for CES 2014

12/30, 2:13pm

Smart Home Tablet to act as central location for connected device interaction

Archos has outlined the range of devices it is preparing for CES next week, including a number of wearable items and some destined for use in the home. A smartwatch and a fitness tracker will be accompanied by a set of "connected objects" centered around home automation, and a separate 7-inch "Home Gateway" Android tablet that will act as a central hub for the collection.


Under Armour buys fitness tracker platform MapMyFitness for $150M

11/14, 11:45am

Sports clothing company acquires fitness app, 20M user community

Sportswear brand Under Armour has acquired fitness technology company MapMyFitness. The purchase, worth $150 million, sees Under Armour take control of the MapMyFitness iOS and Android apps and platform, which is currently collecting fitness-related data on over 20 million users and from more than 400 different fitness trackers, sensors, and wearables.


Jawbone launches Up24 Bluetooth fitness tracker, updated Up iOS app

11/13, 2:39pm

Jawbone Up24 adds Bluetooth LE synchronization

Jawbone has updated its existing Up fitness tracker with a new wireless version. The Up24 is a wrist-based tracker that does the same job as the original Up, except that data is transferred over Bluetooth LE, rather than forcing the user to remove an end cap and to plug it into a smartphone's headphone socket for syncing.



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