The Apple Watch Is Now the Control Center for Your Health

June 6, 2019

This week at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple executive Kevin Lynch announced multiple updates to WatchOS, the operating system that powers the company's smartwatch. (Voice memos, a calculator, streaming audio, oh my!) But the most telling features were the new additions to the watch's suite of health-monitoring tools. Beginning this fall, Apple Watch will track your activity trends over time, help protect your hearing by alerting you to harmful levels…

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This smart collar is like a ‘Fitbit’ for your dog

April 22, 2019

The Fitbit Inspire HR can do a lot for a relatively low price.Image: Zlata Ivleva / Mashable Fitbit Inspire HR $99.95 The Good Impressive feature lineup for the price • Easy setup • comfortable to wear • Mobile app integration works seamlessly ⚡ Mashable Score 3.5 📘Learning Curve 2.5 💵 Bang for the Buck 4.5

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Bellabeats new hybrid smartwatch tracks your stressand goes with your outfit

December 23, 2018

Bellabeat, the company behind a variety of health and wellness wearable devices aimed at women, is now selling its first smartwatch. The device, which is simply called “Time,” was announced earlier this month right in the midst of holiday shopping season. Like other fitness trackers, the watch is capable of basic tasks like counting your steps, tracking sleep patterns and reminding you to move. But unlike traditional smartwatches — which,…

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Zwift, which turns indoor cycling workouts into multiplayer games, raises $120M

December 20, 2018

Fitness and gaming have been two of the most popular categories of apps for years, and now a startup founded out of London that has combined the two in a unique way has picked up a big round of funding to capitalise on that. Zwift, an interactive platform for people to turn indoor cycling workouts into massive, multi-participant races, social rides, and immersive explorations of new domains, has raised $120…

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Puma’s retro ‘smart’ shoes are so ugly they’re actually on trend

December 12, 2018

The RS-Computer Shoe is a reissue of a 1986 design.Image: PUMA The nostalgia carousel keeps going round and round, and brands have happily hopped on for the ride. Puma announced Monday that it would reissue a little-known shoe with a technical twist from 1986: the RS-Computer Shoe. The shoe, then and now, looks like a running shoe with a plastic protuberance on the back — which is where the shoe…

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Watch your step: why the 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science

September 4, 2018

An entire industry has been built on the claim that 10,000 steps a day were necessary to be healthy. But where did the figure come from? In recent years, the 10,000-steps-a-day regime has become entrenched in popular culture. You can barely walk down the street without someone stomping past you wearing a FitBit; when Jeremy Hunt was health secretary, he was often pictured with his poking out from his shirtsleeves….

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Fitbit’s Charge 3 Offers a New Take on an Old Tracker

August 22, 2018

This year, Fitbit finally figured out how to make a smartwatch people really like, while sales of its lightweight activity trackers have been on the decline. But that’s not stopping the company from putting out new activity tracking wristbands. It just announced its newest device: the Fitbit Charge 3. At first glance, the Charge 3 looks simply like a new take on an old tracker. It has the same wristband…

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Forget watches or Fitbits you can track your workout with a ring

August 8, 2018

U.S. soldiers deployed overseas will now have to make sure geolocation services on all their devices are turned off. Image: Getty Images U.S. troops deployed overseas will have to remember to turn off the GPS tracking services on their favorite wearable fitness device. It’s an order. The U.S. Department of Defense has issued an order for any troops in warzones or stationed in overseas military bases to immediately disable all…

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Amazon has an under-the-desk elliptical from Cubii on sale for $130 off

June 15, 2018

Burning 150 calories per hour while answering emails? Now that's productivity.Image: cubii Psst: We found a way for you to work on your #BeachBod without even going to the gym after work. Okay, well it might not be 100% the same as pumping iron and doing squats, but isn’t it comforting to know that there’s a way to burn calories and stay fit while sitting at your desk? Yeah, you…

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Fitbit’s Versa is affordable and attractive, but still no Apple Watch

April 5, 2018

The Fitbit Versa is easily one of the best fitness trackers you can buy.Image: raymond wong/mashable TL;DR review: Fitbit’s new Versa is a cheaper, more comfortable, fitness-focused smartwatch than its model for athletes, the Ionic, but it still can’t compare to the Apple Watch. Cool Factor: 😎😎😎 (3 out of 5) Learning Curve: 📘📘📘📘 (4 out of 5) Performance: 💪💪💪 (3 out of 5) Bang for the Buck: 💸💸💸 (3…

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