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Fitbug Orb tracks steps, sleep and more

Fitbug Orb tracks steps, sleep and more

A new activity tracker is available for users of Apple and Android smartphones and tablets called the Fitbug Orb. The Orb is able to track many of the same things that high-end activity trackers such as the Fitbit Force keeps track of at a significantly lower cost. The Force sells for $129.95 putting it out of the reach of some people who are interested in this technology.

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Parrot Flower Power launch detailed for green-fingered geeks

Parrot Flower Power launch detailed for green-fingered geeks

Parrot has confirmed launch details for its Flower Power plant monitoring sensor, the wireless plastic shrub that shares pot space with your petunia and tells your iPhone when it needs water. Shown off at CES back in January, though with no price attached, the Parrot Flower Power uses Bluetooth LE to push information on soil moisture, fertilizer, ambient temperature, and light intensity to the companion app, which can then give advice on different types of plant, where they should be placed during the day, and what might be wrong for them.

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SlashGear 101: Nike+ FuelBand SE top to bottom

SlashGear 101: Nike+ FuelBand SE top to bottom

The original Nike FuelBand works with a rubberized body with the ability to rack up NikeFuel Points with a companion app for iOS devices - the Nike+ FuelBand SE isn't all that different. What you're seeing here is the next-generation device detailed by Nike this week in an effort to reboot the wearable for the next season of fitness fanatics. This device may not look a whole lot different from the original, but it's got a suite of updates in both hardware and software making it an incremental change-up ready to take on 2014.

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Nexus 5 release imminent as Bluetooth SIG appearance foretells

Nexus 5 release imminent as Bluetooth SIG appearance foretells

We've seen the LG-made Nexus 5 from every which-way but straight from Google, and this week it's gone and appeared with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group as well. This device is showing up with Bluetooth 4.0 and fully equipped to work with the Bluetooth LE or Low Energy universe of devices, sticking in another piece to the puzzle with the re-appearance of the code-name LG-D821. This device has been tipped to use the LG G2 as its basic model, suggesting we'll be seeing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor under the hood as well.

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Vital Connect fitness tracking wearable gets serious about mHealth

Vital Connect fitness tracking wearable gets serious about mHealth

Fitness tracking wearables like Fitbit and Jawbone UP are big business right now, but what if you want more from your heath monitoring? mHealth startup Vital Connect is weighing into just that market, with a disposable wireless health monitor that can unlock your biometrics for your smartphone, the cloud, and even remotely to your doctor, nurse, or medical specialist. We caught up with the company to find out what was involved, and whether we should expect wireless fitness tracking to get serious.

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Wi-MM Bike+ tracks your bike through the cloud

Wi-MM Bike+ tracks your bike through the cloud

Is your bike 3G-enabled? Wi-MM thinks it should be, and the startup's Bike+ BPU-100 anti-theft and cycling computer system is the way it hopes to help cyclists keep track of their metal steeds. Built in partnership with Verizon's Innovation Center in San Francisco, Wi-MM - "Wireless Machine-to-Machine", and not to be confused with the Google-acquired smartwatch company WIMM - plans to strap a combination GPS and 3G-enabled adapter to your bike's crossbar, initially integrated into a water bottle holder, which constantly pings its position to the cloud.

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