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Fitbit’s IPO to help them keep pace with Apple, Jawbone

Fitbit’s IPO to help them keep pace with Apple, Jawbone

Fitbit is probably never going to command the wearable space. Even if their hardware is better than Jawbone’s (and it is), Fitbit now has Apple Watch, Microsoft, and Android Wear to contend with. Fitbit also doesn’t seem interested in playing nice with Apple, now the largest company in the wearable space. Fitbit doesn’t work with Apple’s HealthKit, and Apple has stopped selling Fitbit in their company stores. In filing for their IPO, Fitbit laid out some strategic plans, and they may have a lot to do with Jawbone and Apple.

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Fitbit adds bicycling activity monitoring, multi-sensor tracking

Fitbit adds bicycling activity monitoring, multi-sensor tracking

Fitbit Surge is great for tracking your activity level and even has some insight on the type of activity you do, but it doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone. In an attempt to find a new market, Fitbit is updating their Surge wearable with the ability to track bicycling metrics. The update is also bringing in 9-hour battery life for GPS use, and a swipe-through interface for when you’re riding your bike. There’s even a new biking-centric page in the Fitbit app.

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Fitbit buys FitStar, gives your workouts context

Fitbit buys FitStar, gives your workouts context

Fitbit, the only company we know of that actually encourage you to not wear their fitness bands, has acquired FitStar. For now, the two companies will remain separate, FitStar users can publish their workouts to the Fitbit app. Over time, the two will begin using a single Fitbit sign-in, though it’s not clear if FitStar will eventually go away, with its existing services melded into Fitbit. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TechCrunch is reporting the deal is likely between $25-40 million, cash and stock.

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Fitbit to users with irritated skin: “take a break” until it heals

Fitbit to users with irritated skin: “take a break” until it heals

Fitbit is no stranger to skin irritation complaints. Last year, the company recalled its Force fitness band following numerous skin irritation complaints. Those who wanted a replacement could get one, but the company maintained that only a small number of users had experienced the allergic reaction to the bands. That issue hasn't gone away, however, and users have complained of on-going irritation troubles. As a result, Fitbit isn't doing another recall -- it is telling wearers to stop wearing it so much.

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Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

The assumption that you need to strap something onto your wrist in order to accurately gauge your fitness level might not be accurate. Your favorite wearable might not be, either — or at least any more accurate at detecting steps taken than your phone. A new study claims apps are just as good at monitoring your activity level than some of the top wearables on the market. The University of Pennsylvania tested apps and wearables in a controlled environment, and the results are pretty interesting.

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Fitbit data being used in court as evidence of injury

Fitbit data being used in court as evidence of injury

If you sit idle long enough, your fitness tracker may nudge you to get up and move around. It’s a means to keep you active, and one person is now claiming she can’t respond to those vibrations on her wrist. In a Canadian court, one woman is trying to use data from her Fitbit to prove injuries suffered from an accident leave her a shell of her former, active self. Whether or not that will work is another story altogether.

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Fitbit pulled from Apple Store, likely due to HealthKit

Fitbit pulled from Apple Store, likely due to HealthKit

Fitbit’s aim is to build their own platform up, much like the robust system Jawbone has with Up. The difference, at least as Apple seems to view it, is that Jawbone supports HealthKit, Apple’s back-end for cobbling together your health stats. Fitbit has already noted they aren’t interested in supporting Apple’s health initiative, instead taking the “wait and see” approach. It seems that’s finally caught up with them, and like another Apple partner, has been yanked form the Apple Store (at least online) altogether.

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Fitbit adds GPS and heart-rate tracking in wearable refresh

Fitbit adds GPS and heart-rate tracking in wearable refresh

Fitbit has revealed a trio of new fitness tracking wearables, the Charge, Charge HR, and Surge, promising not only health monitoring but Caller ID and sleep pattern tracking. Launching today in the case of the Fitbit Charge, and in early 2015 for the other models, each has a display - OLED on the Charge and Charge HR, and an LCD touchscreen on the Surge smartwatch - and up to a full week of battery life, the company claims. Meanwhile, there's also the promise of access to the heart rate and GPS data collected by the three, though the Fitbit API.

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Fitbit Surge leak reveals “superwatch” aspirations

Fitbit Surge leak reveals “superwatch” aspirations

After a disastrous and embarrassing episode with the recalled Force wristband, Fitbit is unsurprisingly going to make a bigger, in a positive way, splash. Early last week we saw leaks that pointed to two new products coming soon, the Flex lookalike Charge and Charge HR. Apparently, Fitbit isn't done yet. The latest word is that the fitness company actually has a third member in the new batch, equally ambiguously named the Fitbit Surge. This "superwatch", as the leaks claim Fitbit calls it, throws in everything except the kitchen sink.

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