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Fitbit wins court favor in Jawbone patent case

Fitbit wins court favor in Jawbone patent case

In May 2015, Jawbone slapped Fitbit with a lawsuit over what it claimed was the latter company’s systematic ‘plundering’ of confidential company data by hiring now-former Jawbone employees. Such was the start of a long-running legal battle between Jawbone and Fitbit, one Jawbone has been given the go-ahead to pursue. Yesterday’s ruling wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Jawbone, though — Fitbit proved victorious in a spat that has resulted in some of Jawbone’s patents being invalidated, reducing the odds of Fitbit being hit with an import ban.

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Fitbit Charge HR helped a doctor make a life-saving decision

Fitbit Charge HR helped a doctor make a life-saving decision

Remember the Apple Watch that helped save a teenage athlete's life? Well, now it's the Fitbit's turn to make such a sensational news. A Fitbit Charge HR's heart rate monitor data was used by a doctor to determine it was safe, in fact critical, to reset a man's heart rate using electrical cardioversion. While it still remains pretty much the exception rather than the norm, it does show the growing sophistication of such fitness-equipped wearables to the point that they can provide essential information that could help save people's lives.

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Fitbit teams with Amazon for voice-friendly fitness

Fitbit teams with Amazon for voice-friendly fitness

This week the folks at Fitbit have joined forces with the folks at Amazon to bring Amazon Echo voice assistant compatibility to the wearable fitness universe. This setup includes the ability to ask Alexa what Fitbit is thinking. You can't talk directly to Fitbit - Fitbit doesn't even understand what you're saying. That's just silly. You talk to Alexa with your Amazon Echo and Alexa will know what to do. Alexa can speak Fitbit.

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Fitbit Blaze is now available for purchase

Fitbit Blaze is now available for purchase

They say looks can be deceiving and that might apply very well with the Fitbit Blaze. What looks pretty much like a smartwatch actually isn't. Unequivocally a fitness tracker, the Blaze just happens to come with a few more bells and whistles than normal and a display to make those worth your while. Despite meeting with a bit of skepticism, even falling stocks prices, when it was unveiled at CES, Fitbit forged ahead and has finally put the Blaze on shelves, available for purchase online as well as in partner retailers' stores.

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Fitbit Alta debuts with fashion-friendly colors, design

Fitbit Alta debuts with fashion-friendly colors, design

Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the Fitbit Blaze at CES last month, Fitbit is back with the announcement of another new fitness wearable, the Alta. Unlike the large-screen Blaze, the Fitbit Alta features a more typical bracelet-style design, with a minimal screen that displays just the right amount of information. Priced at $130, the wearable also comes with several color and texture options to keep it fashionable, not to mention swappable bands.

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Fitbit Blaze hands-on: should you believe the hype?

Fitbit Blaze hands-on: should you believe the hype?

Our first up close and personal look at the Fitbit Blaze takes place during CES 2016, where the reveal of this device had some ill effects. Fitbit's stock price took a little bit of a dive yesterday as this device was revealed - though it may have been a bit premature. While the watch does look quite similar to the Fitbit Surge - or perhaps a mix between a Surge and an Apple Watch - the end product is unique.

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Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch looks quite familiar

Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch looks quite familiar

The Fitbit Blaze is a new smart fitness watch being revealed for the 2016 consumer season, shown off for the first time at CES 2016. What you're going to notice first and foremost - if you're familiar with smartwatches of all sorts - is that this watch looks rather similar to one of the more well-known smartwatches on the market. Beyond that, this machine works with FitStar by Fitbit for on-screen workouts, GPS, PurePulse heart rate tracking, and Fitbit's SmartTrack auto-exercise recognition system.

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Fitbit updated to automatically detect and record exercises

Fitbit updated to automatically detect and record exercises

Fitbit has just rolled out a new software update for its Charge HR and Surge wearables that allow the fitness trackers to automatically know when users begin exercising. There are several new features, but the main one is called SmartTrack, and it means users no longer have to worry about forgetting to press a button or navigate a menu before their workout. The exercise detection works for a number of activities and sports, and sees stats like heart rate, calories burned, and duration recorded in the app.

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Hacker alleges Fitbit smartband could be a malware carrier [UPDATE: Fitbit responds]

Hacker alleges Fitbit smartband could be a malware carrier [UPDATE: Fitbit responds]

PCs, smartphones, and tablets are fair game to hackers these days. And we've also started to see cars with sophisticated infotainment systems and controls also getting hacked. But how about the innocent little whose sole purpose is to keep your body healthy? Well, now they're getting hacked as well. And worse, they might be used to make other computers unhealthy. Fortinet researcher Axelle Apvrille reveals that the Fitbit is one such wearable that easily succumbs to a hack in just 10 seconds and can then spread the malware to computers it syncs with.

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Fitbit Surge update doubles battery life, adds running alerts

Fitbit Surge update doubles battery life, adds running alerts

Fitbit my be the darling of the fitness wearable market, but it has seen increased competition, and sometimes even lawsuits, in a once niche industry. To stay on top of its rivals, it needs to continuously update its existing devices with new features, without requiring users to buy a new one. Almost a year old now, the Fitbit Surge is getting another major update, the last one rolled out last March, which not only adds a new mode to the smartwatch but also improves its longevity.

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Fitbit Universal Windows app for Windows 10 supports all your devices

Fitbit Universal Windows app for Windows 10 supports all your devices

One of the best things about Windows 10 is that it is designed to work on anything you have from your computer to your smartphone or tablet. That means that you can have the same app experience on each of your devices making use lots easier than having to learn a Windows program and an app for your smartphone. Fitbit has announced that its new Universal Windows App for Windows 10 is now available.

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Jawbone takes another hit at Fitbit, filing patent infringement suit

Jawbone takes another hit at Fitbit, filing patent infringement suit

Jawbone is coming for Fitbit, guns blazing. The company just filed a lawsuit alleging that Fitbit products are infringing on multiple Jawbone patents including a method for "reporting an individual's physiological or contextual status" and a "wellness application using data from a data-capable band." Jawbone is seeking damages and an injunction to halt the continued sales of Fitbit products. Jawbone's attacks couldn't be more precisely timed. Fitbit is getting ready for an initial public offering (IPO). No matter how things take a turn int he courtroom, the legal heat will certainly have some impact on Fitbit's IPO.

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