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Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Not long ago, we reported that Fitbit wasn’t enthralled with Apple’s HealthKit. They didn’t say it was lacking, but they also said they were being a bit more pragmatic about it than some users would hope for. According to a new report, Apple will stop selling Fitbit products in their stores, instead choosing to make way for their own wearables which do support HealthKit. Though it’s not clear exactly why Fitbit is being removed from store shelves, the HealthKit slight is hard to look past.

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Fitbit Charge, Charge HR leaked in press materials

Fitbit Charge, Charge HR leaked in press materials

Fitbit is a leader in the fitness wearable group, and widely popular among those who wish to stay healthy and knowledgeable about their caloric intake or steps taken. After recently swearing off HealthKit (temporarily) to focus on their own platform, we learn exactly what that focus may be about. A leaked shot of new Fitbit marketing materials show an expanded lineup, with a new device that can track your heart rate. Named the Charge, this new Fitbit leads their own charge into 2015.

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Fitbit and HealthKit? Not any time soon

Fitbit and HealthKit? Not any time soon

As we’ve said time and again, Apple’s HealthKit has a lot of promise. The ability to view data about yourself via a single app (Health) is a neat idea. It’s been assumed that companies would jump at the chance to get on-board with HealthKit, and engage users on a whole new level. At least one major fitness technology brand isn’t interested. Fitbit is currently swearing off HealthKit, but aren’t staunchly against the platform. It seems they’re just being pragmatic about Apple’s new fitness darling.

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Five reasons why you shouldn’t buy a smartwatch yet

Five reasons why you shouldn’t buy a smartwatch yet

With the long anticipated release of Apple Watch this past week, the company behind it put a lot of coal in the engine of the wearable train. For a solid year, the world hemmed and hawed about smartwatches, waiting to see what Apple would do. Now that they’re officially in the mix, here are a few reasons to sit this early-adopter’s segment out — at least for a year.

 

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Fitbit for Windows Phone released

Fitbit for Windows Phone released

Fitbit for Windows Phone has launched, bringing support for the popular fitness tracker to Microsoft's smartphone platform. The new software not only acts as a companion for synchronizing wearables like the Fitbit Flex, but can also do basic step tracking in its own right, with some tweaks to take advantage of Windows Phone's UI.

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Fitbit used by company to drop insurance premium

Fitbit used by company to drop insurance premium

One industrious company looking to lower its insurance premium used a somewhat novel way to accomplish its goal: Fitbit. The fitness wearable was given to workers at startup Appirio, where data was used to get the company's insurance provider to drop its rates by 5-percent, or $280,000 USD.

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FitBit update brings better tracking of activity and calories

FitBit update brings better tracking of activity and calories

Fitbit has released an update to their service today, adding the ability to keep closer tabs on yourself at just bout every turn. A new fitness tracker aims to be a little more proactive, and some new food logging features might get you to watch your diet a little closer. The two updates also work in tandem to give you feedback on how to attain a healthier lifestyle.

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FitBit patent applications hint at smartphone control and more

FitBit patent applications hint at smartphone control and more

A trio of FitBit patent applications have surfaced for three products (possibly devices) that cover a range of sports-centric and fitness purposes, including mention of heart rate monitoring, smartphone control, and GPS, among other things.

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Fitbit for Windows Phone 8.1 confirmed

Fitbit for Windows Phone 8.1 confirmed

Fitbit is cooking up a Windows Phone 8.1 app, the wearable health band company has confirmed, bringing support for the popular tracker to Microsoft's smartphone platform. News of the app was confirmed by Fitbit on the company's official product forums, after would-be users were vocal in their demands for a version.

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Fitbit, Pebble dominate wearables in Q1 2014

Fitbit, Pebble dominate wearables in Q1 2014

In a crowded wearable market, Fitbit reigns supreme. In Q1 2014, research firm Canalys says Fitbit occupied 50% of overall shipments, leaving the rest of the market searching for a foothold. When it came to smartwatches, though, another tried-and-true leader in Pebble is outshining the rest.

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IFTTT expands to Fitbit Channel functionality

IFTTT expands to Fitbit Channel functionality

There’s a brand new channel on IFTTT this week (If This Then That) which enables functionality with the Fitbit family of devices. Fitness trackers are being distributed to the world in full force as the predominant "wearable" device in our modern smart technology-loving world. As such, IFTTT is ready to jump aboard this ship and make with the programming.

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Fitbit Force racked up over 10,000 skin irritation complaints

Fitbit Force racked up over 10,000 skin irritation complaints

The wearables market is booming, particularly for fitness related devices that can track activities. One of the popular fitness bands out there comes from Fitbit and is called the Fitbit Force. Back in January, we mentioned that the wearable device had received some complaints from wearers that it was causing a rash.

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