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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 appears on Brookstone store before official announcement

Fitbit Surge appears on Brookstone store before official announcement

Whoops! Not even official announced yet and Fitbit's Surge fitness watch is already listed for pre-order on Brookstone's online store. Expected to cost $250, this isn't the Surge's first leak, with promotional images appearing earlier this week, but this Brookstone listing could hint that an official debut is around the corner, and from Fitbit this time.

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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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Fitbit Flex avoids recall by adding allergy warning label

Fitbit Flex avoids recall by adding allergy warning label

Following a nationwide recall of the Fitbit Force back in February of this year, Fitbit has just avoided another such situation by agreeing to warn consumers about possible allergens. The fitness wearable manufacturer reached an agreement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, resulting in packaging for the Fitbit Flex now displaying a warning about containing nickel.

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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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