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Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Upcoming Microsoft Band update to add golf tracking capabilities

Now roughly 9 months old, Microsoft's Band fitness wearable is getting an update that will add support for tracking a new activity: your golf game. Microsoft has just announced a new partnership with golf company TaylorMade, and with that an update to the Band and Health app to track a number of golfing stats, including shots, scorecard, and hole distances. The update is said to be available in the "coming weeks," and will also include new stat tracking for workouts and cycling in the Health app.

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Pivotal Tracker 1 (2nd Gen) fitness tracker review

Pivotal Tracker 1 (2nd Gen) fitness tracker review

We all know the big names in fitness and sleep trackers. Just about everywhere you look you can find someone wearing a Jawbone wristband or a FitBit tracker. Those trackers are on the pricier side of things, however, and not everyone is willing to spend that much on tech that might -- like their last gym membership -- end up going unused. Enter the budget tracker market where Xiaomi's Mi Band largely goes unchallenged. Late last year a company called Pivotal Living based out of Seattle, Washington introduced an even more budget-friendly option, at least for the short term: its Pivotal Tracker 1 wearable, which is free if you sign up for a year's membership at $12.

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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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Wearables and Fitness – Is it a permanent union?

Wearables and Fitness – Is it a permanent union?

We see wearables on the rise. But when we says "wearables", we mostly mean smartwatches and, more often and more ubiquitous, fitness bands. While the term "wearable" itself seems to cover a whole swathe of products, why is it that most, if not all, wearables in the market are those that we can only wear on our wrists? And why are almost all of them, even those that we don't wear on our wrists, seem to be focused, if not totally dedicated to fitness and health? Are wearables fated to be tethered to this particular use case?

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Sony SmartBand 2 confirmed in leaked Play Store app

Sony SmartBand 2 confirmed in leaked Play Store app

Sony might have finally jumped on the Android Wear train with its SmartWatch 3, but that doesn't mean it has given up on its other wearables with its own custom OS. Long overdue, the SmartBand 2 fitness wearable might soon be a reality, as evidenced by its compannion app, simply called "SmartBand 2" as well, appearing briefly on Google Play Store. While the app itself has already been taken down, probably due to some clerical error, Information about the band's and the app's features have already been going around the Internet.

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Lycos aims for a comeback with password storing ring and fitness band

Lycos aims for a comeback with password storing ring and fitness band

Lycos, one of the many search engines that didn't make it past the early boom years of the Internet is coming out with some wearable tech devices. The company's current embodiment isn't the same as when it rivaled other mid-1990's search engines like Alta Vista. It was bought by Ybrant Digital in 2010. Lycos' new, wearable Lycos Life devices The Band and The Ring want to be your "personal security manager," storing passwords and personal data in lackluster packaging.

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Apple Stores to carry Jawbone UP once again

Apple Stores to carry Jawbone UP once again

It wasn't that long ago, March in fact, that the fitness wearables Jawbone UP and Nike Fuelband were removed from the shelves of all of Apple's retail stores. It was never made exactly clear why, but since the act also followed the Fitbit no longer being carried at Apple Stores, it was assumed that it was to reduce competition with the Apple Watch. Fitbit's removal was due it not supporting Apple's HealthKit platform, and Nike has said it's moving away from wearables hardware like the Fuelband. Fortunately for Jawbone, it seems the UP is making a triumphant return.

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Huawei bakes Jawbone UP health into TalkBand B2

Huawei bakes Jawbone UP health into TalkBand B2

Huawei's TalkBand B2 wearable, squeezing a Bluetooth headset into a wristband, lands in the US this week, and it's bringing a Jawbone UP surprise. The detachable headset - announced back in March at Mobile World Congress - will hit virtual shelves today, priced from $179.99, and as well as offering a way to make calls it will also deliver the same sort of activity and sleep tracking as you'd find in a dedicated fitness wearable such as Jawbone's UP3.

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No, your Apple Watch heart rate sensor is meant to do that

No, your Apple Watch heart rate sensor is meant to do that

Apple has quietly explained the change in Apple Watch heart rate measurement, a timing tweak that had left some fitness-focused wearers confused. Whereas the optical heart rate sensor - the glowing green light that tracks blood movement through the skin - had previously pinged on at a regular schedule, keen-eyed Watch owners had spotted potentially lengthy gaps between readings. Contrary to fears that Apple had inadvertently fouled up the system, however, the Cupertino firm insists the change is by design.

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Acer outs more wearables: Leap Active, Leap Fit, Leap Curve

Acer outs more wearables: Leap Active, Leap Fit, Leap Curve

Dissatisfied with having only one or two wearable devices in the market, Acer is now opting to go with a set of three, each one designed to build on the features of the other. Although it probably chose the worst time to make an announcement, overshadowed by the flood of Google I/O 2015 news, Acer is prepping the smart bands for a scheduled appearance at Computex in Taiwan next week. With almost self-explanatory names, the Liquid Leap Active, Fit, and Curve are designed with almost every class of user in mind.

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