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Withings Activite Steel: fitness smarts with a touch of class

Withings Activite Steel: fitness smarts with a touch of class

Health wearables-maker Withings is back with its third fitness-tracking analog watch: the Activité Steel. The French company debuted the original Activité last year, releasing an impressive wearable that focused on being a premium timepiece before a bulky smartwatch. It's $450 price was a bit steep for most, so Withings followed up with the Activité Pop for $150, replacing the luxury materials with silicone, but keeping all the tracking features. The $170 Activité Steel aims to be just right for the Goldilocks of smartwatch shoppers.

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Runtastic Results launches with personalized 12-week fitness plans

Runtastic Results launches with personalized 12-week fitness plans

Runtastic has introduced a new fitness app called “Runtastic Results”, and it is designed for anyone interested in fitness. This particular app is a personalized training tool, providing a 12-week plan for users that has been customized to their particular needs. It presents body weight workouts that range from 15 to 45 minutes long, and they’re accompanied by more than 120 high-definition instructional videos for each type of exercise.

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Xiaomi Mi Band 1s adds heart rate sensor to budget werarable

Xiaomi Mi Band 1s adds heart rate sensor to budget werarable

Over at China, Xiaomi's name has become synonymous with devices that tout mid to high range specs yet also flaunt affordable price tags. Naturally, not a few want the Chinese OEM to bring its magic to the US. But while that's still questionable as far as smartphones go, accessories, on the other hand, stand a better chance of reaching these shores. Like the Xiaomi Mi Band fitness wearable, which now has a successor in the 1s, which adds just one thing to make the offer complete: a heart rate sensor.

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Microsoft Band 2 Review

Microsoft Band 2 Review

It's fair to say that Microsoft's original Band was never the most ergonomically satisfying of wearables. In fact, it looked more like a prototype that skipped the final design stage and just went straight out to customers. Now, with the Microsoft Band 2, not only is the aesthetic sleeker but the whole thing is smarter, but is that enough to legitimately compete with rivals like the Apple Watch and more?

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Garmin unveils new Vivosmart fitness wearable, Index Smart Scale

Garmin unveils new Vivosmart fitness wearable, Index Smart Scale

Only a week after announcing a trio of smartwatches with heart rate monitoring capabilities, Garmin is back with a new Vivosmart HR fitness tracker, as well as its first smart scale. The new wearable not only includes a heart-rate sensor, but offers continuous monitoring all throughout the day. Along with a touchscreen, the tracker can handle several typical smartwatch functions, including notifications. Garmin's new Index Smart Scale, on the other hand, comes with its own unique health tracking features.

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HTC Grip pushed back again to first quarter next year

HTC Grip pushed back again to first quarter next year

HTC has tried to venture outside of smartphone comfort zone with products like a strange action camera and a virtual reality headset. While these products seemed quite decent or at least interesting, they're not exactly the hottest items in the market. And in the case of the HTC Vive VR headgear, isn't even in the market yet. Another product that is joining that "coming soon" list is the HTC Grip, which has again been delayed, this time with a slightly more definite date of "early next year".

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Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Living, the Seattle company behind the Pivotal fitness tracker (check out our review), has introduced a new product, the Pivotal Smart Scale. One of Pivotal’s biggest hooks is affordability — it offers its fitness tracker for $12, and now it is launching its smart scale for $39.95 USD, undercutting just about every competitor. As with other smart scales, this model is designed to work alongside a mobile app, making it more useful than an ordinary “dumb” scale.

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Runkeeper for Apple Watch updated to work while iPhone is at home

Runkeeper for Apple Watch updated to work while iPhone is at home

Runkeeper, the fitness app that lets users track their runs and other details, has just released its updated app for iOS 9 this week. Included is a new native app for the Apple Watch, which, among other things, will continue to track stats even when the iPhone it's paired with isn't around, meaning runners can finally leave it at home. The app takes advantage of new abilities introduced with watchOS 2, so Apple Watch owners will need to make sure their wearable is updated with the latest software.

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Garmin debuts new Forerunner fitness watches with heart rate monitor

Garmin debuts new Forerunner fitness watches with heart rate monitor

The year of smartwatches continues to roll on, as a new set of fitness-focused wearables have just been announced by Garmin. This includes three new watches in the company's Forerunner line, all with GPS, heart rate monitoring capabilities, and features aimed at runners. The first pair is the Forerunner 235 and 230 (seen above), followed by the much more high-end Forerunner 630. The most noticable change is that all three have a color display that is 44% bigger than previous models, along with thinner bezels.

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Polar debuts A360 fitness wearable with optical heart rate monitoring

Polar debuts A360 fitness wearable with optical heart rate monitoring

Fitness wearables maker Polar has announced the A360, its first wrist-worn device that features optical heart-rate monitoring. While the band has a simple design, that's far from a downside. The A360's display is a vertical rectangle, similar to the Microsoft Band, with a color touchscreen. This is used in an effective way to display both the time and a number of fitness stats.

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Adidas Fit Smart band gains activity tracking features

Adidas Fit Smart band gains activity tracking features

The Adidas Fit smart band launched with the ability to help users monitor their heart rate and coach them to perform better. Adidas has announced that it is updating the Fit Smart band to offer wearable owners activity tracking capability. That feature turns the band into a complete fitness tool that gives athletes everything they need in one location.

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Target and UNICEF partner to offer fitness band for kids

Target and UNICEF partner to offer fitness band for kids

In an effort to combat both childhood obesity and childhood malnourishment, UNICEF and Target have partnered to offer a kid-friendly fitness band designed specifically for children. The bracelets will be sold in the United States, and they will have a bonus effect on top of the general fitness purposes — wearers will be able to earn points, which are then used to send food packets through UNICEF to children in developing nations.

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