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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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Wilson has a smart basketball that know when you score

Wilson has a smart basketball that know when you score

Plenty of wearables these days have settings for tracking different sport activities, but what if you just want to shoot some hoops and not have to deal with a wristband and configuring options? That's where Wilson Sporting Goods steps in. The company has unveiled its Wilson X Connected Basketball, which has a sensor inside that can detect and track when you make your shots. The ball looks and feels almost exactly like a "dumb" basketball, and it pairs with an iOS app (Android is in the works) for stat tracking.

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Apple Watch OS 2.0 app preview: Facebook Messenger, GoPro, more

Apple Watch OS 2.0 app preview: Facebook Messenger, GoPro, more

Apple has over 10,000 apps for Apple Watch, the company announced today, previewing some of the upcoming software that will arrive with the wearable's WatchOS 2. The milestone figure comes, impressively, before Apple Watch even supports native software, something which Apple promises will make apps load faster, perform more swiftly, and be more flexible.

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Runtastic Moment is an analog activity-tracking watch

Runtastic Moment is an analog activity-tracking watch

Runtastic, the makers of the fitness app of the same name that was just acquired by Adidas, has just launched an analog fitness tracking watch called Moment. Aimed at competing with the likes of Withings' Activite, the Runtastic Moment tracks just about all the activities you'd expect, including steps, distance, calories burned, minutes of activity, and sleep cycles, all while maintaining the form of a traditional, simple analog watch. It may not be a smartwatch, but it's definitely a watch with smarts.

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Napping with Samsung SLEEPsense

Napping with Samsung SLEEPsense

I confess, I was a little suspicious when Samsung invited me to take a nap at its IFA booth. Turns out though, it wasn't a strange casting couch experience they had in mind, but a quick test of the new Samsung SLEEPsense, a contactless sleep tracker that, rather than clamping to your wrist, slips under your mattress to monitor you wirelessly.

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TomTom brings music to its Spark fitness wearable

TomTom brings music to its Spark fitness wearable

TomTom has just announced the latest models of its Spark smartwatch. Along with the GPS and fitness tracking abilities, the new wearables can now store music and stream it to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. There are three versions available: the standard Spark GPS Fitness Watch, the Spark Music GPS Fitness Watch, and the top of the line Spark Cardio + Music GPS Fitness Watch. The music capable models feature 3GB of storage, and the cardio version includes an integrated heart rate monitor.

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Razer Nabu launches again, for real this time

Razer Nabu launches again, for real this time

It's kinda telling when a "second gen" product ships before its predecessor. Technically speaking, the Razer Nabu X is a sort of a different wearable, but still, the display-toting Razer Nabu was announced a full year before it. This week at PAX Prime 2015, Razer has finally announced something that was more than a year in the making. The Razer Nabu is finally available for pre-order, for real, starting September 15 and will start shipping, for real, in October. Hopefully with no more unexpected delays.

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Sony SmartBand 2 is durable, waterproof, and arrives next month

Sony SmartBand 2 is durable, waterproof, and arrives next month

Sony has introduced its new SmartBand 2 wearable. This wristband is designed to track fitness and activity metrics while also feeding the most pertinent data from the paired smartphone. The newest SmartBand is able to offer up email and social notifications from a paired smartphone, call info, “visual feedback” delivered via colored LEDs, and more. Says Sony, the SmartBand 2 also features an “advanced heart rate sensor”, and offers up insights on things like the wearer’s stress level and sleep patterns.

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Adidas grabs Runtastic for digital health push

Adidas grabs Runtastic for digital health push

Adidas has bought Runtastic, bringing the popular fitness tracking app in-house and promising to "unleash its knowledge of sport" on its 70m users. The deal, which values Runtastic at around $241m, sees the app join Adidas' own fitness wearables like the miCoach FIT SMART, and could give the sportswear brand a lower-cost way to engage new users via their smartphones.

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Garmin Forerunner 25 puts GPS in slimmer running watch

Garmin Forerunner 25 puts GPS in slimmer running watch

Garmin has a new GPS running watch for those who prefer their fitness wearable to look like an actual wristwatch, the Forerunner 25. Bearing a striking resemblance to Casio watches of old, the Forerunner squeezes GPS, distance and pace measurement, calorific burn count, and support for heart rate monitoring - if you're wearing the right accessory. Paired with a smartphone, meanwhile, it'll flag up notifications like calls, messages, and calendar alerts.

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Altra IQ running shoes track metrics, work with iFit app

Altra IQ running shoes track metrics, work with iFit app

Altra Running has unveiled it new Altra IQ running shoe equipped with iFit tech to gather running data. There’s a multi-sensor system embedded in the shoe that is said to be “razor-thin”. The related connectivity pipes the data from the shoes to a smartphone or smartwatch running the iFit app. As with similar apps, the data is aggregated and presented as an analysis that tracks details over time. The app includes real-time coaching when the wearer is out for a run, and offers up an interpretation of what the data means (that you’re landing too hard on one foot, as an example).

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Helvetica 1 smartwatch hits pre-order, only 1,957 made

Helvetica 1 smartwatch hits pre-order, only 1,957 made

There are lots of smartwatches on the market today from Apple, Motorola, and many other makers. Another smartwatch was unveiled back in March at Baselworld by a Swiss watchmaker called Mondaine. That smartwatch was called the Helvetica 1 and it is now up for pre-order. The manufacturer will make 1,957 units in honor of the year the Helvetica font was introduced.

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