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Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

At CES 2014, we named the Jaybird Reign our best wearable of the show. That wasn’t because it was pretty, had a flashy screen, or even had some other hardware tweak we hadn’t seen yet. Reign got our award based on their software, which promises a singular, holistic approach to your health status. With smart features and Jaybird’s great hardware history, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the Reign for quite some time. In a world with so many other fantastic fitness wearables, was it worth the wait?

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Nestle details “exercise in a bottle” research

Nestle details “exercise in a bottle” research

Nestle is working on the Holy Grail of weight loss, a fat-burning additive that could be dropped into foods and replicate the effects of exercise but without the sweaty reality of doing it. The team, based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is exploring how a new compound dubbed C13 could be used in food to stimulate the enzymes which control how the body burns fats and sugars. If tweaked in just the right way, Nestle says, that could mean a new age of foods which would allow the body to get the same fitness benefits from a brisk walk as would normally take much more strenuous exertion.

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Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

We have a lot of smart objects in our lives these days. Smart phones, smart watches, smart homes, and a bit of smart cars. What about smart bikes? No? Well, Baidu thinks "yes" and its Dubike smart bike is now up for everyone to see. Or at least images and videos of it. The Dubike is indeed equipped with your standard fare navigation and tracking features, but it is a bike that does not easily reveal its geeky nature and looks like any classy, high-end bicycle.

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BitBite smart earbud monitors your eating habits

BitBite smart earbud monitors your eating habits

If you've gotten your fill of health-tracking wristbands and jewelry and are wondering what else you can monitor, there's the BitBite, a smart earbud of sorts that keeps track of your eating habits and lets you know when you need to lay off the midnight snacks or boost the size of your lunch. It does this by tracking chewing, and tosses in things like voice recognition, which allows the user to say what they're eating for it to be properly logged in the related app.

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Ear-O-Smart fitness tracker is a stylish pair of earrings

Ear-O-Smart fitness tracker is a stylish pair of earrings

Now that wearable devices are solidly in the public eye, more makers are coming out with stylish options that can be worn without the device drawing attention to itself, unlike many wearables on the market. We've seen wearable jewelry in the past, and latest in that category is the oddly named "Ear-o-Smart", a fitness tracker that comes in the form of unassuming studded earrings. Ear-o-Smart is the brainchild of BioSensive Technologies, a Canadian company, and is decidedly targeted at women with three different styles.

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Project Ara has blood oxygen sensor in the works

Project Ara has blood oxygen sensor in the works

Project Ara is cool, because the ability to alter your smartphone specs piece-by-piece is attractive. Though we’ve not quite thought about what Ara could be beyond a smartphone — partly because it barely starts up right now — the use-cases for the handheld are nearly endless. At Engadget’s Engage conference, Project Ara chief Paul Eremenko displayed a cool new feature for the device, which could take it well beyond your pocket and into the healthcare field. There’s now a module that will test your blood oxygen level, just by putting a finger on it.

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Withings Activite up for pre-order, will cost $450

Withings Activite up for pre-order, will cost $450

In combining two worlds, making an analog watch with some health monitors embedded, Withings is straddling a line nobody else is. The French fitness device maker is taking a Swiss-made watch, combining some fitness sensors, and including it all in one handsome device. The Withings Activite is now up for pre-order, but might set you back a bit more than imagined. At $450, it’s a good sight more than other wearables it competes with, but still holds a distinct edge in one regard.

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Fitbit pulled from Apple Store, likely due to HealthKit

Fitbit pulled from Apple Store, likely due to HealthKit

Fitbit’s aim is to build their own platform up, much like the robust system Jawbone has with Up. The difference, at least as Apple seems to view it, is that Jawbone supports HealthKit, Apple’s back-end for cobbling together your health stats. Fitbit has already noted they aren’t interested in supporting Apple’s health initiative, instead taking the “wait and see” approach. It seems that’s finally caught up with them, and like another Apple partner, has been yanked form the Apple Store (at least online) altogether.

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Facebook’s Ebola stand: Zuckerberg donates, wants you to also

Facebook’s Ebola stand: Zuckerberg donates, wants you to also

The world's biggest Social Network is getting pumped up about fighting Ebola. To do this, Mark Zuckerberg has released a video outlining how Facebook is teaming up with UNICEF to help provide people in affected and nearby countries by sharing information on Facebook. They'll be helping people prevent, detect, and treat Ebola by providing internet connectivity in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Zuckerberg himself also donated $25 of his own dollars to fight Ebola while Facebook's internet service will cost millions more.

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