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Moves fitness tracker app jogs onto Android

Moves fitness tracker app jogs onto Android

Fitness tracking app Moves has made the jump from iOS to Android, bypassing dedicated hardware and instead relying on your smartphone's plethora of sensors to monitor movement and location. The app, which has already been downloaded 2.5m times for iPhone and which - Moves developer ProtoGeo claims - is tracking double the steps each day that Nike's Fuelband gathers, uses the smartphone's GPS and accelerometer to differentiate between and log walking, running, and cycling, in addition to keeping a list of which locations users frequent, such as their nearest Starbucks and MacDonald's.

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Google Calico takes on mortality with Apple chairman’s help

Google Calico takes on mortality with Apple chairman’s help

Google has launched Calico, a new "moonshot" company aiming to extend human life and putting Apple chairman Art Levinson at the helm as CEO and founding investor. "With some longer term, moonshot thinking around healthcare and biotechnology, I believe we can improve millions of lives" Google CEO Larry Page said of the new company, while Tim Cook weighed in with his own vote of support for the project. "For too many of our friends and family, life has been cut short or the quality of their life is too often lacking" the Apple CEO said, describing Levinson as "one of the crazy ones who thinks it doesn't have to be this way."

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Nissan Nismo Concept Watch unveiled, monitors your health and social networks

Nissan Nismo Concept Watch unveiled, monitors your health and social networks

Following the rising popularity of wearable devices, Nissan has just launched its own Nismo Concept Watch ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show this month. But rather than doing the normal things you think a smartwatch would do, the Nisma Concept's features focuses on keeping tabs on both the car and driver's status in order to improve the performance of Nissan motorsports athletes.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks with health focus

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch leaks with health focus

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch has apparently leaked, just days ahead of the wearable's expected debut at Samsung's pre-IFA September 4 event. The bulky touchscreen smartwatch was unofficially shown off in prototype form to VentureBeat, along with details from an internal marketing video which describe the onboard WiFi and Bluetooth, roughly 3-inch OLED display, and a 4-megapixel camera integrated into the strap. Samsung apparently expects wearers to use that camera as a food-logging tool, taking snapshots of meals and then tagging them with type so as to build up a diet diary for heath purposes.

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Microsoft Sculpt desktop accessories offer health-centric ergonomic designs

Microsoft Sculpt desktop accessories offer health-centric ergonomic designs

Those who spend any significant amount of time every day at their desk know the discomfort that can result from an improper work setup, whether it be a stiff back or a pinched nerve. Such was reflected in a Healthy Computing Survey conducted by Microsoft, which it made available today to coincide with the launch of two ergonomic desktop accessories: the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop and the Sculpt Comfort Desktop.

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Bill Gates: Google web balloons “won’t help” key issues

Bill Gates: Google web balloons “won’t help” key issues

Bill Gates has slammed Google's Project Loon, which would bring internet connectivity to developing nations using high-altitude balloons, arguing that getting online won't help core issues like malaria, and suggesting that the search giant has lost its way when it comes to altruism. "When you're dying of malaria, I suppose you'll look up and see that balloon, and I'm not sure how it'll help you" Microsoft founder Gates told Bloomberg Businessweek, when asked whether he saw schemes like Project Loon helping low-income countries. "When a kid gets diarrhea, no, there's no website that relieves that."

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Garmin Vector cyclist power meter hits stores

Garmin Vector cyclist power meter hits stores

Garmin has launched its latest health tracker, the Garmin Vector, this time targeting cyclists wanting to record their power output. Fitted, the manufacturer claims, in minutes to a bike's pedals, the ANT+ compatible power meter can track individual power output from each leg, squirting data to a Garmin Edge head unit and, from there, into the web-based Garmin Connect user profile.

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Shine activity tracker hits Apple Stores to challenge Flex and Fuelband

Shine activity tracker hits Apple Stores to challenge Flex and Fuelband

Activity tracker Shine is headed to Apple Stores this week, with the discrete wearable the latest option in health monitoring to follow in the footsteps of Nike's Fuelband and Jawbone's UP. Initially funded by an Indiegogo campaign late last year, Shine is arguably the most attractive of the health dongles we've seen so far, being a simple metal disc with hidden LEDs to show your daily progress or the current time.

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Adidas miCoach X_Cell shown off at FCC

Adidas miCoach X_Cell shown off at FCC

We've talked about Adida's miCoach series in the past, and while the fitness-tracking devices have laid low for quite some time, it seems as if Adidas is ready to reboot the product line with a new miCoach device. For example, what's supposedly called the miCoach X_Cell is making its way through the FCC now and could see a release in a few months.

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FACTOR Vis Vires road bike outted with ANT+ integration

FACTOR Vis Vires road bike outted with ANT+ integration

All of the cool tech that you can get for your bike can add a lot of new functionality to the way you exercise, including cadence sensors, and bike computers that tell you your speed and distances. However, all of this technology has never really been implemented into the bike seamlessly, but that's where a company called FACTOR is looking to change that.

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