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Microsoft Band builds on cycling as Health starts to shy from wearables

Microsoft Band builds on cycling as Health starts to shy from wearables

Microsoft’s wearable and fitness monitoring platform — Band and Health, respectively — are seeing another update. On the back of the most recent tweak, which brought in a cycling tile and a tiny keyboard to complement an SDK, Microsoft is today building on the bicycling monitoring and adding some context to gathered data. In a strange but ultimately smart turn of events, Microsoft is also announcing they’re no longer making Band a must-have to use their Health app. In the coming weeks, your smartphone sensors will be used to push basic info to Health.

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Playing Candy Crush Saga non-stop for 8 weeks ruptures man’s thumb tendon

Playing Candy Crush Saga non-stop for 8 weeks ruptures man’s thumb tendon

BlackBerry users from days of yore may remember the condition that was jokingly dubbed BlackBerry thumb — that is, a repetitive strain injury caused by tapping the device's buttons over and over again for long periods of time. Well, that condition can develop from any repetitive thumb use, and as this story reveals, one modern candidate may be the smartphone game Candy Crush Saga. Addiction to the free-to-play Candy Crush games isn't new, but this California man's playing was so excessive, he didn't even notice the pain leading up to a thumb tendon rupture.

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Garmn Vector 2, 2S make cycling power metrics easier to do

Garmn Vector 2, 2S make cycling power metrics easier to do

You might know Garmin to be more of a navigation technology company, but two years ago it debuted a Vector line of products that focused not on getting where you're going but on how you are getting there. The first Vector in 2013, followed by the Vector S a year later, are bike pedals that helped cyclists get a hold of their performance stats. Today, Garmin is stepping up, no pun intended, with the launch of the 2nd generation Vector 2 and Vector 2S pedals, now made even easier to install and remove.

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Jawbone UP2 packs UP24 tech in svelte UP3 style

Jawbone UP2 packs UP24 tech in svelte UP3 style

Jawbone may have had a few stumbles bringing the UP3 to market, but it's finally arriving and it's bringing a friend: the new Jawbone UP2. Taking the functionality of the well-regarded UP24, but repackaging it into a sleek new wristband form-factor borrowing the style of the UP3, the UP2 manages to be 45-percent of the volume of its predecessor while still delivering all the same fitness and sleep tracking abilities.

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Researchers might finally have a fix for the color blind

Researchers might finally have a fix for the color blind

Despite our many advancements in technology, there are still some biological matters that continue to confound and befuddle us. It might come as a surprise to many that color blindness, a condition that affects more than 10 million in the US alone, is one of those. But hopefully not anymore. Jay and Maureen Neitz, husband and wife researchers from the University of Washington, may finally have a way to fix this genetic mutation to help those affected by it to see in color again. And it won't even require surgery.

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White House details plan to fight drug-resistant bacteria

White House details plan to fight drug-resistant bacteria

Drug-resistant bacteria is a serious problem, causing thousands of deaths in the US (and even more elsewhere) and millions of hard-to-treat illnesses every year. It's important to address the issue, and while some campaigns aiming to educate the public on how to help prevent this have taken place, they haven't been enough. Now the White House is getting involved, with the Obama administration detailing its recent past efforts and future plans for addressing the issue, including the development of diagnostic tests and limiting inappropriate prescriptions.

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Apple Watch’s killer feature may be ‘learning’ your stride

Apple Watch’s killer feature may be ‘learning’ your stride

If you’ve ever worn a wearable and found it inaccurate, it may have been because you’re weird. Maybe you walk strange, or run kind of goofy. It’s part of what makes you unique, though, so why try to change? In her latest blog post discussing the Apple Watch, Christy Turlington Burns noted a quirk in the Apple Watch; a quirk you might like, weird-running reader. It seems that after a few runs, Burns’ Apple Watch picked up on her strides, ‘learning’ her gait.

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Google awarded patent for their smart contact lens

Google awarded patent for their smart contact lens

Remember the Google X skunkworks project that saw the company imagining contact lenses that could monitor your glucose levels? Sounded weird, and more like some means to an end for a bigger project. Then we found Google had a partner in Novartis, and the contact lens that could monitor your health seemed a bit closer to reality. It’s now even closer to being on your eye, as Google has been granted a patent to manufacture the lenses, which have multiple layers and their own chipset.

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Fitbit adds bicycling activity monitoring, multi-sensor tracking

Fitbit adds bicycling activity monitoring, multi-sensor tracking

Fitbit Surge is great for tracking your activity level and even has some insight on the type of activity you do, but it doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone. In an attempt to find a new market, Fitbit is updating their Surge wearable with the ability to track bicycling metrics. The update is also bringing in 9-hour battery life for GPS use, and a swipe-through interface for when you’re riding your bike. There’s even a new biking-centric page in the Fitbit app.

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There’s already an Apple Watch app predicting your time of death

There’s already an Apple Watch app predicting your time of death

There's a lot to be said about how the new Apple Watch does much more than just tell the time; it has several full-fledged health and activity tracking features, not to mention being able to run its own apps. One of these forthcoming apps tells an alternate form of the time, such as how much longer you have to live. It's called Life Clock, and it's much more than a joke or novelty that just counts down seconds arbitrarily, it actually estimates and updates the time based on your health data.

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