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Nintendo has its own sleep tracker in the pipeline

Nintendo has its own sleep tracker in the pipeline

Sleep and the modern world are constantly butting heads; even if you get to bed on time, there's a good chance your smartphone is right there next to you, beckoning with endless distractions that deprive you of the sleep necessary for optimal health. Many of the fitness trackers on the market include a sleep mode that keeps tabs on how many hours you spend snoozing. Nintendo is working on something similar, but it won't come in the form of a wearable.

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Microsoft Band wearable is official and available now

Microsoft Band wearable is official and available now

Microsoft's hotly anticipated wearable had a rocky unveiling today, popping up first via its mobile apps rather than in anything official. The company has wasted little time, however, and has officially taken the wraps off its fitness wearable: the Microsoft Band. Named such for its wristband design, no doubt, the Band is a fitness tracker with an edge, able to both keep tabs on your activities and your digital life. As the apps indicated earlier this evening, the wearable works alongside the Microsoft Health platform and in conjunction with a handful of different partners.

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Microsoft Band wearable surfaces early in app releases

Microsoft Band wearable surfaces early in app releases

For reasons unknown, a trio of Microsoft apps have arrived in the big three app stores, with the Apple version in particular showing off a wearable called "Band" that is, presumably, the device expected to launch officially in the near future. Not much is revealed by the three app listings, though an official look at the product is certainly nothing to complain about. What we do see, however, follows nicely alongside the details that have surfaced over past months through different sources, the particulars of which we have after the jump.

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iHealth Edge fitness tracker arrives in the US

iHealth Edge fitness tracker arrives in the US

iHealth Lab's Edge health tracker has officially launched in the United States, bringing yet another activity-centric wearable to a market that doesn't yet have enough of them. The wearable features a design similar to a smartwatch, though it can also be worn as a clip-on for times that is more convenient. As with competing products, the Edge keeps track of all sorts of health metrics, not the least of which is fitness data like calories burned and information related to one's sleep quality at night.

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Google Fit now available via the Play Store

Google Fit now available via the Play Store

With Apple’s HealthKit, we were promised a core app in Health that would give us insight on our overall wellbeing, based on apps that worked with the platform. though HealthKit had a rough start, it’s here, and when used properly, not all that bad a take on your health and fitness stats. Google previously announced their own health platform in Google Fit, which aims to do the exact same thing HealthKit does — just for Android. Google has now published their app to the Play Store, and it’s compatible with just about every Android phone around.

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Fitbit adds GPS and heart-rate tracking in wearable refresh

Fitbit adds GPS and heart-rate tracking in wearable refresh

Fitbit has revealed a trio of new fitness tracking wearables, the Charge, Charge HR, and Surge, promising not only health monitoring but Caller ID and sleep pattern tracking. Launching today in the case of the Fitbit Charge, and in early 2015 for the other models, each has a display - OLED on the Charge and Charge HR, and an LCD touchscreen on the Surge smartwatch - and up to a full week of battery life, the company claims. Meanwhile, there's also the promise of access to the heart rate and GPS data collected by the three, though the Fitbit API.

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Uber giving out flu shots today, but you better hurry!

Uber giving out flu shots today, but you better hurry!

For many, Flu Shots are a necessary right of passage into the Fall and Winter months. The immunizations are increasingly easy to get, with many pharmacies across the United States administering them on a walk-in basis. Sometimes you just can’t find the time to get your Flu Shot in, though, which is where Uber comes into play. A new pilot program, which will only last a day and is only available in select cities, will see nurses bringing the Flu Shot to you.

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DARPA turns its attention to atom-wide brain sensors

DARPA turns its attention to atom-wide brain sensors

DARPA, known half-jokingly as the Department of Mad Scientists, has again turned its attention to the human brain, this time hoping to expand our insight into it and its structure through the use of incredibly tiny (read: atom-sized) graphene sensors. It detailed its latest effort on Monday, explaining its work in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin at Madison to create a new form of technology for peering into how the brain functions. This is done as part of President Obama's brain initiative, says the research agency.

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Zepp sports sensor now pits you against pro athletes

Zepp sports sensor now pits you against pro athletes

Zepp's fancy sports tracking nugget could always show you how your golf or baseball swing was shaping up, but a new deal with pro-level athletes can now tell you how you compare with those earning big bucks in the sports. Zepp launched back in 2013, a 1-inch square dongle that clips to your golf glove or baseball/softball bat and comes filled with sensors to track movement in 3D and then feed performance stats to a companion app. Now, though, there's a whole new level of training aid integrated, including 3D modeling, as well as a free version of the app to get an early taster.

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Dyson Humidifier employs UV light to keep air germ-free

Dyson Humidifier employs UV light to keep air germ-free

Dyson is really spreading its wings as far as its product lineup goes. Just last month it introduced to the world its first robot vacumm cleaner, the 360 Eye. Now, it is doing so again but with a humidifier. It doesn't have an ominous sounding name and is simply called the Dyson Humidifier. That doesn't mean, however, that it is any less interesting. This humidifier, which resembles and doubles as a bladeless fan, not only keeps your air cozily humid, it also kills germs before it distributes those water particles as well.

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