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Spire stress wearable watches you breathing, sleeping

Spire stress wearable watches you breathing, sleeping

Stress can be a killer, but actually spotting the symptoms when you're in the midst of a hectic day can be tough, which is where new wearable Spire comes in. Adding to the usual activity tracking by monitoring breathing patterns, Spire's app can then figure out your state of mind and fire out warnings and suggestions via the phone it's connected to over Bluetooth LE.

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Samsung may purchase voice assistant company Nuance

Samsung may purchase voice assistant company Nuance

Nuance Communications, who champion the popular Dragon voice-to-text assistant, are reportedly entertaining buyout offers. The company is said to have begun discussions with several suitors, according to those familiar with the situation. Those talks are with both existing tech companies and private equity firms.

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Fitbit for Windows Phone 8.1 confirmed

Fitbit for Windows Phone 8.1 confirmed

Fitbit is cooking up a Windows Phone 8.1 app, the wearable health band company has confirmed, bringing support for the popular tracker to Microsoft's smartphone platform. News of the app was confirmed by Fitbit on the company's official product forums, after would-be users were vocal in their demands for a version.

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Vessyl smart cup tracks coffee and more for IoT hydration

Vessyl smart cup tracks coffee and more for IoT hydration

Vessyl thinks you have a drinking problem, and it's convinced a $200 smart cup is the answer. Promising to bring the Internet of Things to something as old-school as how we drink, the Yves Behar-designed cup uses a proprietary sensor which can apparently identify what liquid is inside - even down to recognizing specific brands, like a Starbucks latte or a Heineken lager.

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Healthcare.gov is getting a sleek, easy-to-use redesign

Healthcare.gov is getting a sleek, easy-to-use redesign

If you remember the terribly executed healthcare.gov website, you may also remember the frustration from both users and site administrators. Urged to sign up, many users were simply unable to. The fix came, months later, but nobody was really pleased with the whole charade. A newer, easier to use site is incoming, though, which should thwart any future disasters.

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iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

iOS 8 Health: Apple’s play to own fitness

As plays for the wearable and fitness space go, iOS 8 HealthKit is ambitiously broad. Apple will initially support logging of over sixty different types of data, from the basics like weight and gender, through step-counts and blood-glucose levels. By leaving the collection to accessory manufacturers - at least initially, anyway - Apple can safely be comprehensive without having to fill each of those gaps itself with dedicated hardware, throwing itself into the center of the argument over privacy versus aggregation.

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