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Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Apple may kick Fitbit out of stores over HealthKit

Not long ago, we reported that Fitbit wasn’t enthralled with Apple’s HealthKit. They didn’t say it was lacking, but they also said they were being a bit more pragmatic about it than some users would hope for. According to a new report, Apple will stop selling Fitbit products in their stores, instead choosing to make way for their own wearables which do support HealthKit. Though it’s not clear exactly why Fitbit is being removed from store shelves, the HealthKit slight is hard to look past.

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Fitbit Charge, Charge HR leaked in press materials

Fitbit Charge, Charge HR leaked in press materials

Fitbit is a leader in the fitness wearable group, and widely popular among those who wish to stay healthy and knowledgeable about their caloric intake or steps taken. After recently swearing off HealthKit (temporarily) to focus on their own platform, we learn exactly what that focus may be about. A leaked shot of new Fitbit marketing materials show an expanded lineup, with a new device that can track your heart rate. Named the Charge, this new Fitbit leads their own charge into 2015.

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Jaybird Reign lands in the Go-Zone on October 26

Jaybird Reign lands in the Go-Zone on October 26

The world is not short of fitness wearables, and while Jaybird's Reign managed to impress us back at CES 2014 in January, it's only this month that the wrist-worn wearable is finally hitting shelves. Packing the ability to track Heart Rate Variability (HRV) - which Jaybird says gives results 99-percent accurate to those you'd get from a medical EKG - the Reign introduces a new metric dubbed "Go-Score" which, rather than tracking historic performance, claims to actually tell you how ready for activity your body is.

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Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

Google is experimenting with “call a doctor” video chat

As we've mentioned before, tech companies are now getting into the health business as well. Although Google already has its hands partly inside the health cookie jar, with thrusts like Google Fit, it seems that that company is planning on getting deeper and more involved with people's medical needs. Google has hinted that it is considering a new service, integrated into its already many services, that would let users consult a proper doctor for whatever concerns they may have, like a Helpouts but with certified physicians.

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Fitbit and HealthKit? Not any time soon

Fitbit and HealthKit? Not any time soon

As we’ve said time and again, Apple’s HealthKit has a lot of promise. The ability to view data about yourself via a single app (Health) is a neat idea. It’s been assumed that companies would jump at the chance to get on-board with HealthKit, and engage users on a whole new level. At least one major fitness technology brand isn’t interested. Fitbit is currently swearing off HealthKit, but aren’t staunchly against the platform. It seems they’re just being pragmatic about Apple’s new fitness darling.

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Facebook tipped to be interested in your health

Facebook tipped to be interested in your health

Facebook may have just found its next social experiment, or rather public service venue. Anonymous sources close to the matter have revealed that the social networking giant is now interested in entering into the Internet healthcare business. What that means for your privacy and your actual offline health will depend on how Facebook will be able to implement and spin this new outlet.

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MIT develops pill coated with tiny needles to replace shots

MIT develops pill coated with tiny needles to replace shots

Shots are strange things -- though small in the grand scheme of life and injuries, some of the most hardened folks among us turn jelly-knee'd at the sight of them. Perhaps there is some instinctual association between needles and poisonous stingers. Regardless, MIT has developed a potential solution, and it doesn't sound much more comforting: a pill with micro needles.

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