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HTC Grip hands-on; finally, an HTC wearable

HTC Grip hands-on; finally, an HTC wearable

As expected, HTC now has a wearable. The company has long been complimentary of wearables, and vowed long ago to have one for us at some point. With the Grip, HTC hopes to get a grip on the wearable market, and tough it has a display — the Grip is more fitness wearable than smartwatch. It also makes good on HTC’s partnership with Under Armour, and when we consider other moves Under Armour has made, could make this wearable a go-to for fitness buffs.

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CliniCloud brings connected healthcare with stethoscope, thermometer

CliniCloud brings connected healthcare with stethoscope, thermometer

The ‘Internet of Things’ is bringing a lot of cool stuff that isn’t smartphones or tablets. Much of it has to do with your home, with several good DIY home security kits making a splash in their own way. Another avenue for connected success comes via medical equipment for the home, where devices connected to your phone (and an app) promise a better view of your health statistics. We’re seeing this come to light with Wishbone’s contactless thermometer, but a new pair of devices from CliniCloud want to push it a step further.

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Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

The assumption that you need to strap something onto your wrist in order to accurately gauge your fitness level might not be accurate. Your favorite wearable might not be, either — or at least any more accurate at detecting steps taken than your phone. A new study claims apps are just as good at monitoring your activity level than some of the top wearables on the market. The University of Pennsylvania tested apps and wearables in a controlled environment, and the results are pretty interesting.

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Under Armour buys Endomondo, MyFitnessPal

Under Armour buys Endomondo, MyFitnessPal

Under Armour, most notable as a clothing and footwear manufacturer for sports and fitness buffs, has acquired two software companies. MyFitnessPal and Endomondo are now Under Armour properties, giving the sportswear manufacturer complimentary services to their existing MapMyFitness and UA Record suite of apps. According to Under Armour, this now gives them a user base of over 120 million, and the “largest digital health and fitness community”.

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Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Running on a treadmill in your living room or doing pushups in the bedroom can be boring. Really, really boring. A gym would be better, but it’s just not always possible. Runtastic is about to change the home workout, and is planning to introduce a version of their famous 7-minute workout for the Oculus Rift. As you might imagine, the app will give you an immersive 3D environment for your workout, but won’t be a radical departure from what you might be used to with your existing workout app.

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Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

Jaybird Reign review: in the ‘Go Zone’ of fitness wearables

At CES 2014, we named the Jaybird Reign our best wearable of the show. That wasn’t because it was pretty, had a flashy screen, or even had some other hardware tweak we hadn’t seen yet. Reign got our award based on their software, which promises a singular, holistic approach to your health status. With smart features and Jaybird’s great hardware history, we’ve been eagerly anticipating the Reign for quite some time. In a world with so many other fantastic fitness wearables, was it worth the wait?

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Project Ara has blood oxygen sensor in the works

Project Ara has blood oxygen sensor in the works

Project Ara is cool, because the ability to alter your smartphone specs piece-by-piece is attractive. Though we’ve not quite thought about what Ara could be beyond a smartphone — partly because it barely starts up right now — the use-cases for the handheld are nearly endless. At Engadget’s Engage conference, Project Ara chief Paul Eremenko displayed a cool new feature for the device, which could take it well beyond your pocket and into the healthcare field. There’s now a module that will test your blood oxygen level, just by putting a finger on it.

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Fitbit pulled from Apple Store, likely due to HealthKit

Fitbit pulled from Apple Store, likely due to HealthKit

Fitbit’s aim is to build their own platform up, much like the robust system Jawbone has with Up. The difference, at least as Apple seems to view it, is that Jawbone supports HealthKit, Apple’s back-end for cobbling together your health stats. Fitbit has already noted they aren’t interested in supporting Apple’s health initiative, instead taking the “wait and see” approach. It seems that’s finally caught up with them, and like another Apple partner, has been yanked form the Apple Store (at least online) altogether.

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Runtastic’s new Sleep Better app tracks your tossing and turning

Runtastic’s new Sleep Better app tracks your tossing and turning

Part of your overall healthy lifestyle is getting the right amount of rest, but do you know if you are getting it? More to the point, are you getting good sleep? There are wearables that can help you decipher the deep-sleep code, but that might not be your style (literally). If you’re more of a smartphone-centric user, Runtastic just released an app that aims to offer up better details of your sleep patterns and habits while your head in on the pillow.

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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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