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Nike’s developing an ice hat to keep your head cool

Nike’s developing an ice hat to keep your head cool

Feel too hot after your summer runs but don’t like pouring water on your head? Nike’s developing an alternative, a yet-unnamed ice hat of sorts that will chill your head more effectively, and without the mess. It’s more of a shrouded helmet than a hat, featuring a large hood-like component with a neck piece and face mesh. It is being developed in conjunction with Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, and its design goal is to reduce an athlete’s overall body temperature by rapidly cooling down one’s head.

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Converse Chucks redesigned with Nike tech for comfort

Converse Chucks redesigned with Nike tech for comfort

For the first time in the 98 years since the Chuck Taylor shoe was released, Converse has issued a redesign. This is the Chuck Taylor II, complete with NIKE technology inside. Not so much technology as cushioning. Not so much a redesign as an addition of a long-bemoaned missing part of the equation: comfort. This version of the shoe isn't as bare and minimal as its predecessor. This version of the shoe wont result in aching feet and a less-than-optimal jump shot when you've been out on the court for more than 5-minutes.

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Nike CEO ‘excited’ about possible Apple collaboration in future

Nike CEO ‘excited’ about possible Apple collaboration in future

Nike and Apple have long had a good-standing relationship when it comes the convergence of technology and athletics. One of the first products that came from the relationship was the Nike+running initiative, which started with a small chip placed inside a running shoe paired with a connected iPod. Today that product has evolved into the Nike+ Running app for the Apple Watch, which Nike CEO Mark Parker recently praised as a "great experience." That comment was made in a recent interview with CNBC, where Parker added that he was "excited about the potential that the Apple-Nike relationship has."

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Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband stripped from Apple Store

Jawbone UP, Nike Fuelband stripped from Apple Store

With Apple Watch looming on the horizon, it seems Apple is clearing room from retail stores to make room for their own wearable. In your local Apple Store, you will no longer find most Jawbone products or the Nike Fuelband. Though both are fitness bands that don’t necessarily compete directly with Apple Watch, they’ve nonetheless been removed from circulation via Apple. Neither device can be found via Apple’s online store, either. Other wearables are still available, at least online, but if you were planning to pick up a Jawbone UP24 with your new iPhone, think again.

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Nike updated Nike+ app, brings in partners for full-fledged platform

Nike updated Nike+ app, brings in partners for full-fledged platform

After refocusing their efforts with regard to fitness tracking, Nike is now making their Nike+ software available for more devices. If you use Nike+, you can now link your Garmin, Tom Tom, Wahoo, and Netpulse wearable to the platform. In the app, you’ll find a new ‘partners’ feature that will tell you which devices from which OEM can be used. Nike suggests each partner was chosen for specific reasons, but all seem to be implemented due to Nike dropping their own hardware initiatives cold.

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Nike+ Fuel app now connects with iOS Health, band no longer needed

Nike+ Fuel app now connects with iOS Health, band no longer needed

A significant update was released yesterday for the Nike+ Fuel app for iOS. Most notably, the app now features HealthKit integration, meaning data from Nike's FuelBand wearable can be shared with the iPhone's new Health app. But also important is that a FuelBand is no longer required at all, as users can instead rely on the health and movement tracking sensors built-in to the iPhone 6 and 5S. Since the app itself remains free, there's now no purchase required to use Nike's movement tracker.

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Nike steps up with new SNKRS app

Nike steps up with new SNKRS app

Nike has introduced a new app for sneakerheads, the aptly named SNKRS app. It's being described as an "inside source" to Nike's products for those in the United States specifically, and once the user ties (pun intended) their Nike account to the app, they'll be able to personalize their experience, get updates on the latest shoes-centric news, and browse through the different designs and offerings. In addition, the app gives a behind-the-scenes kind of look at different footwear and the story behind them.

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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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Back to the Future delivers in 2015 with Nike, VR, Tony Hawk, and Pepsi

Back to the Future delivers in 2015 with Nike, VR, Tony Hawk, and Pepsi

Easily one of the most iconic sets of scenes in a film about the future appears in the epic comedy Back to the Future II. In this film we travel forward to the year 2015 to the day November 5th. In the year 2011, Nike blasted everyone's faces off with the first release of the Nike MAG - that's the pair of shoes that appear in BTTF2 - without the Power Laces. Fast-forward to February of 2014 and the designer of the MAG shoes confirmed power laces for 2015. These are just one of a set of products inspired by BTTF2 and prepped for release this year, the year they're supposed to have been on the market.

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Nike’s all-LED basketball court is a dream come true

Nike’s all-LED basketball court is a dream come true

Marketing is huge for sports, but some have it easier than others. A football field or soccer pitch are green, making it easy to force an ad on the surface for TV viewers. Other sports like basketball don’t have it so easy, and have to find crucial areas to sell ad space. A new court, which is totally LED, may be the next generation of ad revenue for the NBA.

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