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Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

Microsoft Band teams with TaylorMade’s myRoundPro for golf tracking

The wearable smart device Microsoft Band receives an upgrade to track users' golf games. This should be a good indicator for the direction of the band, a device that's currently at war with the likes of the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices of all sorts. This system works not only with Microsoft Band, but Microsoft Health as well, an app ecosystem that exists exclusively on Microsoft Windows Phone devices.

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MLB clarifies, Apple Watch is ok in the dugouts

MLB clarifies, Apple Watch is ok in the dugouts

Following yesterday's news about Major League Baseball banning the Apple Watch in the dugouts after a team manager was recently spotted wearing one during a game, the sports league has clarified that the smartwatch is allowed, as long as it's not used for communication alongside a smartphone. The issue came up after Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was questioned by the MLB after wearing an Apple Watch during games. A local newspaper reporter also highlighted the fact that is the MLB that gifted the wearable to Yost.

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MLB bans Apple Watch from dugouts during games

MLB bans Apple Watch from dugouts during games

In an odd turn of the events, Major League Baseball has officially ruled that the Apple Watch is not allowed in the dugout during games. While this may seem strange, it's an extension of the existing ban on smartphones. The addition to the rule came after the MLB spotted Ned Yost, the manager of the Kansas City Royals, wearing the Apple smartwatch during games. What makes this situation odd is that it was the MLB that gifted Yost the Watch after he managed the All Star Game last month.

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Misfit Speedo Shine tracks swimmers in their natural habitat

Misfit Speedo Shine tracks swimmers in their natural habitat

Fitness tracking device maker Misfit has teamed up with sports equipment specialist Speedo to cross-brand their way into a unique kind of smart device. The Speedo Shine takes the abilities of previous Misfit Shine devices and dives in to the water. The Speedo Shine will be able to track fitness, swimming, and sleep in a waterproof package, waterproof up to 50 meters under the surface of the drink. This is the first Misfit device to be tested with the high-accuracy underwater requirements set by Speedo's own Aqualab.

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Combat+ Sync sport headphones have built-in intercom

Combat+ Sync sport headphones have built-in intercom

Exercise and sports practice are often paired with music, and the music is usually delivered via a pair of earbuds wedged deeply in one’s ears. That’s fine until a coach or personal trainer needs to get your attention — then it’s all arm waving and towel throwing until the wearer takes notice. The new Combat+ Sync headphones take care of that problem by featuring a built-in intercom mechanism; they double as a pair of walkie talkies, allowing a trainer to talk directly into the athlete's ear from a distance.

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Twitter rolls out emoji for Premier League kickoff

Twitter rolls out emoji for Premier League kickoff

If you're both a Twitter user and big time soccer (football, if you're reading this from outside the US) fan, then there's a whole bunch of new emoji for you to fill your tweets with. The social network is marking the start of the 2015-2016 Premier League with a set of its custom emoji, called hashflags, featuring every team's emblem. So you can show your support for Manchester with #MUFC, or cheer for Southhampton with #SaintsFC.

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Watch: man surfs with dirt bike, rides across ocean

Watch: man surfs with dirt bike, rides across ocean

If you thought GoPro's video of a man flying like a superhero down a mountain and through a split rock was impressive, DC's new video will blow your mind. Titled 'Pipe Dream', the video shows the successful conclusion of one man's two-year pursuit: to surf with his dirt bike. He took to the waves in full motocross getup, helmet and all. He also blasted his way over the ocean on the motor bike, dumbfounding a few people in the process. Full video after the jump!

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CBS tipped in plan to livestream Super Bowl 50 ads

CBS tipped in plan to livestream Super Bowl 50 ads

On February 7, 2016, many people will swarm around the TV to watch Super Bowl 50, and a decent number of them will just be in it for the commercials. Watching those coveted Super Bowl commercials has always required you to catch them live or, in recent times, watch them afterwards online. CBS is reportedly having none of that nonsense next year, and instead been tipped in a plan that, as far as the TV industry goes, is huge: it will reportedly be streaming those commercials live in real-time, letting you watch them from your smartphone at the same time someone else is watching them on television.

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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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ESPN’s (possible) future: direct subscriptions, no cable required

ESPN’s (possible) future: direct subscriptions, no cable required

The television industry is in a state of limbo -- viewers are moving en masse to so-called cord cutting options like Netflix, Sling TV, and on-demand streaming services. Networks have been slow to accept these services, however, having a careful juggling act to maintain in regards to things like advertisers and DVD sales. Report after report has shown that consumers are moving on regardless of industry resistance, and this year has been particularly kind with the advent of things like Sling TV and Showtime's new streaming option. The future looks even brighter.

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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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eSports league will start policing drug use among gamers

eSports league will start policing drug use among gamers

Drug testing athletes is nothing new, and the same sort of policy will soon apply to gamers. Earlier this month, pro Counter-Strike player Kory ‘Semphis’ Friesen admitted to using Adderall, along with others on his then-team Cloud9, during a big tournament. Some consider this cheating, as Adderall, much like Ritalin, can be abused to help improve concentration and focus for anything ranging from studying to playing video games. Adderall use among pro gamers isn't uncommon, and that's a problem.

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