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Misfit Specter puts activity tracking into wireless headphones

Misfit Specter puts activity tracking into wireless headphones

Misfit has been busy at CES 2016, first announcing Ray, a sleek fitness wearable like those the company is more know for, and now its unveiled something entirely new: a pair of wireless in-ear headphones called Specter which feature activity tracking tech. The headphones appear similar to any standard Bluetooth earbuds, with a small clip-on base and a cord remote with music playback buttons, but are capable of tracking the standard data, including steps, activity, and even sleep (assuming users wear them bed).

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Misfit Ray is a fitness wearable with a sleek, minimalist design

Misfit Ray is a fitness wearable with a sleek, minimalist design

Wearables maker Misfit has just announced its first device since being acquired by Fossil just two months ago: the Misfit Ray. The fist thing you notice is that the Ray differs greatly from the sporty, coin-shaped design of Misfit's other wearable, the Shine. Instead, the new fitness tracker has a clean, simple look that could easily be mistaken for a simple bracelet. It's little more than a tube-shaped piece of aluminum attached to a flat band made of rubber or leather.

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This Sona wearable puts stress top of the health hit-list

This Sona wearable puts stress top of the health hit-list

Wearables start-up Caeden has just announced a smart bracelet called Sona. It features some of the same technology one would expect in the sea of smartwatches already available, but instead of focusing on presenting the time and notifications, or tracking fitness stats, the Sona's goal is to help wearers manage stress and improve both mind and body wellness. The wearable is for both men and women, and along with ditching a screen, takes on a simple, fashionable appearance with leather and metal.

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KidGPS tracker monitors you child’s whereabouts

KidGPS tracker monitors you child’s whereabouts

Like the idea of tracking your young child, but they won’t keep a GPS-enabled watch on their wrist? X-Doria has a different solution, one involving a rectangular tracking device called KidGPS. Instead of strapping it on like a smartwatch, the device can be attached to a lanyard for securing to a bag or belt, or it can be placed within a pocket, keeping tabs on where you kid is at, but without being intrusive.

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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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EFF developing stronger ‘Do Not Track’ standards for web browsers

EFF developing stronger ‘Do Not Track’ standards for web browsers

While a "Do Not Track" setting has become standard in most browsers today, including Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, it's commonly known that internet advertisers still have ways of tracking users. Advertisers profit from tracking the browsing history of users, and whether users have turned the Do Not Track setting on or not, many will ignore it altogether in their quest for data. That's why the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced it's building a stronger standard for the setting, aimed to protecting user privacy.

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HidnSeek tracks objects over long distances using Sigfox network

HidnSeek tracks objects over long distances using Sigfox network

There are a lot of things in your life that you likely consider worth tracking: that expensive drone you bought but can't quite operate yet, your luggage on its slow trek to your destination, maybe even a pet or a child if you're feeling particularly cautious. There's no lack of Bluetooth tracking devices on the market, but their range limits their usefulness. Trackers that use cellular networks and GPS fill the void, and HidnSeek is the latest among them, but with a twist: it uses the Sigfox network instead.

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Wezr tracker is a portable weather station

Wezr tracker is a portable weather station

You can pull up the weather forecast on your smartphone, but that might not always be precise enough for your needs. Those out hiking, planning a weekend trip, and more need to know precise local weather in their exact location. Wezr, a weather tracker, is bid as the solution, serving as a mobile weather station on a key ring. It can be used at any time to get “ultra-precise” weather piped to one’s own smartphone at any time. The company behind Wezr says its device is the “most precise weather tracker” in the industry.

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iTraq global location tag requires no GPS or Bluetooth

iTraq global location tag requires no GPS or Bluetooth

A new tracking device called iTraq has debuted that is different from most of the other tracking devices on the market today. iTraq allows you to locate the tag and anything it is attached to anywhere on the planet without having to pay monthly fees or use GPS. The device is able to do this by using cellular towers.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track browser default

Microsoft drops Do Not Track browser default

Microsoft has announced that it will be changing its Do Not Track default in future iterations of its browsers -- namely that it will no longer be enabled by default. The company points to industry standards and the refinement of such, with the latest draft saying that the "signal sent MUST reflect the user's preference", and, further into it, that "In the absence of user choice, there is no tracking preference expressed." Says Microsoft, given that latter portion, it has elected to change the Do Not Track default to avoid any "misunderstanding" regarding whether the chosen implementation follows the standard.

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TrackR bravo hands-on – Tracking with Bluetooth and the crowd

TrackR bravo hands-on – Tracking with Bluetooth and the crowd

Where are your keys? How about your cat? Personal locator devices have come a long way since the days of "whistle and your keychain bleeps," and TrackR is hoping to lead the charge with its new sub-$30 bravo dongle. Aiming to not only allow users to leave their smartphone to keep track of their belongings, rather than forcing them to memorize where they last saw everything, but to also rope in the power of crowdsourcing to replace costly GPS, TrackR bravo is a 2014 Indiegogo success that's finally shipping today. It's been dangling from my belongings for the past few weeks; read on for some first-impressions.

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Windows 10 for phones gets more sensors, activity tracking

Windows 10 for phones gets more sensors, activity tracking

Last week has seen a lot Windows 10 goodies drop on our laps, but if you're more of a Windows Phone kind of guy, there's still something for you. The information, though, doesn't come from Microsoft's presentation in China, so take it with a grain of salt. But if the leak is the real thing, then Windows Phone users will be greeting some new abilities on their devices, thanks to Windows 10 for Phones' support for a broader range of sensors as well as for a new Activity Tracking framework.

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