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Jawbone UP for Groups aims to make workplaces healthier

Jawbone UP for Groups aims to make workplaces healthier

Jawbone wants to make fitness a communal goal, and to help facilitate that is its newly announced UP for Groups. As its name suggests, UP for Groups allows teams of people (ten or more individuals) to participate in healthier living together. Jawbone is specifically targeting businesses, which it says have requested ways to "support and amplify" fitness tracker usage in the workplace, but the new offering is just as applicable to schools and any other organization or collective.

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Android Wear watch faces hit Google Play

Android Wear watch faces hit Google Play

For the first time in the history of wearables, Google Play has its own wearables category for Android Wear - only it's not just dedicated to apps, it's made for watch faces. The "watch faces" category on Google Play will be launched today with dozens of "official" designer, artist, and brand-made watch faces for Android Wear devices. Google is also releasing new developer tools for Android Wear, including an official Watch Face API, so that additional watch faces can be made by all developers with great speed.

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Gear VR sold out at Samsung UPDATE: and AT&T

Gear VR sold out at Samsung UPDATE: and AT&T

There's a number of reasons why you might want to stay away from this first release of the Samsung Gear VR, but according to Samsung's sales website, there might be a few more reasons to buy. The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition - the first and only version to have been released so far - is currently "out of stock" at Samsung's website. AT&T's stock appears to still be running strong*, but we do not know how low their stock is - if it's low at all.

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Fineck smart necklace tracks posture, neck health

Fineck smart necklace tracks posture, neck health

If you're looking for an activity tracker to keep tabs on your daily activities but don't like the idea of wearing a wristband, the folks at Veari have an alternative: Fineck, a smart necklace that tracks health metrics while worn around the neck. As with wristbands, Fineck tracks common information like distance traveled, as well as neck positions, balance, and posture, providing the information on various charts through the related smartphone app.

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Uno Noteband uses speed reading to zip through notifications

Uno Noteband uses speed reading to zip through notifications

You've likely used or viewed a demonstration of Spritz speed reading technology at some point -- it shows individual words at a fast rate to improve reading time. Uno Noteband is bid as the first wearable to utilize this technology, allowing wearers to read their incoming messages and notifications quickly one word at a time. In addition to the speed-reading functionality, the wearable also functions as a fitness tracker.

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You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You don’t want a Samsung Gear VR

You might not want a Samsung Gear VR - not yet, anyway. The first Samsung Gear VR you're going to see on the market - as early as this afternoon - is the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition. This may look like a consumer release, but it's not. AT&T may be suggesting that it is, and Samsung may be suggesting that it is, the team at Oculus VR are making relatively clear that this is not meant to be the end-all, be-all release for the Gear VR. It's got Oculus branding on it, after all - they're not going to let anything out the gate suggesting it's final before they agree 100% that it is, truly, ready for everyone.

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Mira: a fashionable fitness tracker for women

Mira: a fashionable fitness tracker for women

Fashionable wearables are gaining traction, with products like the Ear-O-Smart earrings and the Omate Lutetia smartwatch ushering in what is sure to be a growing industry of smart jewelry. Mira is in the same vein as these products, taking the familiar fitness tracker technology available in a large roster of products and embedding it in a stylish bracelet. In conjunction with its mobile app, Mira provides "Boost" suggestions with a personal, encouraging slant to aid in improving one's fitness.

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Prana wearable is a breath and posture tracker

Prana wearable is a breath and posture tracker

Prana wants you to have better posture and to breathe correctly, and so to help with these two things is its new wearable by the same name. Prana is a disk-shaped wearable that connects to one's waistband using a clip, and from that position it will use a 3-axis accelerometer to keep tabs on posture and breathing patterns. As with other wearables, the information is piped off to a connected smartphone, where the Prana iOS and Android apps present data and aid in training the user to adjust their posture and breathing patterns.

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Pinto Bluetooth storage wearable puts files on your wrist

Pinto Bluetooth storage wearable puts files on your wrist

There's no shortage of options for toting around your data: flash drives, micro SD cards, portable hard drives, and variations of these. Sometimes these options aren't the most convenient, however, and so the folks behind Pinto have tossed another option into the mix. Pinto is a Bluetooth storage wearable that will be offered in two different capacities, allowing users to carry their files on their wrist and wirelessly access them whenever needed. The maker BeanBeam bids Pinto as "having your own personal cloud" on your wrist.

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Mionix reveals world’s first skin-sensitive smart mouse

Mionix reveals world’s first skin-sensitive smart mouse

The innovation team "MionixLabs" at gaming peripherals company Mionix have revealed the world's first Smart Mouse. The NAOS QG builds on the top-notch form-fitting gaming mouse excellence of the original NAOS, building in "Quantified Gaming" features. With this device, users will be able to track their heart rate and their galvanic skin responses to the game. Deep insight into your body's response to games with heart rate, galvanic skin response, and actions per minute - we're thinking it'll be perfect for Alien: Isolation - for terror and blood-curdling excitement from start to finish, of course.

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