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Vital Connect fitness tracking wearable gets serious about mHealth

Vital Connect fitness tracking wearable gets serious about mHealth

Fitness tracking wearables like Fitbit and Jawbone UP are big business right now, but what if you want more from your heath monitoring? mHealth startup Vital Connect is weighing into just that market, with a disposable wireless health monitor that can unlock your biometrics for your smartphone, the cloud, and even remotely to your doctor, nurse, or medical specialist. We caught up with the company to find out what was involved, and whether we should expect wireless fitness tracking to get serious.

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Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Nest Protect smart smoke detector packs WiFi

Smart thermostat company Nest has revealed its second intelligent home device, the Nest Protect, a WiFi-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Aiming to do the same for home safety as the original Nest does for HVAC control, the Nest Protect tracks potential perils, warns you with both an spoken audio alert and pings to your iOS or Android device, and even notifies other Nest equipment so that they can respond too.

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Facebook WiFi offers in-store internet if you check-in

Facebook WiFi offers in-store internet if you check-in

Facebook and Cisco have teamed up to offer free WiFi in select stores, restaurants, and other public locations, aiming to get weary shoppers online in return for a Facebook check-in and some anonymized demographic data. The Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) for Facebook Wi-Fi may have an unwieldy name, but it could get you online in a pinch if the social site and networking company have their way, with the promise of participating locations spreading between now and the holidays.

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Bluetooth, Wi-Fi standards to eclipse proprietary wireless medical monitoring by 2018

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi standards to eclipse proprietary wireless medical monitoring by 2018

Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and other standardized wireless protocols are set to trump proprietary wireless protocols in mobile medical devices by 2018, says a new ABI report. This follows the proliferation of consumer smartphones, tablets, workout monitors, inhalers and other devices, reflecting the desire of consumers and health professionals to make it easier to integrate remote health reporting systems with familiar electronics.

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AT&T partners with Fon to boost international WiFi hotspot availability

AT&T partners with Fon to boost international WiFi hotspot availability

Soon after finalizing an acquisition that will help boost its 4G LTE coverage, AT&T has partnered with Fon to offer a slew of new international wireless hotspots for it subscribers who are traveling overseas. Says the carrier, this deal gives its users access to "hundreds of thousands" of wireless Internet hotspots, while Fon members in turn will be given access to AT&T's network of WiFi hotspots located in the United States.

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Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat adds voice control for Nest rebuke

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat adds voice control for Nest rebuke

Honeywell may not have the sort of geek-kudos Nest does, but it's aiming to change that with a new voice-controlled touchscreen thermostat that hooks into the cloud. The Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is fronted by a finger-friendly color display, but by saying "Hello, thermostat" it can also be controlled by naturally phrased speech commands such as "make it much cooler."

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Gogo inflight WiFi upgrades will bring potential speeds of 60Mbps

Gogo inflight WiFi upgrades will bring potential speeds of 60Mbps

The topic of inflight WiFi often comes with mixed feelings. The connectivity is nice to have, but there is often a high price to pay for what amounts to speeds that are way slower than many would hope to see. Anyway, the name that often comes to mind for connecting while in the cloud is Gogo. They have yet to address the topic of price, however they have come forward with talk of faster speeds.

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Qualcomm’s wireless bulb wants to outshine hue with WiFi

Qualcomm’s wireless bulb wants to outshine hue with WiFi

Roll on the smart home: Qualcomm has an eye on being the glue that sticks wireless home automation together, and it's demonstrating that with some proof-of-concept remote control lightbulbs. Thanks to a tiny new Qualcomm Atheros chipset, the demo light hooks up via WiFi to a simple Android app which allows for remote on/off control, dimming, and even timed shutoff. It's an obvious stab at alternative lighting systems like Philips' hue, but Qualcomm won't be content with just the lamp market.

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