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Desperate Fitbit looks to smartwatches for rescue

Desperate Fitbit looks to smartwatches for rescue

Fitbit has announced its preliminary fourth-quarter 2016 financial results, and things aren’t looking so hot. The company revealed that revenue for the past quarter will fall somewhere between $572 million and $580 million, quite a bit lower than its previous $725m to $750 million guidance. Growth was also much lower than expected, but the company isn’t throwing in the towel yet, and is apparently looking toward smartwatches for salvation.

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Fitbit could be laying off as much as 10% of its crew

Fitbit could be laying off as much as 10% of its crew

Not so long ago, Fitbit, whose name has almost become synonymous with fitness trackers, purchased smartwatch darling Pebble, and, in the process, killed the latter’s smartwatches. Shortly after that, it purchased Vector Watch, another smartwatch maker startup. If you thought those purchases were signs of a strong company ready to gobble up competition and fresh blood, Fitbit’s Q4 earnings call might prove otherwise. According to The Information, the company actually had a very bad quarter and, as a consequences, could be letting go of some of its employees.

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Fitbit buys Vector Watch as smartwatch app store plans simmer

Fitbit buys Vector Watch as smartwatch app store plans simmer

Fitbit continues its spate of acquisitions, with news that the wearables company has acquired Vector Watch, a smartwatch startup that made headlines with its long battery life and discreet design. The news, confirmed by Vector Watch today, will see both the Vector Watch team and its software platform added to Fitbit's ranks. However, for existing Vector smartwatch owners, it means an end to updates and new features.

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Fitbit Charge 2’s 11 new features arrive just in time

Fitbit Charge 2’s 11 new features arrive just in time

Since it's too late for the 12 days of Christmas, Fitbit is just cramming all 11 new features into its latest fitness wearable, the Charge 2, all in one go. Sure, it feels like it's missing one more to make the cut, but we'll gladly take them just as well. Especially considering it's exactly that season when people try their darn hardest not to let themselves go. Or guilt themselves for doing so in the end anyway.

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The Pebble Post-Mortem: The Wisdom of the Crowd

The Pebble Post-Mortem: The Wisdom of the Crowd

You don't have to be writing about the tech industry long to see a company go from bright and shiny startup to bankruptcy; Pebble lasted longer than many. Then again, the wearables firm was always being predicted for imminent death, even as it was raising millions of dollars in crowdfunding cash for the original Pebble back in 2012. "The Apple Watch will crush Pebble," we were told, even though Apple's wearable didn't break cover until more than two years later, and then take more than six months to make it to store shelves.

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Fitbit makes Pebble users ask: What do I do now?

Fitbit makes Pebble users ask: What do I do now?

Pebble watch owners go to the web to suss out the Fitbit Pebble acquisition, asking what's next for them, the users. What does this acquisition of Pebble mean for a Pebble Time 2 crowdfunder? How about someone who owns a Pebble Watch from a past generation? As it turns out, there's very little a person can do if they're caught between Pebble and a hard place.

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Pebble Fitbit acquisition confirmed: Backers’ hardware cancelled

Pebble Fitbit acquisition confirmed: Backers’ hardware cancelled

It looks like the rumors were true - Fitbit has closed a deal to purchase rival smartwatch maker Pebble. The buyout was confirmed by Pebble just a few minutes ago, and unfortunately, this acquisition means the end of the line for Pebble's products. Pebble will now cease making hardware, and all Pebble devices that were in development have been cancelled.

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Pebble Time 2 and Core cancelled amid Fitbit deal

Pebble Time 2 and Core cancelled amid Fitbit deal

We mentioned that Fitbit was reportedly close to buying some of the assets and people that were involved with Pebble early this month. Word has now surfaced that the financial woes at Pebble mean that the company is cancelling two of its products that lots of people backed on kickstarter. The Time 2 and Core devices have now been cancelled and sources say Pebble is planning to refund all Kickstarter backers.

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Fitbit tipped to be close to buying Pebble

Fitbit tipped to be close to buying Pebble

Perhaps in a year or two, maybe sooner, we will be looking at a time when there were nearly if not already a dozen or so brands competing in the fitness wearable market. As early as now, however, some of those have already been gobbled up by other companies. Fossil bought Misfit and Nokia, of all companies, bought Withings. And according to the quintessential people familiar with the matter, the next will be Fitbit buying Pebble. Yes, the household name in fitness trackers is eying Pebble, but not for its hardware, which Fitbit already has tons of, but for its IP, specifically Pebble OS.

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Fitbit Charge 2 now available in US and around the globe

Fitbit Charge 2 now available in US and around the globe

The Fitbit Charge 2 wearable is now available to purchase from retailers around the globe, including in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and China. This launch will be followed soon by expanded availability into Japan, Latin America, and South Korea starting next month, the same time frame in which accessory bands will be available. As well, Fitbit will launch a Charge 2 Special Edition Series wearable in two varieties, including a 22-karat plated rose gold option, starting this upcoming December.

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New Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 pack auto-tracking, move nudges, more

New Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2 pack auto-tracking, move nudges, more

Fitbit has updates its two most popular fitness wearables, with the Charge 2 and Flex 2 adding features like auto-recognition of different exercise types, guided breathing, and Apple Watch style reminders to get up and move. Meanwhile, there's a new app with Fitbit Adventures pitting your exercise regime against a trek through Yosemite, while designer collaborations aim to make the health gadgets as close to high-couture as possible.

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Best Fitness Trackers to keep you fit in 2016

Best Fitness Trackers to keep you fit in 2016

It is interesting, almost amusing, how recent technologies, both hardware and software, have seemingly conspired to get us on our feet and, at the very least, live more active lifestyles. Pokemon GO, for example, has gotten people walking a lot, despite the sometimes insane reasons. Fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features come in all shapes, sizes, and design, to keep you at least mindful of your activities, or lack of it. And though we're way past the middle of the year, there's no time like the present to start the journey towards a healthier you. But there are dozens, literally, of fitness-centric accessories out there. So to help you pick your next healthy purchase, here's our top ten choices for this year's best fitness wearables.

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