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Apple Watch 2 Runkeeper GPS support is now live

Apple Watch 2 Runkeeper GPS support is now live

The Apple Watch Series 2 has another app making use of its standalone GPS, with Runkeeper launching a new version of its fitness tracker. The updated app can now not only log performance metrics like heart rate and distance traveled, but store the exact route you took as you jogged, ran, or struggled around the park. Meanwhile, Runkeeper has also tweaked its software to improve usability while you're predominantly focusing on getting fit.

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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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8 Best Health or Fitness Apps for Android and iOS

8 Best Health or Fitness Apps for Android and iOS

Ever wondered why there is usually a surge of interest and sales in health-related products and apps around February. By now it’s probably obvious that it’s usually a guilt-induced urge brought about by months of binging on holiday treats. Of course, staying healthy is a year-round commitment and you don’t have to wait for next year to get started. Heck, you don’t even have to enroll in a gym. To help get the ball rolling, here are 8 apps, available on both Android and iOS that are not just meant to keep you healthy, they can be pretty fun too.

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Ringly Aries smart ring gains fitness tracking

Ringly Aries smart ring gains fitness tracking

The wearable market is very hot right now with hoards of people around the world wearing them on their wrists. The catch is that most of the wearables don't have much in the style department. This is where a company called Ringly stepped in and tried to lure in those users who wanted a more stylish wearable fitness tracker with its connected rings and bracelets. It has now released a new ring that has fitness tracking called the Aries ring.

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Timex IQ+ Move is a fitness tracker disguised as a watch

Timex IQ+ Move is a fitness tracker disguised as a watch

According to market analysts, the fad of smarwatches has faded. However, people today are, more than ever, obsessed with keeping track of their activities, whether that actually leads to healthier lifestyles or not. At the same time, many don’t actually want to be noticed wearing a silicone fitness tracker or, even if they do, those might clash with their fashion sensibilities. For these people, Timex is offering a compromise in the form of the new IQ+ Move, which is basically a classy watch, not a smartwatch, that also hides a fitness tracker inside.

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Huawei Fit hands-on: A fitness watch to undercut Fitbit

Huawei Fit hands-on: A fitness watch to undercut Fitbit

If there's a market for a wearable somewhere in-between a traditional smartwatch and a fitness tracker then Huawei wants to dominate it, and the competitively priced Huawei Fit is how it plans to do that. Revealed this morning at Huawei's event in Munich, Germany, but on store shelves in the US today, the Fit undercuts not only Android Wear watches, but is cheaper than fitness-first trackers like Fitbit's Charge 2. I strapped one to my wrist to see if it was Fit for purpose.

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How Sense with Voice will save your sleep with big data

How Sense with Voice will save your sleep with big data

If logging your runs is the current peak of the quantified self, then sleep is the next big frontier, and Hello is pitching its new sleep tracker as the centerpiece of that. Sense with Voice builds on the original no-wearable design with new voice controls, smart home integration, and a growing amount of behind-the-scenes data courtesy of the company's new Chief Scientist, Professor Matthew Walker, who I caught up with ahead of today's launch. Turns out, there's more to bad sleep than just nightmares.

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LVL wearable hydration monitor tracks activity and more

LVL wearable hydration monitor tracks activity and more

Drinking enough water is a big deal for active people who are into fitness. A new device has turned up on Kickstarter called the LVL that is hailed as the first wearable hydration monitor. The designers say that LVL allows the user to track the complete picture of their health and tracks activity, sleep, mood, and heart rate.

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Polar M200: a GPS-enabled watch built for running

Polar M200: a GPS-enabled watch built for running

There’s a wide variety of wearables, including fitness trackers and smartwatches, available in the market, but most of them crowd on two opposite ends of the spectrum. On the one hand, you have more tech-oriented smartwatches geared towards active but not athletic users. On the opposite end, you get wearables designed for more rigorous activities and exercise. There are very few, if not none, that help users transition from one end to another. The Polar M200 GPS running watch aims to fill that gap by offering users a coach to get them started running.

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Microsoft Band 2 seemingly discontinued, ‘no plans’ for new Band this year

Microsoft Band 2 seemingly discontinued, ‘no plans’ for new Band this year

If you were thinking of picking up Microsoft's Band 2 activity tracker, you may have missed the boat. It would appear that Microsoft's Online Store has been wiped clean of any reference to the Band 2, suggesting that the device has been discontinued. That Microsoft has also removed the Band software development kit also fuels speculation that the line of fitness trackers is no more.

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Garmin vivofit jr tracks kid’s activity and motivates them

Garmin vivofit jr tracks kid’s activity and motivates them

Garmin has unveiled a new fitness tracker aimed directly at kids who want something like mom and dad wears. The tracker is called the vivofit jr and it is aimed at both tracking the activity your kids engage in and motivating them to be active and healthy. The wearable has an internal battery that is good for a year of use with 24/7 wear. That means no recharging, as you have to do with some adult trackers.

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Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Aetna to provide Apple Watches to customers, employees

Although users of fitness trackers and smartwatches with health features are often advised not to substitute these devices for professional medical opinion, health care company Aetna’s latest move is, if anything, a glowing recommendation of exactly that. At least as far as the Apple Watch is concerned. Starting this fall, the company will be subsidizing Apple Watches for select large employers and individual customers. But luckier are the nearly 50,000 Aetna employees that will be receiving the smartwatches at no cost at all.

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