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Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Smart Scale is maker’s latest budget health gadget

Pivotal Living, the Seattle company behind the Pivotal fitness tracker (check out our review), has introduced a new product, the Pivotal Smart Scale. One of Pivotal’s biggest hooks is affordability — it offers its fitness tracker for $12, and now it is launching its smart scale for $39.95 USD, undercutting just about every competitor. As with other smart scales, this model is designed to work alongside a mobile app, making it more useful than an ordinary “dumb” scale.

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Runkeeper for Apple Watch updated to work while iPhone is at home

Runkeeper for Apple Watch updated to work while iPhone is at home

Runkeeper, the fitness app that lets users track their runs and other details, has just released its updated app for iOS 9 this week. Included is a new native app for the Apple Watch, which, among other things, will continue to track stats even when the iPhone it's paired with isn't around, meaning runners can finally leave it at home. The app takes advantage of new abilities introduced with watchOS 2, so Apple Watch owners will need to make sure their wearable is updated with the latest software.

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Garmin debuts new Forerunner fitness watches with heart rate monitor

Garmin debuts new Forerunner fitness watches with heart rate monitor

The year of smartwatches continues to roll on, as a new set of fitness-focused wearables have just been announced by Garmin. This includes three new watches in the company's Forerunner line, all with GPS, heart rate monitoring capabilities, and features aimed at runners. The first pair is the Forerunner 235 and 230 (seen above), followed by the much more high-end Forerunner 630. The most noticable change is that all three have a color display that is 44% bigger than previous models, along with thinner bezels.

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Polar debuts A360 fitness wearable with optical heart rate monitoring

Polar debuts A360 fitness wearable with optical heart rate monitoring

Fitness wearables maker Polar has announced the A360, its first wrist-worn device that features optical heart-rate monitoring. While the band has a simple design, that's far from a downside. The A360's display is a vertical rectangle, similar to the Microsoft Band, with a color touchscreen. This is used in an effective way to display both the time and a number of fitness stats.

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Adidas Fit Smart band gains activity tracking features

Adidas Fit Smart band gains activity tracking features

The Adidas Fit smart band launched with the ability to help users monitor their heart rate and coach them to perform better. Adidas has announced that it is updating the Fit Smart band to offer wearable owners activity tracking capability. That feature turns the band into a complete fitness tool that gives athletes everything they need in one location.

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Target and UNICEF partner to offer fitness band for kids

Target and UNICEF partner to offer fitness band for kids

In an effort to combat both childhood obesity and childhood malnourishment, UNICEF and Target have partnered to offer a kid-friendly fitness band designed specifically for children. The bracelets will be sold in the United States, and they will have a bonus effect on top of the general fitness purposes — wearers will be able to earn points, which are then used to send food packets through UNICEF to children in developing nations.

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Forget smartwatches, Lumo smart shorts track the way you run

Forget smartwatches, Lumo smart shorts track the way you run

Fitness bands and smartwatches that can be used for tracking movement are placed on our wrists because, well, that's the most convenient, inconspicuous, and comfortable location for a more or less general purpose wearable. That doesn't mean, however, that it's the most effective spot. Or at least that's the idea that Lumo is trying to sell with its Rum smart shorts. Yes, shorts that have sensors much closer to where the action is, that is, your core, hips, and legs, to give you a more accurate readout of your running performance.

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A superfan tried to convince me Microsoft Band 2 is a winner

A superfan tried to convince me Microsoft Band 2 is a winner

I probably shouldn't have been surprised to find a Microsoft Band fan at the company's big Windows 10 device launch, but the wearable has kept a low profile over the past twelve months. Launched to no small fanfare last October, the chunky fitness wearable proved polarizing: lovers praised its fitness routine tutorials and Cortana integration, while haters slammed its prototype-like looks and patchy biometric sensors.

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The new Microsoft Band is actually wearable now

The new Microsoft Band is actually wearable now

Microsoft has taken Microsoft Band back into the lab and cooked up its successor, and it finally feels ready for the mainstream. Gone is the clunky, near-prototype styling, replaced with a smooth, flexible circular band, topped with a curved touchscreen protected with rounded Gorilla Glass 3. Meanwhile, the sensors and software have improved, too.

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Runtastic teams with UP by Jawbone

Runtastic teams with UP by Jawbone

This week Jawbone has teamed with Runtastic to provide content from one with the other. Fitness activities tracked with the Runtastic app will now sync with the app "UP by Jawbone." So 'ay dog, I heard you like fitness tracking, so we put fitness tracking data from one fitness tracking app in your other fitness tracking app. All fitness activities tracked with the Runtastic app will be available in the UP by Jawbone app, which can then share said information seamlessly.

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Fitbit Surge update doubles battery life, adds running alerts

Fitbit Surge update doubles battery life, adds running alerts

Fitbit my be the darling of the fitness wearable market, but it has seen increased competition, and sometimes even lawsuits, in a once niche industry. To stay on top of its rivals, it needs to continuously update its existing devices with new features, without requiring users to buy a new one. Almost a year old now, the Fitbit Surge is getting another major update, the last one rolled out last March, which not only adds a new mode to the smartwatch but also improves its longevity.

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Wilson has a smart basketball that know when you score

Wilson has a smart basketball that know when you score

Plenty of wearables these days have settings for tracking different sport activities, but what if you just want to shoot some hoops and not have to deal with a wristband and configuring options? That's where Wilson Sporting Goods steps in. The company has unveiled its Wilson X Connected Basketball, which has a sensor inside that can detect and track when you make your shots. The ball looks and feels almost exactly like a "dumb" basketball, and it pairs with an iOS app (Android is in the works) for stat tracking.

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