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Garmin Connect down: Get your data fix during server maintenance

Garmin Connect down: Get your data fix during server maintenance

This week Garmin suffered an outage, so some (or all) of their services are down. That won't stop active individuals from running (or so we hope), so what's to be done with all this data that's still being racked up in Garmin trackers? How might you quantify your activities? For some Garmin products, there's good news: You don't need Garmin's (currently out of commission) services to see your data!

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Garmin outage: What we know about this apparent ransomware attack

Garmin outage: What we know about this apparent ransomware attack

This week Garmin services and production were reportedly the victim of a ransomware attack. As a result, Garmin experienced an outage that affected Garmin.com and Garmin Connect, as well as Garmin call centers. This attack's various hits meant that at the same time Garmin was experiencing what was likely the most comprehensive loss of service in its history, the company was completely unable to reieve service calls, emails, or participate in online chats.

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Google promises Fitbit data won’t be used for advertising

Google promises Fitbit data won’t be used for advertising

It has been more than half a year since Google announced its plans to acquire popular wearable brand Fitbit but that deal may be in danger of falling through. That is if privacy advocates have their way and convince the European Commission of the risks that this deal would entail. Although it may not have been legally or technically required to do, Google is pledging to exclude Fitbit data from any advertising purpose in order to get on the Commission's good graces.

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Apple Find My network to help Tile and others track lost items

Apple Find My network to help Tile and others track lost items

Apple has been rumored to be working on its own Bluetooth-powered item tracker but AirTag was still a no-show at WWDC. Apple did announce something related that could also be setting the stage for that product's launch later this year. Ironically, it also allows Bluetooth trackers like Tile to be on equal footing by opening its Find My network to these third-party devices, allowing users to harness the vast number of Apple devices to locate their lost keys or bags.

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Wearable contact tracing proposed as app fails to gain traction in Singapore

Wearable contact tracing proposed as app fails to gain traction in Singapore

Just as it is difficult to accurately tally the number of COVID-19 cases in a country, it's even more difficult to trace the people a confirmed case might have had in the past 24 hours, let alone the past week or so. Human memory is not so reliable in such cases, which is why many governments and health agencies are turning to technology for help. Following the relatively low rate of adaption of its TraceTogether mobile app, Singapore is looking to what could be a simpler solution: a contact tracing wearable device.

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Tile and Intel team to make your laptop trackable

Tile and Intel team to make your laptop trackable

Tile is partnering up with Intel to put its tracking tech into laptops, with the potential for notebook-makers to quickly enable location services for lost or stolen PCs. Expected to launch later in the year, the chip-level integration would do away with the need to duct-tape a Tile tracker to your laptop lid.

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Comcast’s set-top boxes and xFi router can now track your Tile

Comcast’s set-top boxes and xFi router can now track your Tile

Tile's location trackers are gaining new functionality for Comcast set-top box and Xfinity internet subscribers, with the company's boxes now acting as Tile network extensions for broader coverage. Tile's trackers - which slot into wallets, can be stuck to things like bikes and remotes, or dangle from keychains - use Bluetooth to regularly report their location, making it easier to find them should they go missing later on.

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Apple AirTags tracking tags leaked in Apple’s own video

Apple AirTags tracking tags leaked in Apple’s own video

Apple may not have officially announced the AirTags trackers, but that didn't stop the well-discussed "secret" tags from being inadvertently mentioned in an Apple Support video. The Tile-rivaling tracking tags are expected to launch this year, and bring Find My iPhone-style location services to other items frequently lost, such as keys, bikes, and bags.

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Fitbit Charge 4 adds built-in GPS but not much else

Fitbit Charge 4 adds built-in GPS but not much else

It has been months since Google bought Fitbit and fans from both sides of the have hoped that the union would bear fruit sooner rather than later. Some expected that Google would integrate more health features into Wear OS or even release its own fitness trackers. Others have hoped Fitbit would also get more smart features and maybe even have a Wear OS smartwatch. Neither of those happened and, instead, we're getting a new Fitbit Charge 4 that adds just one new feature to the mix.

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Polar H9 promises an accurate heart rate sensor for beginners

Polar H9 promises an accurate heart rate sensor for beginners

Wearables have lately shifted their focus from having the latest smart features and apps to boasting about fitness tracking and health-related sensors. Almost all smartwatches these days boast of some form of heart rate monitor or another, some even touting ECG sensors in their tiny bodies. Despite the ubiquity of such wearables, Polar believes it has something special to offer, especially with the new Polar H9, its most affordable dedicated heart rate monitor yet.

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LynQ smart People Compass released to general public

LynQ smart People Compass released to general public

In 2019, the LynQ team raised a sizable amount of cash via crowdfunding and sold 20,000 LynQ people compasses. That's LynQ, the "people compass" that works with the ability to "keep groups together without need for phones or connectivity." They shipped thousands of units to early backers, now they've got the device available for commercial shipping for the first time.

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Tile Sticker, Slim, Pro, and Mate leave no object un-tracked

Tile Sticker, Slim, Pro, and Mate leave no object un-tracked

Tile's tracker range is getting a full refresh for 2019, with new Tile Sticker and Tile Slim designs joining revamped Tile Pro and Tile Mate models. The Bluetooth beacon line-up has come a long way from its early days, now with more choice in form-factor, how you can fix it to things you really don't want to lose, and how Tile's crowd-powered locator network will help you track those items down.

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