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Misfit Command smartwatch requires no charging

Misfit Command smartwatch requires no charging

This week the folks at Misfit revealed their Misfit Command Hybrid Smartwatch, a device that looks and feels like a classic watch, but acts smart. It's a smartwatch, but not in the same sense that an Apple Watch or Android Wear watch is a smartwatch. This device was revealed just after Misfit revealed their first touchscreen smartwatch, the Misfit Vapor. This Misfit Command Hybrid Smartwatch provides a "more traditional-looking watch that still has smart features yet doesn't require charging."

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Fynd LTE tracker finds dogs, keys or kids in real-time

Fynd LTE tracker finds dogs, keys or kids in real-time

The tracker market may be growing, but startup Fynd thinks it can out-perform Tile, TrackR and others with its new 4G LTE tracker. Tracking dongles, which promise to help you find your keys, dog, or kids, are increasingly popular, but most rely on Bluetooth and that has some big issues. While it's low-power, Bluetooth doesn't have the service coverage that cellular radios offer.

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Samsung Connect Tag leverages IoT tech for more accurate tracking

Samsung Connect Tag leverages IoT tech for more accurate tracking

Item trackers, those small, usually white, pieces of plastic you can attach to almost anything, are a dime a dozen these days. But almost all of them have one thing in common. They use Bluetooth technology to send their location to a phones. While it allows trackers to be almost paper thin and use very minimal power, their accuracy and efficiency is limited by the communication technology as well. Enter Samsung and its new Connect Tag, promising to enable more accurate tracking both indoors and outdoors, thanks to some budding new IoT network technologies.

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Garmin Forerunner 30 running watch comes with heart rate sensor

Garmin Forerunner 30 running watch comes with heart rate sensor

It's no smartwatch, but for a certain class of users, the Garmin Forerunner 30 could very well be. It doesn't have the trappings of a smart wearable, save for notifications and messages, but it does have almost all the features you'll want to get fit and stay healthy. That's because the Forerunner 30 is made to be so easy to use that you simply pick it up, slap it on your wrist, and go.

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Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro pre-order comes with this freebie

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro pre-order comes with this freebie

Before IFA 2017 even started, Samsung already hit the mobile market strong with the Galaxy Note 8. But that didn’t mean it didn’t have anything to show for the gadget loving crowd in Berlin. Part of its focus was on wearables, announcing not one, not even two, but three fitness-minded companions for your smartphone. It has just kicked off the pre-order for one of those, the Gear Fit2 Pro tracker, and, if you get it early, you can have a Bixby-enabled headphone as well.

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 leak shows a more familiar round face

Garmin Vivoactive 3 leak shows a more familiar round face

While Fitbit is still taking its sweet time at releasing a smartwatch that would, in theory, save it from becoming a has-been in the wearables market, its rivals are taking advantage of its silence to grab a piece of the pie in the meantime. First it was Apple that overtook it as being the number one wearable seller, only to have Xiaomi overtake both of them. While quite far from climbing to the top, Garmin is planning to come out with a new Vivoactive 3 that, while not exactly a smartwatch, looks and acts the part.

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Tile Pro doubles range and volume of Bluetooth trackers

Tile Pro doubles range and volume of Bluetooth trackers

Bluetooth tracker Tile has spawned a new, Tile Pro series, promising double the range and a generally more-unmissable alert for your lost keys. The new Tile Style and Tile Sport each increase the distance they'll work from your smartphone to up to 200 feet, twice what the previous Tile Mate and Tile Slim could manage. Meanwhile, there's the promise of greater resilience to the elements, too.

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Huawei Band 2 announced, a more traditional tracker

Huawei Band 2 announced, a more traditional tracker

Huawei might not be able to make heads or tails of smartwatches, but it seems to know exactly where it wants to go as far as fitness trackers go. After giving the first Huawei Band a confusing smartwatch design, Huawei has decided to go with a more conventional tracker look with the Band 2 and Band 2 Pro. And by “conventional”, we mean “looks like a Fitbit”, which is a fair comparison considering what the Huawei Band 2 is capable of.

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Garmin vivosmart 3 wants to give Fitbit a headache

Garmin vivosmart 3 wants to give Fitbit a headache

"Hit them when their down", some fighters would advise. And Fitbit is definitely down, or is at least going there. Its earnings report is less than encouraging and rumors are swirling about delays in its smartwatch renaissance. And while all this is happening, Garmin comes out with the vivosmart 3. The latest in its line of smart activity trackers packs almost everything and anything that you need to stay fit and healthy, but, most importantly, with a price tag that could spell trouble for Fitbit.

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TomTom Touch Cardio launched amidst struggling tracker market

TomTom Touch Cardio launched amidst struggling tracker market

If recent news are any indicator, the once lucrative fitness tracker market might be running out of steam. Jawbone has supposedly given up on the consumer market and Fitbit is turning its eyes towards the equally unstable smartwatch industry. That doesn't seem to have fazed TomTom, a brand more known for its GPS navigation devices. It has just announced the availability of a variant of its Touch fitness tracker, one that still boasts of heart rate monitoring while coming with a lower price tag.

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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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TrackR pixel and wallet 2.0 shrink tracking devices for CES 2017

TrackR pixel and wallet 2.0 shrink tracking devices for CES 2017

Location tag company TrackR has outed its latest, smallest, and most affordable trackers yet, the TrackR pixel and TrackR wallet 2.0. Revealed ahead of CES 2017 this week, the two new gadgets each use Bluetooth to link to a nearby smartphone. If you walk away from your keys, or can't find your TV remote, or have lost your wallet between the sofa cushions, the promise is that these trackers should help you find them.

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