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Polar fitness tracker might be a bigger national security risk

Polar fitness tracker might be a bigger national security risk

Fitness trackers have become so common that people strap them on with no worry or concern. After all, they’re not like smartphones or even smartwatches with tons of features and apps that could be harvesting your data. Unfortunately, fitness trackers themselves and their official apps can actually be gold mines of information. Worse, they can actually pose security risks not just for individuals but for countries as well as services like Polar expose secret places and the people that go to and fro those bases.

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Samsung Gear Fit2, Fit2 Pro update makes it easier to track things

Samsung Gear Fit2, Fit2 Pro update makes it easier to track things

Smartwatches are complex (but small) beasts with multi-faceted functionality. Fitness trackers, in contrast, are streamlined to do only one thing: keep track of your activities. Well, actually two things. They also display that information, provided they have a screen of their own. Following the fitness-centric update to the Gear S2, Samsung is rolling out a similar refresh to the Gear Fit2 and Gear Fit2 Pro, making it easier to see your fitness stats and goals with just a few taps and swipes.

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Motiv Ring expands to embrace Amazon, b8ta, and Android

Motiv Ring expands to embrace Amazon, b8ta, and Android

Mention the word “wearable device” to people and those in the know will immediately think one of two things: a smartwatch, a fitness tracker, or even both. Motiv, however, wanted to smash that preconceived notion into little bits that you can wrap around your finger. Last year, the startup launched the Motiv Ring, which, as the name so plainly implies, crams all those fitness tracking hardware into something you can easily put on your finger. This year, it is expanding that ring’s reach by making it possible to buy the “truly wearable wearable” in more places.

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Smartwatches: why they’ve failed and what they need to do

Smartwatches: why they’ve failed and what they need to do

Fitbit just announced not just one but two wearables, a smartwatch and a fitness tracker for kids. Google is expected to do a rebranding, and maybe even a re-envisioning, of its Android Wear platform. Amidst all of these announcements, one can't help but wonder what has become of what should have been the next phase in our mobile evolution.

Smartwatches still exist, no mistake about that, probably as long as Apple is still playing the game. But smartwatches need to do some heavy thinking, maybe even a U-turn if it's to remain relevant, even if Apple suddenly decides to throw in the towel.

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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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