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Galaxy Fit tracker seen alongside Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch Active

Galaxy Fit tracker seen alongside Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Watch Active

It seems that Samsung is truly retiring the Gear brand, putting all its mobile products under a single "Galaxy" name, regardless of form or operating system. That has started with the Gear Watch, now Galaxy Watch, and the rumored Galaxy Buds that will succeed the Gear IconX. Now it seems that Samsung itself has accidentally confirmed that the Gear Fit trackers will also experience a change, but the new Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e will bring more than just a new name.

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Wiliot Bluetooth sticker sensor tag requires no batteries

Wiliot Bluetooth sticker sensor tag requires no batteries

Bluetooth-enabled tags and trackers aren’t exactly new but they all have one limitation in common. Aside from the range limit of Bluetooth itself, of course. Because of the electronics required to make them work, they require energy sources, often the thinnest and smallest of batteries. But if semiconductor startup Wiliot successfully proves its new tech, they won’t have to. Bluetooth trackers can be as small and as thin as a postage stamp and get what little power they need almost from the air.

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Safedome Recharge Wireless Charging Tracker is thin and everlasting

Safedome Recharge Wireless Charging Tracker is thin and everlasting

Bluetooth trackers are nothing new and you might think there’s no more room for innovation in that space. After all, how far can you take a piece of plastic with a Bluetooth chip inside? Quite far, if you ask Safedome. And not just far but also long-lasting. The maker of the world’s thinnest Bluetooth tracker has come out with the Safedome Recharge card. Not only is it thin, it’s also rechargeable. Even better, it’s wirelessly rechargeable!

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Huawei Band 3 Pro, Band 3e now in the US surprisingly

Huawei Band 3 Pro, Band 3e now in the US surprisingly

Huawei doesn’t seem to be interested in bringing any of its smartphones to the US anymore, even if it’s not legally banned from doing so, at least not yet. That doesn’t mean, however, that it has completely stepped out of the US mobile market. It still wants to leave its mark and its brand even if only on people’s wrists and feet. To that end, it is now making available its latest Huawei Band 3 Pro and Huawei Band 3e available for consumers in the US who prefer having a Huawei-branded fitness tracker on their body.

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AdGuard Home is an ad-and-tracker blocker for your home

AdGuard Home is an ad-and-tracker blocker for your home

The folks at AdGuard created a service called AdGuard Home, a bit of software that creates a DNS server for your home network to block ad tracking. This is for the people who aren't comfortable with every website using their browsing information to serve ads without asking. This isn't just to block advertisements, it's to block companies like Facebook from watching your every move, using your movements without your permission.

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Fitbit Charge 3 launch date, price set, Sleep Lab next month

Fitbit Charge 3 launch date, price set, Sleep Lab next month

The wearable market seems to have plateaued a bit, perhaps partly due to most users being satisfied with the trackers they already have. So what can fitness tracker makers do to increase sales? Make consumers realize they will need more. The Fitbit Charge 3 is an example, adding a new sleep tracking feature that won’t exactly guarantee you the most peaceful slumber but could at least help you understand why you’re not getting any.

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Tile Mate, Pro get replaceable batteries, Premium service added

Tile Mate, Pro get replaceable batteries, Premium service added

For all our powerful smartphones and intelligent assistants, we still can't stop losing things. Never mind having things stolen, we just sometimes forget where we left our prized possessions, be it at home or, worse, at a public place. That's where Tile's Bluetooth trackers come in to clue you in on that "lost" remote. Even better, they can now live on forever thanks to replaceable batteries and a subscription service that will provide those free of charge. Aside from the subscription fee, of course.

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SmartThings Tracker packs LTE-M, GPS for tracking people, pets and more

SmartThings Tracker packs LTE-M, GPS for tracking people, pets and more

Samsung has introduced SmartThings Tracker, a new tracking device that features LTE-M and GPS for tracking items like bags and keys. The system supports real-time tracking using an app available for Android and iOS. Even better, the tracking device can double as an arrival sensor to trigger certain Internet of Things devices, such as a connected porch light that turns on when you get home.

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Huawei Locator squeezes GPS into tiny tracker

Huawei Locator squeezes GPS into tiny tracker

The AI Cube isn't Huawei's only unusual connected gadget revealed at IFA 2018, with the Huawei Locator also making its debut. Joining the competitive beacon segment, the compact dongle promises better positioning courtesy of using actual satellite location data, rather than triangulating its position through Bluetooth as some rivals do.

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Garmin Vivosmart 4 detailed with pulse-ox and longer battery life

Garmin Vivosmart 4 detailed with pulse-ox and longer battery life

The Garmin Vivosmart 4 was revealed earlier today at IFA 2018 in multiple colors. This wearable sports and fitness band tracks user activities in ways well advanced beyond its predecessor, and it's ready to roll in high-style sort of way. This version of the Vivosmart has water resistant (for swimming and showering, etc), and has a battery life of "up to 7 days" - supposing you're not using all 7 days of all-pulse-ox all the time.

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Fitbit Charge 3 leak hints at massive changes

Fitbit Charge 3 leak hints at massive changes

Despite the fanciness and versatility of smartwatches, fitness trackers still outnumber and outsell them for various reasons. Those include price, function, and battery life. The two different but related worlds, however, are close to colliding, especially with the likes of Fitbit having a foot down in both worlds. While the Ionic and the Versa try to bridge the gap from the smartwatch side, the upcoming Charge 3 will seemingly reach out from the fitness tracker side. That said, all the improvements it brings may come at a heavy price, figuratively.

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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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