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Runtastic’s $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion

IMG_9997 1 Runtastic is doing the reverse of what many startups are doing these days: it’s going from being a software platform provider to becoming a hardware maker with the Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker. The Orbit is similar in concept and execution to the various trackers from Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike already available, but with a number of features designed to set it apart from the competition. Read More

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Fitbit is the first fitness band to support Windows Phone

At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year it was clear Microsoft had a problem: exciting new hardware like Pebble, Nest, and various fitness bands were not fully supported on Windows. Companies appeared to be ignoring Microsoft’s platforms in favor of iOS and Android. Thanks to Windows Phone 8.1, that might be about to change. Bluetooth support is greatly improved with the 8.1 update, and Fitbit is the first to take advantage of it with a new mobile syncing app for Windows Phone 8.1.

Fitbit’s Windows Phone 8.1 app will be available in the Store today, and just like its iOS and Android counterparts it will automatically sync Fitbit activity wirelessly. The app has real-time and historical data, with graphs and progress tracking….

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China’s most promising smartphone maker reveals first LTE phone, $13 fitness band

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi announced two new devices today: the Mi 4 smartphone and the Mi Band, which is also the company’s first wearable. Branded as the “fastest and most gorgeous Mi Phone ever,” the Mi 4′s list of features includes a Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel front camera, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-inch 1080p display. This is also the first LTE phone for Xiaomi, though it is currently only compatible with China’s LTE networks.

The Mi Band is arguably more interesting, as it promises a 30-day battery life and a shockingly low price tag of approximately $ 13. On top of being able to monitor the user’s activity levels and sleep, Xiaomi’s fitness band will be able to unlock Mi phones without the use of…

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Microsoft wearable rumors suggest more fitness tracker, less smartwatch

You may want to dial back your expectations for Microsoft’s oft-rumored smartwatch. According to sources speaking to the historically well-informed Paul Thurrott, the wearable isn’t intended as a watch — it’s a Gear Fit-style health tracker that…

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Microsoft’s smartwatch is reportedly a fitness band with smartphone notifications

Microsoft’s smartwatch has long been rumored as a device that competes with Android Wear, Samsung’s Gear watches, and any future hardware from Apple, but it might not take the form of a watch. Windows watcher Paul Thurrott reports that Microsoft’s smartwatch will actually be a fitness wristband with multiple sensors designed to track steps, calories burned, and heart rate. Thurrott’s report matches similar recent rumors of a Microsoft smartwatch that continuously measures heart rate through the day and night.

Images in a recent patent filing from Microsoft could offer an early glimpse at where the company is heading with its fitness band. The patent filing from May includes hardware that resembles a fitness band with icons for running…

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Sprint’s outdoor-ready Galaxy S5 Sport packs free fitness training

Americans: you no longer have to flock to AT&T to get a Galaxy S phone that can handle your outdoor adventures. Sprint has unveiled the Galaxy S5 Sport, a spin on the Galaxy S5 Active’s formula that revolves around fitness. It’s not as tough-looking…

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OMsignal Opens Pre-Orders For Smart Shirts That Track Activity, Fitness And Stress

Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 8.36.04 AM After raising $ 1 million last year and debuting its smartwear clothing-embedded sensor tech, Montreal-based OMsignal is now ready to start accepting orders from customers. Its first product is the OM shirt, with four new models going up for pre-order today including an undershirt, sleeveless shirt, t-shirt and long-sleeved shirt for men. Each of these new shirts tracks your heart rate, breathing… Read More

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Every Fitness App And Wearable Should Have A Mood Tracker

Jawbone Up24 Along with its many other benefits, regular workouts contribute to better mood and energy levels. As a result, I am constantly surprised to see how many fitness tracking apps and wearable devices lack a mood tracking feature. Read More

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Human Adds M7 Support And A Daily Timeline To Its Fitness App

Health tracking app Human just added a few new features to its latest update. First, the app now supports Apple’s M7 fitness chipset if you have an iPhone 5s, while retaining compatibility with iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The company also added a new daily summary to keep track of all your activities. Read More

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Tappy Fit Channels Flappy Bird Addiction Into Fitness Motivation Using Fitbit Data

A new game out now on the App Store features mechanics virtually identical to those found in viral hit Flappy Bird, but with a key twist – the game can be made easier through sheer physical effort. Using the Fitbit API, developer Aaron Coleman built-in a variable difficulty engine that allows you to redeem steps counted during a day in exchange for in-game rewards, like wider gaps between… Read More

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