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Hands On: Deliveries 6.1 (iOS, Mac)

04/24, 12:33pm

Deliveries makes us as happy as a new phone book makes Steve Martin

We've said it before in other venues, but it's worth repeating: when you become an adult, you get really excited over the strangest things. You know that part in the 1979 film The Jerk when Steve Martin's character jumps up and down yelling, "the new phone book is here! The new phone book is here!"? That was us when we tried out Deliveries: a package tracker by Junecloud. We tested Deliveries on an iPhone 5 and an iPad Mini 2, but there's also a Mac app, and everything syncs through iCloud.

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Withings Activite Pop watch, activity tracker available now

01/05, 8:15pm

Takes different approach to others by keeping watch part analog

The new Activite Pop watch and activity tracker from medical device equipment maker Withings is being demonstrated at CES this week, but it's also available starting today in the US through an online exclusive with Best Buy. The device doesn't quite fit the usual definition of "smartwatch" due to the fact that the watch portion of the device is a conventional analog watch, paired with a digital fitness and activity tracker. The unit is designed to rarely need to be taken off, and is water-resistant up to a depth of 30 meters (99 feet).

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Sony SmartBand officially available to North American customers

06/04, 6:51pm

Life tracker band launched globally in March, arrives late in the US at a price of $100

Sony announced a new life tracker band during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, but it is just now making available to all consumers in the United States. The Sony SmartBand SWR10 was originally announced as a March release. However, some buyers received it early, unable to use it when some retailers shipped it ahead of the Android app. Now, the device has been officially released by Sony with a $100 price tag.

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Razer delays Nabu wearable device for hypoallergenic testing

04/11, 12:49pm

Razer Nabu hopes to avoid Fitbit Force skin irritation problems

Razer is delaying the release of its Nabu connected wristband, in order to make sure the device is safe to wear. In the wake of the Fitbit Force skin irritation fiasco, which saw users complain of rashes on their skin where the band was worn, the gaming peripheral manufacturer will be performing more medical testing on the fitness tracker, pushing the release back from the original first-quarter launch date until late May.

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New fitness device Moov aims to coach instead of merely track

03/01, 12:30pm

Device aims to instruct on form, efficiency and help avoid injury

A new fitness device that acts more like a fitness coach and less like a tracker is looking to change how a workout is approached by offering more than just numbers. The Moov, created by a team that boasts a former Apple engineer and a pair of Microsoft researchers, uses a smartphone connection to instruct users on how to improve their workout rather than merely quantifying it.

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Hands on: Huawei TalkBand B1

02/25, 9:57am

Fitness tracker combines wrist-worn device with Bluetooth earpiece

Huawei has entered the wearable devices market with an accessory that provides users more options beyond just fitness tracking. The TalkBand B1 is a wearable fitness tracker that incorporates a detachable Bluetooth earpiece as part of the design, allowing the wearer to make and receive phone calls when not monitoring fitness. Electronista took a closer look at the device at the company's Mobile World Congress display.

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Razer aims to bridge fitness trackers and smart watches with the Nabu

01/07, 8:03pm

Razer Nabu offers fitness band tracking with smartphone notifications

Razer has seemingly stepped outside its comfort zone and developed a life-tracking wristband, something a large number of other companies have also done at CES. The Nabu is a mix between a smartwatch and fitness tracker, combining the movement tracking elements of items such as the Fitbit Force with smartphone notifications and added social and gaming features.

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JayBird Reign fitness tracker offers sleep tracking, 'Go Zone' scoring

01/07, 12:18pm

Reign fitness band secured by magnets, coming this summer

Accessory producer JayBird is joining the fitness tracking market with its own wristband. The Reign is able to keep tabs on steps and general activity and synchronize over Bluetooth with an app on an iOS or Android device, much like other fitness trackers available today, except that it is also capable of suggesting to users whether they have a healthy lifestyle.

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LG Lifeband Touch fitness tracker leaks, touchscreen touted

12/31, 7:34am

LG fitness band could be accompanied by smart watch

One of two wearable devices from LG has surfaced, ahead of its expected reveal at CES. The LG Lifeband Touch, previously thought to be called the "G-Health" in an earlier rumor, appears to take much of its design from the Nike Fuelband SE, namely the unassuming black bracelet appearance, though it is thought to have a few notable differences.

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Airo takes on fitness wristband market by monitoring calorific intake

10/28, 8:52am

Built-in spectrometer will monitor bloodstream to count calories

A new fitness monitor is attempting to trump offerings from Fitbit and Nike by automatically monitoring the quality of consumed food. The Airo wearable health monitor uses a built-in spectrometer to monitor the bloodstream using different wavelengths of light, with the wristband able to work out the calorific intake and the quality of the meal itself from this information.

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Fitbit Force revealed, updates Flex with OLED screen, altimeter

10/10, 10:22am

Display on Fitbit Force provides activity statistics, call notifications

Fitbit has launched its second wrist-based activity tracker, following on from the Fitbit Flex. The Fitbit Force, leaked last week in promotional materials, updates the Flex's design by adding an altimeter and a small OLED display that provides more detailed information than the five-dot LED light system used in the original.

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Fitbit planning launch of Force fitness tracking wristband

10/02, 1:21pm

Leaked promotional materials show improved display, altimeter

Promotional material for a future Fitbit device has surfaced, showing the company as creating another wrist-based fitness tracker. The Force, mimicking much of the style of the Fitbit Flex, appears not to stray too far from the path of its predecessor, but this time the tracking watch will have an altimeter and an updated display.

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Withings Pulse activity tracker shipping next month, tracks heart rate

06/22, 9:11pm

Sensor under rear clip can measure rate of pulse

Withings is attempting to enter the activity tracking market by releasing its own fitness tracker. The Withings Pulse, a rebranded version of a device shown at CES earlier this year, is a clip-on pedometer with similar features to the Jawbone Up, Nike Fuelband, and the Fitbit range of trackers, though it is able to measure a heart rate when the wearer touches the unit's back.

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Fitbit intros the Fitbit Ultra fitness tracker

10/03, 7:20am

Fitbit Ultra set to make getting healthy fun

Fitbit has introduced its Fitbit Ultra fitness tracker. The device works as a high-tech pedometer as well as sleep monitor. One of the key features of the new Ultra model is its pressure altimeter, which enables the device to track when a user climbs stairs or walks up hills.

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RAGE SERank 1.8 adds searches, fixes Google glitch

08/26, 4:00pm

RAGE SERank jumps to v1.8

RAGE Software has announced Rage SERank 1.8, an update to its search-engine tracking software. The software allows users to track website rankings over numerous search engines including Google, yahoo and MSN. Over a dozen new search engines have been added to v1.8, bringing the total search engine count to over 60, and a major bug fix relating to Google's recent algorithm change has been instituted.

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