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Apr 20, 2020.

Penis Plushies, Zoom’s Google Problem and Lessons From Apollo 13: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Penis Plushies, Zoom’s Google Problem and Lessons From Apollo 13: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

To echo something I’ve been seeing on social media this week: Today is Sunday. Yes, I am very sure. Has anyone else found that their sense of time has been skewed by the lockdown or is it just me? I have been wrong about what the day it was at least twice this week.

Let’s get down to business. We had a lot of great stories on Gizmodo this week, and not all of them were about the coronavirus...

Apr 13, 2020. 7 comments

Fitbit's Charge 4 Is a Great Tracker That's Come at a Weird Time

Fitbit's Charge 4 Is a Great Tracker That's Come at a Weird Time

How does one review a fitness tracker—something meant to get you moving and measure your athletic progress—at a time when most of us are forcibly stuck indoors, slowly melting into our couches? That’s the conundrum I’ve been grappling with ever since I unboxed my shiny new Fitbit Charge 4.

The surreal circumstances we find ourselves in due to the current pandemic has affected all recent gadget...

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Mar 31, 2020. 4 comments

Surprise! Fitbit's First New Product Since Google Deal Is A Fitness Tracker

Surprise! Fitbit's First New Product Since Google Deal Is A Fitness Tracker

As we entered a new decade, Fitbit’s fortunes looked uncertain. Last year, the company was acquired by Google for a neat $2.1 billion—a move that left some longtime Fitbit users

wary about their data privacy . The acquisition followed reports about disappointing Versa Lite sales, which was a blow to Fitbit considering the popularity of its Versa smartwatch. Now with its first new device...

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Feb 21, 2020.

EU Warns Google Buying Fitbit Presents a Major Privacy Risk

EU Warns Google Buying Fitbit Presents a Major Privacy Risk

It wasn’t too long ago that Google announced it had plunked down

$2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit . While the news was welcomed by some, many others raised the question of what would happen with all that health data Fitbit had collected. You can count the European Data Protection Board among the latter. At its 18th plenary session, the advisory board released a statement expressing concern that...
Jan 31, 2020. 15 comments

Stop Trying to Clone the Apple Watch

Stop Trying to Clone the Apple Watch

At this point, there’s no denying the

Apple Watch is the smartwatch to beat. It’s feature-rich, massively popular, and when you wear one, it confers a certain sensibility about you, the tech-savvy consumer. But for the love of everything holy, can other smartwatch makers please stop trying to shamelessly ape the design?

The latest offender, if rumors are to be believed, is Oppo. Renders of...

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Caitlin McGarry Caitlin McGarry Jan 16, 2020. 8 comments

Fitbit Really Wants to Be Able to Diagnose Your Sleep Apnea

Fitbit Really Wants to Be Able to Diagnose Your Sleep Apnea

If you wake up during the night feeling like you can’t breathe, or if you roll out of bed each morning wondering why you slept like shit, you might have sleep apnea. An estimated 22 million American adults have the disorder, and many of them don’t know it. A diagnosis usually requires undergoing a supervised sleep study at a clinic, which is an entire ordeal that most people want to avoid....

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Jan 12, 2020. 3 comments

Philips Accuses Fitbit and Garmin, Its More Successful Competitors, of Stealing Its Wearable Tech

Philips Accuses Fitbit and Garmin, Its More Successful Competitors, of Stealing Its Wearable Tech

Philips is accusing two of the highest profile players in the wearables market, Fitbit and Garmin, of stealing its propriety technology, and it wants the companies to be brought to justice. Specifically, it is asking for Fitbit and Garmin, along with three other companies, to pay tariffs or be subjected to an import ban.

The U.S. International Trade Commission announced on Friday that it was...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Dec 31, 2019. 5 comments

This Is the Decade Smartwatches Actually Became a Thing

This Is the Decade Smartwatches Actually Became a Thing
Decade's EndDecade's EndGizmodo, io9, and Earther look back at our passing decade and look ahead at what kind of future awaits us in the next ten years.

Over the past ten years, smartwatches have gone from futuristic tech relegated to sci-fi flicks to something so common, it’s not a surprise to multiple people sporting them on your daily commute. These wrist-sized computers can’t do quite as...

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Dec 11, 2019. 3 comments

Google's Fitbit Deal Reportedly to Be Scrutinized By DOJ Antitrust Office

Google's Fitbit Deal Reportedly to Be Scrutinized By DOJ Antitrust Office

Google’s

$2.1 billion deal to acquire fitness tracker manufacturer Fitbit has attracted the attention of antitrust enforcers at the Department of Justice, according to reports that first emerged in the New York Post tabloid and were subsequently verified by Reuters.

Normally, deals of this size have to be approved by either the DOJ or the Federal Trade Commission, which also has federal...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Nov 30, 2019. 16 comments

What to Buy Instead of a Fitbit

What to Buy Instead of a Fitbit

Since

Google bought Fitbit , people seem to have fallen into one of two categories: Those who don’t care at all about the privacy implications, and those very much do. For the latter, it means this holiday season is a good chance to jump on sales and buy a replacement smartwatch or tracker. But which one?

While Gizmodo does have a pretty great

buying guide (curated by yours truly), it...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Nov 20, 2019. 5 comments

Guys, Fitbit Started Profiting Off Health Data Long Before Google Showed Up

Guys, Fitbit Started Profiting Off Health Data Long Before Google Showed Up

Since news broke that

Google bought Fitbit for $2.1 billion, one of the big questions was how that massive treasure trove of Fitbit data would be handled. Everyone saw what happened with Nest. As a company, Nest and its data operated separately for a long while, but earlier this year, Nest users were told to migrate their accounts . Their data was now Google’s data. The prospect has...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Nov 05, 2019. 18 comments

Maybe Don't Get Too Excited Just Yet Over Google Buying Fitbit

Maybe Don't Get Too Excited Just Yet Over Google Buying Fitbit

Last Friday, Google plunked down $2.1 billion to

acquire Fitbit . If you’ve been paying attention to wearables, the news wasn’t exactly a surprise. Google has been hobbling along in the smartwatch space for what feels like eons, and despite Fitbit shelling out $23 million to buy Pebble in 2017, its foray into smartwatches has been a mixed bag. It’s only natural that Google, with its deep...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Oct 29, 2019. 8 comments

Maybe This Is How We Finally Get a Pixel Watch

Maybe This Is How We Finally Get a Pixel Watch

Looks like Google is getting ready for a serious dive back into wearables. Both Reuters and CNBC are reporting that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has made an offer to acquire Fitbit. Yes, that Fitbit.

According to Reuters, which initially broke the news, negotiations aren’t locked down quite yet—and, it’s unclear how much Alphabet is willing to plunk down on the deal. That said, CNBC is...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Oct 09, 2019. 13 comments

Does My Smartwatch's Sleep Tracker Actually Do Anything?

Does My Smartwatch's Sleep Tracker Actually Do Anything?

For most of my adult life, I didn’t really think about sleep: It was just an activity that my body required, for about six to eight hours a night, in order to not feel like garbage the next day. Rarely did I pause to consider the quality of my rest or whether my sleep patterns were “normal.” That is, until I was gifted

a Fitbit Charge 3.

Now, just about every morning, I open my phone’s...

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Victoria Song Victoria Song Sep 09, 2019. 12 comments

The Fitbit Versa 2 Is a Solid Update That Just Makes Me Want So Much More

The Fitbit Versa 2 Is a Solid Update That Just Makes Me Want So Much More

Let me start out this review by saying I love my

Fitbit Versa . There’s a reason it’s Fitbit’s most popular smartwatch. It’s stylish, affordable, the fitness features are solid, and the 5+ days of battery life are a godsend. I’m just tired of every new announcement from Fitbit being a different flavor of Versa—even if the latest Versa 2 is an excellent smartwatch. Fitbit Versa 2Fitbit Versa...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Sep 02, 2019. 1 comments

Switch Lite, "Gay Gene" Myth, and Ring Acting Shady: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Switch Lite, "Gay Gene" Myth, and Ring Acting Shady: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s the end of another week and the beginning of September, and you know what that means: goodbye summer, hello fall! And no, I don’t care that it’s still 85 degrees outside; it’s fall goddammit, and I will sweat through my chunky knit scarves and cute boots if I have to.

Our team broke

some more alarming news about Ring this week. Apparently, Amazon’s home security company not only works...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Aug 28, 2019. 18 comments

The Fitbit Versa 2 Chases Apple's Dominance

The Fitbit Versa 2 Chases Apple's Dominance

The new Fitbit Versa 2 seems awfully aware of the issues Fitbit has had with its smartwatches for the last few cycles. The product, announced today, addresses many of the previous issues with the Versa line while also keeping features that we love about its predecessors. As before, it’s a smartwatch that looks like an Apple Watch, but at a much lower price. And with the addition of Alexa, you...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 02, 2019. 12 comments

Leak Suggests the Next Fitbit Might Be Slowly Catching Up to the Apple Watch

Leak Suggests the Next Fitbit Might Be Slowly Catching Up to the Apple Watch

We struggled to find one positive thing to say about the

Fitbit Ionic two years ago, but the company’s follow-up, the Versa , was a complete about-face, offering a better design, better battery life, and a bargain price tag. And if leaked product shots shared by Evan Blass are any indication, the next Versa is staying the course to potentially give the Apple Watch some tough competition.
The...

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Matías S. Zavia Matías S. Zavia Jun 16, 2019.

El nuevo reloj deportivo de Fitbit sabe qué deporte practicas sin que se lo digas

El nuevo reloj deportivo de Fitbit sabe qué deporte practicas sin que se lo digas

Charge HR es el

mejor cuantificador que hay, pero el mercado que está creciendo es el de los smartwatches. ¿Qué ha hecho Fitbit? Apostar por el modelo Surge . Su nuevo invento se llama Blaze y tiene una gran pantalla a color con pulseras intercambiables. Tiene aspecto de smartwatch, pero es un medidor de fitness. 10 consejos para hacer (bien) deporte con apps y medidores de fitness

Entre los...

Victoria Song Victoria Song May 16, 2019. 22 comments

Looking For a Smartwatch or Fitness Tracker? These Are the Best You Can Buy

Looking For a Smartwatch or Fitness Tracker? These Are the Best You Can Buy

Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and even jewelry—if it’s technology you can wear, we’ve reviewed it. Whether you’re an Apple diehard or you stan for Android, these are the wearables you should bother with.

The best all-around smartwatch Who are you?

You want the best of the best and don’t mind paying for it.

Our pick: Apple Watch Series 4 ($400-$1,500)

Apple haters might groan, but the fact is...

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