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Apr 23, 2020. 4 comments

This Weird Wearable Is Keeping Me Fit and Rested During Lockdown

This Weird Wearable Is Keeping Me Fit and Rested During Lockdown

Whoop is not your typical wearable.

There’s no display and no on-device notifications, and it isn’t trying to push you toward a movement goal. It looks like a nondescript band you strap to your wrist or around your bicep. You can go an entire day wearing this thing and forget it’s even there until it’s time to sync or take a shower. Unlike a tracker or smartwatch, you also don’t pay for the...

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Apr 15, 2020. 4 comments

Wear OS Smartwatches Will Now Remind You to Wash Your Damn Hands

Wear OS Smartwatches Will Now Remind You to Wash Your Damn Hands

Washing your hands is a basic front-line defense against not only the novel coronavirus, but you know, a whole host of germs and general nastiness. And apparently, a disturbing number of people don’t do it as often as they should. To help the crustiest among us to wash their damn hands in this dire time, Google has updated Wear OS smartwatches with a handy handwashing timer.

The timer is part...

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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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Mar 27, 2020. 8 comments

Timex's New GPS Smartwatch Ain't Cute, But It's Cheap

Timex's New GPS Smartwatch Ain't Cute, But It's Cheap

When Timex announced earlier this year that it was

getting back into the smartwatch game , I was a little perplexed.. That’s mainly because, at a glance, the new Ironman GPS R300 looks much more like the kind of smartwatch-fitness tracker hybrid that was popular back in 2016 than a device you’d relaunch a product line with in 2020.

It’s not just that the Ironman GPS R300 looks retro. But, I...

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Mar 26, 2020. 2 comments

This Ankle Exoskeleton Was Designed to Make Running Easier

This Ankle Exoskeleton Was Designed to Make Running Easier

Running is one of the most affordable forms of exercise, but it’s also one that people love to groan about—and for good reason. It’s a high-impact sport that can be hard on the body, and that’s without factoring in however you might feel about your individual athleticism. But Stanford engineers have found a wearable exoskeleton that you can strap onto your ankle to help you run more easily,...

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Mar 23, 2020. 6 comments

The World's First Digital Watch Is Coming Back—for $750

The World's First Digital Watch Is Coming Back—for $750

If you’re trying to do everything you can to preserve your mental health while quarantined at home, an endless list of doomsday notifications on your smartwatch probably isn’t helping. Given that a dumb watch doesn’t seem so dumb any more, Hamilton is re-releasing the world’s first digital watch that does nothing more than tell the time.

Made famous with an appearance on the wrist of James...

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Mar 09, 2020. 1 comments

Apple Watch 6 Could Reportedly Get Support for Blood Oxygen Monitoring

Apple Watch 6 Could Reportedly Get Support for Blood Oxygen Monitoring

Thanks in part to a wealth of health monitoring features, Apple sells more smartwatches than any other company. Now for the upcoming Apple Watch 6, it appears Apple is working on adding support for blood oxygen monitoring.

Clues hinting at support for blood oxygen detection (SpO2) on the Apple Watch 6 were found in snippets of code from iOS 14 examined by 9to5Mac, and could allow Apple Watch...

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Mar 09, 2020. 6 comments

Google Wants to Get Inside Your Soccer Cleats

Google Wants to Get Inside Your Soccer Cleats

If there’s one thing soccer nerds love, it’s playing FIFA. Well, for the more actively inclined, Google is apparently partnering with Adidas and EA Sports by offering up “Adidas GMR Insoles.” Powered by Google’s second-generation Jacquard tag, the insoles will track how well you play on the pitch and translate that into stat boosts for your team in the FIFA mobile game for Android and iOS.

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Mar 09, 2020. 11 comments

Finally, a Wear OS Smartwatch I Don't Absolutely Hate

Finally, a Wear OS Smartwatch I Don't Absolutely Hate

There’s no getting around it: The Suunto 7 smartwatch is a

big, beefy boy . Giant smartwatches can be polarizing, but in a world of aggressively mediocre Wear OS devices, the Suunto 7 is a refreshing reminder that the Android watch platform doesn’t have to suck as hard as it currently does.

So what’s different about the Suunto 7? Well, if you’re into smartwatches mostly for their advanced tech...

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Feb 27, 2020. 7 comments

Heart Rate Limitations Show Why You Shouldn't Get Your Medical Advice From the Apple Watch

Heart Rate Limitations Show Why You Shouldn't Get Your Medical Advice From the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is the smartwatch to beat. It’s massively popular, has a full range of features, and compared to some of its competitors, leads the way in rethinking how wearables can function within the health sector. During the Apple Watch portion of Apple events, you can generally expect a feel-good reel of real-life users sharing stories of how the watch saved their lives by notifying...

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Feb 27, 2020. 3 comments

It Is the Year 2020, and Timex Just Got Back Into Smartwatches

It Is the Year 2020, and Timex Just Got Back Into Smartwatches

Timex is well-known for its low-tech watches, but the company doesn’t immediately come to mind when you think of smartwatches. That’s because it’s been a hot second since the company put out anything worthwhile in the category. Well, 2020 is a new year, and Timex is looking to get back into the game with a new running smartwatch, the Ironman GPS R300.

The last notable Timex smartwatch was the...

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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...
Feb 14, 2020. 11 comments

Under Armour's New Smart Sneakers Are Ugly as Sin But Good for Running

Under Armour's New Smart Sneakers Are Ugly as Sin But Good for Running

Last year I reviewed Under Armour’s

HOVR Infinite shoes , which sync with your smartphone to offer running data from the built-in Bluetooth chip. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed working out in them. I expected the shoes to be more gimmick than substance, but the personalized gait-coaching actually helped me shave two minutes off my average mile time. They died a noble death...

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Feb 10, 2020. 5 comments

The Best Thing About This Smartwatch Is the Strap

The Best Thing About This Smartwatch Is the Strap

There’s no shortage of stylish Wear OS watches—it’s literally Fossil’s main reason for existing at this point. The company and its small army of designer brands make up the bulk of Android-friendly smartwatches out there. The problem is, they’re all functionally interchangeable. They run the same software, sport the same features, with maybe one or two proprietary apps that make you go: “Huh,...

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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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Jan 28, 2020. 9 comments

Hey, Look! Another Fitness Tracker For Your Finger, Now With a Button

Hey, Look! Another Fitness Tracker For Your Finger, Now With a Button

Smart rings have a few advantages over more common wrist-worn wearables. For starters, they can be more discreet, fashionable, and comfortable to wear while sleeping. The main issue is there aren’t as many of them out there—much less ones that offer the same breadth of features as wristables. That’s why it’s nice to hear about a new player in the field, the Circular smart ring.

I got a chance...

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Jan 28, 2020. 24 comments

Watch This Veteran Collapse on Antiques Roadshow When He Learns His $345 Rolex Is Actually Worth $700,000

Watch This Veteran Collapse on Antiques Roadshow When He Learns His $345 Rolex Is Actually Worth $700,000

There’s rarely as satisfying a moment on TV as watching someone strike it rich on Antiques Roadshow when a random item turns out to be worth a fortune. That’s exactly what happened on this evening’s episode when an Air Force veteran learned a rare Rolex he’d never worn was worth upwards of $700,000.

The episode was filmed in Bonanzaville in West Fargo, North Dakota, and as the story goes a...

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Jan 24, 2020. 2 comments

Gyms Now Offering Perks for Working Out With an Apple Watch

Gyms Now Offering Perks for Working Out With an Apple Watch

The plan is that soon you’ll be able to waltz into a gym, connect your Apple Watch to a treadmill, and earn cash back or a free watch just for showing up.

There’s not even a catch, supposedly. If you already own an Apple Watch, a new program Apple launched with select gyms will offer perks for putting in the work you were probably already doing to close those activity rings. According to

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Jan 23, 2020. 10 comments

This Posture Gadget Shamed Me Into Sitting Straighter But I'm Still a Gargoyle

This Posture Gadget Shamed Me Into Sitting Straighter But I'm Still a Gargoyle

I’ve always been a sloucher. It’s impossible to be a tech blogger, curled over a keyboard most hours of the day, and not have terrible posture. I only realized how big of a problem it was after a recent yoga class. While lying down in corpse pose, the class instructor walked past, looked at my shriveled body, and murmured a skeptical ‘Hmm.’ Without warning, she leaned over and pressed down on...

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