September 17th 2012 12:52 am

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frankspin

by frankspin

Have fitness trackers and wearables improved your health?
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As wearables start to grow and find their stride, I'm beginning to notice a lot of them are bundling in fitness features such as pedometers and even heart rate monitors. It's not really surprising when you consider how cheap, and basic, fitness trackers are. The thing is though, have fitness trackers improved your health at all?
Sure they can count steps and (estimate) your calories... Read more →
frankspin

by frankspin

What is the next consumer tech gadget to fade into the past?
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Similar to a discussion I started last week (http://www.engadget.com/discuss/what-gadgets-were... discussing gadgets we were all buying ten years ago, I realized in that same time certain consumer product categories have come and gone. There are even certain product groups that "merged" together. Even our product database has sections dedicated to product categories like Digital Photo Frames and Scanners which were very popular consumer product groups not too long... Read more →
pvcflyer

by pvcflyer

fitbit complacency
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Has anyone else found fitbit to be fairly unresponsive to customer problems, and when they do respond, they give answers like "sorry, we can't help you that's just the way it is and we aren't ever going to change it."
I have had to contact fitbit several times in the past and each time I receive a less than helpful non answer to my question.
- asked about clearing preuse data that came on my fitbit ultra --> led me along for a days until, they "fixed it" but actually didn't do anything because... Read more →
kris

by kris

Are the new Fitbit models worth the upgrade?
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About a year after they gave us the Fitbit Ultra, Fitbit has upped the ante once again by introducing not one, but two new Fitbit models: the Fitbit One and the Fitbit Zip. Based on the name it looks as if the One will be the new flagship model, superseding the Ultra, with the same standard set of features - step counting, altimeter, sleep tracking - but adding a vibrating alarm to wake you up, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. On the other hand, the Zip appears to be a budget model, offering just... Read more →