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Popular health apps could expose data about medical conditions

Health apps pose 'unprecedented' privacy risks, relating to medical conditions and associated data, according to a new Canadian study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Do fitness trackers and apps work? It depends on you

There are good and bad fitness trackers and apps out there (with ‘bad’ being inaccurate in terms of medical data). How well do the ‘good’ trackers work? New research says it is down to the user.

Fitbit launches the Versa, a $200 smartwatch for the masses

Fitbit has announced its long-rumoured Versa smartwatch, designed as an alternative to products like the Apple Watch. Unlike Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch, the Versa is lower-priced and aimed at a wider market. It retains most of the Ionic's features.

Fitbit and One Drop to share diabetes and activity data

As an example of business-to-business healthcare collaboration, One Drop has entered into an agreement with Fitbit to combine fitness tracker data into a diabetes management platform. This is for health data analysis.

Wearable maker Jawbone insolvent, two years after $3bn valuation

Jawbone has announced it's shutting down and liquidating its assets. The 18-year-old technology company, best known in recent years for its work in the wearables market, was once worth $3 billion. It's one of the biggest tech firms ever to collapse.

Further steps needed to improve fitness monitors

Many fitness trackers and activity monitors are failing to meet the exact levels of accuracy demanded by health experts. This can lead to users misinterpreting the data and potentially making incorrect health and dietary decisions.

Fitness trackers underestimate calories

A new assessment of fitness trackers reveals that the devices on the market are good at measuring heart rate but they are often poor at measuring calories burned.

Dead woman's Fitbit data leads to murder charge against husband

Ellington - While a Connecticut man’s explanation for the death of his wife at first seemed plausible, an analysis of data from her Fitbit contradicted his timeline, leading to the husband's arrest on murder and other charges.

Fitness goal of many smart devices is 'meaningless'

Fitness apps and fitness devices are increasingly popular. How much good they do is an associated area of debate. One recent discussion has centered on the worth of the 10,000-a-day step count used by many devices.

Why your fitness wearable might be working against you

Been piling on the pounds over the Holiday season? This year there are even more apps and connected devices aiming to help you begin 2017 in fitter fare. But will these work? Not according to a new survey.

Fitbit buying Pebble, existing watches could stop working

Pebble has confirmed that it is shutting down and selling its assets to rival wearable manufacturer Fitbit. The announcement comes a week after initial rumours about the deal began to circulate. Pebble will not launch any new hardware products.

Fitbit buying smartwatch brand Pebble in deal worth $40m

Fitness wearable manufacturer Fitbit is purchasing smartwatch maker Pebble for around $40 million. The news has not yet been confirmed by the companies but follows a round of layoffs at Pebble. Fitbit may use the company's technology in its own devices.

Fitbit unveils new slimmer fitness trackers with more features

Fitbit has unveiled two new fitness trackers that update its existing product line-up. The Flex 2 is the first Fitbit device to offer swim tracking features while the Charge 2 has a large easy-to-read display. Fitbit has recently been hit with lawsuits.

Ready for the internally implanted fitness monitor?

How would you feel if a fitness monitor, something like a Fitbit, was surgically implanted in your body to allow for the collation of more accurate health data? This could be a step closer thanks to new monitors.

Fitbit's Blaze off to a blazing start, 1m sold in first month

Fitbit has managed to surprise investors by selling over 1 million of its new Alta and Blaze fitness wearables each in the first month of availability. Shares fell at the announcement of the devices which now appear to be an unexpected hit with customers.

Amazon's Alexa partners with Fitbit to remind you to exercise

Amazon has released a new update for its Alexa digital assistant on the Amazon Echo. Alexa now integrates with exercise tracking app Fitbit, letting you ask how active you've been, tell Alexa to register a new activity or hear supporting prompts.

Fitbit announces the Alta, a stylish touchscreen fitness tracker

Fitbit has added a new fitness tracker to its collection of wearables, breaking from tradition by emphasising style as well as functionality with the new product. The Fitbit Alta is a $130 low-profile wrist band for appearance-conscious fitness fans.

Just how accurate is Fitbit?

A class-action lawsuit has been taken out against the company Fitbit. The legal action alleges the company’s heart-rate monitors are inaccurate and, therefore, dangerous.

Wearables market growth climbs 200% in a year, led by Fitbit

The market for wearable devices has grown by almost 200 percent in the past year, helped by the launch of new smartwatches from companies including Apple and Xiaomi. They continue to lose out to established favourite Fitbit though.

Zing: The perfect gift this Christmas Special

'Zing' is a brand new device developed by a team of hardworking entrepreneurs in Cambridge. Digital Journal spoke to one of them, Ludo Chapman, a great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin.

Op-Ed: mHealth fitness wearables need better consumer engagement

Fitness wearables and mobile health tracking devices continue growing in popularity. Companies like Fitbit sell millions of devices each year. But despite the health benefits, people stop using the product.

Consumer interest in wearable tech continues to broaden

Just how big is the nascent market for wearable tech? It's so big - and growing bigger by the day - that Amazon is positioning itself front and center to become the ultimate eCommerce hub for buyers of wearable technology.
 

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