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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.

Insurer John Hancock adds fitness trackers to its policies

John Hancock, which is a major provider of life insurance in the U.S., has added the requirement that those taking out interactive insurance must wear fitness tracking to all policies.

Strava's fitness heatmap exposes global military bases

The Strava fitness tracking app has found itself embroiled in a military secrets controversy after updating its global heatmap of aggregate user data. The map shows the outlines of numerous military bases, which glow with the movements of people within.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Report: Smartphone fitness apps inaccurate and unreliable

A study has warned that fitness tracking apps for smartphones may not be as accurate as users believe. Some of the most popular apps were found to be inconsistent and incorrect in their reporting when compared to a traditional pedometer.

Microsoft's second-gen Band adds refinement, more sensors

Confirming previous rumours, Microsoft today announced the second generation of its Band wearable. The fitness-tracking smart band now has a curved display and refined design in an effort to lose the prototype feel associated with the original.

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.

Are consumers and tech makers on the same page with wearables?

Are wearable devices really the next big thing in consumer electronics? Or are hardware makers really behind all the hype?
 

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