Best Activity Tracker

Big Amazon sale offers 60% or more off 58 different activity trackers

By on September 8, 2015 at 12:44 PM.

Big Amazon sale offers 60% or more off 58 different activity trackers

The smartwatch market might not be taking off just yet, but wearables in general are very big right now. You can see people wearing activity trackers just about everywhere you go. In fact, a simple activity tracker helped our own editor Zach Epstein lost 50 lbs in just three months!

If you haven’t picked up an activity tracker yet, you’re in luck. Amazon is currently hosting a big sale on 58 different fitness bands, offering savings of up to 60% on some of the most popular bands in the world. More →

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Jawbone UP2 Firmware Update

Jawbone announces UP2 and UP3 in 10 new colors, plus big software and firmware updates

By on September 8, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

Jawbone announces UP2 and UP3 in 10 new colors, plus big software and firmware updates

Jawbone’s UP fitness trackers and wonderfully made iPhone app helped me lose 50 lbs in just three months. The company’s bands have been plagued with quality control problems and issues with the business behind the scenes have added to Jawbone’s headaches. But at the end of the day, its UP bands are easily among the best out there — and for my money, the UP app is the most well-designed, comprehensive and helpful app of its kind.

Today, Jawbone has two major announcements that pertain to hardware and software. More →

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The BGR Show: Episode 10 – UP3, Samsung’s future, exclusives and more

By on May 14, 2015 at 12:20 PM.

The BGR Show: Episode 10 – UP3, Samsung’s future, exclusives and more

Last week’s show was one of our biggest so far, thanks in part to a little Apple exclusive we snuck in there. Well, this week we’ve got a couple more exclusives peppered in throughout the show, and we cover our widest range of topics yet. We cover Zach’s love/hate relationship with the new Jawbone UP3, Samsung’s fantastic new ARTIK initiative, an insider’s report on the upcoming iPhone 6s, and yes, the Apple Watch.

Things also get real when the show is interrupted not once but twice by phone calls — first from AT&T and then from Apple’s special private Apple Watch Edition support line — and we play those calls right on the podcast. If you thought you knew how crazy Jonathan is getting waiting for his Edition to finally ship, just wait… More →

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Best Gadgets Under $100

Here’s some of the best tech you can buy on Amazon for under $100

By on February 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

Here’s some of the best tech you can buy on Amazon for under $100

This past holiday season, we spent a good amount of time sharing great gift ideas for all of the gadget hounds out there. Of course, some of our most popular guides focused on deals and low-cost gift ideas that packed as much bang for your buck as possible. But why should you have to wait for the holidays for lists of nifty affordable gadgets? More →

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I lost 50 lbs in 3 months – here’s how technology helped me

By on January 29, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

I lost 50 lbs in 3 months – here’s how technology helped me

America has never been as fat as it is right now. And I had never been as fat as I was seven months ago.

I don’t usually discuss personal matters here on the site, but weight is a serious issue that hundreds of millions of people around the world struggle with constantly. According to a report released earlier this month by the World Health Organization, more than 600 million adults across the globe were obese in 2014, and almost 2 billion were categorized as overweight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that more than one-third of all adults in America — 78.6 million people — are obese.

In early July, I was one of those 78.6 million obese Americans. At 6 feet tall and 235 pounds, my Body Mass Index (BMI) was 31.9, just north of the CDC’s obesity threshold of 30.

Today, at 172 pounds, my BMI is 23.3, which falls within the CDC’s “normal” range of 18.5-24.9.

I worked hard to get where I am right now, and I still have work left to do. It took a lot of exercise and discipline, but technology also played a big role in my efforts, and in this post I’ll explain how I did it. More →

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Jawbone UP MOVE UP3

Jawbone unveils two new fitness trackers: UP3 and UP MOVE

By on November 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM.

Jawbone unveils two new fitness trackers: UP3 and UP MOVE

Jawbone has announced two new devices for 2014, the UP3 wristband and the UP MOVE fitness tracker. The UP3 is the flagship follow-up to the UP24, the best fitness tracker available, according to BGR. The UP3 has a multi-sensor platform with a new tri-axis accelerometer, tracks detailed sleep stages, uses new algorithms to identify your workouts and connects with the iOS and Android UP App.

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Jawbone UP iPhone App

You can finally use Jawbone’s awesome UP app without an UP band

By on September 29, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

You can finally use Jawbone’s awesome UP app without an UP band

Jawbone might have started as a Bluetooth headset company, but it’s now also the maker of the best fitness tracker in the world. We gave the UP24 that honor for a number of reasons, and the band’s fantastic accompanying software sits somewhere near the top. Not everyone wants to wear a fitness tracker though, and now you don’t have to: Jawbone has released a new version of its great app that makes use of iOS 8’s new Healthkit features and doesn’t require any separate hardware. More →

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Jawbone UP Android App

Android users finally have access to the best fitness band on the planet

By on March 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Android users finally have access to the best fitness band on the planet

I swore I would never try Jawbone’s future fitness bands after having such an awful experience with the second-generation UP. But when I finally gave in and bought the new UP24, I quickly learned that it is indeed the best fitness tracking band in the world. Until recently, only iPhone owners had access to Jawbone’s UP24 band because the Android version of the company’s UP app didn’t support the new model. As of Tuesday, however, that changes. More →

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Jawbone Up Coffee iPhone App

This app will tell you when you’ll finally be able to fall asleep

By on March 7, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

This app will tell you when you’ll finally be able to fall asleep

A new application plans to help out with all those restless nights when falling asleep seems to be next to impossible, provided that your sleep disorder is related in any way to caffeine intake. Jawbone’s new “Up Coffee” mobile application will tell you when you’ll finally be able to fall asleep, or at least when that should happen according to your coffee habits. More →

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Jawbone UP24 Review

Review: The best fitness band in the world is one I swore I’d never even try

By on February 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

Review: The best fitness band in the world is one I swore I’d never even try

The Jawbone UP was the best fitness tracker I had ever used. From design, to accuracy, to the accompanying software, everything about the UP was fantastic… except for the quality control standards employed by Jawbone and its manufacturing partner. After going through five defective UP bands in the course of seven months, I had no choice but to give up on Jawbone’s UP and switch to the vastly inferior Fitbit Flex. At the time, I also said I probably wouldn’t try any future fitness bands Jawbone might release, since my experience with the UP was so disappointing.

Well, it turns out I lied. More →

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Apple Design

The company Apple ‘should fear most’ isn’t the company you’d expect

By on February 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

The company Apple ‘should fear most’ isn’t the company you’d expect

When asked to name Apple’s top competition, most would likely rattle off names like Google, Samsung and Microsoft — massive, established technology giants that compete in numerous core areas of Apple’s business. These huge companies constantly play off of each other and always look to one-up rivals as they compete for consumer and enterprise business. According to one report, however, Apple should be paying particular attention to one company that most people might not have even considered to be a threat. More →

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Battered navigation companies look past PNDs for new business

By on August 6, 2011 at 5:00 AM.

Battered navigation companies look past PNDs for new business

Personal fitness GPS products could be a possible growth market for struggling PND companies. A new report from ABI Research is forecasting that the personal fitness GPS market could soon surpass 10 million units. Products such as the Garmin Forerunner 610 have helped its Outdoor and Fitness division deliver 27% of the company’s operating income last year, ABI said, and that growth continued into 2011 when the company recorded a 25% increase in fitness sales during the second quarter. “Garmin remains by far the dominant player in this expanding market, with over 90% of the market share, but it will face some new emerging competition,” telematics and navigation senior analyst Patrick Connolly said. The industry growth has been spurred by other companies too, including Citizen, Casio and Polar, among others. “There has also been a dearth of health/fitness devices launched on the market in 1H11, from companies such as Basis, Fitbit, Jawbone, Bodymedia, Philips and Hitachi,” said ABI Telematics and navigation practice director Dominique Bonte “Many have indicated that GPS is part of their future plans.” Mobile devices have also helped drive sales of personal fitness GPS applications, and ABI Research noted the success of Nike, Runkeeper and MapMyRun. Read on for the full press release. More →

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