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November 25, 2014 • Health and Fitness, News

Timex Greets the Holiday Shopping Season with New Ironman Fitness Trackers!

Timex was the watch of my youth. From the watch that ‘took a licking and kept on ticking’ to self-winding watches to the Ironman series that brought ruggedness to the digital age, Timex has been there. Now they have expanded the Timex Ironman line with a connected fitness tracker (X20) and a slimline GPS watch (X20 GPS).

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November 6, 2014 • Health and Fitness, News

Runtastic Launches ‘Sleep Better’ App

The past couple of years has seen an explosion in fitness trackers, many with sleep tracking capabilities. But for all of the data, there is a lack of information or actions coming from all of these trackers. Now Runtastic introduces the ‘Sleep Better’ app to help you track your sleep and wake up more rested.

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October 28, 2014 • Health and Fitness, News, Outdoors

Blast Golf is Like a Golf Pro in Your Pocket

Of course a real golf pro in your pocket would interfere with your swing, but the new Blast Golf product is the latest addition to Blast Motion’s suite of sports and active life motion capture solutions that pair with your iPhone to deliver real-time motion metrics and smart video capture. Attach the Blast Motion precision …

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September 8, 2014 • Health and Fitness, News

Timex Ironman One GPS+ Brings Classic Name to Smartwatch Game

In the early 80s we saw great leaps in watch technology, and I loved my Casio calculator watch. Every few years a new technology comes (remember the Fossil PalmOS Watch?), but now it seems smartwatches are here to stay. There are many approaches, but for fitness enthusiasts Timex looks to have a great angle with …

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September 2, 2014 • Health and Fitness, News

Wellograph, the First Sapphire Crystal Wellness Watch Launches!

Most fitness watches share a common element – not GPS, or heart-rate, or step-tracking, or Bluetooth sync. They are pretty uniformly NOT fashion watches. They might work as ‘Geek Chic’, but no one will mistake them for a designer product. Wellograph hopes to change that, with the first wellness watch with a sapphire crystal display …

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August 8, 2014 • Health and Fitness, News, Outdoors

Patchnride Might Just Save Your Tail on a Bike Ride

As the resident Gear Diary bicyclist, I usually get the first crack at investigating bike gear. Since I live and bike in an urban environment, flat tires are an unfortunate frequent reality of my cycling experience. That’s why I was excited to hear about the new Patchnride bicycle flat repair kit that promises quick and …

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June 18, 2014 • Health and Fitness, Outdoors, Reviews

Whistle, the Fitness Tracker for Dogs, Is Useful and Helpful

Have you ever wished you had a Fitbit for your pet? Something to track just how active they are during the day? I mean, not as they move from lying under the table to on the couch, but actual high-intensity activity? That is the premise of Whistle, and based on going from winter to spring …

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June 12, 2014 • Health and Fitness, Reviews

Garmin Forerunner FR-15 GPS and Fitness Watch Review

Just two days before my first marathon in 2012, Garmin sent me their new ForeRunner FR-10. It’s an entry-level watch with the right amount of tracking features for most casual runners and racers. I jumped at the opportunity to check out the new entry-level Garmin Garmin Forerunner FR-15 GPS and Fitness Watch!

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Amp Up Your Workout With TITIN Force Shorts

Professional couch potatoes can skip this one, but if you’re serious about your workouts and are interested in weighed wearables to improve performance, then keep reading. TITIN Force weighted compression shorts add five pounds of weight to your workout routine, focusing on your hamstrings, thighs, and glutes. Sounds like fun huh?

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May 13, 2014 • Health and Fitness, News

Garmin Introduces the FR-15 GPS Watch and Fitness Tracker

In fall 2012, Garmin introduced the FR-10 GPS Watch. I did a quick preview,  took it on a marathon two days after it arrived, and then did a follow-up after several months of use. I still use the FR-10, and now Garmin has introduced the FR-15 GPS Watch, combining the FR-10 GPS and elements of …

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May 12, 2014 • Health and Fitness, News

Carrot Fit 2.0 Weight Loss App Launches Tomorrow

I’m a big fan of the CARROT apps for iOS. Whether you need help getting up in the morning (CARROT Alarm), getting things done (CARROT To-Do), or getting in shape (CARROT Fit), these apps have you covered. They’re not the typical shiny-happy apps, oh no — CARROT is an evil, malicious AI that will call …

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April 29, 2014 • Crowdfunding, Health and Fitness

Make Brushing Fun with Grush, the Gaming Toothbrush

  We all know that good oral hygiene is vitally important, but if you’re a parent you also know that it can be quite a challenge to get your kids to brush their teeth and do the job right every time. Grush, the Gaming Toothbrush for Kids, aims to solve that problem and is currently …

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March 19, 2014 • Health and Fitness, News, Reviews

iHealth BP5 Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor Measures Up!

The iHealth BP5 Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor (electronic sphygmomanometer) measures your maximum (systolic) and a minimum (diastolic) blood pressure in a convenient system using a sleeved monitor shell device and free mobile phone app named iHealth MyVitals.

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February 25, 2014 • Health and Fitness

Head Lice? Selfies Might Be to Blame!

This year at high schools and colleges there are more cases of head lice than any time in recent memory. While most years head lice are spread between younger kids, it is the increase in older teens with lice that sparked concerned. According to lice-treatment expert Nitless Noggins, there is a correlation between the rise …

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February 25, 2014 • Health and Fitness

MyTennisCam Helps You Hone Your Court Skills!

If you are a recreational tennis player, chances are you wish you could improve your game but lack the time and/or money to join a club and get a coach. But now with MyTennisCam, you can simply mount a camera, switch it on and start playing! This IndieGoGo project promises to provide feedback and analytics …

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February 25, 2014 • Events, Gear Bits, Health and Fitness

Heartbeat Analytics by Firstbeat Powers New Samsung Products

One key new feature announced with the Samsung Galaxy S5 was the heartrate sensor. Located below the camera on back, the sensor grabs data from your fingertip and analyzes it to give heartrate feedback. The sensor – also in the Gear Fit, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo – is powered by Heartbeat Analytics by Firstbeat, …

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February 23, 2014 • Events, Health and Fitness, News

Samsung Announces Two New Galaxy Gear Devices

Samsung is intent on claiming your pockets and your wrist. The original Galaxy Gear watch, designed as a smart watch companion to the Galaxy phones, received a mixed response. Now only a few months later, Samsung is announcing two new watches, the Galaxy Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo!

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February 3, 2014 • Gear Bits, Health and Fitness, Outdoors

Lifestraw GO Delivers Clean Filtered Water Wherever You Are!

Imagine you are someplace where you need water but have none, and the only source is of questionable quality. Solving that problem is the basis of LifeStraw, a portable water filter technology used in third world countries and places with compromised water sources, that you can now buy for personal use in the form of …

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January 30, 2014 • Health and Fitness, Reviews

Magellan Echo Uses Smartphone Power to Become More than a Fitness Watch

The past two years I have tried GPS watches from Nike to Garmin(s) to Magellan to Polar. Each has positive and negative attributes. Ultimately the design comes back to ‘how much can we stuff into this and keep it wearable’. Magellan Echo answers this by offloading functionality to the smartphone we carry, and acting as …

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January 29, 2014 • Health and Fitness, Reviews

Wahoo Fitness Is My New Favorite iPhone Fitness App!

While reviewing the Magellan Echo, I needed a fitness app on my iPhone. There were a few supported, so I tried the popular ones. They didn’t expose much functionality, so I tried Wahoo Fitness, which was detailed in a document from Magellan. Turns out it the perfect partner for the Echo, and it’s the best fitness …

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January 28, 2014 • Health and Fitness, Reviews

Get Fit and Heart-Healthy With The Polar RC3 GPS, Review

Polar built its reputation on heart rate monitoring technology starting in the late 1970s designed to let you REALLY listen to your body. I have friends who swear by their products, and with the RC3 GPS they offer up their latest hardware and software for tracking all of your workouts, and it represents some of …

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