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Fitness Trackers Move to Earphones, Socks and Basketballs

Devices collect more kinds of data from more places, and one stores the energy from your movements for use to power your device.

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Posted:
Nov 16, 2015

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Maggie

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Assessing the Fitness of Wearable Tech

Like many people who grew up long before personal computers and cellphones became ubiquitous, I’ve never tried a fitness tracker. I already know I walk about five miles a day, in addition to my daily swim. My weight is stable within a range of two pounds. I prefer to remain accountable only to...

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Nov 9, 2015

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Emily S

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Using A Weight-Loss App? Study Says It Doesn’t Help Much

Young American adults own smartphones at a higher rate than any other age group. Researchers from Duke University wanted to see if capitalizing on that smartphone usage with a low-cost weight-loss app might help the 35 percent of young adults in the U.S. who are overweight or obese.

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Giving Out Private Data for Discount in Insurance

Andrew Thomas’s life insurer knows exactly when he arrives at his local gym. The company is notified when he swipes his membership card, and 30 minutes later, it checks that he is still there, tracking his location through his smartphone.

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Aug 8, 2014

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Maggie

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When Wearable Health Trackers Meet Your Doctor

How interested is your doctor in health data that you’ve tracked yourself?

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Aug 4, 2014

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Maggie

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One Step To Combat Obesity: Make Stairs More Attractive

If there's a single invention that helped shape New York City, literally, it might be the elevator. Along with steel frame construction, the elevator allowed New York City to grow up. But according to architect David Burney, former New York City commissioner of the Department of Design and...

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WebMD Relaunches iPhone App as a Hub for Fitness Data

Health apps and fitness trackers can be a bit of a mess nowadays—and in that mess WebMD sees an opportunity. You might have a fitness band with a corresponding app, another app for tracking runs or bike rides, and yet another to track what you’re eating each day.

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Apr 17, 2014

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Maggie

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Your Trainer Saw That: Devices Like Fitbit and Up24 Being Used by Gyms to Track Clients' Activity

Angela Harrigan, a personal trainer at Life Time Fitness, sees each client maybe two hours per week, but she knows exactly how much of the other 166 hours they’ve spent furthering — or undoing — their efforts.

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