Today Microsoft launched a new update to their fitness wearable, Microsoft Band, and also to their health platform and smartphone app, Microsoft Health. These updates broaden the capabilities of features of each by integrating with third party apps and services, implementing new health insights (analysis), and enhancing the Microsoft Health app to now work stand-alone without a paired Microsoft Band. The new update enhances the bike activity tile added in Feburary to now integrate with activity tracking apps Strava and MapMyRide. After this update is installed, the Strava and MapMyRide apps can harvest activity data from the Microsoft Band. Microsoft does not state if this data harvesting is continuous or a one time download after an activity is complete. Personally, I believe Strava integration is...

Android Wear Updates: Wi-Fi, Always-On Apps and Usability

This week Google announced the latest update to their smart watch focused operating system, Android Wear. Google did not specify the exact version number, but the previous version was...

10 by Stephen Barrett 2 days ago

Imagination Launches New Low Power Wireless IP: Ensigma Whisper

Today Imagination is launching a new set of licensable wireless intellectual property (IP) called 'Ensigma Whisper' to complement its portfolio of other SoC IPs. This announcement gives Imagination a...

9 by Stephen Barrett on 4/15/2015

Motorola Launches Moto Maker for the Moto 360

In August of 2013, Motorola launched an innovative web portal, Moto Maker, enabling personalization of the original Moto X immediately prior to purchase. Almost two years later, Moto Maker...

9 by Stephen Barrett on 3/10/2015

Apple Watch Hands-On

By far the highlight of Apple’s Spring Forward event was the Apple Watch. Though announced back in September, Apple has not allowed any hands-on time with the device until...

61 by Ryan Smith on 3/9/2015

Apple Reveals Apple Watch Details And Availability

Apple's Spring Forward event saw the launch of a new MacBook that greatly departs from the typical image of a notebook, the launch of iOS 8.2, and most importantly...

38 by Brandon Chester on 3/9/2015

Apple Releases iOS 8.2 With Apple Watch Support

Today at their Spring Forward event Apple made a number of announcements. One smaller but still important update to come from the event was the release of iOS 8.2...

4 by Brandon Chester on 3/9/2015

HTC Announces VIVE, a Valve VR Headset, and Grip, a Fitness Band

In addition to the HTC One M9, HTC is also launching the VIVE, a VR headset. While it may seem a bit strange that HTC is doing this, it...

3 by Joshua Ho on 3/1/2015

LG Replaces Android Wear: Adds LTE, GPS and NFC to the Watch Urbane

Today LG pre-announced significant additions to their high-end wearable, the LG Watch Urbane, via a new edition called the LG Watch Urbane LTE. Both devices will officially launch at...

33 by Stephen Barrett on 2/26/2015

Pebble Announces the Pebble Time

The original Pebble watch was arguably the first device in what is now a rapidly growing smartwatch segment of the wearables market. Since its release, the software of the...

19 by Brandon Chester on 2/24/2015

Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health Updated

This week Microsoft announced several updates for their wearable and health products: Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health. Microsoft stated that overall feedback has been positive, but as with any...

10 by Stephen Barrett on 2/24/2015

LG Announces The LG Watch Urbane

LG doesn't seem intent on waiting for large industry events to announce their wearable products. Last year the company announced their LG G3 Stylus and the LG Watch R...

18 by Brandon Chester on 2/15/2015

Imagination Creator CI20 Now Shipping With Spec Bump & Kodi Support

Imagination has sent along word that the Creator CI20 we covered in some detail late last year is now shipping to North America and Europe. For those unfamiliar with...

20 by Stephen Barrett on 2/3/2015

Raspberry Pi 2 Available: ARMv7 and Windows 10

The original Raspberry Pi, launched three year ago this month, has been very successful. Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton noted recently that over 4.5 million Pis have been sold...

52 by Stephen Barrett on 2/2/2015

Apple Announces April Ship Date for Apple Watch

Today Apple announced their earnings and sales for the holiday quarter of 2014. The company sold 74.5 million iPhones, and had strong earnings which were fueled by the newly...

22 by Brandon Chester on 1/27/2015

Wearables: 2014 and Beyond

As the year 2014 has come to a close, now is a good time to inventory changes in the consumer electronics market and project those trends forward. One of...

79 by Stephen Barrett on 1/15/2015

Intel Announces Curie: Tiny Module for Wearables

Yesterday, Intel announced a new module targeted to wearable technology: Intel Curie. This module continues Intel's push into IoT and wearable technology started with the Intel Edison. While we...

23 by Stephen Barrett on 1/7/2015

Imagination Launches Creator CI20 Development Board

Last week Imagination launched the Creator CI20 development board. This device is quite interesting because of the combination of architecture, features, developer support, form factor, and pricing. It also...

27 by Stephen Barrett on 12/8/2014

Bluetooth 4.2 Core Specifications Finalized

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has officially adopted a new version of the Bluetooth core specifications. Version 4.2 promises greater speed, greater privacy, and a soon to be...

8 by Brett Howse on 12/4/2014

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