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Fitbit’s new smartwatch to open its own app store

Fitbit has confirmed the company’s next smartwatch will come with a software development kit (SDK) for developers, and users will be able to download apps from a dedicated store. Fitbit CEO, James Park, told The Verge that it would launch the smartwatch with a select few apps, before opening the SDK to all third-party developers. […]

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Morgan Stanley: Fitbit needs better software to survive

Fitbit needs to improve its software offerings if it wants to survive, according to a research note released on Monday by Morgan Stanley analysts Yuuji Anderson and Katy Huberty. The note suggests regular software upgrades, alongside support for third-party applications, would improve the longevity of Fitbit devices and keeps users coming back for the next […]

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Fitbit hit with lawsuit over haptic feedback patents

Fitbit has been hit with a lawsuit from Immersion, a developer of haptic feedback technology, claiming that the Alta HR and Charge 2 maker has infringed on its patents. Immersion asks for Fitbit to cease manufacturing of all infringing devices, which, we suspect, includes all fitness trackers currently on the market. Fitbit makes use of […]

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Fitbit looks to health industry for future growth

After disappointing first quarter sales, Fitbit is making a move for the wearable health market. The company said it has a device in development that will be able to detect sleep apnea, a disorder that affects around 18 million American adults. Symptoms of sleep apnea include pauses in breathing, shallow breathing during sleep, and tiredness […]

The pros and cons of an IoT-connected world

The age of IoT is creeping quickly, aiming to keep us connected much more than we already are, and to many more devices we pass during our day. This is bound to affect our already crowded and overloaded lives, keeping us staring at our black mirrors and blurring the lines (or deleting them completely) between […]

Did Fitbit try to buy longstanding rival Jawbone for Christmas?

After settling patent infringement lawsuits in the run-up to Christmas, Fitbit supposedly offered to acquire Jawbone for an undisclosed amount. The two firms have been at each other’s throats for a few years, accusing each other of patent infringement and stealing trade secrets. Jawbone originally sued Fitbit in May 2015 and Fitbit filed a counter-suit […]

IoT-connected devices link nearly two-thirds of Americans

A new study shows Americans really dig Internet of Things (IoT) technology, with nearly two-thirds owning at least one IoT devices, according to a recent research report commissioned by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). The study found that 62% of U.S. consumers own at least one IoT gizmo. The research was conducted by MARU/VCR&C which […]

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Fitbit buys Pebble as wearables consolidation continues

Fitbit is reportedly buying the troubled Pebble smartwatch in further consolidation in the flagging wearables market. Full details and dollar value of the deal hasn’t yet been made public but the two firms, which were said to be in the final stages of a tie-up prior to Thanksgiving, have now reportedly inked a deal. And […]

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The Internet of Things? It’s not that connected yet

The Internet of Things (IoT) is great—if you want each of your devices to exist in its own connected-but-siloed world. What do I mean? Your Nest thermostat is undeniably smart when it comes to heating and cooling your home. And your Amazon Echo conveniently recites the weather report at the moment you need it. But […]

Should the Internet of Vibrating Things be worried?

It’s been a bad period for Canada’s Standard Innovation Corp., with the news that their popular connected “pleasure device” (aka a vibrator…now everyone settle down), We Vibe 4 Plus, is easily hackable being followed by a corresponding lawsuit. The smart vibrator released two years ago is marketed towards couples spending time apart. It’s Bluetooth- and […]