Milwaukee woman says her Fitbit exploded on her arm while she was reading

Fitness wearables are meant to keep you healthy, not send you to the hospital. But alas, it would appear that a Fitbit has failed in its duties, as a woman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin alleged that her wearable exploded on her wrist.

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Fitbit May Pick Up Pebble


Fitbit, the leader in the wearables category, is close to an agreement to buy struggling smartwatch maker Pebble for up to $40 million, in a move to gain the firm’s intellectual property and software. The negotiations follow several months of financial turmoil at Pebble, which reportedly slashed its workforce by 25 percent in March and has rebuffed several prior offers to be acquired. It’s rumored that Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky turned down Citizen’s $740 million acquisition offer, as well as a $70 million bid from Intel.

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Best Black Friday deals on iPhone 7, Galaxy S7, FitBit, and the Apple Watch

Retailers are offering decent incentives and deals for smartphones and wearables, most notably the iPhone 7, Galaxy S7, Fitbit wearable, and the Apple Watch.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/11/23/best-black-friday-deals-on-iphone-7-galaxy-s7-fitbit-and-apple-watch.html

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WatchOS 3 Offers New Hope for Smartwatch Category


Apple finally responded to concerns that were threatening to scuttle its once-promising wearables category. Its introduction of watchOS 3 at this week’s WWDC has drawn high praise. The Apple Watch represented the company’s attempt to marry the ultimate Dick Tracy smart gadget with the genius of the iPhone, but it fell short. Instead of a convenience, it was far too slow and complicated for many consumers to navigate. WatchOS 3 is a “significant and welcome upgrade,” said Jitesh Ubrani, senior research analyst at IDC.

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Samsung's exciting new idea could succeed where Google Glass failed

Google’s failed failed first attempt at wearables sounded very exciting at first, though it soon became apparent Glass would not be the hit product the company may have envisioned.

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IDC expects Apple Watch to dominate wearables market through 2019

Article Image Apple’s control of the growing wearables market will continue for the foreseeable future, market research firm IDC projected on Thursday, forecasting that the Apple Watch will control the lion’s share of the smartwatch market through the year 2019.

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Intel bets on drone development with $60m investment in Yuneec

Already taking significant steps to firmly embed itself in the world of wearables as part of a strategic move to avoid the mistakes of the past, Intel is also showing an increasing interest in the drone business.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/08/28/intel-bets-on-drone-development-with-60m-investment-in-yuneec/

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Misfit introduces Flash Link multifunction wearable, releases Misfit Link app

Misfit on Thursday announced price drops for its existing fitness wearables –?Shine and Flash –?to make way for a new model called the Flash Link, and breathed life into older Flash models with the new Misfit Link app for iOS.

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Unusual, trendy and just plain weird wearables

Most wearables perform only a few functions. They count your steps, show you the time, or track your heart rate. These unusual devices do much more. For instance, one attaches to your body or your bike and shows you a real-time weather forecast. Another tells you when you are stressed out and should breathe a bit slower. While the Apple Watch gets all of the attention, these gadgets fit into a niche that might just solve a real problem or provide a distinct benefit.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/04/20/unusual-trendy-and-just-plain-weird-wearables/

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Jawbone announces Up4 fitness band with NFC payments, releases Up2 mid-tier offering

In what appears to be Jawbone’s attempt to keep up in an escalating wearables arms race, the company on Thursday unveiled the Up4 fitness tracker with built-in NFC payments provided in partnership with American Express.



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Just 6.8M smartwatches sold in 2014 at an average price of $189

In yet another sign that the forthcoming Apple Watch is poised to shake up the wearables market in a big way, the average smartwatch sold in 2014 for just over half of the Apple Watch’s $349 starting price.



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'Smart shoe' devices could charge up as you walk

The next generation of wearables could be powered by an unlikely energy source: you. Two new devices that fit inside the sole of your shoe can harvest energy from your movements as you walk or run, and then use that energy to power sensors and other electronics.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/01/19/smart-shoe-devices-could-charge-up-as-walk/

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The Wearables Revolution


The wearables market heated up last week with Apple’s introduction of its Watch and payment processing service, and the implications for CRM are interesting. First off, the announcement shows how very young the wearables marketplace is and how far it has to go.
Second, even though wearables are by nature devices intimately connected to us and our motivations, they are still devices, which should concern us. Why? Because they have the potential of buying things for us that we might not realize.

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Apple reportedly hires Gap executive to fill director of marketing role

One day after announcing its first wearables product in the Apple Watch, Apple has reportedly hired on another executive from the fashion world to bolster its marketing efforts, tapping Gap’s global marketing director Marcela Aguilar to take on the same position at Cupertino.



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Intel’s smart bracelet likely to launch in coming weeks

Intel looks set to continue its push into wearables with the expected release in the coming weeks of its “luxury” smart bracelet, developed in collaboration with Open Ceremony and set to go on sale at Barneys New York. 

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/08/26/intels-smart-bracelet-likely-to-launch-in-coming-weeks/

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